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Merrill "Bud" Noel re-signed by Buffalo Bills

The Bills were in need of another body at cornerback, where Leodis McKelvin remains injured, and Noel spent the majority of the spring workout schedule with the team as an undrafted free agent.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday that they have signed rookie free agent cornerback Merrill Noel, bringing their active training camp roster up to the league maximum of 90 players.

Noel was originally signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent back in May, and spent most of the spring workout schedule with the team before an unceremonious release on June 18 to make room on the roster for reserve tight end Matthew Mulligan.

Now, "Bud" is back on the team thanks to a Leodis McKelvin injury that has left the Bills light on numbers at the cornerback position in the practice setting. The 5'8", 177-pound corner is a solid athlete with a lot of experience (he started over 40 games in his career at Wake Forest), but his size will likely limit him to a slot specialization at the NFL level - and the Bills already have one of the league's better athletes for that role in Nickell Robey.