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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 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,

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.

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?


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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Report: Offer expected soon from Bills for Clay

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2015 – 10:45 am

The Bills have been in pursuit of Miami transition player Charles Clay the last few days. Though Clay’s visit is over YahooSports is reporting that Buffalo will have an offer sheet ready for the tight end soon.

Charles Robinson of YahooSports is reporting that Buffalo’s offer sheet for Clay will be ready in the next 48 hours.

What Miami might do if in fact the Bills sign Clay to an offer sheet is difficult to ascertain after they signed free agent TE Jordan Cameron to a two-year deal worth $15M. Investing in another big tight end contract is not something most NFL clubs do.

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And it’s done Cameron to Miami

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 9:23 pm

A one on one interview with TE Jordan Cameron on the Miami Dolphins website pretty much seals it. Here’s the interview with the newest Miami TE.

Now the Bills and presumably the Browns wait and see if Miami rescinds the tag on Charles Clay or make the first move and sign him to an offer sheet.

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Taylor: Comparing Super Bowl Ravens to Bills

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 12, 2015 – 9:19 pm

More news from One Bills Drive as free agency rolls along. On Thursday, the team announced they’ve retained special teamer Marcus Easley. They also brought in more quarterback competition as they signed former Ravens QB Tyrod Taylor. Taylor signed on the dotted line and then joined us in-studio. He discussed his time in Baltimore backing up Joe Flacco and feels after 4-years he’s ready to compete here in Buffalo. He went on to talk about what he can bring to the Bills quarterback group.

DSC_3761“My athleticism really stands out. By the numbers and just from watching tape, you can tell I’m comfortable moving but I’m also comfortable with throwing the football and that’s the thing I have to prove and continue to show to people and to coaches.”

Taylor touched on his relationship with EJ Manuel growing up in Virginia and compared this year’s Bills team to the Super Bowl winning squad he was on in Baltimore.

As mentioned above, Marcus Easley comes back for his fifth season. He joined us at the top of the second hour to discuss his uphill path to get to where he is now, which includes spending most of his first two seasons on injured reserve and even getting placed on the practice squad. Today, Easley is an important part of the Bills special teams unit. He talked about his approach to playing the position.

“I approach it as if I’m going to battle or getting in a fight. It’s definitely not going to be me so it’s got to be him. I have to take him out. It doesn’t matter who they put back there but I also have ten other guys that think like me that believe in the same thing I believe. It’s all attitude and it’s a mindset.”

Finally, NFL Network Reporter Steve Wyche joined us to recap the wild first few days of free agency and the news from around the league on Thursday. Wyche also talked about what Buffalo has done so far and said the national media is intrigued with they’re moves and called LeSean McCoy “a gamebreaker.” To hear that and the rest of The John Murphy Show from Thursday, click here.

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Report: TE Cameron goes to Dolphins

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 9:17 pm

In the latest step of as the tight ends turn Yahoo Sports is now reporting that free agent Jordan Cameron has finalized a deal with the Dolphins.

So what began as a reported re-signing of Cameron by Cleveland then led to a battle for the tight end with Miami and apparently Cameron’s disapproval of his treatment by the Browns (no co tract offer for months) has him headed to Miami. We’ll wait until we see something is signed before we believe it at this point.

There is a good chance this will take the Dolphins out of the market for their own free agent TE Charles Clay. If that is in fact the case it would be expected that Miami rescinds the transition tag on Clay, which is within their rights as long as Clay doesn’t sign the tag qualifier.

The reason Miami would be motivated to do so is because when they put the transition tag on Clay it immediately counted against their salary cap. If they have no future plans with Clay removing a $7M figure from their 2015 cap would be an obvious move.

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Report: Browns, Dolphins battling for Cameron

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 8:28 pm

Apparently an earlier report that the Browns were close to re-signing TE Jordan Cameron was premature. According to reports the Dolphins are getting involved.

Miami reportedly got involved once they saw the report of the supposed Cleveland deal and the Dolphins are now reportedly negotiating with Cameron’s camp.

How this impacts the fate of Miami transition player Charles Clay remains to be seen.

Buffalo, Miami and Cleveland have all expressed interest in Clay.

