Bills Promote DT Robert Thomas, Waive WR Jeremy Kerley


The Buffalo Bills announced that they have officially promoted DT Robert Thomas from their practice squad to the active roster and waived WR Jeremy Kerley in a corresponding roster move.

Thomas, 27, originally signed on with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas in 2014. He was on and off of the practice squad during his rookie season before signing on to the Seahawks’ practice squad at the start of the 2015 season.

Thomas had a brief stint with the Patriots before the Dolphins signed him to their active roster in December of 2015. The Panthers claimed him off of waivers, only to cut him loose coming out of the preseason.

Thomas wound up being claimed by the Giants and finished out the year in New York in 2016. He re-signed to a one-year contract for 2017 and signed another one-year deal as an exclusive rights free agent this offseason.

He was among New York’s final roster cuts coming out of the preseason and signed to their practice squad once clearing waivers.

In 2017, Thomas appeared in 15 games for the Giants and recorded 16 tackles and no sacks.

Kerley, 29, is a former fifth-round pick of the Jets back in 2011. He spent five years in New York before he was released back in March of last year and later signed to a one-year contract worth over $1 million by the Lions.

Detroit elected to trade Kerley to the 49ers in exchange for OL Brandon Thomas coming out of the preseason in 2016.

The 49ers signed Kerley to a three-year, $10.5 million deal that included a $1.7 million signing bonus last year only to cut him loose coming out of the preseason. Kerley signed on with the Jets soon after.

Kerley had just finished serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances when the Jets cut him loose towards the end of the season.

He signed a contract with the Giants in April, making his stint with the team short-lived.

In 2017, Kerley appeared in eight games and caught 22 passes for 217 yards receiving and one touchdown.

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