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The Buffalo Bills agreed Monday to a one-year deal with free-agent cornerback Vontae Davis, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Davis announced his decision in a tweet Monday evening after visiting several teams over the past two weeks.

Davis was medically cleared earlier this month following core injury surgery that was performed late last season.

The Bills’ signing of Davis means they will not be expected to re-sign starting cornerback E.J. Gaines when he becomes an unrestricted free agent March 14.

Davis, 29, was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 9 after he sought additional medical opinions and opted to have season-ending surgery. The Colts made an announcement that Davis would not make the trip with the team on the Saturday before Indianapolis’ Week 9 game against the Houston Texans, saying the decision wasn’t related to an injury.

Before he was released, Davis said he felt disrespected when the Colts left him behind. He said he hadn’t played well in 2017 because he was still dealing with the groin injury he suffered against Pittsburgh in the third preseason game, which caused him to miss the first three weeks of the regular season.

In 120 career games spanning nine seasons with the Colts and Miami Dolphins, Davis, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has made 112 starts with 395 tackles, 22 interceptions and 106 passes defensed.

ESPN’s Mike Wells contributed to this report.



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New Orleans Saints activate WR Tre’Quan Smith off injured reserve

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METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints‘ receiving corps keeps getting healthier by the week.

Third-year receiver Tre’Quan Smith was activated off of injured reserve Saturday — a day before the Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a divisional-round playoff game — after fellow receivers Michael Thomas and Deonte Harris returned from IR last week. Smith missed the past three games with an ankle injury before returning to practice this week.

Smith caught a career-high 34 passes for 448 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games this season. But the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is equally valuable as one of New Orleans’ best downfield blockers in the run game.

The Saints also placed backup guard/center Will Clapp on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday after he learned of a positive test and missed practice on Friday. No other players were placed on the list Saturday after contract tracing.

The Saints elevated guard/center Cameron Tom and linebacker Chase Hansen from their practice squad to the active roster. They also re-signed emergency backup kicker Blair Walsh and long-snapper John Denney to their practice squad and released wide receiver Tommylee Lewis and defensive end Anthony Zettel.

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Pittsburgh Steelers expected to promote Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, source says

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers didn’t have to search far for their new offensive coordinator.

The team is expected to promote quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Known for his creativity in playcalling and design, Canada has been the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach for just one season, but he has plenty of experience on the collegiate level.

Canada spent time as the offensive coordinator at LSU, Maryland, NC State, Wisconsin, Indiana and Pittsburgh, among others. He was also the interim head coach at Maryland in 2018.

With Canada running the Panthers’ offense in 2016, Pitt led the nation in red zone touchdown percentage (82%) and scored at least 28 points in all 12 regular-season games.

He also previously worked with Steelers running backs coach Eddie Faulkner at NC State, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

Canada had been a candidate for the Miami Dolphins‘ offensive coordinator opening. NFL Network first reported that the Steelers were turning to Canada to lead the offense.

Canada’s return could signal that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is returning for the 2021 season because the veteran would be familiar with the offense and coaching style — important factors in the final years of his career.

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