Ansah still drawing interest
One of the remaining marquee free agents in the NFL remains on the Buffalo Bills’ radar.
During an appearance Thursday morning on WGR 550, Bills General Manager Brandon Beane provided an update on the team’s interest in Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who made a free-agent visit to Orchard Park last week, but remains unsigned.
“We had a great visit with Ziggy,” Beane said. “He’s a great young man. You know, he had a tough shoulder injury last year and he’s still rehabbing that. I know he went on a couple other visits, or at least one other that I’m aware of. We had great talks with him and his agent, and it’s kind of just at a standstill right now, but it doesn’t mean it will or it won’t happen. We’ll see going forward. We’ll stay in touch with him and his representatives.”
Beane wouldn’t rule out pursuing another defensive end, but made it sound unlikely.
“There’s a couple guys out there, but we’re mainly in a holding pattern there,” he said. “I don’t know that there’s a guy out there that we would probably jump on before the draft, but depending on what we land in the draft, maybe there’s some guys that we pursue after that, separate of Ziggy, whether we go after him or not.”
Cincinnati Bengals free agent tight end Jake Fisher is scheduled to work out for the Bills on Friday, according to ESPN’s John Keim. Fisher was in Washington on Thursday, working out for the Redskins.
Fisher, 25, was drafted in the second round by the Bengals in 2015 as a tackle, but now is moving back to tight end. He was recruited to Oregon as a tight end before moving to tackle during college. He played some tight end over the last four seasons in Cincinnati.
The Bills have two tight ends on the roster in Jason Croom and recently signed free agent Tyler Kroft, who was Fisher’s teammate with the Bengals.
Bills restricted free agent tight end Logan Thomas has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.
Thomas returns to Detroit after being on their practice squad in 2016 when he was making the switch from quarterback to tight end. He was not on the Lions’ active roster and the Bills signed him away two days later.
Thomas played in 12 games in each of the last two seasons with a combined 19 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown.
He was drafted in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2014 and also spent time with the Dolphins and New York Giants, though never played for either.
The Lions also signed Steelers tight end Jesse James early in free agency.
Detroit’s top two tight ends last year, Levine Toilolo and Luke Wilson are free agents.