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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Report: Renegotiation a possibility with Tyrod

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2017 – 10:26 am

With the deadline to make a decision on what to do with Tyrod Taylor’s contract option just over a week away, the Bills have a couple of directions they can take. Obviously picking up the option is one choice. Allowing him to become a free agent is another. Trading him in some kind of sign and trade arrangement is another possibility as is a contract renegotiation. In an interview with Buffalobills.com, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan believes renegotiation is a realistic option.

“When they did that contract (last August) I think both parties would tell you they knew that this was a possibility because the number was so big,” Caplan told Buffalobills.com. “The thought around the league was the Bills would not roll over that option. They would look to renegotiate if Tyrod Taylor played well enough. And he did play well. I think the Bills also have to look at it and if it’s not going to be Tyrod, who is it going to be?

“Quite frankly in free agency other than Mike Glennon who is a true unrestricted free agent, you’re looking at trades. There’s not much out there. To me then you’re looking at the draft if you don’t bring back Tyrod. Not that many options out there if you do not bring back Tyrod.”

As for the likelihood of other NFL quarterback needy teams calling the Bills to see if they could pry Taylor away from them via trade, Caplan believes there will likely be calls, but again the existing option on the contract is a number most NFL clubs don’t want to inherit.

“I would expect them to at least get some calls just to see what the Bills are going to do with him. You mention that option. It’s a little bit cost prohibitive to do that. You’re talking about 30.75 million fully guaranteed to roll over the option. But the thing is in advance and I know they were doing it here. Doug Whaley is going to talk to, I think he actually talked to them at least once, Adisa Bakari, Tyrod Taylor’s agent, they’ll get that ball rolling. Here’s the deal next week, the time is compressed here. It won’t come down to March 11th. I’m sure it’ll come down a couple of days before that where the Bills will make their final decision. That’s why the combine is so important. You can get face to face time. That is very important it’s a lot better than doing it over the phone.”


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Report: Bears to take a run at Gilmore

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2017 – 6:59 pm

A day after Bills head coach Sean McDermott indicated that Stephon Gilmore would reach the free agent market, there’s a report that the Chicago Bears will be loading up to try to get him under contract when the market opens March 9th.

That according to the Chicago Tribune. With more than $50 million in cap space the Bears are expected to be aggressive early players in the market. Whether they can meet Gilmore’s asking price, which is expected to be around $15M a year, remains to be seen.

The Bills said they would monitor Gilmore’s situation as he hit the market. Other clubs can begin negotiating with the agent for prospective free agents on Tuesday March 7th, but deals cannot be consummated until March 9th.

Chicago is also said to be targeting Tampa Bay free agent Mike Glennon as an answer at quarterback.


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Rams WR Britt to hit free agent market

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2017 – 2:34 pm

The L.A. Rams have free agent decisions to make on their roster just like every other NFL team. One of the key free agents on their roster is WR Kenny Britt, who posted his first career 1,000-yard season in 2016 despite being in a poor passing attack. On Thursday, Rams GM Les Snead confirmed that Britt will not be re-signed before the free agent market opens on March 9th.

“Kenny should fit in any offense, but we do expect him to test free agency,” said Snead. “And I do know that we’re 32 in offense and we do need to improve. So we’re going through that right now in, hey, what type of skill does (head coach) Sean (McVay) need to get us better than 32.”

We listed Britt as a potential free agent fit for the Bills in an early look at free agency.


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For fans who’ve used the Bills message board

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2017 – 12:09 pm

For those fans who have inquired about the fate of the Bills message board, which has long been an interactive area for lively conversation about the team, the organization thanks you for your contributions and support of the Buffalo Bills. We understand that change is difficult sometimes, but with the emerging popularity of Buffalo Bills social media channels, the organization is encouraging fans to use the platforms below to interact and share opinions and facts about our teams.

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Thanks again for your support and we look forward to continuing our interactions over our social media platforms.


