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Fan Friday 3-16

Posted by Chris Brown on March 16, 2018 – 1:10 pm

Free agency is rolling as is the trade market. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills or on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

I know Beane said the money is spent…but can they still bring back a few vet minimum guys like Leonard Johnson or Cedric Thornton or Deonte Thompson? All were nice contributors and should not cost much

Lead the Stampede
@Jack_WanderS

CB: Beane did say today that they would be able to do some small signings. In my mind that includes things like veteran minimum deals for players like the ones you mentioned. Probably one-year deals.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think bills slow play the draft or swing for the fences? He has now said both ways. Last year he said no price too high for a franchise QB now he saying if a guy falls. What’s your gut saying?

David Ayotte
@Dhayotte75David

CB: I think Brandon Beane said he doesn’t know whether they’ll move up in the draft or not because there is no way to predict that. The reason why is there is no way for him to know for sure if there will be a willing trade partner in the area where he might feel he has to reach to get the quarterback he might want.

That’s the one variable that no one can count on. There may be a team interested, there may not. So as much as you may want to move up there, if you don’t have someone willing to trade out, it’s not going to happen.

I do believe if the Bills truly want to get the quarterback they may or may not covet, they have to get up to the Giants spot at two.

When Washington did that in the 2012 draft, they executed the trade in the middle of March, six weeks before the draft. They had the sixth pick and to move up just four spots they gave up their pick at six to the Rams and first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 and a second-round pick.

Then in the 2015 draft Philadelphia moved up from pick 8 to pick 2 just 10 days before the draft, giving up a third and a fourth-round pick in 2015 along with a first-round pick in 2017 and second-round pick in 2018.

If they want to make such a move, I think the Bills do it closer to the draft like the Eagles.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

We know they are moving around to draft a young QB but what’s their plan at WR?

JW Mills.
@JWMiller8050

CB: Right now on the roster they have Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Malachi Dupre, Andre Holmes, Zay Jones, Brandon Reilly and Rod Streater.

I would anticipate with the WR market thin and lacking in the upgrade department that the Bills will draft a wideout at some point in the draft. There are not a lot of speed receivers in this year’s class, but a healthy number of productive players whose talent should translate well to the next level when it comes to gaining separation.

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, what is the plan for the interior o-line? Who’s the starting center or is that coming via draft?

Mike Bourg
@Mic_bg

CB: The starting center is expected to be Ryan Groy, who started the last seven games of the 2016 after Eric Wood broke his leg. He’s a great alternative.

The Bills do need to add some youth to the interior and it couldn’t hurt to add some depth at offensive tackle with Cordy Glenn traded to Cincinnati and Seantrel Henderson signing with Houston.

The good news is this is a very good draft class of interior lineman. So finding some new, young talent shouldn’t be terribly difficult.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

After the Glenn trade, experts assume the Bills are going to go up even higher. Is it possible they stay at 12, take one of the big 4 if they fall or just take Lamar Jackson, and then use all of their picks to inject youth into what is currently a very old roster?

Josh McCarty
@Josh_McCarty28

CB: Anything is possible in the draft. Beane is excited knowing if he can’t move up the board that he’s going to get a better prospect at 12 than he would’ve gotten at 21. I doubt they take Lamar Jackson at 12. I don’t think many teams value him that high.

If they stood pat and used all of their picks they could do some real damage and build their roster quickly. They’re the only team in the league with six picks in the top 100. Cleveland is the only team that comes close with five picks in the first two rounds.


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Statement from Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 15, 2018 – 6:24 pm

A statement from Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula on the passing of Saints owner Tom Benson:


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Kyle’s approach unchanged

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2018 – 3:28 pm

Not that it would surprise anyone who has followed even a part of Kyle Williams’ NFL career. Now on board for his 13th season with the Bills, the defensive tackle pledged to come in an even better version of himself for the 2018 season.

“I believe wholeheartedly that you don’t win games and championships by looking at paper and who you have or don’t have. That’s why you play the game,” said Williams. “That’s why you build a team and hold guys accountable to a standard that you have and you go out there and compete your tail off and try to make it happen. A lot will happen between now and when we kick the football off in September. So my job is to get ready to play. Work out and get bigger, faster and stronger and get ready to come in and lead these guys and bring this team as close together as possible so we can compete for a championship.”


