On Monday, Jordan Phillips reported to the world he had re-signed with the Bills via twitter.
“Done deal. Let’s go #Billsmafia.”
On Tuesday, the team made it official.
Phillips is remaining in Buffalo on a one year deal. Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network reports the contract is worth $4.5 million.
The defensive tackle knew he could have tried his hand on the open market, but made it clear on a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon that he only had one team on his wish list.
“I really was kinda trying to come to a deal with Buffalo. That was my choice, where I wanted to be,” Phillips said. “It didn’t really matter what the numbers were.”
The Bills grabbed Phillips off of waivers from Miami four games into the season last year. He played 12 games in Buffalo in a reserve role. Phillips finished his first Bills tenure with three pass break ups and 19 tackles, including two for a loss.
The one year deal leaves Phillips in the same situation he played last year. He’ll have to, again, prove that he’s worthy of another contract.
However, the need for long term security was trumped by a more basic desire.
“I really like Buffalo. Buffalo feels like home,” Phillips said. “The money can be made up another time. If you fit somewhere, you need to stay.”
The retirement of Kyle Williams does open up a starting spot on the defensive line at the three-technique (defensive tackle). Phillips says he wants to prove he deserves the job and, eventually, sign a long term contract in Buffalo.
Phillips was loved by Bills fans and teammates for his public displays of excitement. It even impressed noted “wear his emotions on his sleeve” teammate Shaq Lawson.
“I have juice,” Lawson said after Phillips arrived in October. “He makes me more juiced.”
Phillips admitted the “juice” in Bills games runs both ways..
“The crowd was crazy. They got into it, so I got into it. That’s what really drove me to want to stay,” Phillips said.
Phillips was drafted by the Dolphins and had moments of success during his three-plus seasons in Miami. He, ultimately, was released after a sideline argument with an assistant coach and questions about his effort.
The Bills certainly saw enough effort to give Philips another year in Buffalo.
Phillips said he was happy that the some of those negative things were “proven untrue” last season. He appreciated the fresh start with the Bills enough to put that gratitude on paper.
“Buffalo kinda resurrected my career and I feel they should reap the benefits of it,” he said.
Phillips is bucking Buffalo’s reputation as the Siberia of the NFL for free agents, especially coming from Miami.
He explained what his pitch to other free agents would be when the new league year begins next week.
“If you want a college environment and want to have fun and have a rowdy crowd, Buffalo is the place to be.”