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Clay appreciated Bills 1st class treatment

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 4:23 pm

Bills newest TE Charles Clay is excited to get this new chapter in his football career started with the Bills after Miami chose not to match Buffalo’s contract offer. And while the money probably said enough, it was the first class treatment by Buffalo that convinced him.

In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Clay appreciated how much his talents were valued by the Bills.

“It was a good feeling. It’s always a good feeling to be wanted by someone,” he said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity that Buffalo gave me. Throughout the whole process they definitely showed me that they valued me and it was a good feeling.

“When you have a team come along and they’re showing that they value you, and you look at some of the moves they’ve made in Buffalo, you get a sense that they want to win and they want to win right away. Having that new staff and new owners that city is excited about that team and it’s something that I love to be a part of. I’m excited and glad to get this opportunity.”

As for all the waiting that took place before he finally was locked up with Buffalo, Clay said he understood the process, but is glad there’s no more waiting.

“I’m glad it’s finally over and I’m about ready to get to work now,” he said.


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Bills blackouts few & far between of late

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 3:20 pm

The NFL’s owners have voted to scrap the TV blackout rule for the 2015 season at their owners meetings in Arizona today. With the blackout rule lifted, at least for this season, we thought we’d look back at just how many games were blacked out over the past decade.

Believe it or not Bills fans that like to watch games from the comfort of their own home have not been the victim of TV blackouts all that often over the last 10 years. Here’s a look at the year-by-year blackout counts for the Bills since 2005.

Year Blackouts
2014 0
2013 1
2012 2
2011 3
2010 3
2009 0
2008 0
2007 0
2006 4
2005 0
 Total 13

So since 2012 there have been a total of just three blackouts, none of which occurred last season. The 2014 year was the first since 2009 that there were no blackouts. For 2015 at least it won’t be an issue.

In 2014 there was not a single game blacked out in the league, which may have helped to prompt the lifting of the rule.


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NFL blackout rule going away for 2015

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 2:35 pm

There’s an early headline coming out of the NFL owners meetings in Arizona and it concerns the TV blackout rule.

According to a number of reports the blackout rule has been done away with by the owners for the 2015 regular season.

The policy had long required that games be sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff to lift a television blackout in that team’s TV market for home games.


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Expanding playoffs on table at owners meetings

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 12:59 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t put odds on the likelihood of the NFL playoff pool expanding from 12 teams to 14, but he did confirm that the number of clubs that qualify for the postseason will be debated heavily at this week’s owners meetings.

In a one-on-one interview with MMQB’s Peter King, Goodell said the following.

“The expansion of the playoffs will be discussed. There are a lot of factors that go into it. One, we want to be right when we do it … It’s something that we think has got a lot of merit from a competitive side, because it would actually add more teams to the race as you get toward the end of the season. There’s the broadcasting side of it. When would you play that extra game? [A seventh playoff team in each conference would leave] one bye for the first seed in each conference.”

Goodell admitted that a Wild Card game could appear on a Monday night, though college football’s national title game could be a conflict.

The Commissioner also said stadium ticket sales are an issue too knowing that if a team closes the regular season with two home games and then has three home playoff games after that it could be a lot to ask of the fans based in northern climates.

“We have a lot to balance,” Goodell told King.


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Rex: QB competition is open

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 4:00 pm

The Bills have added a pair of quarterbacks over the past few weeks in Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. When asked where the quarterback position now stands with offseason workouts on the horizon, head coach Rex Ryan said the competition is open.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ryan explained where things stand at QB for his squad.

“It’s going to be open. It’s a competition and whoever earns the job will be the guy that’s out there,” he said. “We have some talented guys and we’ll see what happens. You bring in a veteran like Matt Cassel. He’s done some pretty good things in this league. He’s got that veteran presence about him. With EJ back there just going into his third year I really believe EJ is going to improve with his fundamentals having (quarterbacks coach) David Lee here. I love the fact that he’s a gym rat and he’s smart. With our offense being multiple we’ll be able to get out of bad plays, so the mental part of it all of the quarterbacks we have should be able to handle that.