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2017 NFL franchise tag amounts announced

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2017 – 5:58 pm

The NFL has released the official franchise tag amounts by position after determine the 2017 salary cap will be set at $167 million. Here are the figures. 

Quarterback: $21.268m 

Running back: $12.120m 

Receiver: $15.682m 

Tight end: $9.780m 

Offensive line : $14.271m 

Defensive end: $16.934m 

Defensive tackle: $13.387m 

Linebacker: $14.550m 

Cornerback: $14.212 

Safety: $10.896m 

Kicker/punter: $4.835m 


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Kyle full go with offseason training

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2017 – 3:34 pm

He had a bad case of back spasms that forced him to miss Buffalo’s Week 14 game against the Steelers. His strained back wasn’t right the rest of the season, which lingered into the early stages of the offseason. Now committed to a 12th season with the Bills in 2017, the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle is healthy and has begun his offseason training.

“I feel good. I finally got over my back strain,” said Williams in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “I’m back working out and running. I have incorporated some new things that I’m doing that I think are going to help my body and get me prepared for the year. I’ve been going the last two or three weeks and I’m going to ramp it up from here.”

Williams finished tied for the team lead in tackles for loss and was third on the team in sacks last season.


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Chad Kelly not going to Combine after all

Posted by Chris Brown on February 28, 2017 – 10:43 am

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly was initially on an NFL invite list for the NFL Combine, then he was disinvited as his misdemeanor convictions for disorderly conduct fell under the NFL’s policy allowing the league to prohibit prospects with convictions involving violence or a weapon from attending according to Commissioner Roger Goodell. Kelly’s agents considered sending their client to Indianapolis anyway to independently interview with NFL clubs, but it appears they have decided not to do that.

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That according to the SECCountry.com. Kelly’s agents appealed the league’s decision to disinvite their client, but according to them it went unanswered.

Kelly does plan to work out and speak with NFL scouts at the Ole Miss pro day on April 3rd. He is still currently rehabbing from the second torn ACL of his playing career, suffered last fall.


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Fred Jackson open to retiring a Bill

Posted by Chris Brown on February 28, 2017 – 10:24 am

Fred Jackson isn’t ready to retire as a pro football player. He is going to try to find his way into an NFL training camp this summer if he can, but if it’s not in the cards he hopes to retire as a Buffalo Bill.

Jackson, who spent 10 seasons with Buffalo, said it’s not even something he had to think about.

“It’s automatic,” Jackson told the Sioux Land News. “It has to be as a Buffalo Bill. I owe those guys everything. The fan base has by far stuck behind me the most, and still talk to me now. I love playing for those guys. As long as I can go sign that one day contract and retire as a Buffalo Bill, if they’re going to have me, I’d definitely love to do that.”

Jackson also said he likes Buffalo’s new head coach Sean McDermott. The former Bills back believes they have a lot of the pieces they need to be a successful team and that if they stay healthy they can contend for the postseason.


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Mayock on the environment needed for Chad Kelly

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2017 – 5:15 pm

Ole Miss QB prospect Chad Kelly has had a bit of a star-crossed college career full of highs and lows. A big-armed QB with some impressive wins on resume is counter balanced by a pair of ACL knee surgeries and some off the field character concerns. He was dis-invited to the NFL combine a couple of weeks ago due to the league’s recent policy allowing them to restrict players with convictions to violent crimes. Whether Kelly’s guilty plea to disorderly conduct applies has been up for debate. Either way NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock says teams better figure out who Kelly is as a person and have a plan in place to keep him on the right path if they draft him.

“I’ve said several times that if he didn’t have medical (two ACL surgeries) and if he didn’t have off the field character concerns he’d be in the conversation with the top five quarterbacks,” said Mayock of Kelly. “I think worst case talent-wise he’s a second-round guy. He might even sneak into the first round in some drafts, if we didn’t factor in the medical or the off the field concerns.

