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Scott: 'I'm still a Bill!" (updated)

Free-safety Bryan Scott has re-signed with the Buffalo Bills, the team announced.

Scott, who turns 31 in a few weeks, tweeted the news, complete with a picture of his new contract.

A nine-year veteran, Scott played in all 16 games last season and started seven as a hybrid linebacker/safety. Scott finished with 66 tackles, six pass deflections and two interceptions. He played about 56 percent of the defensive snaps, almost all in the nickel defense.

The hybrid 'backer-safety role has become more important in the NFL, particularly against teams with quality tight ends. The backer-safety provides a little better support vs. the run than a sixth defensive back and a little more coverage than a second linebacker. Scott gives the Bills more veteran insurance in the secondary. Da'Norris Searcy, a fourth-round pick last year, is expected to get a chance to show what he can do in that spot as well.

---Rodney McKissic, Mark Gaughan

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic

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