“With Taylor that’s going to be a young man, he’s probably the fastest quarterback in the league. He’s explosive running the zone reads, and we’ll see where he’s at. Then Tuel. We’ve got guys there to work with. That’ll be the important thing. There will be competition, but a person has to earn the job. It hasn’t been handed to somebody.”

A lot of outside observers assumed that Cassel would be handed the job, but that’s not how Ryan is running things.

With four quarterbacks on the roster, most think it will be hard for Ryan and his offensive staff to not at least whittle the competition down to just a pair of quarterbacks going into training camp knowing there just aren’t enough reps to go around and get an accurate assessment of each QB.

Ryan however, intends to run practices a bit different than Bills fans have seen in the past with two offensive units and two defensive units going at the same time on two different fields at St. John Fisher.

“When we get to training camp we’ll do a lot of things on two fields,” Ryan said. “It won’t just be the offense going and the defense going, we’re going to be working on two fields. That’s how you develop young quarterbacks. We’re blessed to have guys on our staff who can really develop quarterbacks.  Greg Roman, Chris Palmer and this is how they did it. You switch whoever is running with the twos on one field and then the ones are on another field. That’s how you get better. We’re going to have that.

“We have some young quarterbacks and we want to make sure that everybody gets the right amount of reps. We’ll have the exact same practice that we have on field one as field two so everybody gets the same reps. You just basically double them up.”


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If not Sanchez, Rex would’ve drafted Harvin

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 12:49 pm

The Bills recent signing of Percy Harvin raised questions in the minds of some as to just what type of teammate the Bills would be welcoming into their locker room. Both Bills head coach Rex Ryan and receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who both coached Harvin in New York with the Jets, said Buffalo’s current players will be inheriting an exemplary teammate. In fact Ryan did a lot of homework on Harvin when he was coming out of college because he had plans to make the dynamic offensive threat a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Ryan said Harvin would’ve been the Jets’ first-round pick in 2009 had they not made a call to move up and get Mark Sanchez.

“When he came out we did a lot of research on him,” said Ryan of Harvin. “Percy was the guy we were going to draft if it wasn’t Mark Sanchez. We spent like a week (at the University of Florida). So we knew everything about him. I was really comfortable with it. When we brought him in (by trade with the Jets last season) he was everything we thought he’d be. That was a great teammate and a super competitive guy and a great guy to be around.”

In 2009 the Jets had the 17th overall pick in round one. They traded it to Cleveland along with their second-round pick at 52 and three players (Kenyon Coleman, Brett Ratliff and Abram Elam) to move all the way up to fifth overall to take Sanchez. Had they stayed at 17 Ryan said they would’ve taken Harvin, and he would’ve been there. Harvin didn’t come off the board until the 22nd pick to Minnesota.

Ryan believes in Harvin’s will to win and feels he’s a solid teammate as well. That was echoed by Lal, who appeared on the John Murphy Show this week.

“I don’t know that I know what makes him tick, but he and I hit it off from the beginning,” Lal told the John Murphy Show. “We think alike about how players should be coached. I have great respect for what he does and he wants to be coached and coached hard. He just wants to improve and help the team win. That’s the impression that I got.”

Ryan knows about Harvin’s past in Seattle where he had a couple of run-ins with teammates, but things went real well under Ryan with the Jets for Harvin. Ryan even gave an example of what his Jets teammates thought of him.

“One of the highest awards is the Ed Block Courage award that the players vote on and he finished second in the voting after being on the roster just four weeks so that should tell you what his teammates thought of him,” Ryan said.


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Bills cited as free agency winners

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 12:16 pm

As the national pundits review what has happened in the first two weeks of free agency they’re already tabbing which clubs are the free agency winners. Near the top of the list for most has been the Bills.

Here’s what NFL.com thought of the Bills in listing them among their free agency success stories this offseason.

