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Bills Sign Cornerback Troy Vincent

March 16, 2004

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ Troy Vincent knows he won’t be counted on to be the savior of a Buffalo Bills team that underachieved last year _ and that’s fine with him.

``I’m just going to fit in,″ Vincent said during a telephone conference Tuesday after he signed a six-year contract with the Bills. ``I didn’t want to go to a place where I was the key and the main component that was going to get a team to the promised land.″

Vincent saw players on the Bills roster such as Takeo Spikes, London Fletcher, Nate Clements, Drew Bledsoe and Eric Moulds, and immediately knew he could be a more-than capable addition.

``I believe I can be one of the components bringing things together,″ said Vincent, a five-time Pro Bowler. ``I’ve made plays in the past and I expect to make plays in the future to help this organization get back to where they once were.″

The 32-year-old cornerback has played 12 seasons, the last eight with the Eagles. A 1992 first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins, he has 42 career interceptions.

Vincent will replace cornerback Antoine Winfield, a four-year starter, who signed with Minnesota earlier this month.

``We addressed a need by filling a void left by a very good player,″ Bills head coach Mike Mularkey said. ``It was the biggest void we needed to take care of before we moved on.″

The Bills were the first team Vincent met with when the free-agency period began in early March. He also visited Cincinnati and Kansas City.

The Bills ``were the very first team and right there from the opening bell,″ Vincent said. ``I had many different opportunities, but I really wanted the right fit.″

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