Buffalo Bills reportedly close to adding free agent OT Brandon Shell

Brandon Shell, Buffalo Bills
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The offensive tackle position was one at the beginning of the offseason that would have made sense if the Buffalo Bills were to address it. Dion Dawkins is coming off another Pro Bowl season but Spencer Brown struggled in his second season in the NFL.

The Bills would re-sign David Quessenberry, who was a starter with the Titans but primarily was a backup last season in Buffalo. The hope is that Tommy Doyle will also be ready to return after suffering a season-ending knee injury during the season but he is also a big question mark.

However, the Bills didn't add much competition this offseason to the position outside of signing undrafted free agent Richard Gouraige after the 2023 NFL Draft. That appears like it will change and Spencer Brown might have some competition heading into training camp for the starting job.

Buffalo Bills close to signing Brandon Shell, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler

Brandon Shell, who spent last season with the Miami Dolphins and started 11 games for the Dolphins, is close to signing with the Buffalo Bills, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Monday.

Shell knows the AFC East well as he began his NFL career with the New York Jets after they drafted him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He would spend four seasons with the Jets and start 40 games over that stretch.

He would join the Seattle Seahawks in 2020 and play two seasons there, starting 20 games at right tackle. This past season, Shell would sign with the Dolphins as a member of their practice squad.

He would be elevated midseason, eventually signed to the active roster, and start 11 regular season games. According to Pro Football Focus, Shell would allow only two sacks and had an overall grade of 64.9 while Brown allowed four sacks and an overall grade of 51.4.

The Buffalo Bills are currently at 90 players on their roster so if they were to sign Brandon Shell, they would have to release someone to create room.