The Bills locked up one of their three restricted free agents today, re-signing dependable long snapper Garrison Sanborn to a multi-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sanborn has been a Bill since 2009, when he won the job in training camp after signing with Buffalo as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State. He’s appeared in all 48 games since. Sanborn held off a training camp challenge for his job this past summer, beating out rookie Danny Aiken. Interestingly, Aiken ended up with the New England Patriots and will be snapping in the Super Bowl this Sunday.
It’s hard not to approve of this signing, as good long snappers make a squad’s special teams much more effective. And Sanborn is certainly good – I’ve never even heard of him having a bad snap. Not in games, not in practice, not warming up on the sideline, not ever. He’s also pretty good in the punt coverage game, sometimes (somehow) beating his teammates down the field to make tackles. Bringing him back gives the Bills nothing to worry about at long snapper for the next several years.
The Bills have two more restricted free agents – offensive linemen Kraig Urbik and Chad Rinehart. See the complete list of Bills free agents here.