Former Georgia LB Leonard Floyd officially signs with AFC East team
Former Georgia LB Leonard Floyd will have a new home for the 2023 NFL season.
For the past 3 seasons, Floyd has played for the Los Angeles Rams and helped lead the team to a Super Bowl title in 2021. He was released by the Rams earlier in the offseason but has officially signed with a new team.
On Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills announced they have signed Floyd to a one-year deal. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, that deal is worth up to $9 million with a $7 million base value.
Our newest pass rusher! ?
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) June 6, 2023
“Now this just gives us another body, another pass rusher, protect your quarterback and get after the other team’s quarterback,” said Buffalo GM Brandon Beane on The Pat McAfee show. “We’ve faced Leonard when he was with the Rams and he’s a player that over the last three years has had close to 30 sacks, right around 9.5 to 10 per year. He’s just another guy that we can add along the line and once we started talking to Leonard and his people, I definitely checked in with Von to see his thoughts and he signed off saying he was a great guy who fits our culture.”
Originally a first-round pick for the Chicago Bears in the 2016 NFL Draft, Floyd had just 18.5 sacks over 4 seasons with the Bears. After moving to the Rams, Floyd posted 29 scaks in 3 seasons with a career-high 10.5 during the 2020 season.
Last year, Floyd started 17 games with 9 sacks, 22 QB hits and 10 TFL. He adds to what should be an elite defense in Buffalo for a franchise desperate to get to the Super Bowl in the middle of a strong stretch of football with QB Josh Allen.