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OLB spot secured; Bills ink Morrison

The Buffalo Bills have found their prospective starting strong-side outside linebacker. The team announced the re-signing of Kirk Morrison today.

Morrison, 6-foot-2 and 247 pounds, has the size to handle the position on the edge of the front seven, and he has 95 starts in his seven-year career. He was signed by the Bills last August as insurance in the 3-4 defense behind inside linebacker Nick Barnett and outside linebacker Chris Kelsay. Both Barnett and Kelsay stayed healthy all year. Morrison played only 55 snaps all season. However, if Barnett had gotten hurt, the Bills would have desperately needed Morrison. 

In the new 4-3 defense of coordinator Dave Wannstedt, Kelsay moves back to his defensive end spot and Barnett moves to the weak-side outside linebacker spot, essentially the position he played most of last year.

Morrison's deal is for two years. Indications are it's a tad under $3 million in total value and could be worth $4 million overall if he hits all incentives. He started all but one game of his first six years in the NFL, the first five for Oakland and the next for Jacksonville.

---Mark Gaughan

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