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Fan Friday 3-9

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2018 – 11:34 am

Free agency is the next item on the NFL offseason docket. The market opens Thursday afternoon at 4 pm. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills or on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What other players may be on Buffalo’s radar that were recently cut? Seems like the plan is to fill out the roster with low cost value players that won’t count against the comp formula. Also, do you anticipate the Bills signing any of their FAs to more than a vet minimum deal?

Michael McMasters
@kidmickey85

CB: I know a lot of Bills fans are chomping at the bit for RB DeMarco Murray, but I believe the Bills have their veteran backup to McCoy in Chris Ivory. If I had to guess, I think it’s more likely that any future additions at running back take place in the draft.

As for signing a free agent to more than a veteran minimum deal, I think it could happen, but not more than two to three times this offseason.

As much as the Bills want to fill out the roster, they’re also trying to achieve a salary cap future that provides them with more flexibility.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Gut feeling. Do they make a deal to get into that top 6-8 and draft a qb?

Mike F
@NYCJayhawk

CB: It’s hard to believe they won’t at least try to move up the board, IF the board falls a particular way. And that’s a big if. If a player or players they covet are off the board quickly, or sooner than they anticipated, I think that would negate any effort to move up the board.

However, if one of the prospects the Bills hold in high regard slips even a little bit further than anticipated, I could see them making a run at him.

Where on the board does that happen?

That’s hard to peg. Brandon Beane did say at the Senior Bowl that he didn’t want to pay a king’s ransom, and in most cases that’s what is required to get into the top five. Does that mean they’re only looking at the back half of the top 10 as a target area?

I don’t think there are any absolutes because the draft is such a fluid, ever changing entity.

When you have 32 teams thinking 32 different things about 250-300 different players, the unanticipated is bound to happen.

I wish I could give you a definitive answer, but with the draft the whole thing is a crapshoot.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

First of all, it was great seeing you and John at the combine! Could you comment on Lamar Jackson? I was a little disappointed in what I saw… seemed tentative

Steve Olsson
@steve_olsson

CB: Good to meet you guys too. I think Lamar Jackson was as advertised. While his completion percentage did improve his junior year, it’s still a part of his game where the consistency must improve. His ball location doesn’t often allow his receivers to gain yards after the catch, often forcing them to adjust to the pass.

Anticipation throwing is not something that’s frequently witnessed on his game tape. He is far and away the quarterback prospect with the greatest ability to extend the play, but I think he will need time to adapt to the pro game.

He reminds me of a shorter Colin Kaepernick, and in the right scheme he could be dynamic. I just wonder how quickly he’ll take to the NFL game, knowing some of the parts of his game that need refinement.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chances they keep Tyrod and draft Lamar Jackson in a scenario like Kansas City did last year.

Timothy Filutze
@timothy_filutze

CB: I don’t think you can rule anything out. The reason why is you don’t know, exactly anyway, how the free agent QB market will unfold and what that will prompt some teams to do if they miss out on a free agent QB they had their eye on (See: Cousins).

It could prompt them to make a trade offer for a QB like Nick Foles or Taylor.

Even Brandon Beane can’t predict what’s going to happen, which is why he said he expects Taylor to be on the roster right now. But if he gets an offer for Taylor that he can’t refuse, that could obviously change things.

As for Lamar Jackson, I think the Bills, much like every team right now, are entertaining all options if they believe it upgrades their quarterback position.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Should the Bills look to add a bigger hitter at SS and move Hyde down to the slot corner position?

Coach
@MoneyAce1984

CB: If you can find a 220-pound safety who can hit and also cover then you can consider that. But where the league is now, the primary prerequisite for a strong safety is to have the ability to cover and not just tight ends and backs, but slot receivers as well.

This has weeded out a lot of bigger safeties who lack cover ability. Ten to 15 years ago 220-pound strong safeties were more prevalent in the league. Now 220-pound players are lining up at linebacker.

