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QB Matthews re-signs with Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (April 20, 2005) -- Quarterback Shane Matthews re-signed with the Buffalo Bills, accepting the role to be the team's third-stringer.

Matthews, a 12-year veteran, returns for his second season with Buffalo to work behind new starter J.P. Losman and recently signed backup Kelly Holcomb.

Matthews was all but out of football after being released by Cincinnati following the 2003 season when the Bills signed him in August after an injury sidelined Travis Brown. He made two mop-up appearances last season, and completed his first touchdown pass -- a 33-yarder to Lee Evans -- in two years in Buffalo's 41-7 win at San Francisco in December.

The Bills were particularly pleased with how Matthews helped mentor Losman through his rookie season.

Matthews has 22 starts in 28 NFL appearances, and also played for Chicago, Carolina and Washington.

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