It has been more than four years since OLB Shane Ray wore an NFL uniform, but the Buffalo Bills will offer him a chance to do so again.
The 2015 first-round pick signed a contract Saturday, The 33rd Team’s Ari Meirov reported, after trying out at the Bills minicamp.
“Words can’t describe the emotions I’m feeling right now. So many tears, sleepless nights, depression, everything that comes with losing the game,” Ray wrote on his Instagram. “So many days of having nothing but hope while fighting a uphill battle. Even in my darkest moments I believed in myself. I believed that I would have another opportunity even if the world didn’t believe.”
One of the first people to respond to his posting was former Dallas Cowboys player DeMarcus Ware, who wrote, “Proud of all the hard work you have put in.”
Ray, who turns 30 next week, played in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts the past two seasons. He had six sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 games in 2022 before tearing a bicep muscle to prematurely end his season.
The Denver Broncos made him the 23rd overall pick in 2015, and he had four sacks in 15 games as a rookie. When Denver won Super Bowl 50, Ray had two tackles, a forced fumble and a quarterback hit in 20 defensive snaps.
He totaled eight sacks, 21 quarterback hits and returned a fumble for scored a touchdown in 2016. Ray, though, underwent four wrist surgeries over the next two years.
The Baltimore Ravens signed him in 2019, but Ray didn’t make the roster.