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New owner Terry Pegula has not been afraid to spend. He nabbed coach Rex Ryan quickly, and has continued to spend on Jerry Hughes, LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, Percy Harvin, and Matt Cassel. Some of these contracts have been too big, but there’s no denying that the Bills have upgraded the talent on a roster that was already loaded defensively. Most teams have added pieces to the puzzle, but the Bills have re-signed, acquired, or picked up difference makers. Anything short of a playoff appearance will be a disappointment.

The Jets were another team from the AFC East listed as a free agency winner as they successfully revamped their secondary.


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Fan Friday 3-20

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 11:14 am

Another busy week of free agency for the Bills. We’ll obviously know more on Charles Clay soon. For now your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Are we looking at a WR1 with Harvin? Watkins WR2. Woods WR3. Harvin, starting combo? Are they looking to add another WR through draft?

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CB: I still think Sammy Watkins remains the number one option in Buffalo’s passing game despite the signing of Percy Harvin. Harvin is probably the number two receiver outside in light of the money invested in him. The Harvin acquisition was done to discourage defenses from doubling Watkins.

Woods and Hogan probably work out of the slot more. If Clay becomes Bills property he works the seams and the flats underneath.

As for drafting a receiver, I think that’s one position you can cross off the list unless some phenomenal talent slips to them that wasn’t expected. The reason why is looking at Buffalo’s depth chart right now your top five wideouts look like this.

Watkins
Harvin
Woods
Hogan
Easley – for special teams

After that you’ve got Goodwin, Thigpen, Brown, Holley, Thompson and Palmer. Do the Bills keep six receivers this year? Knowing they will be carrying a fullback and need numbers at tight end for Greg Roman’s offense I don’t think seeing six receivers on Buffalo’s 53-man roster is as likely as it was under the previous coaching staff.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

ummm can I just throw this out there? Philip Rivers. Buffalo Bill?

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CB: You’re welcome to throw it out there. Yes, Rivers’ contract is up after the 2015 season, and he has said he has little incentive to sign an extension with San Diego. His lack of interest stems from the prospect of the Chargers possibly moving to Los Angeles as they’re currently operating under a year-to-year lease in San Diego.

If he’s not open to negotiating an extension, the Chargers can make use of the franchise tag, which would present San Diego with a cap hit of more than $20M. He’ll be 34-years old in 2016.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said he has every intention of keeping Rivers a Charger moving forward. So I don’t see him going anywhere unless some phenom quarterback prospect falls in San Diego’s lap.

 

3 – Chris,
Chris, I’ve seen at least on draft site list LT as a major priority for the Bills. Is there any discussion of moving Cordy Glenn to G?

CB: I think offensive tackle is a distinct possibility in the draft for Buffalo, especially with how they’ve addressed some of their other perceived positional needs like tight end and running back in free agency, though I could see a back or tight end taken somewhere on day three.

Offensive line (tackle or guard) and linebacker are probably the two most pressing positional needs. As for the future position for Cordy Glenn, guard was raised as a possibility under the previous coaching staff.

I think the likelihood of that resurfacing as a possibility hinges on one thing, how much they address the tackle position between now and training camp.

Right now they have just three true offensive tackles on their roster in Glenn, Henderson and Kouandjio. If they draft one on day two they’ll have four and even then I don’t know that they consider such a move for Glenn.

Is it possible? There’s always a chance, especially with a new coaching staff. Is it likely? I don’t think so, based primarily on numbers at the position.

 

4 – Chris,

I don’t understand why people are saying that the Bills need to draft a running back?
Especially not with a high draft pick when there are more pressing needs on the offensive line. Aren’t Fred Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon enough?
LeeD

CB: I think the running back need has been reduced, but I’m not opposed to the Bills drafting one late. Here’s why. Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown are both entering the final year of their contracts. Sure it’s possible one might re-sign, but I doubt that both do.

What’s wrong with using a day three pick on a running back that you feel has a chance to push for a roster spot who might surprise you? Late round backs are finding more and more NFL jobs on 53-man rosters than at most other positions. Worse comes to worse you might be able to sneak such a back onto your practice squad, and have someone in reserve who knows the system should a rash of injuries strike.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

Great job keeping all these Bills fans way out here in the Pacific Northwest in the know when it comes to our Bills!

