Source: Redskins’ Murphy to sign with Bills

Source: Redskins’ Murphy to sign with Bills

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Former Washington Redskins defensive end Trent Murphy intends to sign a three-year, $21 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal was first reported by the NFL Network.

The Bills have both of their starting defensive ends from last season, Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson, under contract for next season. Lawson, the Bills’ first-round pick in 2016, missed the final four games of last season with an ankle injury.

Barring the Bills trading or releasing Hughes or Lawson, signing Murphy offers Buffalo an upgrade over reserve defensive ends Ryan Davis and Eddie Yarbrough.

The Bills pressured opposing quarterbacks on 24 percent of pass plays last year, the second-lowest percentage in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Murphy, 27, missed last season after tearing his left ACL and MCL in an Aug. 10 preseason game at Baltimore. He was already going to miss the first four games while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s rule on performance enhancing drugs.

He was coming off his best season, having recorded nine sacks in a reserve role behind starters Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith in 2016. Murphy also forced three fumbles.

A second-round pick in the 2015 draft, Murphy did not produce as much in his first two seasons, totaling six combined sacks. He started 22 games during that time.

ESPN’s John Keim and Mike Rodak contributed to this report.

NFL News

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March 14, 2018 at 12:11PM

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