Core special-teamer and backup linebacker Deon Lacey signed a one-year contract Thursday to return to the Buffalo Bills.
Lacey, 28, led the Bills in special teams snaps each of the past two seasons and has played in all 16 games each of the past two years. He was due to be an exclusive-rights free agent.
Lacey ranked third on the Bills in special teams tackles with six, behind Siran Neal (eight) and Lafayette Pitts (seven). Pitts was re-signed by the Bills last week. He was second to Lacey in special-teams snaps. Lacey played 299 snaps, 69 percent of the special teams plays. In 2017, he played 285 snaps, or 65 percent of the kicking plays.
On defense, Lacey only played 14 snaps in 2018. Speed is his asset. He ran between 4.45 and 4.51 in the 40-yard dash in 2013 coming out of Division II West Alabama. Lacey spent three seasons in the Canadian Football League before making the NFL.