Bills tackle needs, sign DT Tripplett, TE Royal

Updated: March 12, 2006, 4:18 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Defensive tackle Larry Tripplett and tight end Robert Royal signed with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday as the team wasted no time addressing its numerous needs on the first day of free agency.

Royal, who spent the past four seasons with Washington, agreed to a reported five-year, $10 million contract that includes a $2.5 million bonus. Tripplett spent the past four seasons with Indianapolis, where he started four games last season.

The moves came shortly ...

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