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Bills lock up right tackle Pears with contract extension

  • By Associated Press
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have signed offensive tackle Erik Pears to a contract extension.

Pears is a seven-year NFL veteran who is in his first full season with the Bills. He's started 13 games at right tackle this season, and is part of a line that's allowed a league-low 17 sacks. He's helped stabilize a position that had been in flux before he signed with Buffalo as a free agent last December.

Listed at 6-foot-8 and 314 pounds, the Colorado State product broke into the NFL in 2005, joining Denver's practice squad as an undrafted free agent. Pears became a starter in 2006 and stayed with the Broncos until 2009, when he joined the Oakland Raiders.

Terms of the deal have not yet been released.

The Bills (5-8) are in the midst of a six-game skid and prepare to host the Miami  Dolphins (4-9) on Sunday.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press



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