The passing league has mandated greater emphasis on finding athletes, who can run, cover and hit on defense. This often means lighter, faster players.

So I don’t see finding a bigger safety who can hit as a priority for the Bills this offseason.

 


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2018 salary cap figure now official

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2018 – 8:39 am

It had been projected slightly higher, but now the 2018 NFL salary cap has been set.

The league announced the Salary Cap for the 2018 league year has been set at $177,200,000 per club.

That’s an increase of just over $10M from last year’s cap of $167M.

The Bills cap limit is almost $189M after they rolled over just over $11.5M of unused cap space from 2017. Following the signing of free agent RB Chris Ivory on Tuesday, Buffalo’s cap room is in the neighborhood of $22M.


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Bills overall pick numbers for 2018 draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2018 – 10:36 am

Here’s a look at the official overall pick numbers in the 2018 draft for the Bills by round, now that compensatories and the coin flip for pick nine and 10 for San Francisco and Oakland have been decided.

Bills picks in 2018 draft

Round 1 – 21, 22
Round 2 – 53, 56
Round 3 – 96
Round 4 – 121
Round 5 – 158, 166


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Report: Eagles fielding trade offers for Foles

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2018 – 4:47 pm

The Philadelphia Eagles have already fielded multiple trade offers for QB Nick Foles.

That according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. The veteran NFL reporter is also reporting that the Eagles are not willing to accept anything less than the first and fourth-round picks they got from Minnesota in their trade of QB Sam Bradford in 2016.

NFL clubs are likely seeing what the compensation parameters would be for the Super Bowl MVP, knowing there are going to be multiple suitors for Kirk Cousins and only one team will end up with him on their roster.

“We’re trying to keep as many good players as possible,” said Roseman. “You’re talking about the Super Bowl MVP. He’s been unbelievably successful for us. He’s got great character, great leadership. That room is exactly what we’re looking for. We have a franchise quarterback. We have the Super Bowl MVP. And we have a young quarterback (Nate Sudfeld) as well.

“As we get started with the offseason, we have a lot of areas that we have to address. We’re getting started a little bit later than most teams. And we know in this league if we don’t get to work and get serious about this, we’re going to get butt kicked. Our intention is to keep all of our good players.”

Foles has a year remaining on his contract, so as long as Carson Wentz’s rehab from an ACL knee injury last November continues on a positive track for him to be ready from Week 1 of the 2018 season, it might behoove the Eagles to acquire assets for a backup QB in Foles now, knowing he is likely to get starting job offers as a free agent in 2019 if he remains on Philadelphia’s roster this season.


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Vontae Davis still rehabbing groin

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2018 – 5:19 pm

Recently Bills new CB Vontae Davis was medically cleared coming off of groin surgery last November, but he still has some ground to cover to get all the way back to 100 percent.

In a conference call interview with the WNY media, Davis indicated that he might be limited when the team returns for the offseason conditioning program in the spring.

“Right now, I’m still rehabbing,” said Davis. “I was cleared two weeks ago. It’s a process. I’m still doing a lot of strengthening work. I’m not sure about the spring, yet. I’ll probably be limited, but right now I’m making progress in my rehab process. I’m back training. I’m cleared to do everything. It’s just a process with the strengthening work and everything.”


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Fan Friday 3-2

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2018 – 11:39 am

It’s our live from the NFL Combine edition of Fan Friday. Let’s get to your questions from Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Hello Chris,

I really look forward to getting your insight every Friday. My question is in regard to the salary cap situation. From what I have seen the Bills cap situation gets very good in 2019. Do you sense that Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott may opt to fill holes this year other than at QB, since the price of franchise free agents is expected to be quite high with the demand from other teams you have cited and the price in draft capital the Bills would have to give up to move to a top five slot in the draft?

Thanks,
Mike V.


CB:
Yes, you are correct, the Bills salary cap situation should improve even further in 2019. With respect to quarterback I don’t think their cap situation is going to keep them from pursuing one if they know it will upgrade the position.

I understand your premise, but quarterback trumps everything as I see it, so if you have the opportunity to land what you believe to be an answer at the position, you take a swing.

