BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Bills have signed defensive end Bryan Cox Jr., whose father never hid his dislike for Buffalo during his days playing for the AFC rival Miami Dolphins in the 1990s.
Cox Jr. was signed to a one-year contract Wednesday after splitting last season between Carolina and Cleveland. He has three seasons of NFL experience since being signed by the Panthers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2017.
Overall, he has two starts in 25 career games.
Bryan Cox Sr. was a 12-year NFL linebacker and best known in Buffalo for antagonizing the Bills and their fans during his five seasons with the Dolphins.
Shortly before a game at Orchard Park in 1993, a television broadcast filmed Cox exiting the tunnel and directing his two middle fingers at the crowd, which led to him being fined by the NFL.
Cox told NBC his gesture was in response to batteries being thrown at him, and racist letters sent to him by Bills fans.
In the week before the game, Cox was quoted as saying: “I don’t like the Buffalo Bills as a team, I don’t like them as people, I don’t like the city, and I don’t like their organization.”
Two years later, in a game at Buffalo, Cox spit in the direction of Bills fans while being escorted off the field after being ejected for a fight with running back Carwell Gardner.