Latest On Bills DL Ed Oliver

Ed Oliver will continue to participate in the Bills’ offseason program, according to’s Tom Pelissero (Twitter link). Meanwhile, the defensive lineman is facing charges for gun possession and driving while intoxicated following his Saturday night arrest.

[RELATED: Bills’ Ed Oliver Arrested On Gun, DWI Charges]

The Bills plan to let the legal process take its course, Pelissero hears, though it’s not immediately clear how the league office will proceed. Ideally, the Bills would like to have last year’s No. 9 overall pick on the field in 2020. Oliver showed serious potential with five sacks in his rookie year and he’s slated to take on an even larger role now that Jordan Phillips is out of the picture.

Last year, Phillips led the team with 9.5 sacks, but the Bills allowed him to walk in free agency knowing that Oliver could keep the pressure on. If Oliver’s availability is in doubt, the Bills may have to explore some out-of-house options for the front seven. For now, they’re projected to start Oliver, Mario Addison, Star Lotulelei, and Jerry Hughes on the front four. Meanwhile, they’ve got Quinton Jefferson, Vernon Butler, and Harrison Phillips among their backup options for the interior.

In other Bills news, GM Brandon Beane says he did not have any interest in a Sammy Watkins reunion this year. Watkins’ account may be slightly different, but in any case, the Bills are mostly set at wide receiver now that they have former Vikings superstar Stefon Diggs on board.

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12 comments on “Latest On Bills DL Ed Oliver

  1. afsooner02

    It’s a couple of misdemeanors…..while stupid and could have been much worse….for now…it’s a stupid mistake.

    He pay his fine to texas and the bills and life will go on. I don’t see them releasing him over it….unless they were looking for a reason to….but 20 other teams would be calling him instantly if they did.

  2. braveshomer

    why can’t these guys get Concealed Weapons permits?!….its so easy to get and they wouldn’t get an additional firearms possession charge smh

    • tank62

      He had a permit, whst makes it an offense is being in possession while under the influence

  3. infield fly

    Gun possession is a non factor as this was in Texas!
    DUI however is another matter.

    • Stabby McShank

      It’s the not the gun possession, it’s the having the gun in the car while intoxicated that becomes an add on charge. That will probably gets dropped.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Ed Oliver: “Gun in the car?…what gun? I was too intoxicated to see exactly what was in that car. I would never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if I knew a weapon was inside”.

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