NFL Notes: Bills Claim Running Back Dri Archer Off Waivers

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have claimed running back Dri Archer a day after he was released by the New York Jets.

Listed at 5-foot-8 and 173 pounds, Archer spent his first two NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being waived in November. The Jets then signed him to a reserve/future contract in February.

Archer was a multiple threat at Kent State, where he was used as a running back, receiver and kickoff returner. In four years at college, he combined to score 24 touchdowns rushing, 12 receiving, four on kickoff returns and even had one passing.

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Archer had difficulty earning a regular role with the Steelers, managing 40 yards rushing, 23 yards receiving and returned 23 kickoffs for 515 yards in 20 games.

Saints: 2nd-round pick Vonn Bell signed
METAIRIE, La. -- Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says rookie safety Vonn Bell, whom New Orleans selected in the second round of this year's NFL draft, has signed a four-year contract.

Bell was the Saints' latter of two second-round picks, taken 61st overall out of Ohio State.

The 5-foot-11 inch, 199-pound Bell was a consensus All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist last season.

He played three seasons for the Buckeyes, compiling 176 tackles, a sack, nine interceptions, 24 passes defended and two fumble recoveries during his career.

Earlier this week, New Orleans signed its first-round pick, defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins; its second-round pick, receiver Michael Thomas; and seventh-round choice, running back Daniel Lasco.

Bengals: 3rd-round pick Nick Vigil signed
CINCINNATI -- Linebacker Nick Vigil of Utah State signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday, leaving three of their draft picks under contracts.

Vigil is a third-round pick who will try to win a spot on special teams at the outset.

He's the highest Bengals draft pick to sign so far. Sixth-round receiver Cody Core from Mississippi and seventh-round safety Clayton Fejedelem from Illinois also have agreed to deals.

Vikings: Former Augustana RB C.J. Ham signed
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed running back C.J. Ham, who took part in their rookie minicamp last weekend on a tryout basis.

The product of Duluth Denfeld High School played at Division II Augustana College in South Dakota, leading the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with 16 rushing touchdowns last year. He became the fourth running back in program history to post a 1,000-yard season.

Minnesota's best tryout success story was cornerback Marcus Sherels, who was signed after rookie minicamp in 2010 and six years later remains the primary punt returner.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the Vikings waived safety John Lowdermilk, who was on the practice squad last season.

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