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Runyan to visit Bills?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2009 – 7:26 pm

ProFootballtalk is reporting that veteran free agent OT Jon Runyan is going to pay a visit to One Bills Drive on Friday.

Runyan is coming off microfracture knee surgery, a major procedure, but has reportedly drawn interest from four NFL teams counting the Bills. The Chiefs and Eagles are two of other known entities.

Runyan (6’7″, 330) has played right tackle his entire NFL career, and does have a tie to the Bills organization. VP of College Scouting Tom Modrak was Philadelphia’s Director of Football Operations when the Eagles signed Runyan as a free agent in 2000.

If and when he does sign with any NFL team, it will likely be no earlier than Tuesday. That’s because if a veteran is signed after Week 1 is over their salary is not guaranteed for the year. So Runyan at that point becomes a lesser risk coming off his major surgery at age 35.

The only team that could prove desperate enough to sign Runyan before this weekend’s games is the Eagles because RT Shawn Andrews, the man that replaced Runyan, did not practice today. He was coming off a back injury and was supposed to be fine for the opener, but could be a question mark now.


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