GM Brandon Beane told me this week that they will consider free agent options at QB and compare those options to the QBs they have on the roster. Now I don’t expect them to be in what will be a bidding war for Kirk Cousins, but there will be other viable options out there.

The same principle applies in the draft. If you’re convinced that one of the QB prospects is the long term answer at the position, you make every effort to land him. If that means parting with the draft capital you’ve accumulated it’s worth it.

Of course, all that being said there has to be a willing trade partner. It’s a two-way street.


2 –
Hey Chris,
Do you think Buffalo would be willing to trade a package of high draft picks for the opportunity to select any of the quarterbacks besides Darnold, Rosen and Allen?  Also, do you think they would be willing to try and sign Sam Bradford in free agency? I know he gets hurt all the time but he can still throw the ball as good as any of the other free agent quarterbacks.  Thank you.

Alexander, Toronto

CB: I think the general consensus in the league is Darnold, Rosen and Allen are the three top prospects. So trading up a package of high draft picks as you suggest for one of the other QB prospects besides those three seems unlikely.

Mayfield’s measurables and the widespread belief in the NFL community that Lamar Jackson should consider wide receiver as his NFL position figure to have them come off the board somewhere between 11 and 25.

I realize it only takes one team to think otherwise to change that, but that appears to be what a good number of teams are thinking.

As for Sam Bradford, yes he still has a good deal of arm talent, but his lengthy injury history will be a deterrent for some teams. I think Bradford is an option if you have a world class offensive line in terms of pass protection.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Brandon Beane mentioned wanting to get a power RB to complement McCoy. Do you foresee Buffalo filling this need in F/A or the draft? With guys like Stewart and Ivory available and guys like Freeman and Chubb projected to be 3rd to 4th round picks, which route do the Bills take?

Michael McMasters
@kidmickey85

CB: This is a decision that will depend on whether a free agent RB agrees to the price that Buffalo is willing to pay. Otherwise the Bills will turn to the draft. It’s one scenario where the team will be dealing from a position of strength because there are multiple options in both the draft and free agency.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Chris, can u see the Bills targeting C Ryan Jensen in FA? OL coach J.Castillo coached him in Balt.

Mikey
@Mikeybeit

CB: Jensen stepped into the starting lineup for the Ravens in 2017 as a fifth-year player. I can’t pretend to know how he fared this season. I didn’t see enough of Baltimore’s games.

I will say that head coach Sean McDermott in an appearance on the John Murphy Show admitted that Ryan Groy is the heir apparent at center for Buffalo in terms of replacing Eric Wood.

Now I don’t think that rules out the Bills perhaps pursuing another interior offensive lineman in free agency, but I get the sense that they like Groy, who is entering the final year of his current deal. So I could see them having Groy start in the pivot, see how he fares and if he’s performing well perhaps they extend him.

Yes, Jensen is only 26, but I think he’ll be looking for starter type money and I get the sense the Bills are looking for interior depth that could grow into starting roles down the line with players who are affordable. That’s more likely to be found in the draft where the interior offensive line depth is very strong this year.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

What might be a realistic compensation value for Cordy Glenn if the Bills decide to trade him?

Coach
@MoneyAce1984

CB: This one is hard to answer because different teams will place a different value on landing a starting caliber left tackle. For the teams that need an immediate answer at the position, the value would be higher. For a team that has a young left tackle on their roster that isn’t ready yet, the price they’d be willing to pay would be less because they believe they have a player that could fill the role in a year or two.

I think a good jumping off point would be what Seattle gave to Houston for Duane Brown, which ultimately became a second and third-round pick with a fifth-round pick going with Brown to Seattle. Brown is a 32-year old offensive tackle. Glenn will turn 29 in September.

Glenn is also under contract for three more seasons.

So between his age and his contract I’d like to think the Bills would be asking for at least that much, if not a bit better.


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Bills launch Predict the Pick 2018

Posted by Kelly Baker on March 2, 2018 – 9:16 am

Bills fans, the 2018 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, which means you’ll once again have a chance to predict who Buffalo will select first!

Predict the Pick, presented by M&T Bank, gives fans a fun and exciting way to share their thoughts on the Draft by choosing the prospects they think will land with the Bills. The fans who correctly predict Buffalo’s first pick, will be entered for a chance to meet him.

