"The last 24 hours have been a blast," Lawson told the team's official website. "Just talking to the guys and getting a feel for the organization. I'm happy to be here and I expect a lot of things. I think we're going to have a lot of fun. I think we're going to put a show on for the fans out here in Buffalo. I'm just ready to kick the season off."
Lawson spent the past two years as a strong-side linebacker in Cincinnati and started 10 games for an emerging Bengals defense last season. Lawson didn't play up to his $2.1 million salary in 2012, playing roughly a third of the team's snaps and registering a career-low 44 tackles. With Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur in the house, 28-year-old Lawson became expendable to the Bengals.