After a free agency visit on Wednesday, former bill security Dean Marlowe has officially signed with the Detroit Lions, the team announced Thursday morning.
Marlowe was rolled out in 2015, but spent a few years with the Carolina Panthers in mainly a special team role. In the last three years, however, he expanded his role with the Buffalo Bills. Since 2018, he has played in 26 games and started seven. Last year was especially his breakout season, where he played in 15 games and started four. Marlowe served as a versatile safety and collected 22 tackles, two interceptions. 1.5 sacks and three passes defended in 2020 alone.
Marlowe comes in and immediately competes with Will Harris for a starting security job alongside Tracy Walker. Although he enters the season as a backup, Marlowe can contribute immediately on special teams. Last year, he played on 21
Bills head coach Sean McDermott was a big reason for Marlowe’s growth in the league. He was the defensive coordinator for the Panthers when Marlowe was there and he had a big role in bringing Marlow to Buffalo.
“He’s seen the journey of a lifetime in the NFL, where his career started in his first year and (he) was successful and expected the next year or two to take the job in Carolina,” McDermott said back in 2018. “He never quite got to that, perhaps in part due to some damage. Now he’s basically reinvented himself (as) another guy, basically, since he came to Buffalo. ”
Marlowe can serve several roles in the defense as he was a Swiss Army knife on the Bills defense last year. Per PFF, he played 54 snaps in the box, 56 in the nickel corner and 96 in free safety last season.