Bills fill need for a swing tackle by signing former Bengals OL Bobby Hart

Sal Maiorana
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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Another opening on the Buffalo Bills roster was potentially filled Tuesday afternoon as the team announced the signing of veteran offensive tackle Bobby Hart to a one-year free agent contract.

Hart, originally a seventh-round pick of the Giants in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida State, has been the Bengals’ starting right tackle for the past three years.

He will enter the offseason program and training camp as the frontrunner to take over the swing tackle duties behind starters Dion Dawkins and Daryl Williams previously held by unrestricted free agent Ty Nsekhe who has moved on to the Cowboys. 

Bills Trent Murphy tries to beat the block by Bengals Bobby Hart.

Hart has 66 career NFL starts including 45 in the last three seasons for Cincinnati. The 6-foot-5, 318-pounder has played nearly 4,500 snaps in his career compared to the other backup tackles on the Bills roster, Trey Adams and Ryan Bates, who have less than 100 combined.

The Bengals released Hart a few weeks ago in a salary dump which cleared $5.8 million in cap space, then turned around and used that money to sign free agent  Riley Reiff.

Last year, Hart posted a slew of interesting things on his social media platforms that apparently riled up some in the Bengals fan base.

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Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Bobby Hart (68) and Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) exchange shoves after a play in the second quarter of the NFL Week 3 game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. The Bills led 14-0 at halftime.

An ESPN reporter asked Hart about his Twitter and Instagram posts and Hart said, “I don’t mean to offend nobody. I don’t discriminate against nobody. I know that everyone thinks differently, and I know that I have a platform that sometimes people can see things and take it a certain way and I’m definitely aware of that. As you mature and grow, I talked to the players, coaches, and things like that.

“I don’t discriminate or feel no type of way about nobody. I treat everybody the same. Just because you have different thoughts and different beliefs, that don’t mean anything. I feel like that’s one of the most beautiful things about his world, about this team, about places. People come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs can come together and come to common goals and achievements.”

Obviously, the Bills feel comfortable enough about his social media presence that it didn’t deter them in making the signing.

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Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Bobby Hart (68) signs autographs for dans during Cincinnati Bengals Family Day training camp practice, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
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