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Mayock updates his top 5 by position for draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 21, 2017 – 2:14 pm

He put his first list of his top five at each position for the 2017 draft class just before the NFL combine. Almost a month later, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has re-issued his top five by position list from the 2017 talent pool and there has been some movement at some need positions for the Bills.

Chief among them cornerback where Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore moved up to the top spot from being ranked second in the initial Mayock rank. Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey moved up from three to two, while Washington’s Sidney Jones, Florida’s Teez Tabor and LSU’s Tre’Davious White slipped out of the top five completely. Jones’ drop is probably due largely to his Achilles injury suffered at his pro day.

Washington’s Kevin King, Ohio State’s Gareon Conley and UCLA’s Fabian Moreau round out the new top five at corner.

At receiver East Carolina WR Zay Jones moved up one spot from five to four, swapping places with E. Washington WR Cooper Kupp.

And at linebacker, Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham and Florida’s Jarrad Davis swapped places, with Davis moving up from four to three and Cunningham sliding back.

A lot of times Mayock alters these positional ranks based on what he’s hearing from NFL club executives directly. Here’s a look at all of his position listings.

Quarterback
1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
3. Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
4. Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
5. Davis Webb, California
Running Back
1. Leonard Fournette, LSU
2. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
3. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
4. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
5. Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
Rise: Fournette (2), McCaffrey (3), Perine (NR)
Fall: Cook (1), Joe Mixon, Oklahoma (5, added to special exceptions)
Wide receiver
1. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
2. Mike Williams, Clemson
3. John Ross, Washington
4. Zay Jones, East Carolina
T-5. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
T-5. JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
Rise: Jones (5), Smith-Schuster (NR)
Fall: Kupp (4),

Tight end
1. O.J. Howard, Alabama
2. David Njoku, Miami
3. Evan Engram, Ole Miss
4. Gerald Everett, South Alabama
5. George Kittle, Iowa
Rise: Everett (5), Kittle (NR)
Fall: Jake Butt, Michigan (4, added to special exceptions)
Offensive tackle
1. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
2. Garett Bolles, Utah
3. Antonio Garcia, Troy
4. Roderick Johnson, Florida State
T-5. Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
T-5. Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M
Interior OL
1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
2. Cam Robinson, Alabama
3. Dan Feeney, Indiana
4. Dion Dawkins, Temple
T-5. Ethan Pocic, LSU
T-5. Pat Elflein, Ohio State
Rise: Dawkins (5), Elflein (NR)
Fall: Pocic (4)
Interior DL
1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama
2. Caleb Brantley, Florida
3. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
4. Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte
5. Chris Wormley, Michigan
Edge rusher
1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
3. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
4. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
5. Tim Williams, Alabama
Rise: Thomas (4), McKinley (5)
Fall: Williams (2)

Linebacker
1. Reuben Foster, Alabama
2. Haason Reddick, Temple
3. Jarrad Davis, Florida
4. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
5. Alex Anzalone, Florida
Rise: Davis (4)
Fall: Cunningham (3)
Cornerback
1. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
2. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
3. Kevin King, Washington
4. Gareon Conley, Ohio State
5. Fabian Moreau, UCLA
Rise: Lattimore (2), Humphrey (3), King (NR), Conley (NR), Moreau (NR)
Fall: Sidney Jones, Washington (1, added to special exceptions), Teez Tabor, Florida (4), Tre’Davious White, LSU (5)
Nickel
1. Budda Baker, Washington
2. Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
3. Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
4. Desmond King, Iowa
5. Damontae Kazee, San Diego State
Safety
1. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
2. Jamal Adams, LSU
3. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
4. Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
T-5. Marcus Williams, Utah
T-5. Marcus Maye, Florida
Rise: Peppers (3), Melifonwu (5), Williams (NR), Maye (NR)
Fall: Hooker (1) , Budda Baker, Washington (4, added to nickel)
Special exceptions
1. Adoree’ Jackson, USC
2. Curtis Samuel, Ohio State
3. Sidney Jones, Washington
4. Jake Butt, Michigan
5. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
Additions: Jones (previously No. 1 CB), Butt (previously No. 4 TE), Mixon (previously No. 5 RB)
Moved: Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado (3, moved to nickel), Desmond King, Iowa (4, moved to nickel)
Fall: Adam Shaheen, Ashland (5)

 

 


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Murph honored with Lifetime Achievement award by Medaille

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2017 – 7:26 pm

Medaille College held its annual awards ceremony where they honor some of the region’s finest in media and law enforcement. Bills play-by-play man John Murphy was one of two recipients of a Lifetime Achievement award.

