5 free agent defensive ends that would be good fits for the Buffalo Bills

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Target: Shaq Lawson

The next player is a former first round pick of the Buffalo Bills, and also a former teammate of Emmanuel Ogbah in Shaq Lawson. The former Clemson defensive end spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and had his best year in his final season in Buffalo with 6.5 sacks.

He would leave as a free agent and sign with the Miami Dolphins but be traded after one season to the Houston Texans during the offseason. The Texans would then trade Lawson to the New York Jets before he played a single regular season. Lawson would appear in 14 games for the Jets, starting seven, and finish with 23 total tackles and one sack.

Now that Lawson is once again a free agent, he has made his feelings known that he wants to return to Buffalo in his response to Jordan Poyer on Twitter.

While it is unlikely that Shaq Lawson will become that dominant defensive end that some envisioned when he was drafted 16th overall, a return to Buffalo would make sense for both sides. The Buffalo Bills rotate defensive ends frequently during the course of a game so it is important that they have depth at that position and he is similar to Ogbah in that he would improve their run defense at the position.

This would be a low-risk, high-reward move that could give Lawson a chance to play in one of the top defenses in the league while giving Buffalo an experienced player to rotate in with the younger players on the roster.