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Rex Ryan expects Bills to sign OT Wayne Hunter

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Coach Rex Ryan expects the Buffalo Bills to sign offensive tackle Wayne Hunter after the veteran tried out during the final two days of minicamp this week.

"Yeah, I think he'll be signed," Ryan said after Thursday's practice. "We're just putting him through the individual drills. We weren't putting him through any team drills. Just he kind of gets his feet wet and picks up some terminology and things like that, where he'll have a better chance when we get back out there in training camp.

"But it's good for a veteran player just to get out. I think he impressed some coaches with how athletic he is. He looks like he's in great shape. It'll be fun watching him compete."

The Bills will need to make a corresponding move on their 90-man roster, which is currently full, to add Hunter. When signed, he will provide depth behind potential starters Cordy Glenn and Cyrus Kouandjio and possibly compete with Seantrel Henderson for a swing-tackle role. Undrafted rookie Tyson Chandler is the only other offensive tackle on the roster.

Hunter, 33, started 21 games for the New York Jets from 2009-11, when Ryan was the Jets' coach. Hunter has been out of football since playing for the St. Louis Rams in 2012.

"He's a guy that did a tremendous job for us early," Ryan said Thursday. "I think in an ideal world, there's some players for whatever reason are better in multiple roles and being almost like a utility guy who can play guard, tackle, tight end. He can give you a lot of that versatility. Smart, athletic guy. That's why he's here."

The Bills also tried out former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Nate Isles during minicamp this week.