Murph’s Lifetime Achievement award from Medaille was in recognition for his radio and television play-by-play work. He has been the Bills play-by-play radio broadcaster for the last 14 seasons, and served as color commentator to the late Van Miller for 17 seasons on Bills radio broadcasts. Congrats Murph!

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Hauschka has worked with Crossman before

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2017 – 9:11 am

Bills new kicker Stephen Hauschka might have some work to do to get to know Buffalo a bit better, but he’s already familiar with his special teams coordinator. That’s because he and Danny Crossman have worked together before.

“I have some familiarity with some of the coaches. Leslie Frazier was in Minnesota when I first got to the Vikings in 2008. I spent the summer there as a rookie undrafted guy. I was with Danny Crossman in Detroit back in 2010. So it is good to catch up with them. Looking forward to working with Coach Crossman especially.”

In the 2010 preseason, veteran Detroit kicker Jason Hanson suffered a leg injury that required surgery. So Hauschka was claimed off waivers by the Lions after he had just been released by Atlanta where he was filling in for an injured Matt Bryant.

Hauschka lasted only two and a half weeks with Detroit, kicking in a pair of preseason games that summer. He wouldn’t land the full-time kicking job with the Seahawks until the following season.

“At the beginning of my career (I was) just filling opportunities for a guy that was injured or maybe a guy that was at the end of his career,” he said. “I definitely bounced around. I learned a lot being around some long time veterans. I got to spend a month under, with Jason Hanson, I got to spend some time with Ryan Longwell, and Matt Stover. So those were three experienced kickers and I got to learn something from each one of them. I think it was just a matter of time for me to really get on a roster and get comfortable and just go kick and enjoy it. Once I got that opportunity and got comfortable then it became a lot easier.”


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Factors in decision on Groy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2017 – 8:01 am

The L.A. Rams offer sheet to Ryan Groy was signed by the restricted free agent Tuesday. The reported terms are two years, $5M with a reported $3.5M guaranteed. It will be interesting to see the Bills course of action. Here are some factors that could impact the decision to match or not to match.

Buffalo recently tried to lure free agent OT Andre Smith to sign with them, but he has chosen to re-sign with the club that drafted him, Cincinnati. Do the anticipated dollars devoted to a hopeful Smith signing now get partially allocated to match the offer sheet signed by Groy?

Groy is a versatile asset for an offensive line. He can play center, guard or even tackle in a pinch. He proved himself more than capable in the final seven starts at center last season.

Perhaps even more important, Eric Wood is entering the final year of his contract and will be a free agent following the 2017 season. Wood is only 30-years old and can certainly play a few more years, but Groy is a fairly sizable investment decision that must be made by the club.

Buffalo does have a backup center in Patrick Lewis, but he’s strictly a center as most with a trained eye see him. 

We’ll know in a few days.


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Report: Rams to sign Groy to offer sheet

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2017 – 6:38 am

Bills restricted free agent Ryan Groy will reportedly sign an offer sheet with the L.A. Rams today. 

That according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan and Mike Rodak. 

Groy was tendered a qualifying offer by the Bills, but it was the low tender which in Groy’s case carries no compensation. It’s reportedly a two-year offer sheet. 

The Bills will have five days to match the offer or lose the lineman. 

Former Bills O-line coach Aaron Kramer is now with the Rams staff. 


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For Ducasse Bills top run game was attractive

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2017 – 3:04 pm

There were some clear factors that convinced Bills new guard Vladimir Ducasse that Buffalo was the place to sign in free agency. One that had him most enthused was the Bills top ranked rushing attack.

“That got me excited,” Ducasse said. “A guy like me, my strength is the running game. On the offensive line in the NFL you have to pass block too, but my strength is the run game. So seeing this and the great running backs they have and a good quarterback it got me excited to come here. Those guys mean business they’re running the ball and when you can run the ball a lot of good things can happen.”

Ducasse admitted that he and his Baltimore teammates last season watched a lot of Buffalo game tape because they ran the ball so well.


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Bills host free agents, Butler, Elliott & Smith

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2017 – 10:15 am

The Bills have hosted three free agents on visits at One Bills Drive.