To make your pick, click here.

The contest will remain open until Wednesday, April 25 at 11:59 p.m.


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NFL support healthy for Jim Kelly

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2018 – 12:24 pm

The NFL family was disappointed to hear the news that Jim Kelly’s cancer has returned, but as they’ve done before, they’re expressing their support for the Hall of Fame quarterback, just like they did during Kelly’s first battle with the squamous cell sarcoma that he was able to beat.

L.A. Chargers GM Tom Telesco, a Hamburg native, who cut his teeth in the league working under Bill Polian, was affected by the news having watched Kelly as a Bills fan.

“When you hear news like that it just hits you hard,” Telesco told Buffalobills.com. “I grew up in Buffalo. I grew up a Bills fan. I’m still a Bills fan even though I’m not allowed to be working for the Chargers. But that’s my home and that was my team. Jim Kelly is everything that Buffalo really represents.

“The good thing about Jim, and this is not a cliché, but there’s no one that’s tougher than he is. So if anybody can fight that I know that he can. He’s got a great support group. An unbelievable support group inside and outside of Buffalo, so our prayers are with him.”


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Bills kick off 2018 Schedule Challenge

Posted by Kelly Baker on February 26, 2018 – 2:46 pm

Bills fans, the 2018 Schedule Challenge, presented by Ellicott Hotels, is back!

The annual contest, which officially opened today, Feb. 26, gives Bills fans an opportunity to weigh in on Buffalo’s 2018 season schedule. Fans who take the challenge will be entered for a chance to win a fun prize pack which includes, a pair of 2018 Club Season Tickets, on-field passes to the home opener and an autographed helmet!

Here’s how it works:

-Click here to begin the short quiz

-Each question that you answer correctly counts as one entry

The Schedule Challenge will remain open until Saturday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Good luck, Bills fans!


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Season Ticket Member of the Month – February

Posted by Kelly Baker on February 20, 2018 – 4:12 pm

Nicholas Penna, a Hilton, New York resident and longtime Bills fan, has been a valued Season Ticket Member since 1991. Over the course of his membership, Penna has made many fond memories while attending Bills games and has even forged lasting relationships. While he’s had several exciting experiences, one that he’ll never forget is meeting his wife.

“It was the 2001 season…friends of mine knew someone who got us tickets,” said Penna when reminiscing on how they met. “My wife Candace was a server there. She was working in our section and I was with my buddy Andy [and] my father.”

After some words of encouragement from his dad, Penna introduced himself to her and the two hit it off.

“We got married in 2003,” said Penna. “Matter of fact, we had on-field passes before on-field passes were cool. We took some of our wedding photos on the field.”

Although it’s hard to top this memory, Penna has a few other favorites, including The Comeback Game and the recent snow game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“If I didn’t say The Comeback Game in 1993, I’d be lying but I’m sure everyone that was at that game… [would say that],” said Penna. “The excitement and energy [was great]. I’ve still never heard it louder.”

“Other things that stand out is the snow bowl we just had,” he explained. “I’ve never seen something like that…The only really snow game I can remember was the Divisional Playoff game against the Dolphins in 1990 – the ’90 season. It snowed pretty nicely that game but it didn’t compare to the snow that came down Dec. 10.”

Through the years, Penna has enjoyed watching some of his favorite players take the field. From running back Thurman Thomas to defensive tackle Kyle Williams and quarterback Tyrod Taylor, he’s loved every moment.

Nowadays, Penna shares his passion for the team with his family and views Sundays as an opportunity to spend quality time with them. A fireman for 17 years, Penna and company can be seen on game day wearing firemen helmets. For each Bills game, the group makes their way to Buffalo on Saturday so they can visit with Penna’s mother-in-law, who lives in Blasdell, prior to cheering on their favorite team.

Congratulations, Nicholas!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Nicholas for his many years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our Season Ticket Member of the Month for the month of February. In addition to Nicholas being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Month, he will receive a club seat upgrade, an autographed item and select Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Month, please fill out the form located here.


