The Buffalo Bills have come to an agreement to re-sign running back Tashard Choice. While the signing will not get as much notice as a move like bringing back Stevie Johnson or Bryan Scott, it still fits into the team taking care of their own.
Choice was signed off waivers on Nov. 23rd last season following the season-ending injury to Fred Jackson, and tallied 70 rushing yards on 23 carries with a touchdown and added seven catches for 51 yards in six games with Buffalo in 2011 in a backup roll, splitting time with C.J. Spiller.
The 5-10, 210-pound Georgia Tech product has recorded 1,216 rushing yards on 279 carries with nine touchdowns and 72 receptions for 550 yards in 61 games with four starts in his career. Bills head coach Chan Gailey coached Choice during his college career at Georgia Tech.
While Jackson and Spiller will both be locked in at the top two spots on the depth chart, Choice, along with former fifth-round Johnny White will be able to provide competition for the third running back spot, as well as likely contribute to special teams.
This signing gives me mixed signals and I’m not sure how I feel about it yet, it may depend on the money and years for Choice.
While I agree that it’s a good thing to keep guys in house if you can for the most part, and Choice has had some good moments in the NFL, it may have been smarter to let him go.
With two other strong running backs on the roster and White in the fold, it may have been a better move to try and use the money on offensive line help, or another need position.
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