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Buffalo Bills agree to terms with five free agents

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Thu, Mar 9th 2017 11:30 pm

The Buffalo Bills on Thursday announced the team has agreed to terms with fullback Patrick DiMarco, guard Vladimir Ducasse, kicker Stephen Hauschka, safety Micah Hyde and safety Jordan Poyer.

DiMarco joins the Bills after spending the past four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. A 6-1, 234-pound South Carolina product, DiMarco originally entered the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. Throughout his five-year career, DiMarco has played in 67 games while starting 34, catching 37 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns. DiMarco earned second-team All-Pro honors for his performance in 2015.

Ducasse (pronounced doo-CAAS), a seven-year NFL veteran, began his career with the New York Jets in 2010 as the team's second round pick (61st overall). A 6-5, 329-pound UMass product, Ducasse spent four years with the Jets before going on to spend time with the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens.

Hauschka (pronounced howsh-KUH), a nine-year NFL veteran, comes to Buffalo after spending the past six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. A 6-4, 210-pound NC State product, he originally entered the NFL in 2008 with the Baltimore Ravens. Hauschka has converted a career 87.2 percent of field goal attempts in addition to tallying a touchback on 42.8 percent of career kickoff attempts.

Hyde joins the Buffalo defensive backfield after spending the past four seasons with the Green Bay Packers after being selected by the team in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. A 6-0, 197-pound Iowa product, Hyde has accumulated 210 tackles, four sacks, eight interceptions, one forced fumble and five fumble recoveries throughout his four NFL seasons. 

Poyer comes to Buffalo after spending the past four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. A 6-0, 191-pound Oregon State product, Poyer originally entered the league in 2013 with the Philadelphia Eagles. Poyer has appeared in 48 games, starting 10, while totaling 97 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and six passes defensed.

Additionally, the Bills released safety Aaron Williams and the team agreed to terms with punter Colton Schmidt. 

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