Buffalo had WR Jeremy Butler, LB Jayrone Elliott and OT Andre Smith all pay visits.

Butler (6-2, 225) was an untendered restricted free agent of the Los Angeles Chargers so he became an unrestricted free agent last week. He’s appeared in 12 NFL games in his career, including four with the Chargers last season. He spent some time with the Jets last season and played in eight games for the Ravens in 2015. Butler played his college ball at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

Elliott (6-3, 255) is another player who went untendered as a restricted free agent by Green Bay and is now unrestricted. A reserve strong side linebacker for the Packers, Elliott has appeared in 38 career games for Green Bay over the past three seasons.

Smith (6-5, 325) is a former first-round pick of the Bengals (2009). He played his first seven NFL seasons in Cinncinnati and was a starter at right tackle for six consecutive years, helping the Bengals win three AFC North titles over that span and six postseason berths. Smith (6-4, 325) started the first four games of the 2016 season for the Minnesota Vikings before a torn triceps landed him on injured reserve for the rest of the year.

 


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Lorenzo on why Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2017 – 4:17 pm

Bills free agent LB Lorenzo Alexander made a point of sharing his desire to be back in Buffalo. On Saturday he agreed to terms with the Bills and explained why he wanted to return to Buffalo. 

“At this point in my career I definitely want to be settled in one spot and Buffalo being the great football city that it is, obviously the fan base and the whole community embraced me last year, I definitely wanted to come back here, said Alexander. “I really appreciated the Pegulas, Doug Whaley and Sean McDermott expressing their feelings about me as a player on and off the field. Anytime you have a relationship that you do like that, you definitely want to come back and finish it off. 

“From my understanding, I’m 34 and it’s definitely a blessing to be able to continue to play at this age, still be in the NFL, and I’m just excited to get back with my teammates. I was actually joking with Kyle Williams that, technically, he’s still the oldest player until I sign the deal. But just being around guys like that and having a good time as I finish out, I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can bring the city a playoff team and hopefully be able to play for a championship.”

Alexander was a valuable part of the leadership contingent in Buffalo’s locker room last year. Head coach Sean McDermott has made a point of retaining or bringing in leaders in his first year with the Bills. 


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Fan Friday 3-10

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2017 – 11:06 am

Free agency is up and running! Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think that the signing of Micah Hyde rules out a Safety in the first round of this year’s draft?

Chris Devaney
@cdevaney

CB: While that would seem logical I don’t know that you can make that conclusion knowing the draft approach of the Bills under GM Doug Whaley. They typically go with the best player on the board having seen them operate the last few years in the draft room. So I don’t think it precludes them from taking a safety in round one if the value is right.

That being said, if they have grades on two players who are really close and one is a safety and the other is a corner or receiver then they’d likely go with the greater positional need.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills with the departure of Lynn and Roman why do the #Bills still continue to throw free agent $$ at the FB position?

Ryan Coyle
@rcoyle76

CB: I’m going to let coach McDermott handle this one since he answered it directly at his press conference Thursday evening.

“Fullback is a big part of this offense, and let’s say this: it’s not limited to playing the fullback position,” said McDermott. “There’s versatility within that position, and what Mike brings to the table – as you mentioned, Mike Tolbert. I had the chance to be around Mike for a number of years in Carolina and I know what he brings to the table in terms of leadership, intangibles again, and what happens in that locker room on Monday through Saturday.

“So that’s a big part of it, and then Mike’s versatility on the field with the ability to play fullback, line up at fullback and then also transition to the halfback position and carry the football, and he’s done that extremely well. I had a front-row seat to observe what Mike’s skill set is, both on and off the field, and that was key for us. You’re talking about a guy that’s been to a Pro Bowl, and that’s really no different to [Patrick] DiMarco, in this case.”

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills do you see the #bills signing more big name free agents? If so, at what position?

Dale Griswold
@dale_griswold

CB: I don’t necessarily expect big household type names. Their cap situation is getting a bit tight. But I do see them trying to fill a few more positional holes on the roster. It wouldn’t surprise me if receiver or offensive tackle were on the list after incurring some losses at receiver and some uncertainty at tackle (Mills a free agent, Henderson-health).

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills How do you think the Bills are going to adress the WR position? They lost talent there the past two offseasons and it hasn’t been replaced.

