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BDC 3/5: Bills Postpone Toronto, Extend DB Williams

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on March 5, 2014 – 1:50 pm

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DAILY REPORT
 Russ Brandon, President & CEO of the Buffalo Bills, and Keith Pelley, President of Rogers Media, issued the following statement today:

“The Buffalo Bills and Rogers are committed to delivering a first-class NFL experience to Canadians.  As such, we have postponed for one year the scheduled 2014 regular season game at Rogers Centre in Toronto, and that game will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium.  We will use this time to collectively evaluate opportunities and build on the foundation to enhance future games.

We are committed to continuing our partnership and have secured a robust sponsorship agreement for the 2014 season that will bring Canadian NFL fans visibility and access to the Bills.  The sponsorship includes ticketing, merchandising, media exposure, and a newly created Canada House, near Ralph Wilson Stadium, that will serve as the official pre-game Canadian tailgate zone for all Bills home games.

The NFL remains very popular in Canada and we are dedicated to enriching the experience for the fans.”

– The Buffalo Bills today announced that DB Aaron Williams has signed a contract extension with the team. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Aaron Williams is a versatile player who has grown into a key playmaker for our defense in recent years,” said Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley.  “He had an extremely productive season for our defense in 2013.  Aaron is the type of young, core player we targeted early in the process to retain for years to come and this will be our philosophy moving forward.  By building on his improved play in 2013, we expect Aaron to continue to grow into a key contributor for the Bills organization.”

Williams played in and started 14 games in 2013 and tallied a career-high 82 tackles (60 solo) and tied for the team-lead with four interceptions.

The 6-0, 199-pound Texas product joined the Bills as a second-round (34th overall) draft selection in 2011 and has posted career totals of 144 tackles (111 solo), five interceptions, 23 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. 

PHOTOS OF THE DAY
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Bills DB Aaron Williams signed a contract extension with the team today. Williams tied for the team lead in interceptions last season with four.

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Bills president and CEO Russ Brandon met with media today to discuss the team’s decision to postpone the Toronto series for 2014. 

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QUOTES OF THE DAY
Russ Brandon, Buffalo Bills President and CEO on WGR 550
On evaluating the Toronto series further:
“It’s very similar to what we talked about back in December. We’re going to go in to a full evaluation of everything regarding the initiative. We have great partners there with Rogers and they’ve been outstanding to work with and we’ve been embarked in discussions with them since the last game against Atlanta. We’re going to review everything from the game day experience and ticket pricing and all other facets of the project. We’ll make determinations of the series moving forward after we go through a lengthy review and see where it takes us form there.” 

Aaron Williams, Buffalo Bills Defensive Back
On signing a contract extension with the team:
“Just want to thank Russ (Brandon), Doug (Whaley) and Jim (Overdorf) for allowing me to sign long-term with the Bills. It’s been a great opportunity and I’m very blessed to have a great opportunity to be with a team like this. I know that Russ is having a great plan to build this team in to a playoff team again and we talked at the end of the season that they’re going to give me the responsibility of leading this defense to where it used to be. That’s a dominant defense and being aggressive and being nasty out there and making plays. I told them I accept the role of leading this defense to where it used to be and just blessed that they gave me that opportunity and they trusted me to be here long-term to get this team back to where it started.” 

DAILY LINKS
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Baltimore Sun- Sources: Jameel McClain visiting Bills on Wednesday

ESPN- The patience of Jim Kelly

Video/Audio/Photo
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Doug Majeski on UB Pro Day

WGR550
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ESPN
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WHAM
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Buffalo Sports Daily
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National Football Post
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