“Teams have to figure the kid out. I haven’t met him. All I know is there is a bunch of stuff about him off the field. You better figure the kid out and you better have an infrastructure in place with the coordinator and the quarterback coach and the quarterback room that’s going to take care of this kid and make sure he makes the right decisions.

“He had 22 starts. I think he was 14-8. He’s a 64 percent (completion) guy. What I liked, he beat Alabama at Alabama and that tape was good. He beat LSU. In 2015 his tape against LSU was really good. He can push the ball down the field. He’s got a big arm. He’s a tough guy. My one on the field criticism is like a lot of big arm quarterbacks he likes to wait and see the route come open rather than have the anticipation to put it out there early. But I think that’s something that big arm guys learn later.”

There were reports last week that Kelly may choose to travel to Indianapolis to meet with teams on his own accord to sell himself to NFL clubs.

 


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Mayock says he’s a Tyrod Taylor fan

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2017 – 4:49 pm

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock went for about two hours answering questions on a national conference call. When the subject of Tyrod Taylor came up and his future with the Bills, Mayock expressed the opinion that Taylor could be a capable contributor to a winning team.

“First and foremost I’m a Tyrod Taylor fan,” said Mayock. “I understand that the question here is more about cap dollars than it is about whether he’s a capable quarterback. We started out this conversation talking about the dearth of quarterbacks in the NFL. He’s a capable quarterback. Is he a franchise guy? No, I don’t believe so. But he doesn’t turn the football over, but when you complement him with a strong running game and a good defense it’s a winning formula.

“I kind of like the kid. I know Sean McDermott probably has to look at this guy and say, ‘Hey he doesn’t turn the ball over. If we play good defense we have a chance of being pretty good pretty quickly.'”

 


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Woods holding out hope

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2017 – 10:39 am

In an ideal world for impending free agent WR Robert Woods, he’d be back in Buffalo and QB Tyrod Taylor would be in the fold for the foreseeable future. But Woods knows the business of NFL football doesn’t always operate that way. Still, he’s holding out hope that he can be back with the Bills in 2017 and beyond with Taylor as his QB.

“I think there’s always hope,” said Woods in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “I finished out well with them had a good talk with Doug Whaley upstairs. There’s a whole new coaching staff coming in so there could be different plans. I’ve got to speak with them and see their plans and see what happens with the quarterback decision there.”

Woods did admit that Tyrod’s future with the Bills will have an impact on his decision of whether he wants to re-sign with Buffalo should an offer come his way from the club that drafted in him in the second round in 2013.

“Everything factors in. It has to be the right amount as well as the quarterback decision,” he said. “They don’t have a quarterback right now. Tyrod is a pending free agent. EJ Manuel is coming up as a free agent and there are many quarterbacks on the market as well. Who knows the decisions that are going on upstairs, but we’ll all find out in a few weeks. I could see Buffalo still sticking with Tyrod most definitely.”

Woods was asked point blank if he’d like to still be a Bill.

“Yeah it does (matter),” said Woods. “That’s my first team, my first love, the team that drafted me. You don’t always come in the league and picture you’ll get drafted and have that long career and go out and be that team, be that draft pick on that team that goes out and wins Super Bowls. There’s still a chance to do that in Buffalo.”

 

 


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Fan Friday 2-24

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2017 – 11:32 am

The NFL Combine commences next week. We’ll have full coverage here on Buffalobills.com from Indy. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – How does the Bills present personnel stack up for going back to a 4-3 defense?  Presumably Dareus and Kyle Williams would be the tackles, but are the other defensive linemen currently on the roster suitable to play end in a 4-3, and how do the current linebackers fit such a scheme?

Duane Tananbaum

CB: It’s my contention that the personnel is better suited to a 4-3 defensive front, especially the defensive linemen. Dareus and Kyle will be given the opportunity to get up the field and penetrate. Shaq Lawson said he prefers a 4-3 scheme since that’s what he played in at Clemson. Jerry Hughes has had his most productive seasons as a Bills player in a 4-3 scheme.


