An­sah still draw­ing in­ter­est

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS - By Jay Skurski NEWS SPORTS RE­PORTER

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.

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