The Buffalo Bills’ pass rush was abysmal last season, as the team racked up just 27 total sacks. They signed Owa Odighizuwa shortly before the start of the 2018 NFL free agency period and on Wednesday, Buffalo signed former Washington Redskins edge rusher Trent Murphy to a three-year deal worth $21 million.
Murphy was a star at Stanford, where he was a consensus All-American in 2013 and finished his career with 160 tackles, 52.5 tackles for loss, 32.5 sacks, two interceptions, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He was selected with the No. 47 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the Washington Redskins.
Playing as a rush linebacker or sub-package defensive end, Murphy appeared in 47 games, making 23 starts in his first three seasons, racking up 111 tackles, 15 sacks, two pass breakups and six forced fumbles. He had a breakout season in 2016, notching nine sacks and generating 55 quarterback pressures.
According to Pro Football Focus, he was the eighth-most efficient pass rusher and ranked ninth at his position in run stop percentage. However, a torn ACL caused him to miss the entire 2017 season.
Murphy brings some athleticism to the Bills’ defensive end position. At the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, he ran a 4.86-second 40-yard dash, a 6.78-second three-cone, 4.20-second short shuttle while posting a 35.5-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot-6 inch broad jump.
Murphy joins Jerry Hughes, Ryan Davis, Eddie Yarbrough, Shaq Lawson, Odighizuwa and Cap Capi as the Bills’ defensive ends.