Russell Bodine, previously with the Cincinnati Bengals, will come in and compete with Ryan Groy for the team's starting center position. Now a fifth-year player, Bodine started every Bengals game since Week 1 of the 2014 season. Newhouse, who was a college teammate of current Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes at TCU, has started 70 of the 100 career games he's played in.
With the two signings, the Bills addressed what were clear concerns in terms of their offensive line depth.
The bad news seems to be most everything else.
A Bengals SB Nation article written three days ago about Bodine pointed out that, while the Bengals don't have much money left to spend in free agency, that might be good because they wouldn't be able to re-sign Bodine.
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The Bengals' starting center for four seasons, Bodine agreed to a two-year deal worth $5 million.
During the 2014 season, Newhouse (6-4, 330) was a swing tackle for Cincinnati after playing his first four National Football League seasons in Green Bay making 31 starts over that span. The 29 year old spent last season with the Oakland Raiders. It was, by far, the most among the Raiders.
The previous two seasons (2015-2016) he played for the New York Giants, where again he was largely a starting right tackle.
Both also bring a wealth of experience and, instead, may be seen as preferred depth over untested younger players.