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Patriots sign Tony Steward, Christian Yount

Brandon Marshall, Tony Steward, Stephon Gilmore

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) avoids the tackle of Buffalo Bills linebacker Tony Steward (50) and cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) as he scores a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


The Bills waived linebacker Tony Steward this week, but the 2015 sixth-round pick wasn’t out of work for long.

The Patriots announced Friday that they have signed Steward. The team also announced that long snapper Christian Yount has been added to the 90-man roster.

Steward had two tackles while playing seven games as a reserve for Buffalo last season and ended the year on injured reserve. He joins Ramon Humber and Shea McClellin as new additions to the linebacking corps in New England this offseason and will likely battle for a depth spot on defense while also playing special teams.

Yount spent parts of four seasons with the Browns and also played seven games for the Buccaneers in 2011. He’s played in 60 games altogether, although none came in 2015 as Yount was out of the NFL last year. Joe Cardona was the Patriots long snapper last year and remains on the roster.