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Draft Scout Manny Lawson News
03/13/13 - OLB Manny Lawson was signed by the Buffalo Bills, reuniting him with college teammate Mario Williams.
Lawson played the past two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after entering the NFL as a first-round (22nd overall) draft selection of the San Francisco 49ers in 2006.
The four-year contract with Buffalo is worth at least $12 million, Yahoo Sports reported.
Lawson, 28, made $2.1 million in 2012 and started 10 games at strong-side linebacker.
"The last 24 hours have been a blast," Lawson said via the Bills' website. "Just talking to the guys and getting a feel for the organization. I'm happy to be here and I expect a lot of things. I think we're going to have a lot of fun. I think we're going to put a show on for the fans out here in Buffalo. I'm just ready to kick the season off."
The 6-5, 240-pound linebacker has 18 career sacks, 19 pass breakups, two interceptions, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
03/31/12 - LB manny Lawson re-signed with the Bengals.
Lawson was fifth on the team in tackles with 78 and had 1 1/2 sacks last season, and started in 16 of the team's 17 games, including the wild-card playoff loss.
"Manny was a big part of our success last season, and I look for him to take his game to a higher level this year," Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer said in a statement released by the team. "He moved to essentially a different position with us, playing outside in a 4-3 (defensive scheme) after being in a 3-4, and he kept getting better as the year went on.
"He was very good against the run and in coverage, and this year I think we can take better advantage of him as a pass rusher."