Bills give Chris Manhertz No. 47

By Nick Veronica

Former Canisius basketball player and Buffalo Bills signee Chris Manhertz has been given jersey No. 47.

Manhertz signed a reserve/futures contract with the Bills in December as a tight end prospect. The team starts a voluntary minicamp next week.

Tight ends can wear numbers 40-49 and 80-89. Notable tight ends to have worn 47 include Washington’s Chris Cooley and Carolina’s Jeff King.

Former Buffalo Bills 47s include Willie West, Willie Ross, Charley King, Pete Richardson, Leon Garror, Clint Haslerig, Roscoe Word, Curtis Brown, Bill Hurley, Lucious Smith, Mike Panepinto, Kirby Jackson, Ahmad Brooks and Cary Harris.

Manhertz is currently the fourth tight end on the Bills depth chart, behind Charles Clay, Chris Gragg and MarQueis Gray.