Ben
@bufbillsthought

CB: As briefly mentioned above I expect the Bills to address the receiver position in some form in free agency, likely with a player they can sign to a fiscally responsible contract (one that doesn’t cripple their cap situation). And I would anticipate them trying to grab another in the draft.

The numbers situation there demands some attention with two free agent losses already (Woods, Goodwin).

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is Groy a realistic option for Right Tackle? #bills

Bill Carr
@billcarr_10

CB: Donald Jones and I discussed this very topic when I was on the John Murphy Show Thursday. I think we first need to see what additions are made if any at the offensive tackle position in free agency or the draft before we can gauge just what kind of option he would be on the edge.

From a skill standpoint I think he certainly has the size (6-5, 320) and ability to play on the edge. He’s lined up there at times in a pinch. Sometimes it was as an overload tackle in run formations. We all know he can play guard or center. Whether Groy can play right tackle full time for 16 games is a question really only OL coach Juan Castillo and the offensive staff can answer knowing this offense is going to change.

I think Groy really came a long way as a player last season and he impressed me in his last seven games at center. But I think we need to let the dust settle in free agency and see what the Bills acquire before we pencil him in for edge duty.

 

 

 


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McDermott: Decision on Aaron strictly football

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2017 – 9:33 pm

The release of popular safety Aaron Williams wasn’t an easy decision for the organization, but head coach Sean McDermott said it was a football decision, not one based on his health coming off a pair of neck injuries. 

“It’s a football decision, he said. “Strictly a football decision, and that’s what I talk about [when I say] the tough part of the business. That’s the toughest part of my job, is when guys leave this building. I said last week, when you look at Aaron’s career when he left Texas – it’s a great career and he’s done a lot for this organization so we wish Aaron well and we’re moving forward as an organization and as a football team.”


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Restricted free agent tender amounts

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2017 – 12:05 pm

For those that did not see the figures released by the NFL this week, here are the three different levels at which restricted free agents can be tendered.

Low level – $1.797M (grants compensation based on player’s draft round as a rookie – if undrafted, no compensation)

Second round level – $2.746M (provides 2nd round pick compensation from club that successfully signs player away)

First round level – $3.91M (provides 1st round pick compensation from club that successfully signs player away)

Both of Buffalo’s restricted free agents who were tendered were done at the low level.


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Top CB times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2017 – 12:49 pm

With corner talent that claims to have starters as deep as round four, here are the top 40 times at the NFL Combine at cornerback.

1 – Jalen Myrick – Minnesota – 4.29
2 – Fabian Moreau – UCLA – 4.35
3 – Marshon Lattimore – Ohio St. – 4.36
4 – Shaquill Griffin – Central Florida – 4.38
5 – Cordrea Tankersley – Clemson – 4.4
6 – Marlon Humphrey – Alabama – 4.41
7 – Adoree’ Jackson – USC – 4.42
8 – Chidobe Awuzie – Colorado – 4.43
T9 – Brendan Langley – Lamar – 4.44
T9 – Kevin King – Washington – 4.44


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Top S 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2017 – 12:43 pm

In a year where there’s a bumper crop of safeties, here’s a look at the top 10 40 times at the safety position at the NFL Combine Monday.

1 – Obi Melifonwu – UCONN – 4.4
2 – Josh Jones – N.C. State – 4.41
3 – Montae Nicholson – Michigan St. – 4.43
4 – Buddha Baker – Washington – 4.45
5 – Delano Hill – Michigan – 4.47
6 – Rayshawn Jenkins – Miami – 4.51
7 – Michael Tyson – Cincinnati – 4.53
8 – Xavier Woods – Louisiana Tech – 4.54
T9 – Jamal Adams – LSU – 4.56
T9 – Shalom Luani – Washington St. – 4.56


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Top LB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2017 – 3:28 pm

Much like Haason Reddick, who worked out with the defensive linemen even though he’ll be a linebacker in the NFL, Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers worked out with the linebackers even though he’s likely to be a safety in the NFL. Here’s a look at the top 10 40-times for the linebacker group here at the NFL Combine.

