The Buffalo Bills announced Thursday, March 25th, that they signed running back Matt Breida to a one-year contract. The details at the time of this writing are unknown.
An undrafted free agent out of Georgia Southern in 2017, Breida, now 26 years old, signed with the San Francisco 49ers. At his pro day, Breida measured at 5 feet 9 inches, weighed 195 pounds, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds (which our Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Zach, will take with a block of salt).
Breida entered his rookie year as the backup to Carlos Hyde. He finished his rookie season with 465 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, 180 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown. Breida had his most success in his second season with 814 rushing yards (5.3 ypa) and three touchdowns and was second on the team in yards-from-scrimmage.
After his third season with the 49ers, where he had 623 rushing yards and one touchdown along with 120 receiving yards and one touchdown, he was traded to the Dolphins in 2020 where, in 12 games, he carried the ball 59 times fior 254 yards for an average of 4.3 yards per carry.
Breida brings much-desired speed to a crowded Buffalo Bills running back room that already includes third-round picks, Devin Singeltary and Zach Moss, recently-resigned special teamer Taiwan Jones, and Antonio Williams, an undrafted free agent from 2020 who impressed Bills fans in his rookie debut against the Miami Dolphins in Week 17. It will be interesting to see what kind of role Breida can carve out in a very competitive running back room.