Former Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
As a Nittany Lion, Hodges enjoyed a successful four-year career in Happy Valley, breaking through as one of the Big Ten’s elite linebackers in 2011. As a junior, Hodges led Penn State with 106 tackles, and he also recorded 4.5 sacks over the course of that season. Hodges earned first team All-Big Ten honors for the 2011 season and preseason All-American honors prior to his senior year. After a strong 2012 season, Hodges was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
Hodges spent the past two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, and before that, he spent the first three years of his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings. The Paulsboro, NJ native has played in 54 NFL games throughout the first six years of his career, making 224 tackles and recording 3.5 sacks. The 2016 season was Hodges’ best season to date; he played in 15 of the 49ers’ 16 games, recording a career-high 83 tackles and intercepting two passes for the first time in his career.
Hodges visited the New York Jets earlier this month, and he also garnered interest from the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks, but none of those three teams offered him a contract. The Bills had been high on the linebacker for quite some time, and found a great depth addition to its linebacking corps.