2 –
Dear Chris:

With the hiring of Leslie Frazier as defensive coordinator, do you think we’ll be running his defense or McDermott’s with Frazier calling the plays? I know both are DCs and don’t want “to many cooks in the kitchen” again like last year. Also do you know if Kyle Williams likes these guys enough to comeback.

John S.

CB: I think one of the main reasons that Leslie Frazier was so attractive to McDermott as a candidate is because there is a good amount of carry over between the two schemes they’ve employed over the years. It’s my belief that it will be more of McDermott’s approach that will be implemented in Buffalo.

And as far as too many cooks in the kitchen, that won’t be an issue. McDermott is extremely thorough and any and all duties and responsibilities will be clearly spelled out for everyone on the staff.

Kyle had positive comments on McDermott after he spoke with him a couple of times by phone. Hopefully it’s enough to convince to keep playing.

3 – Chris,

If Aaron Williams can’t make it back next season and decides to retire, will the Bills see any kind of cap relief from his contract?

Thanks,
Tom

CB: He’d be a cap savings of just over $1.7M if he retired. That wouldn’t be much on a projected cap of $168.1M.

 

4 – CB
Besides QB, there are few positions groups lacking depth or set to be free agents. How do you think the team will address CB, S, right tackle, OLB, and WR. Gilmore, Woods and possibly Zach Brown will command money and I’m not sure they can be retained.

It seems a large task for Whaley to fill positions with so many free agents. The Bills will have to spend money to retain players. Which positions will be filled during the draft or free agency. How aggressive will they be during free agency to find players that fit the new coaches’ scheme?

Josh P.

CB: I think as they have done in years past they’ll be fiscally prudent in signing free agents. They’ll stay away from the high-priced players that are in high demand and focus on the tier two type players that are more affordable and offer better value.

I put together a list of potential free agent fits last week.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills As much as I LOVE the top 10 talent in the draft, should we trade down to get more picks?

Love your insight, Thanks!

Charlee DeGeorge
@CharleeDegeorge

CB: Thanks for the kind words. I’d be in favor of trading back and collecting more picks. The Bills did a good job of that in 2013 when they traded back in round one and got Kiko Alonso out of the deal in round two. I think the likelihood of that happening will hinge on how the picks fall in front of Buffalo at 10, not only in terms of the prospects the Bills like who may or may not be there, but for other NFL teams with a prospect in mind looking to get up to 10.

 


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Fan Friday 2-17

Posted by Chris Brown on February 17, 2017 – 11:30 am

Veteran cuts are happening around the league as team’s look to create more favorable fiscal situations with their cap. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hi Chris,

With the coaching shakeup we head in the off season with a new head coach, and with our limited cap space for next year already, do you see the following players being in a Buffalo uniform next year?
Tyrod Taylor?
Lesean McCoy?
EJ Manuel?
Charles Clay?
Goodwin?
Stephon Gilmore?
Jerry Hughers?
Kyle Williams?

CB: Taylor is a true question mark. As I said last week I think it’s a situation that could go either way.

McCoy, Clay and Hughes are back. As long as Kyle Williams wants to continue playing I believe he’s here as well.

I’d be surprised if Manuel was re-signed. Goodwin is unlikely knowing they drafted his replacement last year in Kolby Listenbee, who offers the same speed and more size.

Gilmore will depend chiefly on the money he demands.
2 – Hey Chris,

I was wondering with everything aside do you see Whaley re-signing Robert Woods this off season?  Also, do you think they will give Mike Gillislee a contract and get him locked up?

Thanks as always,
Jillian

CB: I think unless the Bills bowl him over with a contract offer that he’s going to test the market. Woods numbers could put him in line for a contract that averages about $9M a season. If there’s a competition for Woods, I don’t see the Bills getting in a bidding war for him.

