A former Buffalo Bills running back is returning to his home country and may return to his original sport, an insider claims.
Converted rugby star Christian Wade has become one of the most popular players on the Buffalo coaching staff in recent times. He showed some electric performances in the pre-season but never found his way into the active squad. Although his time with the Bills is over, Wade’s sporting career could continue in his native England.
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As reported by Buffalo News’ Jay Skurski, Wade is aspiring to return to the rugby career that brought him fame in England and led him to participate in the NFL’s International Player Pathway program.
“Reports from England say Wade is considering a return to rugby, although he hasn’t quite given up on his dream of playing in the NFL,” wrote Skurski. “He’s not under contract with the Bills anymore.”
The International Pathway Program created an optional spot for Wade on the practice team, allowing him to spend three years with the team but with no chance of making the active roster. Wade may have left the Bills earlier, but the NFL expanded the program post-pandemic, giving players an extra year of practice team exemption.
Wade was one of two players on the International Pathway Program bills. Defensive lineman Efe Obada joined the Bills in 2021 after several stints in the NFL and a football career that began with the London Warriors. He had a strong season with the Bills, registering 3.5 sacks as part of head coach Sean McDermott’s deep defensive line rotation.
Skurski noted that Wade may have NFL aspirations, but it’s likely he won’t get another chance given he’s 31 and still relatively inexperienced at playing football. Still, the Buffalo News reporter noted that Wade’s time with the Bills could be counted as a success.
“He should be proud of what he accomplished when he came into the NFL and spent two years on a practice team,” Skurski wrote. “He was fun to cover and he’s undoubtedly a world-class athlete. I wouldn’t consider his experience a waste of time for either side. Wade was introduced to life on an NFL football team, the Bills got positive press from his presence and gave him an honest chance. Both sides should leave the experience feeling good.”
Bills fans will carry with them the memory of his electric debut in the 2019 preseason. On the first carry of his NFL career, Wade ran 65 yards for a touchdown.
Wade likely would have come a long way to making the final roster this season as the Bills deepened the running back by signing veteran Duke Johnson and drafted Georgia in the second round as running back James Cook. They will battle for carries with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, who initially split carries last season until Singletary rose late and got the majority of carries by the end of the season.
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