Buffalo Bills meets acquisition needs of RB Hines, S Marlowe National News
ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — The AFC-leading Bills refused to sit idly by Tuesday at the NFL’s trade deadline, with general manager Brandon Beane addressing key needs of Buffalo’s offensive backfield and high school exhausted by injuries.
Beane began by adding an established pass-catching dimension by acquiring running back Nyheim Hines in a trade from the Indianapolis Colts. Buffalo traded third-string running back Zack Moss and a conditional sixth-round pick in next year’s draft to the Colts to land Hines, who provides the Josh Allen-led offense with an experienced double threat.
Beane then filled an important need for depth on defense by trading a seventh-round pick to acquire safety Dean Marlowe from Atlanta. Marlowe has seven seasons of NFL experience and is familiar with the Bills’ defensive pattern after a three-year stint at Buffalo from 2018-2020.
Despite having little room under the salary cap, the sixth-year general manager opted to augment a roster that gave Buffalo a 6-1 start, tying its best record in seven games since 1993.
Buffalo has won four straight after claiming a 27-17 victory over Green Bay on Sunday and is preparing to travel to face the New York Jets (5-3) this weekend.
Hines fills a role behind starter Devin Singletary that Beane has been eager to tackle since free agency in March, when JD McKissic reneged on a deal to sign with Buffalo returning to play for Washington.
In his fifth season in the NFL, Hines joins an offense that leads the league in yards gained, passing yards and ranks second in points scored. He is expected to take on the third role currently held by rookie James Cook, which has been used sparingly this season.
After scoring his first touchdown of the season on a 5-yard rush in a 17-16 loss to Washington last weekend, Hines has 18 carries for 36 yards and 25 catches for 188 yards in seven games. Overall, the 25-year-old has 1,205 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, and 1,725 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 72 career games since being selected by the Colts in the fourth round of the 2018 draft.
He still has two seasons left on a three-year, $18.6 million contract extension he signed in September 2021.
Moss, a 2020 third-round pick, became the odd man in Buffalo after seeing his role start to dwindle last season. He’s been inactive in each of Buffalo’s last two games and has 17 carries for 91 yards, plus seven catches for 27 yards.
Moss scored four rushing touchdowns and a touchdown in each of his first two seasons at Buffalo.
Marlowe joins a thin Bills defense at safety. Starter Micah Hyde underwent season-ending neck surgery after being injured in Week 2, while fellow starter Jordan Poyer’s status is uncertain after suffering an elbow injury against Green Bay.
The Bills welcome back Tre’Davious White after activating the starting cornerback from the physically unable to play roster on Tuesday, although it’s too early to determine if he’ll play this weekend. White has been out since torn a ligament in his left knee in a 31-6 win over New Orleans 11 months ago.
The Bills freed up space on their roster by releasing defensive tackle Brandin Bryant and receiver Isaiah Hodgins.
Buffalo also revamped its practice roster, bringing in cornerback Xavier Rhodes and releasing cornerback Jordan Miller. Rhodes, 32, suffered a hamstring injury shortly after being signed by the Bills in late September.