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Bills sign DTs Justin Zimmer and Tanzel Smart

The Buffalo Bills added plenty of talent and depth to their defensive line this offseason, but the team is still looking at depth options as the regular season approaches.

After bringing in four defensive tackles for workouts earlier this week, the Bills have reportedly signed Justin Zimmer and Tanzel Smart. Damond Talbot of Draft Diamonds was the first to report the signings.

This will be Zimmer’s second offseason stint with Buffalo.

After going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft, Zimmer, 27, was signed by the Bills. He remained with the team through August before getting cut.

Zimmer would spend some time with the Saints before joining the CFL and playing for the Montreal Alouettes. The defensive tackle appeared in the Alouettes’ season finale in 2017 and recorded three tackles and one sack.

Zimmer would return to the NFL in 2018 and make the Atlanta Falcons’ initial 53-man roster. He appeared in one game that season while spending time on the main roster and practice squad. Last season, Zimmer appeared in two games with the Cleveland Browns. He recorded five tackles in that time and was released at the end of the July by the end with a non-football injury designation.

Smart, 25, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft (No. 189) by the Los Angeles Rams. He would stick with the team for three seasons.

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