Jerome Felton shuffles off to Buffalo

AP

LeSean McCoy has a lead blocker.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bills will sign fullback Jerome Felton as a free agent. Felton opted out of his contract with the Vikings, leaving $2.45 million on the table to seek his fortune elsewhere after a year that saw his playing time drop.

Felton shouldn’t have that problem with the Bills as long as healthy since all signs are that Buffalo plans to run the ball early and often in 2015. They’re reportedly holding onto Fred Jackson to go with McCoy and have Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown under contract as well, which is a more appealing group to rely on to move the ball than the Matt Cassel/EJ Manuel quarterback combo.

Felton spent three years in Minnesota and helped open up holes for Adrian Peterson when Peterson topped the 2,000-yard mark during the 2012 season. He’s also played for the Lions, Panthers and Colts during his seven-year career.