I do believe they try to sign Mike Gillislee to a long-term contract rather than tender him for one year.
3 – Chris,

I don’t think Tyrod Taylor has proven he can read defenses and make NFL throws over the middle.  I can’t see paying that much for a running QB.  With that in mind, do you think Doug Whaley would target QB Mike Glennon in free agency.

RC from DC

CB: I know it was only one example, but his performance against Miami in Week 16 was an encouraging sign of progress in throwing over the middle. He found targets there with consistency when the Dolphins were daring him to throw there. Taylor threw for over 300 yards in that game.

If the Bills elect to pursue a free agent like Mike Glennon, it would be a complete 180 in philosophy with respect to their quarterback. That’s not to say that it’s wrong, but it would be a vast departure from what they’ve done previously.

Taylor’s skill set is capable of fitting into OC Rick Dennison’s offensive scheme. They’ve worked together before. That’s why I believe the possibility still exists that Taylor is here in 2017.

For what it’s worth, Taylor has a higher completion percentage and a better touchdown to interception ratio than Glennon, who is strictly a pocket passer. Then add on Taylor’s 500 rushing yards a season and in my opinion you’ve got a better option in Taylor than Glennon. But that’s just me.

 

4 – Chris,
My Question is this: Obviously I’m very frustrated with the play of Dareus and Hughes, after they signed huge contracts.

Dareus, specifically, has not produced like a 95 million dollar player should IMO, along with his suspension and injuries.

Is there any chance we try to trade him in the off-season or release him after the 2017 season (if I understand his contract correctly) ?

-David from Rochester

CB: I don’t think trading Dareus is realistic. If you did he’d be a $14M cap hit and put more than $30M in dead cap on your books.

It’s my contention that this new defensive scheme will get back to maximizing the strengths of both Dareus’ and Jerry Hughes’ game, which is getting up the field and penetrating and putting heat on the quarterback.

The scheme under DC Leslie Frazier and coach McDermott will allow them to attack, which is what they like to do best. Dareus was forced to stand in the gaps and grind with offensive linemen under Rex Ryan and let the linebackers run and make plays. Dareus is a playmaker. He was miscast in Ryan’s system.

Hughes is also a more effective player in a 4-3 scheme. It’s where he had back-to-back 10-sack seasons. So I’d give it the 2017 season to reassess if the struggles of Dareus and Hughes were self-inflicted or if they were a victim of a scheme that didn’t fit either of them.

 

5 – Hi Chris,
Thank you for everything you do in regards to covering the bills. If the bills let Woods walk, do you think Kendall Wright from Tennessee could be a possible addition? Reports say he is leaving and could need some new scenery. I feel like he could catch on well with the bills in the slot.
Thank you,
Max

CB: There’s no question that Wright would be a more affordable option than Woods. He’s not as athletic as Woods and is probably a slot receiver only. What will be of concern to potential suitors is the fact that Wright has not made it through a 16-game season since 2013, when he had a 94-catch season, which was his only 1,000-yard receiving year.

Buffalo has experienced all too many problems in recent years with receivers who are not available due to injury. Knowing Wright has an injury history could be a deterrent.


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Chad Kelly, Joe Mixon among non-Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:45 pm

With the NFL Combine player invite list released Wednesday there are a host of different ways to break the list down. After sifting through the position numbers and colleges most heavily represented, those prospects who were not invited are looked for next. One very recognizable name to Bills fans was not invited to Indianapolis.

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly was not one of the quarterbacks invited to the NFL Combine. He along with Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon were among the more notable prospects left off the list, and it appears the league’s new policy implemented last year was the reason why.

Last year the league instituted a conduct policy barring players from the combine based on criminal cases involving violence or sexual offenses.

