Bills HC Rex Ryan offered an explanation for their decision to place RB Dri Archer on the reserve/retired list after claiming him off of waivers from the Jets.
According to Ryan, Archer hasn’t returned a call from the Bills since their claim was processed.
“I never even talked to the kid, so we’ll see what happens,” said Ryan, via Don Banks of Sports Illustrated. “He won’t return a call. Is it him not wanting to be a Bill, or is it something else? I don’t know, but I guess there’s a reason Pittsburgh let him go [last November]. But when you find something out, let us know, because I’ve never even talked to him.”
The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that they’ve placed RB Dri Archer on the reserve/did not report list.
The @buffalobills have placed RB Dri Archer on the Reserve/Did Not Report list.
— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) May 18, 2016
It’s not too often that a player gets placed on the “did not report list“, so there appears to be some question about Archer’s commitment to football.
Archer, 24, is a former third-round pick of the Steelers. He was in the second year of his four-year, $2.7 million rookie contract that included a $506,016 signing bonus when the Steelers cut him back in November to make room for WR Jacoby Jones, who was claimed off of waivers.
The Jets elected to sign him to a future/reserve contract in February, only to waive him last week. The Bills wound up claiming him off of waivers and figured to give him an opportunity to be their return man this summer.
In 2015, Archer appeared in eight games and total 354 kick return yards for the Steelers.