The New Orleans Saints are bringing back tight end John Phillips on a one-year contract.

Phillips joined the Saints during Week 10 of last season, when he was claimed off of waivers from the Denver Broncos.

The 6-foot-5, 251- pound Phillips started four of eight games last season with New Orleans, catching five passes for 32 yards. Including his time with Denver, Phillip played in 16 games last season and caught 10 passes, including one touchdown.

Now heading into his ninth pro campaign out of Virginia, Phillips has appeared in 111 games with Dallas, San Diego, Denver and New Orleans.

Bills waive lineman

The Buffalo Bills waived defensive lineman Scott Crichton for failing his physical.

The move was announced on Wednesday, two days after the Bills claimed Crichton after he was placed on waivers by the Minnesota Vikings.

Crichton was Minnesota’s third-round pick in the 2014 draft, but played sparingly in 21 games during his first two seasons with the Vikings. He missed all of last season because of an injury.

Seattle’s Lynch back?

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday at the NFL league meetings that running back Marshawn Lynch “is somewhat entertaining” the idea of coming out of retirement.

But Carroll also said that Lynch did not ask the Seahawks to be taken off the reserve/retired list when he talked to him 10 days ago and said he can’t answer if Lynch will return and what the Seahawks would do if he did ask to come back.

“I know that he is somewhat entertaining the thought of it,” Carroll said during the annual breakfast with NFC coaches.

“I can’t tell you how strong it is.”

Carroll later said “there is not much to it,” referring to the rumors of Lynch possibly returning. “We had a chance to visit. He was in really good spirits about 10 days ago.”

Rams safety suspended

Free-agent safety T.J. McDonald, who played four seasons for the Rams, was suspended for eight games by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The suspension stems from McDonald’s arrest last May after a traffic accident in Los Angeles. He was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs.

In January, McDonald pleaded guilty to reckless driving involving drugs or alcohol, what is commonly known as a “wet reckless.”

McDonald, 26, was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to complete a three-month alcohol program, 18 Narcotics Anonymous classes and perform 200 hours of community service.

McDonald also was ordered to complete one month in a live-in residential drug program as well as make restitution to the victim in the case.

McDonald played at the University of Southern California and was a third-round draft pick by the Rams in 2013.

He was put on injured reserve near the end of the 2015 season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery. Last season, he started 16 games and intercepted two passes.

Four refs join group

The NFL Referees Association has added four new members who will start work this season.

Association President Tony Steratore announced the additions of Mike Carr, Ryan Dickson, David Oliver and Brad Rogers.