Kelly plead guilty to disorderly conduct after being involved in a nightclub brawl. Meanwhile, Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon was also not invited after he punched a female student at Oklahoma in the face in 2014. A video of the incident surfaced two years ago. Even though Mixon wasn’t convicted in the case the league reserves the right to bar any prospect from the Combine based on circumstances involving the player.

In Kelly’s two seasons at Ole Miss he threw for 6,800 yards and 50 touchdowns, but his 2016 season was ended prematurely by an ACL knee injury. Kelly was at the Senior Bowl to interview with NFL teams, but did not participate due to his knee rehabilitation.

Kelly’s Ole Miss teammate WR Damore’ea Stringfellow was also left off the invite list. He plead guilty to an assault charge while playing at the University of Washington in 2014 and was also involved in the nightclub fight with Kelly.


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Michigan tops list with most Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:21 pm

The NFL Combine invite list is typically dominated by SEC and ACC schools. That is primarily the case again this year, but a Big 10 school tops the list this year.

Michigan has the most NFL Combine player invites with a total of 14 players. Alabama and LSU are next with 10 invites each. Clemson and Miami had the next most with nine apiece.

Here’s a look at the schools with the most total player invites to Indianapolis this year.

Michigan – 14
Alabama – 10
LSU – 10
Clemson – 9
Miami – 9
Florida – 8
Florida St. – 8
Ohio St. – 8
USC – 8
Utah – 8
Louisville – 7
Washington – 7


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NFL Combine invite list position breakdown

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:15 pm

The NFL has released their NFL Combine player invite list. Here’s a breakdown of the 325 pro prospects by position.

Wide receiver typically heads the list in terms of number and that was no different this year with 58 wideouts on the invite list for Indianapolis. Probably the biggest drop in numbers from last year is on the defensive line. Last year there were 59 defensive linemen invited. This year it’s just 48.

In what’s seen as a weak offensive line class, the numbers are down at offensive tackle from 25 last year to just 18 this year. Quarterback is also down from 19 last year to 15 this year.

QB – 15
RB – 33
WR – 58
TE – 19
OL – 43 (OT – 18; G/C – 26)
DL – 48 (DT – 21; DE – 27)
LB – 37 (OLB – 25; ILB – 12)
CB – 35
S – 26
P/K/LS – 11


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Kiper’s 2nd mock unchanged for Bills at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 11:11 am

He made this pick for the Bills in his first mock draft, and in his second mock draft, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. again went quarterback for Buffalo’s pick at 10.

Kiper again selected Clemson QB DeShaun Watson for Buffalo at 10th overall. Here was his revised reasoning.

10. Buffalo Bills – 7-9
DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson

This is obviously based on the idea that Tyrod Taylor would be playing somewhere else. We’ll be able to say that definitively, one way or the other, in March. If there’s a big question here, it’s whether Watson is any more ready to start in year one than a quarterback who’s currently on the roster. I think the Bills will go a different direction if they’re able to bring in a veteran QB in March.

Kiper has just two quarterbacks going in round one with North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky going second overall to San Francisco, just like he did in Kiper’s first mock too.

 

 


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Alexander camp sets wide contract parameters

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 10:44 am

Bills free agent Lorenzo Alexander has said more than once that he’d like to be back in Buffalo next season, but understands in the NFL there are no guarantees. He also believes he’s proven over his career that he’s versatile and can fit any defensive system, knowing that Buffalo’s defensive scheme is expected to change… again. His agent also set the contract parameters in terms of annual salary.

Alexander’s agent Peter Schaffer told CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora that he’s anticipating a wide range following Alexander’s Pro Bowl season with Buffalo.

LaCanfora quoted Alexander’s agent as saying that he expects the veteran linebacker to land “between $5 million and $10 million per year” on a short-term free agent deal.

He explained that the very wide range is due to the unique circumstance that Alexander’s age (33) and production (12.5) present.

Whether the Bills have a contract offer in mind that falls somewhere within that average annual range remains to be seen.


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