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Bills sign former Browns, Pats WR Davis

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (March 12, 2006) -- Receiver Andre' Davis signed with the Buffalo Bills on March 12, the team's third free-agent addition in two days.

Davis is a four-year NFL veteran who played 11 games, including two in the playoffs, for the New England Patriots last season. Drafted in the second round by Cleveland in 2002, Davis had an inconsistent and injury-troubled stint with the Browns, who traded him to the Patriots last summer.

On March 10, the Bills signed defensive tackle Larry Tripplett and tight Robert Royal, the first day of the NFL's free-agency period.

Where Davis fits on Buffalo's depth chart is a question, and might depend on the team's decision to retain or release veteran star Eric Moulds. Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish are second and third on the depth chart after the Bills elected not to re-sign third-stringer Josh Reed prior to the start of free agency.

Davis was limited by a nagging toe injury in 2004, when he started only seven games with Cleveland and, prior to being traded, had fallen to the bottom of the Browns' depth chart.

The injury bothered him at the start of last season, and the Patriots briefly released Davis before re-signing him in October. He finished with nine catches for 190 yards and a touchdown -- all career lows -- in nine regular-season games.

In Cleveland, Davis played with current Bills quarterback Kelly Holcomb, who will compete with J.P. Losman for the starting job this offseason.

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