My question is looking back one more time at last season. What in the world happened to Mike Williams? He seemed to be developing into that deep middle guy and goal line end zone threat. If I’m not mistaken wasn’t his last catch an 80-yard bomb from E.J. Manuel at the tail end of that heartbreaking loss to Houston? Why did he fall off so quickly in favor of Chris Hogan?

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CB: Mike Williams’ issues stemmed from his lack of reliability in executing his assignments on offense. Whether it was in practice or in games Kyle Orton made it pretty clear that he didn’t feel he could trust him. Chris Hogan was the complete opposite. He was a reliable player that didn’t have many miscues when it came to executing assignments.

Now Hogan’s emergence wasn’t solely due to Williams’ less than ideal professionalism. I believe he would have moved past Williams in the lineup at some point last season. Williams’ indifference to putting in extra time with the new quarterback in the lineup effective Week 5 just accelerated that process.


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OL Richardson pumped to have Ryan as HC

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2015 – 2:37 pm


Bills second-year offensive lineman Cyril Richardson was spotted out at Baylor’s pro day Wednesday in Waco and appeared on ESPN-Central Texas radio where he was asked about his new head coach Rex Ryan.

Richardson, like most Bills players, is pretty pumped to have Ryan as his head coach.

“I’m extremely excited,” Richardson said. “Number one I remember when I first started watching ‘Hard Knocks’ and they had the Jets on and I remember watching him do his thing, coach, talk about what he’s doing, talk about who he’s moving around, getting rid of. I thought it was the most entertaining ‘Hard Knocks’ and now he’s my coach. I can’t wait to meet him and the new staff and build off the moves we made in the offseason.”

Richardson also said he believes Baylor QB prospect Bryce Petty will be a successful NFL quarterback.


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Report: Miami will not match Clay offer sheet

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2015 – 11:42 am

The Dolphins have until Sunday night at midnight going into Monday to match the offer sheet signed by Charles Clay with Buffalo. According to reports however, Miami is pulling out on competing for Clay early.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Miami will not match Buffalo’s offer sheet for Clay.

No word yet as to whether the Dolphins have rescinded the transition tag on Clay, which would officially make Clay a Buffalo Bill and terminate the five-day right of first refusal.


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NFL clubs pushing to expand replay

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2015 – 3:37 pm

The NFL Competition Committee will be meeting over the next week at the league meetings and they’ve got a host of replay expansion proposals from NFL clubs.

In fact of the 23 rule proposal changes, 13 involved the replay system in some way, shape or form. New England’s proposal was the broadest as they asked for replay to be expanded where any call in a game can be challenged. A handful of teams wanted certain fouls to be reviewed by officials on replay, including those on defenseless receivers. Another club wanted to increase coaches challenges from two to three.

Even the time on the game and play clocks were items teams proposed be reviewable under replay.

It would be surprising if many of these took effect, knowing the league has worked hard with the officiating committee to reduce the time of games. That was accomplished in 2014 with the average game time reduced from three hours and seven minutes to three hours and five minutes. Expanding review would only slow the game down more.

However, there were some interesting proposals that the Competition Committee will consider. Here were some of the more noteworthy ones.

Guarantee both teams a possession in overtime (Chicago proposal)

Allow for a bonus extra point following a successful two-point conversion. So if a team goes for two after a touchdown and converts, that team will have an opportunity to try an extra point as well from the opponent’s 32-yard line, amounting to a 50-yard kick attempt. (Indianapolis proposal)

The Colts say the proposal is to encourage more two-point attempts

Expand the jersey numbers for linebackers to include 40-49 (in addition to 50-59 and 90-99).

Among the more interesting bylaw change proposals was eliminating the 75-player cut down at training camp. The reason cited is to develop players and for safety by not over-repping players in the preseason setting.


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Harvin will get chances in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2015 – 3:13 pm


Bills newest WR Percy Harvin
is a game breaking talent, and for anyone that doubted that after seeing him traded twice in the span of a calendar year from the Vikings to the Seahawks to the Jets, his eight games under Rex Ryan was hard proof.

