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Report: Titans to land free agent S Searcy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2015 – 12:47 pm

It was not expected that the Bills would be able to keep free agent safety Da’Norris Searcy in the fold moving into 2015. Now as the window of free agency is poised to open there are reports as to just where the safety is headed.

According to the Tennessean, Searcy is going to sign with the Tennessee Titans at 4 pm when the market opens.


Bills GM Doug Whaley has stated since the NFL Combine last month that trying to re-sign Searcy was going to prove difficult. With Searcy looking for starter money and big money already being doled out to Devin McCourty in New England (5 yrs, $47.5M) and Buffalo heavily invested in Aaron Williams, paying big money for Searcy just wasn’t feasible.

Fortunately Buffalo has a lot of safety talent on the roster. Duke Williams, Baccari Rambo, Johnathan Meeks and Kenny Ladler are all young players who will vie for the starting job left vacant by Searcy.

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Undrafted S Ladler showed well

Posted by Chris Brown on May 19, 2014 – 4:38 pm

It wasn’t a perfect three days, but undrafted rookie S Kenny Ladler performed relatively well over the course of the Bills rookie minicamp. An All-SEC safety at Vanderbilt, who was productive in his college career Ladler showed a very good set of hands during ball skills work.

Head coach Doug Marrone also has some inside knowledge on Ladler, who surprisingly went undrafted. Marrone knows Commodores defensive coordinator/safeties coach Bob Shoop.

“Coach Shoop, the DB coach and I worked together at Vanderbilt so I know a little bit about him from there,” said Marrone. “I’ve been around that program quite a bit in the offseason so I was happy. I didn’t know why he wasn’t drafted. I was impressed with his foot speed. I think that he’s someone who… we’re obviously going to keep an eye on all of them, but I think he’s someone that had a good showing in these last couple of days.”

“The one thing that jumped out on film about him was he has a nose for the football. He led them in tackles, had five interceptions and I think five forced fumbles, so he was making big plays on the back end,” said Bills area scout Tom Roth. “He’s got average speed, but very good explosiveness. A very good tackler who can play deep third or in the box.”

Ladler became the first defensive back in school and Southeastern Conference history to lead a team in tackles in two consecutive years (90 in 2012 and 91 in 2013). He also had nine career interceptions.



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