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Report: Browns re-sign TE Jordan Cameron

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 6:15 pm

Amidst reports that Miami transition player Charles Clay was going to pay a free agent visit to Cleveland, the Browns have reportedly made another move to address their tight end position.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport the Browns have re-signed TE Jordan Cameron to a two-year deal.

It’s difficult to say just how that will impact any interest the Browns still might have in Clay, but Cameron is a playmaking pass catcher at the tight end position.

Whether it hurts their leverage remains to be seen.

There are also reports that the Dolphins are working to try and re-sign Clay long term.

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Easley big on Rex Ryan

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 4:45 pm

Marcus Easley, who just re-signed on Thursday, was glad to see that special teams coordinator Danny Crossman was still on the new coaching staff led by new head coach Rex Ryan. Of course he was also pretty excited to see Ryan named as the Bills new head coach.

“I’m a big fan of Rex Ryan,” said Easley. “I’ve talked to several people that have played with him while he was in New York and everyone had nothing but great things to say about him and the way he runs his team, so as you can see from day one it’s a whole new vibe. It’s a whole new atmosphere with him around. I’m very excited for everything he has to offer and bring to this organization.”

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Whaley: Bills debating on offer for Clay

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 3:50 pm

The Bills have hosted Miami transition player Charles Clay the past two days, but when it comes to an offer sheet Buffalo is still mulling over the kind of offer they’d like to put in front of the tight end.

That according to Bills GM Doug Whaley. In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio Whaley said an offer sheet is still being considered.

According to reports, Clay intends to make a free agent visit with Cleveland as well.

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QB Taylor knows EJ real well

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 2:24 pm

Bills newest QB Tyrod Taylor is will have a familiar face in the quarterback room come spring practices. That’s because he and EJ Manuel hail from the same area of their native Virginia.

“We went to a couple of camps together growing up,” Taylor told “His parents know my parents. We’re pretty close. We’ve kept up with each other since high school. I’ve talked to him throughout his time being here with the Bills. I’m looking forward to working alongside him. I’m sure he’s looking forward to it as well. We’re going to compete and push each other to be better.”

Taylor, who is a year older than Manuel, grew up in Hampton, Virginia, while Manuel grew up in Virginia Beach. Their two towns are about a half-hour drive away from one another.

Taylor also knows one of Buffalo’s free agent visitors from childhood.

“I know Percy too, so hopefully we can get him in here,” said Taylor.

Percy Harvin grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, another half hour away from Manuel and Taylor.

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Report: Clay to visit Browns

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 1:15 pm

The Bills have played host to Miami transition player Charles Clay the past two days, but it appears that Clay will also make a free agent visit with the Cleveland Browns.

That according to Palm Beach Post reporter Andrew Abramson, who cited Dolphins Executive VP of Football Operations as his source confirming that Clay will visit with Cleveland before signing any offer sheets.

Once a transition player signs an offer sheet he cannot go to another team and sign another. So the process Clay is choosing to take is understandable. The Browns have already signed Clay’s former Miami teammate WR Brian Hartline.

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Report: Bills to re-sign Easley, DE Wynn

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 10:20 am

The Bills are reportedly spending time working on their some of their own free agents. According to reports, both special teams ace Marcus Easley and DE Jarius Wynn will return to the club with new deals.

Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson is reporting that both Easley and Wynn will be re-signed to multi-year deals.

Easley led special teams in tackles for a second straight season in 2014 despite missing six games due to injury. Wynn was a dependable rotational defensive end after being signed as a free agent last offseason.

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OT Hairston now unrestricted FA

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 10:05 am

He was the only restricted free agent on Buffalo’s roster. But now OT Chris Hairston is an unrestricted free agent who can sign with any team in the league.

Buffalo had until Tuesday at 4 pm to tender Hairston a qualifying offer to give themselves the right of first refusal should he sign a long-term contract with another NFL club. The Bills chose not to do so thereby making him an unrestricted free agent.

Hairston, 25, missed all of the 2013 season with as he was placed on the Reserve/Non-football illness list. When he came back in 2014 Hairston had gained a lot of excess weight that took a long time to shed last year. As a result Hairston was relegated to backup duty and served on the offensive line mainly on special teams plays.

