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Former Alabama safety Jared Mayden signs to Buffalo Bills

Jared Mayden going through drills at 2020 Senior Bowl practice
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The Buffalo Bills return a familiar face to its roster for his second stint.

Jared Mayden, a former Alabama safety, is back with the team. Buffalo released cornerback Xavier Rhodes and signed Mayden from the New York Jets practice squad. As a native Texan, Mayden went undrafted in 2020. He had a successful senior year for the Crimson Tide, totaling 59 tackles, three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, and a team-high four interceptions in 2019.

Mayden came to the University of Alabama as a four-star safety in 2016.

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He helped the Tide to two Southeastern Conference Championships (2016 and 2018) and a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017. His pro career started with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent, but Mayden has been bounced to the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets practice squads before returning to the Bills.

Hopefully, he can do enough to make Buffalo his permanent spot.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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