Harvin only played eight games for the Jets last season, but he was very effective in an offense that had its share of struggles in 2014. In those eight games with New York here is where his production ranked on the team.

Receiving average – 12.1 – 1st
Yards after catch – 160 – 1st
Plays of 25+ yards – 4 – T-1st (Decker)
Touchdowns – 1 – T-1st (Decker, Graham)
Receptions – 29 – 2nd (Decker)
Receiving yards – 350 – 2nd (Decker)
Passing targets – 52 – 2nd – (Decker – 62)
1st downs – 15 – 2nd – (Decker – 21)

So Harvin was clearly an additional threat for New York’s offense. In fact his production in eight games was superior to most of other receivers on the roster who had been on the roster the entire season. Better consistency at quarterback likely would’ve made him even more productive.

Ryan wasted no time putting Harvin to good use. In his first game for the Jets, which ironically was against the Bills in Week 8, he was used on 52 percent of the plays on offense despite only glancing at the playbook that week. Come Week 9 he was up to 84 percent of the offensive plays at Kansas City and broke out for 11 catches for 129 yards. His other big game was in Week 14 at Minnesota where he had six catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

In addition Harvin handled kick return duties and had free license to bring the ball out of the end zone no matter how deep it was. He averaged a solid 24.75 yards a return rolling up 495 yards on 20 kick returns. Whether he’ll be given that same license in Buffalo remains to be seen.

Still, there’s no denying that Buffalo’s speed on the outside just went up another notch from where it already was.

Harvin had a good relationship with Rex Ryan in their half season together in New York. He also got along well with receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who is now in Buffalo under Ryan in the same role.

So although the talent pool at the skill positions is clearly deeper in Buffalo, Harvin will be seeing a good deal of action on offense, if his use in New York is any indication.


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Free agent LB Spikes appears on NFL Network

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2015 – 11:36 am

Bills free agent LB Brandon Spikes was an in studio guest on NFL Network’s NFL AM show Wednesday. Spikes was asked about the likelihood of him re-signing with Buffalo.

When asked if he’d like to be back in Buffalo for 2015, Spikes answered in the affirmative.

“Of course I’d like to go back, but you know how it goes in this league,” he said. “Guys with a new staff they like their guys and everybody understands that. I love Buffalo.”

Though Spikes only spent one season in Buffalo he has an affinity for the city and the fans who embraced him.

“Honestly I can’t put it into words. It reminds me of a place I used to play down in the Gainesville called the Swamp. It’s the truth,” Spikes said. “I really appreciate those fans up there because I hadn’t experienced that since I had been in the NFL and that just gave me the boost to get up every morning and get my job done.”

Spikes was also asked about Bills new head coach Rex Ryan and if he thinks he’s a match for the type of player he likes.

“I love Rex and what he brings to the table,” said Spikes. “He’s a player’s coach and guys play for him, but with all the moves this offseason, the dynamic guys with Shady (McCoy) and (Percy) Harvin and Sammy (Watkins), it’s great. Honestly I can’t wait to watch those guys.”

Bills GM Doug Whaley said at the NFL Combine last month that they told Spikes he’d be welcome to return as a one or two down linebacker at most with a price fitting of such a player. He also encouraged him to see if he could do better on the open market knowing Spikes still wants to be a starter in the NFL.

As for how he’s approaching free agency Spikes said he’s left it in the hands of his agent.

“For the most part my agent has been doing a great job with that. I just told them that I’m ready to go to whoever wants me,” he said. “They’re going to get a great player, a complete player, a leader, a guy that plays the game the right way with a lot of fire. I’m ready to go. I’m all good.”

When asked if he would return to New England, Spikes said he would play anywhere.

 

 


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Where do Bills rank after free agent moves?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2015 – 3:51 pm

The Bills have been active players in the first wave of free agency as well as the trade market here in March. So what has it done in the eyes of the national media when it comes to ranking the NFL’s 32 teams? Here’s a look.