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Fan Friday 2-16

Posted by Chris Brown on February 16, 2018 – 11:33 am

Lets’ get right to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – Hi Chris,

Many thanks for all the updates and info this past season. With all the focus on the upcoming draft is there any chance the Bills look to keep Tyrod with a new OC whose scheme may better fit Tyrod’s skill set? Then look to fill holes with all the draft picks they have acquired and/or hope one of the non-top 5 QB’s are still there at 21/22? I realize it is early in the process as GM Beane noted and a lot could change.

Thank you.
Bryon
Plattsburgh, NY

 

CB: You’re right that a lot can change between now and the week after the NFL draft. That being said, I think there is a real possibility that Tyrod Taylor remains the starter. There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the quarterback position in terms of what could be available in free agency and who is affordable in a way that doesn’t cripple a team’s cap situation.

As for new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, he certainly comes in with very recent experience working with a mobile quarterback in Alabama’s Jalen Hurts.

I’m sure there will be a lot of conversations among the offensive staff this offseason as to what, and with whom, their best approach would be to move the offense forward. The passing game was frankly substandard last season. Can Daboll help to improve it with Taylor in the lineup?

That’s the big question.

The next question is what other quarterback talent can the Bills realistically acquire in terms of price tag and/or draft capital.

There may not be defined answers on the draft capital question until a week or two before the draft. And with more demand than supply concerning free agent QBs, the price to acquire one is going up and some teams are likely going to overpay.

I get the sense that Bills GM Brandon Beane isn’t big on overpaying, even at QB.

 


2 –
Hi Chris,

Do you think the Bills will draft another wide receiver? Or do you believe that Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, Zay Jones, Deonte Thompson, and Brandon Tate are sufficient?

Your thoughts,
Tony Falzone
Daytona Beach, FL

CB: Perhaps the most important factor about your question is 60 percent of the players you mentioned are impending free agents. Matthews, Thompson and Tate all have expiring contracts come March.

It’s hard to know what each of those players is thinking, although I do know that Thompson enjoyed playing in Buffalo this past year having spoken with him.

Matthews needs a high-volume passing attack to maximize his value. Over the last three years the Bills are dead last in the league in pass attempts at just over 29 per game. Unless there’s a dramatic shift planned by offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, or a significant change at QB, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jordan Matthews looks elsewhere.

Let’s not forget too that he’s coming off a pair of offseason surgeries, so he may have to sign a one-year prove it deal, and that would only increase his need to find a high-volume passing attack.

Thompson and Tate should be affordable options to bring back to the fold. Hopefully a full offseason helps Kelvin Benjamin blend into the passing game more effectively and Zay Jones takes a big step in season two of his career.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

What position do you see the Bills making their biggest-dollar signing at in free agency, presuming they look to make another Micah Hyde-level signing?

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: I don’t get the overwhelming sense that the Bills will be big spenders in free agency. GM Brandon Beane has made it clear he is still trying to get the Bills cap in a more flexible position and sees free agency as a means to set themselves up for the draft.

To me that means filling some positional holes with value-based signings, not big splash type moves.

If there were to be a signing the level of Micah Hyde this offseason I think it would be at linebacker, defensive tackle or cornerback. And to be clear, not all three, but rather at one of those three positions. That is where they are short on numbers when it comes to starting-caliber players.

It’s reasonable to believe Beane would like to have a starting-caliber player plugged in at one of those positions prior to the draft at the very least.

 

4@ChrisBrownBills

There are numerous reports out there that the Bills have been scouting Josh Rosen extensively, do you think the Bills perceived high interest in him is smoke and mirrors, or will do what’s necessary to go get him?

Michael McMasters
@kidmickey85

CB: To be truthful I’d be disappointed if the Bills didn’t scout Josh Rosen and every other top quarterback prospect extensively. Buffalo’s scouting department wouldn’t be doing their level best if they didn’t scout each QB prospect extensively. It’s par for the course.

To what lengths would the Bills go to land Rosen, or any other QB prospect that may be at the top of their board?

That’s tough to peg, only because I believe it will largely depend on how the top of the board unfolds.

