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Bills release Corto (updated)

---The Bills have officially announced the release of safety Jon Corto.

The Orchard Park native spent last season on injured reserve and has been with the team since 2007.

He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and was on the active roster from 2008-10, primarily as a special teams contributor. The Bills had to release him once he passed his physical since he was on the waived/injured list last season. A source told The News that several teams have interest in Corto.

Corto spent the whole season recovering from his shoulder injury but he is healthy now.

"I am ready to play and I am excited about the opportunity to continue my career," Corto told The News. "Right now I am in Miami at Bomeritos Sports Performance facility working out very hard for my next opportunity."

NFL teams need big safeties in their nickel coverage. Hopefully Corto can find a niche there and get into a training camp.

---Rodney McKissic

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Bills sign seven to futures contracts

---The Bills today announced the signing of five of their 2011 practice squad players and two others to future contracts.

The team inked linebacker Robert Eddins, defensive back Prince Miller, defensive tackle Jay Ross and guards Keith Williams and Jake Vermiglio – all of whom had been on the team’s practice squad – as well as wide receiver David Clowney and linebacker Scott McKillop.

By signing the players to futures contracts, Buffalo controls their rights through the offseason and the players will be able to take part in OTAs.

---Rodney McKissic

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Bills pick up TE, announce practice squad

---Former St. Joe’s and UB receiver Naaman Roosevelt was not among the players listed on the Bills practice squad which was just released. It is not clear, however, if he was picked up off waivers by another team.

The Bills also claimed tight end Lee Smith off waivers from the New England Patriots and released tight end Zack Pianalto.

Named to the team’s practice squad were wide receiver Kamar Aiken, quarterback Levi Brown, tight end Mike Caussin, defensive end Lionel Dotson, nose tackle Michael Jasper, safety Joshua Nesbitt and center Michael Switzer.

The 6-6, 269-pound Smith started 24 of 48 games at Marshall and recorded 75 catches for 791 yards and three touchdowns.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)