Bills General Manager Buddy Nix mentioned Erik Pears as a key addition in an interview Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. Head coach Chan Gailey expressed optimisim about Pears' prospects after the season, as well. Pears is a 6-foot-8, 305-pounder who has played five years in the NFL. The Bills picked him up late in the season, and he started the season-finale for Buffalo. Pears started 10 games as a rookie at left tackle for Denver in 2006 and 16 games at right tackle for the Broncos in 2007. Pears spent much of the 2008 season on injured reserve. Former Denver coach Mike Shanahan liked him. But then Shanahan got fired, and Josh McDaniels took over. McDaniels' new broom swept clean, and Pears was released. He bounced from Oakland to Jacksonville before being added by Buffalo on Dec. 13.
“We picked up two third-rounders in (Kraig) Urbik and (Chad) Rinehart, and (Mansfield) Wrotto was a fourth-rounder," Nix said. "Then we got Pears who started at tackle for two years against us at Denver (when Nix was in San Diego). We got bigger and we got better and we got younger."