1 – Jabrill Peppers – Michigan – 4.46
2 – Duke Riley – LSU – 4.58
3 – Raekwon McMillan – Ohio St. – 4.61
4 – Alex Anzalone – Florida – 4.63
T5 – Tyus Bowser – Houston – 4.65
T5 – Blair Brown – Ohio – 4.65
T5 – Anthony Walker – Northwestern – 4.65
T8 – Vince Biegel – Wisconsin – 4.67
T8 – Tanner Vallejo – Boise St. – 4.67
T8 – Matt Milano – Boston College – 4.67


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Top DL 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2017 – 3:18 pm

Here’s a look at the top 40 times for the defensive linemen. We should note that much like Jabrill Peppers who was listed as a linebacker, Temple’s Haason Reddick, who played up on the line as a defensive end for the Owls worked out with the defensive linemen even though he’s going to be a linebacker in the NFL.

1 – Haason Reddick – Temple – 4.52
2 – Jordan Willis – Kansas St. – 4.53
3 – Takkarist McKinley – UCLA – 4.59
4 – Derek Rivers – Youngstown St. – 4.61
T5 – Carroll Phillips – Illinois – 4.64
T5 – Myles Garrett – Texas A&M – 4.64
7 – Trey Hendrickson – Florida Atlantic – 4.65
8 – Carl Lawson – Auburn – 4.67
9 – Pita Taumoepenu – Utah – 4.67
10 – Tim Williams – Alabama – 4.68


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Top TE 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2017 – 4:54 pm

Here’s a rundown of the top 40 times run by the tight ends in the 2017 draft class at the NFL Combine.

1 – Evan Engram – Ole Miss – 4.42
2 – O.J. Howard – Alabama – 4.51
3 – George Kittle – Iowa – 4.52
4 – Darrell Daniels – Washington – 4.55
5 – Bucky Hodges – Virginia Tech – 4.57
T6 – Gerald Everett – South Alabama – 4.62
T6 – Jonnu Smith – Florida Intl – 4.62
8 – David Njoku – Miami – 4.64
9 – Cethan Carter – Nebraska – 4.68
10 – Jeremy Sprinkle – Arkansas – 4.69


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A reason for Bills fans to like Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2017 – 4:22 pm

A lot of NFL clubs like the talented pass rusher Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M. He’s widely expected to be the first player off the board in the 2017 NFL draft after an impressive career in College Station. For those that don’t know him that well there is another reason to like him.

When asked if there was one current NFL quarterback he’d like to sack this was his answer.

“Tom Brady,” said Garrett.

When Garrett was asked why it was a rather simple reason.

“Because I’m a Peyton Manning fan,” he said.


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Top WR 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2017 – 2:59 pm

Here’s a look at the top WR 40 times from the NFL Combine including John Ross’ record 4.22, which broke Chris Johnson’s record of 4.24 set back in 2009.

1 – John Ross – Washington – 4.22
2 – Curtis Samuel – Ohio St. – 4.31
3 – Josh Malone – Tennessee – 4.4
4 – KD Cannon – Baylor – 4.41
T5 – Isaiah McKenzie – Georgia – 4.42
T5 – Quincy Adeboyejo – Ole Miss – 4.42
T5 – Michael Rector – Stanford – 4.42
T5 – Chris Godwin – Penn St. – 4.42
T9 – Kermit Whitfield – Florida St. – 4.44
T9 – Robert Davis – Georgia St. – 4.44
T9 – Rodney Adams – So. Florida – 4.44

 


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Fan Friday 3-3

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2017 – 11:36 am

The NFL Combine is in full swing. Stay close to Buffalobills.com for full coverage. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Saw the Bills may be interested in Trevor Siemian. If they trade for him, think they will draft a QB?

Rick McGuire
@mclennon99

CB: We’re probably getting way ahead of ourselves, since the first shoe that has to drop is Denver acquiring Tony Romo. Only then would that make Trevor Siemian expendable. We all know the connections with Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison having worked with Siemian the past two years, so logically it makes sense. The compensation required would be the rub.

If Denver wants draft picks that would be a problem. Buffalo only has six this year, the lowest number in the 2017 draft. Parting with those is probably not in the Bills best interest especially if they want anything higher than a five. Buffalo doesn’t even have a four to offer this year.

As we go deep down this rabbit hole, if they were to somehow acquire Siemian I don’t think they draft a QB because that would give them three young quarterbacks (Siemian, Jones, draftee) and there’s no way the offensive staff would have enough time to capably develop all three. If they acquire Siemian the likelihood is they add a veteran free agent as I see it.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Report says “not many options out there” … Then why would Tyrod negotiate?! That’s like calling him stupid, something he’s not #Bills

Nick Wojton
@Nick_Wojton

CB: I think you’re only looking at this one way. I agree that Tyrod in terms of getting the best contract he can has no incentive to renegotiate. If he’s allowed to become a free agent there’s a good chance he makes just as much money, if not more on a free agent market where he would probably be the top QB option.