NFL.com’s Elliott Harrison ranked all 32 teams coming out of the first week of free agency and he had Buffalo ranked 17th. Here’s what he wrote about the Bills.

17 – BILLS
It’s hard not to be fired up for Bills football in 2015. Love the LeSean McCoy acquisition. Love re-signing Jerry Hughes. How about adding a true fullback in Jerome Felton, too? Yep, Rex Ryan is fired up. That is, following the good six-hour cry he had after hearing Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie signed with the Jets. That must be like your ex-fiancée deciding she wants to get married after you cancelled a $100,000 wedding. Not that I know anyone like that.

Buffalo was second in the AFC East, though Harrison had Miami right behind Buffalo at 18th. New England ranked second and the Jets were 26th.


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Reed weighs in on Bills QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2015 – 12:03 pm

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Bills Hall of Famer Andre Reed appeared as a guest on NFL Network’s NFL AM show Tuesday. He was asked to weigh in on Buffalo’s quarterback situation. Unlike most he’s not assuming that recent acquisition Matt Cassel will be the starting QB come September.

“There’s going to be a quarterback competition,” Reed said. “They’ve got Matt Cassel now and they brought Tyrod Taylor in from the Ravens. There’s going to be three guys competing and Rex won’t make a decision until probably the first game.

“I think EJ (Manuel) is going to get another chance and another crack at this. I’d like to see him do well. He’s a good kid. He has all the tools to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. I think the guys are behind him. He just has to have the right mindset going into camp of not only getting better, but being the leader that this team needs on offense.”


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Whaley: 1st week of free agency unprecedented

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2015 – 1:51 pm

The first week of free agency had a different element to it. Not only were there player trades, but they included some of the largest names in the game. Haloti Ngata, Jimmy Graham and a handful of others were on the move. As Bills GM Doug Whaley watched it all unfold and made a couple of trades of his own, he admits there was an unprecedented nature to the start of this year’s free agent period.

“I’ve been in this 20 years and that was probably the most activity I’ve seen on the trade front in terms of the quality of players,” Whaley told Buffalobills.com. “I think it’s just the byproduct of teams trying to get better and teams trying to move assets and get something in return. It was also a byproduct of the salary cap. Having some players that are maybe a little higher in the salary cap and you’ve got to do some adjustments just to try to keep your team relevant.”

Seeing such quality talent on the move was unusual, but it was chiefly tied to one thing. Money.

“It’s all money. You sign these guys and they have cap numbers and when you first sign them it’s great,” Whaley said. “Then you get down the road and you add pieces here and there and then you stop and realize you have to reduce your cap number and if the guy balks instead of trying to get nothing for him you offer him up in a trade and one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

In year’s past when NFL clubs knew a team had to move an established veteran player with a high cap figure, most would not swing a trade and instead just wait until the player was cut and try to sign him as a free agent. In this new league year that hasn’t happened.

“I think people are starting to see if you really want this guy remove all doubt (and trade for him),” Whaley said. “You can sit and wait, but then you’re competing with other people. Now you may have to give up something, but at least you get the guy you want. If you want the guy, do what you have to do to go get the guy.”

 


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Dareus gives back to childhood park

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2015 – 10:12 am

Bills DT Marcell Dareus will be at the park where he grew up playing youth football this weekend to help with a revitalization effort and make a donation.

Dareus, who grew up playing in Wahouma Park in Birmingham, Alabama, is making a donation of $100,000 to refurbish some of the run down areas of the park while also improving the condition of the landscaping, fields and playground areas.

“I’m really excited to come back to Birmingham and revitalize the park I played in as a child,” Dareus said in the release. “I want the kids who play here to know that they have the same opportunities to succeed as I did. And what better way to do that than to give them a safe and clean environment in which to play.”


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Report: Bills have deal with WR Harvin

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2015 – 3:32 pm

The Bills were the only team that Percy Harvin visited as a free agent after his release from the Jets. Now it appears he’ll remain in the AFC East.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who is reporting a one-year deal between Harvin and the Bills.

No word yet from the Bills organization.


