The Buffalo Bills have initiated a couple of CFL-related roster moves prior to their Week 2 matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
After a visit with his former team on Monday, the Bills linebacker Deon Lacey to the practice squad. Lacey recently opted out of the CFL contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders to pursue the NFL.
Also added to the practice squad was defensive lineman Brandin Bryant, who spent two seasons in the CFL. The defensive tackle suited up in ten games with Winnipeg in 2018 and one game with Montreal in 2019. The six-foot-three, 304-pounder made 12 tackles and two sacks during his time up north.
Bryant made his regular season NFL debut in 2019 with Cleveland, playing four games and making three tackles. He also spent time with the New York Jets (2016-2017) and originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Seattle in 2016. Bryant spent parts of 2020 training camp with the Dolphins, but he was waived before the start of the season.
The six-foot-two, 225-pound Lacey signed with the Riders in May after spending the last three seasons in the NFL, but never got the chance to don green and white due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been using the time afforded by his opt-out clause to find employment south of the border.
In 2019, Lacey played 16 games with Miami, recording four tackles. Prior to suiting up for the Dolphins, the 30-year-old spent two seasons with the Bills, playing in 32 games and making 16 tackles.
The Alabama native initially started his NFL career by signing with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2013, playing in three pre-season games and recording five tackles.
In February 2014, Lacey signed with the Edmonton Football Team where he made an immediate impact, playing in 54 games over three seasons and recording 114 defensive tackles, 68 special teams tackles, seven sacks, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and one touchdown. Lacey was named a West Division All-Star in 2014 and helped Edmonton win the Grey Cup in 2015.
The Bills had four linebackers leave the team’s Week 1 victory over the New York Jets with various injuries and Lacey knows defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s scheme. That makes him a valuable insurance policy who can be brought up to speed quickly if needed.