The Latest: Bills agree to deal with safety Dean Marlowe


The Latest on NFL free agency. The NFL’s spending in free agency continues Friday:


2:15 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills have agreed to re-sign backup safety Dean Marlowe to a one-year contract.

He’s a fifth-year player who spent the previous two seasons on Buffalo’s active roster after being signed to the team’s practice squad in 2017. Marlowe had two starts and appeared in nine games last season.

He initially broke into the NFL with Carolina in 2015, when current Bills coach Sean McDermott served as the Panthers defensive coordinator.


2 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back several of their depth players, reaching agreements with linebackers Joe Thomas and Justin March while re-signing offensive lineman Joe Looney.

Thomas was a stabilizing part of the linebacking group after emerging star Leighton Vander Esch was limited to nine games because of a neck injury that required surgery. March played some linebacker but has been an important on special teams as well.

The 28-year-old Thomas has started 10 of 67 games in six seasons, with 157 tackles and one interception. The 26-year-old March made all five of his career starts with Kansas City in 2016. Both were undrafted free agents.

Looney returned to a backup role in 2019 after starting all of the previous season at center while 2016 All-Pro Travis Frederick recovered from an autoimmune disorder. Looney started the 2019 season finale at left guard after injuries to Connor Williams and backup Xavier Su’a-Filo.


1:25 p.m.

Linebacker Elandon Roberts has signed with the Miami Dolphins, who added yet another ex-New England Patriots player to the roster.

Roberts played with the Patriots from 2016 to 2019. Last year he was a captain, starred on special teams and occasionally played fullback, catching a 38-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady against Miami.

Linebacker Kyle Van Noy and center Ted Karras, both former Patriots, agreed to terms earlier this week with the Dolphins. Coach Brian Flores is a former New England assistant.

Miami also signed safety Clayton Fejedelem, who landed an $8.55 million, three-year deal that includes $3 million guaranteed. Fejedelem was a seventh-round draft pick by the Bengals in 2016 and became a special teams standout in four seasons with them.

– Steven Wine reporting from Miami.


12:10 p.m.

The Cleveland Browns have added another veteran safety to their secondary, agreeing to terms with Andrew Sendejo on a one-year, $2.25 million contract.

The 32-year-old Sendejo played for Minnesota and Philadelphia last season. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Sendejo is the second safety locked up by the Browns in free agency this week. On Wednesday, the team worked out a deal with former Raiders safety Karl Joseph.

Sendejo started with Dallas in 2010 before playing nine seasons with Minnesota. New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was with Vikings that entire time.

Sendejo had three interceptions last season and nine in his career.

– Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland


12:05 p.m.

The New York Jets are re-signing cornerback Arthur Maulet to a one-year deal after not tendering him as a restricted free agent.

Maulet was solid while starting six games late last season after injuries decimated the cornerback spot. He finished with 41 overall tackles, an interception and two passes defensed. Maulet also recovered a fumble for a touchdown on special teams.

The 26-year-old Maulet announced his return on his Twitter and Instagram pages, saying: “I’m Bacc Gotham City !”

The Louisiana native was signed by New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of Memphis in 2017. He had two stints with the Saints and also spent time with Indianapolis before being signed by the Jets last winter. Maulet became a free agent earlier this week when he wasn’t given a restricted free agent tender, but was brought back by New York as an unrestricted free agent.

– Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from New York.


12 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills are indeed, as quarterback Josh Allen put it on Twitter, digging it.

The Bills announced acquiring receiver Stefon Diggs in a multi-draft-pick trade with the Minnesota Vikings.

The trade was agreed to Monday, and announced by both teams Friday.

The Vikings acquired four draft picks, including Buffalo’s first-round choice (22nd overall), giving them five of the top 105 picks in this year’s draft. Minnesota also acquired Buffalo’s fourth- and fifth-round picks this year, and a fourth-round selection in 2021.

Buffalo also acquired the Vikings’ seventh-round pick as part of the deal to provide the Josh Allen-led offense a primary deep threat it has been previously missing. Diggs joins an established group of receivers rounded out by John Brown and Cole Beasley.

The 26-year-old Diggs has topped 1,000 yards receiving each of his past two years. Last year, he had a career-best 1,130 yards receiving and ranked fourth in the NFL in averaging 17.9 yards per catch.

Allen welcomed the trade with a tweet that read: “Ya Digg?”

Diggs responded by writing: “LETS GET IT.”

– John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo, New York.


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FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) catches a touchdown pass in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif. A person with direct knowledge of the move confirms to The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have acquired Diggs in a trade with Vikings. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)