Professional Bowl returner Andre Roberts is signing with the Buffalo Payments, sources instructed ESPN on Wednesday.
Roberts, who turned 31 in January, proved final season that you just’re by no means too outdated to be a breakout star.
Roberts is the third vast receiver to signal with Buffalo as a free agent this week, becoming a member of John Brown and Cole Beasley. He tasks to fill kick and punt return duties for the Payments, who shuffled amongst a number of gamers at each spots final season. Buffalo completed 24th in common yards per kick return and 21st in yards per punt return.
After signing a one-year contract with the New York Jets for the veterans minimal (a complete of $1 million, together with bonuses), Roberts was chosen to his first Professional Bowl on the power of two return touchdowns — one on a punt, one a kickoff. His punt return landing in a Week 1 victory over the Detroit Lions set the tone for a monster season.
Roberts tied for the NFL lead with a 14.1-yard common on punt returns, and he led the league with 1,174 yards on kickoff returns.
Earlier than Roberts’ arrival, the Jets’ punt-return unit was a perennial doormat, however he sparked the staff with 10 returns of no less than 40 yards.
A 3rd-round choose (88th total) of the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, Roberts has bounced across the league, having performed with the Washington Redskins, Lions and Atlanta Falcons — 5 groups in 9 years. As a large receiver, he hasn’t caught greater than 14 passes in a season since 2014.
ESPN’s Wealthy Cimini and Mike Rodak contributed to this report.