I don’t see the Bills paying a king’s ransom to get to the top of the board. There are just too many other holes for the team to address. Solving the quarterback position for the long term is perhaps the most important hole to fill, but a dozen other teams are looking to do the same thing.

That drives up the cost of doing business to accomplish that.

I think GM Brandon Beane feels out the market both in free agency and the draft and then makes a judgment call on whether it’s worth paying the price to address the QB position in a way that would satisfy him and head coach Sean McDermott.

I realize that’s probably not a pinpoint answer, but it’s the best I can do at this point.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any chance the Bills draft a 1st round QB AND seek a big name free agent like a Foles, Cousins, or Bridgewater?

Jason Carroll
@jasonlikesfun

CB: I would be surprised if they did both.

The reason why is, if you’re drafting a QB in round one, you’re pretty convinced he’s your long-term answer at the position going forward. If he’s not then you shouldn’t be drafting him in round one.

The thought process is much the same with the free agent QBs you mentioned. If you’re going to land a free agent like Cousins or Bridgewater (provided he’s ruled a free agent – NFL Management Council has to determine this) you’re going to be either be paying franchise QB type money or parting with assets for Foles (who is under contract) that indicates you believe him to be franchise caliber.

If you’re willing to do that in free agency I think you’re committing to that player long term at the position. So drafting a QB in round one as well seems counterintuitive, especially when there are plenty of other positional holes to be filled on the roster.


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Frazier eager for 2018 season with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 13, 2018 – 3:28 pm

Although he was interviewing for the Colts head coaching job just last weekend, a job that has since gone to Frank Reich, Leslie Frazier is glad he’s back in Buffalo preparing for the 2018 campaign.

“I was out there on Saturday and met with their general manager and some of their other top brass,” said Frazier of his meeting with the Colts last weekend while appearing on the John Murphy Show. “It was a good experience. As you know Frank (Reich) got the job and I’m happy for him. A great guy and great friend. It was a great experience for me, but I’m looking forward to our 2018 season here in Buffalo.”

Frazier said the interview process was a bit unique for him and the other two candidates, Reich and Dan Campbell, knowing it was round two for the Colts after Josh McDaniels reneged on taking the job.

“It’s a short window to get prepared because nobody saw it coming. We were all on the same timeline and you just prepare and put your best foot forward,” said Frazier. “Every situation is different. They were looking for integrity and leadership and I think most teams are, but sometimes they’re looking for something a little bit different. But the interview wasn’t a whole lot different from what I’ve been through in the past.”


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Fan Friday 2-9

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2018 – 11:44 am

The 2018 offseason is in full swing now with the Super Bowl behind us. Lets’ get to your questions on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills
IMO their biggest hole, besides QB is at LB. Do you feel they will address this in FA or the draft? I believe we need a experienced MLB.

Tim Feathers
@tbill538

CB: Linebacker is unquestionably a hole because of who they could potentially lose to free agency. Preston Brown and Ramon Humber are both free agents. That’s two starting caliber players. Obviously, they could re-sign one or both, but it will be interesting to see if Brown wants to test the market, knowing a player’s second contract is usually the big money one.

Also the Bills would undoubtedly like to get faster at the linebacker position. I believe the team’s decision on Brown will ultimately determine their course of action at linebacker. If he’s back I see them supplementing the position primarily with the draft. If not, it’s likely to be a mix of free agency and the draft.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will Bills look to replace Brian Gaine? I really liked their front office acquisitions last off-season and hope they try and maintain multiple quality personnel and GM types
BC72
@bchud1972

CB: I think that’s to be determined. With Lake Dawson also up for the Panthers GM job, Buffalo could lose two members of their scouting department. I think when GM Brandon Beane knows whether Dawson is back or not he’ll then assess the duties of those men and decide if they need to replace either by promoting from within and hiring from the outside.

You are right though, Beane assembled a heck of a staff in year one, and the pursuit of some of his hires is a strong validation of that.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

With the money that Smith and Jimmy G got, so the Bills a) pickup TT option and draft a guy to sit behind him for a year similar to Smith or b) pickup his option and trade him as it would still, at $18 million, be cheaper than signing some of the higher end FA right now?

