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Bills TE Lee Smith describes new atmosphere in Buffalo

Bills Wire logo Bills Wire 5/19/2019 Nick Wojton
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Lee Smith signed on with the Buffalo Bills once again this offseason. After spending the early portions of his career from 2011-14 with the organization, he's a familiar face to fans.

What's not familiar to Smith, who signed a three-year deal, is the organization itself. Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the team in 2014 and Smith left. Since then, there's been plenty of changes organizationally and physically.

The team invested in their facilities which are new and improved, plus the front office is completely different with General Manager Brandon Beane and Head Coach Sean McDermott. All that combined, it wasn't anything physical that stood out to Smith upon his return.

While visiting the team prior to signing as a free agent, Smith said there's simply just a different "feel" in Buffalo in 2019.

"The feel, I think, was the main thing," Smith told the team's radio show. "When I came back on my visit, because this is where I want to finish my career, right? I wanted to sign one more contract, give it all I got.

"It was the feel when you walk in the build, the atmosphere, obviously like I said, there' s a human element to this thing. When players are treated the way the players are treated here," Smith added, "You're treating these million dollar investments like million dollar investments. There's a good vibe here."

In explaining why he re-signed with the team, Smith could be giving an insight into how the Bills re-vamped their entire offense via free agency this offseason.

Most assumed Buffalo couldn't land as many free agents as they did, and while dollars help, and while Smith wasn't speaking for anyone else, it's still a worthwhile note that Buffalo is making a good impression, league-wide.

That could even help in the future if players decided they don't want to sign with the Bills. Think wide receiver John Brown, who was approached by Buffalo last year and signed with the Ravens instead, only to decide on the Bills this offseason.

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