Bills sign Anderson; release Marlowe

October 09, 2018 - 11:39 am
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After a free agent visit to Buffalo on Monday, veteran quarterback Derek Anderson has put pen to paper and signed a contract with the Bills.

The team announced on Tuesday that it has signed the 12-year veteran, while releasing safety Dean Marlowe to make room on the 53-man roster.

Signed to the 53-man roster: QB Derek Anderson

Released: S Dean Marlowe

Signed to the practice squad: TE Keith Towbridge

Released from the practice squad: CB Michael Hunter

More info on Anderson: pic.twitter.com/TFnJaRimxF

More info on Anderson: pic.twitter.com/TFnJaRimxF

Released from the practice squad: CB Michael Hunter

Signed to the practice squad: TE Keith Towbridge

Released: S Dean Marlowe

Signed to the 53-man roster: QB Derek Anderson

— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) October 9, 2018

ESPN's Chris Mortenson had first reported that Anderson would be signing with the Bills just a few hours before Sunday's kickoff with the Tennessee Titans at New Era Field.

“First and foremost, he’s a team-first guy,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said of Anderson on Monday. “A guy that’s been around, whether as a team-first guy or as a backup, a lot of football over the years. He’s got a good outlook on the game from an offensive standpoint and understands defenses. So there’s just a lot of value to it for where we are right now in terms of that quarterback room and two young quarterbacks that have been in that room. I think highly of Derek, having been around Derek in Carolina and how he not only played, but also was a primary backup for us and helped Cam in his learning curve, as well. Again, I was on the defensive side, so I wasn’t in the room there, but he’s a good quarterback that has played and also backed up, so he’s got some good wisdom stored up in that brain.

“I think [Anderson> provides that [veteran presence>, or would provide it if it gets that far. It’s important that we try to do that in every room – that you have a veteran player that offers a great example not only on the field, but off the field, as well, to what it should look like. We’re not there from a roster standpoint yet to be able to do that in every room potentially, but that’s the vision for the roster and in this case, for the quarterback room.”

Anderson has played for the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, and Carolina Panthers over the span of his career, starting in 47 games. He's thrown for 10,413 yards with 60 touchdowns and 60 interceptions. The 35-year-old also worked with Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll during his time with the Browns. 

The Oregon State product was originally selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

As for Marlowe, he gets released after making his first career start this past week against Tennessee and picking up four tackles. The 26-year-old was just promoted from the practice squad on Saturday with the injuries at safety to Micah Hyde and Rafael Bush.

The Bills also made a move on the practice squad with the signing of tight end Keith Towbridge. To make room on the 10-man practice squad, the team released cornerback Michael Hunter.

Towbridge spent the last two preseasons with the Bills, and was the player who caught the late game-winning touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the last preseason game this year. Buffalo signed the 23-year old as an undrafted free agent back in 2017.

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