Detroit Lions bolster depth at safety, sign free agent Dean Marlowe


The Lions added more depth on Thursday, announcing the signing of Safety Officer Dean Marlowe, who has spent the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

The 28-year-old Marlowe has played primarily in a substitute role and on special teams in the NFL since he was named an unoccupied rookie on the Carolina Panthers list in 2015. With the Bills he has had a career-best year in which he made four starts and one goal with two interceptions – both came in the final of the regular season against Miami – and 1.5 sacks.

New Lions Security Dean Marlowe, 31, made two interceptions with the Bills last season, both of which were played against the Dolphins in the regular season finale.

Marlowe played every defensive snap in Buffalo’s 24-21 win over New England in Week 8. He also played a pivotal role as the special team for the Bills, including the postseason run to the AFC championship game.

In Detroit, he will deepen the security position where only Tracy Walker and Will Harris have previous experience with the current Lions roster. Earlier this week, the Lions also hosted former Broncos Safety Will Parks. And last month they called in Damontae Kazee, the former Falcons security officer, but he signed a free agent deal with Dallas.

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