Bills sign their first free agent

The Buffalo Bills have signed Oakland Raiders free agent right tackle Cornell Green to a three-year contract. The NFL Network has just confirmed this report.

The 10-year veteran has been with the Raiders the past three years, starting 38 games, mostly at right tackle.

During his career he’s also played for the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos. He was signed an undrafted free agent in 1999 after playing for Central Florida in college. (From

Mind of Joe
Meet your new right tackle. At least judging by his salary (9 million over 3 years), Green looks to be taking over for Brad Butler. Of course, there are a couple of red flags around this guy. For one, he’s played on six NFL teams in 10 years. The last team he played for was the Raiders, which may make fans flashback to the Langston Walker signing. He also didn’t exactly have an all-pro season last year, giving up 6.5 sacks and 12 penalties in 12 starts. Lastly, according to USA Today, Green assaulted the mother of his children in March of 2009.

Tampa police say Green became violent Saturday during an argument at his home there with the mother of his two children. Police say Green slammed 30-year-old Teriyonal Ebony Flowers into a wall, then struck her right arm with an aluminum mop handle.

Marv Levy must be rolling over in his…um, sleep. So much for the Bills valuing character. Kind of ironic that the guy had to use a mop handle to beat up his wife, since it seems like he was getting mopped up all over the field by defensive players.

Look, I get that this guy isn’t going to be the cornerstone on the Bills line for the next 5 years (turns 34 in August). I totally agree that the Bills needed to address the offensive right tackle position at some point. However, couldn’t they find a better stop-gap offensive right tackle that wasn’t arrested and had the exact same number of penalties as starts? I don’t know, maybe the guy will play like Geoff Hangartner. Hey, at least the Bills signed someone!…and he wasn’t even from KC.

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