Here’s a reason why I think he does at least consider renegotiation. He said he wants to return to the Bills in 2017. It’s clear that he’s proud of what he and the Bills offense has accomplished the past two seasons, which includes a top 12 and top 10 finish in scoring despite having a defense that has grossly underachieved the past two years, despite some major injury absences in those two years on the offensive side of the ball (Clay, McCoy, Watkins, Woods in 2015) (Watkins, Woods, McCoy together for 5 games in 2016).

Now with Sean McDermott on board the defense is expected to take a demonstrative step forward. That alone helps Buffalo’s offense.

Taylor said he believes they’re close to breaking through and ending the franchise’s playoff drought. Whether you believe him or not, I get the sense he wants to see things through in Buffalo as an established leader. Taylor is a different breed of cat. He knows that talent on the Bills roster intimately. If he signs somewhere else he’ll be hitting the reset button.

If he renegotiates he helps create more room under the salary cap to help fortify the roster. That helps him.

Taylor doesn’t just think in dollars and cents for himself. He’s a very selfless player. He wants to be successful on the field first and foremost. Those things count for something in his book.

We’ll know soon whether or not renegotiation was able to come to fruition.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Could Bills reunite with Jairus Byrd?

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: Jairus Byrd is expected to be released on the first day of free agency (March 9th) due to his cost prohibitive contract and his lack of production. After posting 22 interceptions in his first five seasons with the Bills, he’s had just three in his three seasons with New Orleans. In Byrd’s defense he’s been part of a defense that has languished near the bottom of the league. There has not been a lot of help up front in creating hurried throws or errant passes for Byrd to prey upon.

The speculation about Byrd coming back to the Bills makes sense. His father Gil Byrd is the team’s secondary coach. At 30-years old and not a lot of production he would presumably come at an affordable rate.

There’s no debating that safety is a positional need for Buffalo. But again, let’s wait for his release to take place first. Then we’ll see how realistic a possibility it would be.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is Brandon Marshall an option for the #Bills?

Not1Day
@Not1Day

CB: Marshall is still a wide receiver who can make plays in the passing game. He can’t run anymore, but he is still a physical wideout who can create separation with his body when the ball arrives. Marshall will be 34-years old in three weeks. That’s not a good thing.

Even though Marshall became a primetime player under Rick Dennison in Denver (2006-2009) with three consecutive 100-catch seasons that was a lifetime ago.

I can only see Marshall as an option if he’s extremely affordable.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is there a sideline-to-sideline LB on the #Bills’ roster if Whaley doesn’t sign Zach Brown?

Dean Kindig
@TCBILLS_Astro

CB: No, there is not. Brown is the only player with true sideline to sideline ability on the roster as I see it. Preston Brown and Reggie Ragland can run, but not in the way needed for the weak side role in McDermott’s 4-3 defensive scheme. You need a true athlete there. Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham is a prospect who fits the profile. I’m curious to see how he runs, but he’s seen as one of the better athletes at OLB in the class.


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Report: Long term deal w/Gillislee the goal

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2017 – 11:08 am

The representatives for Bills restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee have reportedly opened talks with the Bills to get a long term agreement done.

That according to DraftAnalyst.com’s Tony Pauline, who reported the following.

The Buffalo Bills are meeting with representatives for running back Mike Gillislee, and both sides hope to hammer out a long-term extension. I’m told the ball carrier, who finished with 577 yards and eight touchdowns last season, is hopeful he can play in Buffalo the rest of his career.

A long term deal makes sense for both sides. It gives Gillislee more job security than a one-year restricted tender would. If structured properly a long-term deal could offer more cap friendly figures not only this year, but in future years depending on the length of the contract.

Gillislee proved himself as a capable backup to LeSean McCoy last season and earned the moniker ‘Touchdown Mike’ as he had a nose for the end zone.

To this point the Bills have not extended qualifying tender offers to any of their restricted free agents, which includes OL Ryan Groy and P Colton Schmidt. It would not be surprising if the Bills tried to reach a long term deal with Groy as well. He played admirably in Eric Wood’s absence over the final seven games last year.


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