The New England Patriots retained some of their free-agent players, signing offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle and linebacker Marquis Flowers to one-year deals. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network Insider, the Patriots inked Waddle to a one-year contract, keeping him in New England through the 2018 season. Keeping Waddle was important to the Patriots after they lost Nate Solder to the New York Giants. Waddle stepped up last season in the absence of right tackle Marcus Cannon, making him a key piece for the Patriots in the 2018 season. Waddle and fellow tackle Cameron Fleming visited [VIDEO]the Dallas Cowboys last week, but the former decided to remain with the Patriots.

Fleming, for his part, is still undecided on whether to return to the Patriots or sign with the Cowboys. With Waddle back in the fold, the Patriots now have Tony Garcia, Cole Croston, Andrew Jelks, Jason King and newly signed Matt Tobin in their offensive line.The Patriots also signed Flowers to a one-year deal worth $2.55 million, according to his agent, Sean Stellato.

Dolphins ink QB Brock Osweiler

The Miami Dolphins have found their new backup quarterback, signing Brock Osweiler as support to their starter Ryan Tannehill. Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported Osweiler’s signing but did not provide any detail of the contract. Osweiler signed a deal one day after visiting the Dolphins on Thursday (March 22). He will backup Tannehill, who missed last season with an ACL injury.

Osweiler played as Peyton Manning’s backup with the Denver Broncos for four years before he signed a massive four-year deal worth $72 million with the Houston Texans in 2016. However, he was a big disappointment with the Texans, as he threw for just 2,957 yards and 15 touchdowns with 16 interceptions. In the offseason, the Texans shipped Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns, where he was in line to become a starter before he missed his chance with a poor preseason performance. After he was released by the Browns, Osweiler signed a one-year deal with the Broncos last offseason. With Trevor Siemian struggling, Osweiler played six games for the Broncos last season, with four starts. During that span, Osweiler completed 96 passes for 1,088 yards and five touchdowns with five interceptions.

Cowboys sign wideout

According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, free-agent wide receiver Allen Hurns will sign a two-year deal with the Cowboys. Rapoport reported that Hurns is expected to ink a two-year pact worth up to $12 million with the Cowboys, per his sources. With Hurns on board, the Cowboys will have Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, and newly acquired Deonte Thompson as receivers. Last season, Hurns caught just 39 passes for 484 yards in 10 games before he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2015, Hurns made his mark as he tallied 1,031 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.