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Report: TE Chandler signs with Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2015 – 1:09 pm

Bills former tight end Scott Chandler will apparently be staying in the AFC East.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chandler has agreed to a contract with the New England Patriots.

The Pats already have Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright as pass catching options in their offense. Where Chandler fits is hard to say right now knowing he’s not a blocking specialist.


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Fan Friday 3-13

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2015 – 11:44 am

Happy Friday the 13th everybody. It’s been a busy week Bills fans so let’s get right to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hi Chris,

Thank you for all of the work you do for the bills it’s great. I was wondering if the bills were interested in signing guard mike lupati from the 49ers. I don’t know if the 49ers will resign him, but he would be a great fit for the bills. He is one of the top guards in the league and could come to the same offense he’s been in with Greg Roman.

Thank you,
Max

CB: I never got the sense that the Bills had much interest in Mike Iupati. In fact I think their initial plan was to pursue free agent offensive tackles over guards. With a player like Bryan Bulaga now re-signed in Green Bay I suppose the focus could shift to guard. Of course the top guards are already locked up now too.

Where the Bills go to improve their offensive line will certainly be interesting knowing their options on the free agent market are certainly reduced.

 

2 – Chris,

A very good candidate to keep an eye on in the draft is Bo Wallace from Ole Miss, 6’4″, 217 lbs, awesome talent. What do you all think of the Bills chance of bringing him in and taking a long, serious look at him? Might be able to trade up to get him. Let’s hope the Bills include him in their prospects. Maybe you could buzz up the Bills brass and put a “bug in their ear”.

Thanks for your time.
IRT

CB: I don’t envision the Bills spending a draft choice on a quarterback now that they’ve got four on the roster, unless some prospect slips to them in some of the middle rounds that they can’t pass on. Buffalo’s willingness to trade for a veteran QB like Cassel and add a younger QB like Tyrod Taylor to go with EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel it’s hard to think they’d add a fifth.

 

3 – Hi Chris,

I was wondering about Marqueis Gray and what you might know about the new staff’s possible opinion of him. If I remember correctly, he proved to be a very athletic and versatile player. I recall seeing him line up as a tight end, h-back, fullback, and even from various receiver positions. I think a player like him, with such great versatility and decent skills at everything could be a great asset to the bills. And Greg roman has been known to covet versatile guys. What are your thoughts?

Billsmafia for life!
Tommy from Pittsford

CB: It’s hard to know just what the new Bills offensive staff thinks of Marqueis Gray, but what is working in his favor is his versatility. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman covets versatility in his tight ends and Gray is an athlete who can provide that. I think he’ll be given every opportunity to earn a role that will contribute weekly.

 

4 – Chris,

According to Wikipedia the Bills have Tampa Bay’s pick -the 1st pick in round# 5 of the 2015 NFL Draft. Why is that? I dont recall any deal with Tampa Bay other than the one for Mike Williams. BTW I dont see any compensation (6th round pick?) going to Tampa Bay from Buffalo for Williams?

Thanks
LeeD

CB: The Bills swung a trade with the Buccaneers on day 3 of the NFL draft last year. Buffalo gave Tampa their fifth-round pick in exchange for Tampa’s seventh-round pick in last year’s draft, and Buffalo also got Tampa’s fifth-round pick this year (2015). But Buffalo doesn’t have that pick anymore. They sent it to Minnesota in the Matt Cassel trade.

 

5 – Chris:

With a new coaching staff, does the league allow additional practice time,  OTAs for the Bills?  Also, Chris Williams was placed on injured reserve with a back injury.  Was their surgery to correct this condition and/or what is his current physical condition?

Conrad in Elma

CB: Yes, new coaching staffs get the benefit of an additional set of practices to implement their schemes to their new players. So Buffalo will get that extra set of spring workouts, presumably sometime in April.

As for Chris Williams’ back I do not know if surgery was required for his back condition. I do know that he has had back surgery in his past. In his rookie year he needed surgery to take care of a herniated disc. We’ll know more when the players show up next month for the offseason conditioning program.

 


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