Bills release Washington, add Orchard

September 10, 2018

One day after the 47-3 debacle in Baltimore, the Buffalo Bills made a couple of minor roster moves to change things up on defense.

The team officially released defensive tackle Adolphus Washington on Monday, while replacing him with free agent defensive end, Nate Orchard.

We’ve signed DE Nate Orchard to a one-year deal and released DT Adolphus Washington.


— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 10, 2018

Washington was a third round pick of the Bills in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. He started 21 games out of 30 in two seasons, recording 3.5 sacks and 36 tackles in that time. The 23-year-old was downgraded to fourth on the depth chart before the start of the season below Star Lotulelei, Kyle Williams, and 2018 third round pick Harrison Phillips.

Not counting the 2017 draft class, that leaves just two players selected by former general manager Doug Whaley still on the team's roster. Those remaining two players are defensive end Shaq Lawson and offensive guard John Miller.

As for Orchard, he comes to the Bills after spending the last three seasons with the Cleveland Browns. In 34 games played with Cleveland, the 25-year-old registered 40 tackles, 5.0 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.

The Browns took Orchard with their second round pick (51st overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Utah.