Bills sign defensive end Eli Harold

Harold has played for the Lions and 49ers in four NFL seasons

Sal Capaccio
April 10, 2019 - 4:14 pm

The Buffalo Bills added their 17th free agent signing on Wednesday when the club announced it has inked former Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers linebacker/defensive end Eli Harold to a one-year contract.


Harold was selected in the third round (79th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the 49ers out of Virginia. He spent the first three years of his career there before being traded to the Lions prior to last season.  

The 6’ 3”, 243-pounder played all 16 games each of his first three seasons in San Francisco, including starting 13 games 2016 and 11 in 2017. He played a reserve role in 13 games last year in Detroit, while also contributing on special teams.  

For his career, the 25-year-old Harold has appeared in 61 NFL games, recording 91 tackles and nine sacks.

Harold has played outside in a 3-4 system or the strong side in a 4-3. The Bills listed him as a defensive end in their press release about the signing, which may indicate they plan on using him in a pass rushing role, something Harold excelled in at Virginia, where he totaled 15.5 sacks over his final two years.

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