Multiple sources are reporting that the Bills have signed former Jaguars and Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison. Morrison’s been around the league for a while, playing five seasons in Oakland before spending last year in Jacksonville.
If this turns out to be true (as of Wednesday night the Bills haven’t announced it, but I have no doubts this is real), I’m personally very pleased. Morrison’s a proven inside linebacker who is very good in coverage and good enough in the running game. He made a ton of tackles in Oakland (100+ each season as a Raider) and was Jacksonville’s second-leading tackler in 2010. The knock on Morrison is that he can’t get off blocks, and you wonder if that will hurt him in Buffalo’s 3-4 alignment.
Even with that criticism, Morrison is a very nice signing for the Bills. He’s a big upgrade over Andra Davis and the currently injured Reggie Torbor, who have both looked pretty bad thus far in preseason. And the depth behind them at inside linebacker is ugly: rookies Kelvin Sheppard and Chris White are battling injury and Arthur Moats is hurt and struggling with the move from outside to inside linebacker. Basically, something really had to be done at the position, and Morrison is a great get this late into the preseason. Don’t be surprised if he’s starting next to Nick Barnett opening day.