Ryan Cox
@RyanACox34

CB: Getting Tyrod to renegotiate his deal last offseason was an astute move by the Bills. Though some still see the $18M cap hit as tough to swallow, it’s a very reasonable deal. And the chance of them going another season with Tyrod at QB while drafting a QB to groom is possible.

It’s hard to predict which way it will turn, knowing there will be quarterback options in free agency, potentially by trade if the Eagles are willing to listen to offers for Nick Foles and in the draft.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Would you personally trade the #Bills’ 21, 22, and RD3 to Denver for the fifth-overall pick if Rosen and Darnold are off the board?

Dean Kindig
@TCBILLS_Astro

CB: I personally wouldn’t. I think those two are by far the top two QB prospects from all the scouting people I’ve talked to around the league over the last few months. Unless you feel players like Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph are right there with them and still on the board I don’t make that deal.

I think you only give that draft capital up for one of the best QBs in the draft, not QB three or four, especially since I feel there is a drop off that’s more sizable than pick 2 to pick 5.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills
What are the chances they re-sign Gaines?

Zach Kozoduj
@koz9130

CB: I think there’s a legitimate chance they’ll make an effort to re-sign him. It all depends on the supply and demand in free agency. The market will have some decent talent available if players don’t re-sign with their current clubs (e.g. Malcolm Butler, Rashaan Melvin, Trumaine Johnson), but I don’t think the Bills want to pay giant money.

Gaines durability issues (he’s missed 26 games over last 3 seasons) figure to make him a more affordable option, plus he’s just 26-years old. So his affordability makes him a realistic re-sign candidate. The only thing that changes that is if they can find a more durable player without having to pay significantly more.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Report: Frazier to interview with Colts on Saturday

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2018 – 11:02 am

The Colts second round of searching for their next head coach begins today as they interview Philadelphia offensive coordinator Frank Reich. According to a report, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will interview with the club this weekend.

That according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. He’s reporting that Frazier’s interview with Colts GM Chris Ballard will take place on Saturday. In addition to Frazier and Reich, New Orleans assistant head coach and tight ends coach Dan Campbell is also a candidate. He reportedly interviewed with the Colts on Thursday.

 


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Report: Colts request to interview Frazier

Posted by Chris Brown on February 8, 2018 – 9:35 am

The reports that the Indianapolis Colts, in their search for a new head coach, would be interested in Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. That interest appears to be legitimate as there are reports now that the Colts have asked the Bills for permission to interview Frazier.

That according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

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Frazier worked for the Colts as an assistant under Tony Dungy from 2005-2006 serving as a defensive assistant in 2005 and assistant head coach and defensive backs coach in 2006.


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Position breakdown for NFL Combine

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2018 – 3:18 pm

By now most NFL fans know there will be 19 quarterback prospects at the NFL combine coming up at the end of the month in Indianapolis. There are a few other positions that will make up the bulk of the 322 prospects who have been invited.

Here’s a look at the number of prospects by position who will be gathered in Indianapolis beginning on Feb. 28th.

QB – 19
RB – 32
WR – 44
TE – 17
OL – 48
DL – 39
LB – 42
DB – 70
P/K – 11


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Projected 2018 franchise and transition tags

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2018 – 4:07 pm

The league hasn’t officially determined what the salary cap will be for 2018-2019 league year, but it’s again expected to go up. Meanwhile in most cases the franchise and transition tag figures for 2018 are expected to go up too. The number crunchers at overthecap.com put together a projected list by position.

2018 Projected Franchise and Transition Tenders

Position Franchise Tag Transition Tag
QB $23,090,000 $20,861,000
DE $17,540,000 $14,600,000
WR $16,465,000 $14,206,000
LB $15,469,000 $13,126,000
CB $14,946,000 $12,951,000
OL $14,538,000 $12,989,000
DT $14,529,000 $11,698,000
RB $11,724,000 $9,498,000
S $11,081,000 $9,497,000
TE $10,360,000 $8,624,000
ST $5,056,000 $4,604,000
     

2018 Projected RFA Tenders

Type Amount
First Round $4,152,000
Second Round $2,916,000
Original Round $1,908,000

 


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