In his career Hairston has appeared in 42 games including 15 starts, all of which came in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.


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Report: Bills interested in FA TE Fasano

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2015 – 8:19 am

A day after the release of veteran TE Scott Chandler, the Bills are reportedly interested in another veteran tight end who is available on the free agent market.

Kansas City free agent TE Anthony Fasano is reportedly a player the Bills have targeted. That according to Fox Sports Mike Garafalo.

Fasano paid a free agent visit to the Titans on Tuesday, but no hard core contract negotiations have materialized according to reports. He’s also reportedly visited with Cincinnati.

Fasano, 31, has been a Bills killer as an opponent both with the Dolphins and Chiefs over the years. In his 13 career games agains the Bills he has 27 catches for 295 yards and four touchdowns along with a 10-3 record.

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Cassel confident he’ll be ready for OTAs

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 5:26 pm

After winning the starting QB job in Minnesota last year in a competition with Teddy Bridgewater, Bills QB Matt Cassel’s tenure as the Vikings number one quarterback lasted all of three games. Cassel suffered a severe foot injury that required surgery and was put on injured reserve. At this point however, Cassel expects to be ready to participate fully when offseason practices begin.

In a one-on-one interview with, Cassel gave indication that his foot would be good to go.

“I believe so. The foot feels great right now,” said Cassel. “Everything has been going well with all my rehab up to this point and it was a severe foot injury at that point. I’m at about 22 weeks removed from the injury so I feel great. I’m doing exercises. I’ve been dropping back and throwing and everything else, and running so I feel good to go.”

Cassel sustained fractured bones in his foot back in Week 3 of the 2014 season. He had no ligament damage, but needed surgery to re-assemble the bones with doctors using wires to do so.

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Matt Cassel: “Let’s Go Buf-fa-lo!”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on March 11, 2015 – 4:08 pm

It was a special 3-hour afternoon edition of The John Murphy on Wednesday. It is day two of NFL Free Agency and the Bills remain busy. We began the show with the news of the day that included a handful of confirmed free agent visits. We then went straight into the official DSC_3581introduction of quarterback Matt Cassel, whose trade from Minnesota was made official yesterday. An upbeat Cassel met with the media and afterwards stopped by our studio to discuss the trade, his path in the NFL, and why he and his family are excited to be moving here to Buffalo.

“My agent called and said I’ve been acquired in a trade. At first you always go, what just happened? You really aren’t expecting it. Then as soon as I found out I was coming to Buffalo, there was a lot of excitement. My wife and I were super excited. We started playing the theme (Shout) song on the phone for the kids. Let’s Go Buf-fa-lo! I love it! We were all fired up. We were also just excited about a new opportunity and right now with what’s going on with the Bills, with the team, Coach Ryan, offensively for me Coach Roman, I just think there’s a lot of good energy and a lot of good players coming in here.”

Fullback Jerome Felton also signed on the dotted line with the team on Wednesday. Felton makes his way from Minnesota and had his press conference which we listened in to as well.

General Manager Doug Whaley etched out some time from his busy schedule to recap day one of Free Agency here at One Bills Drive and also explain the wild moves we saw around the league on Tuesday. He shared his thoughts on the trades for Matt Cassel and LeSean McCoy and the free agent visits. Whaley also discussed how his headDSC_3341 coach and the owners have played a big role in these offseason dealings.

“No doubt about it. It’s not only Rex Ryan but the whole staff. I’ll tell you the truth, the way the Pegulas relate to players makes everybody at ease and even the players.” Whaley said “I’m telling you, they’re (Pegulas) unbelievable owners and the best I’ve been around so far.”

Kick off specialist Jordan Gay called in to round out the show. He talked about his extension with the team, staying together with the rest of his teammates on the unit, and the role he plays in making the special teams group an important part of the team.

Bills Insider Chris Brown also stopped by to recap and weigh in on the Bills moves, what he took from the Matt Cassel press conference, and look ahead to the rest of the offseason for the team. To hear that and the rest of Wednesday’s John Murphy Show, click here.

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Why Felton opted out in Minnesota

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 3:46 pm

Bills FB Jerome Felton had a good thing going in Minnesota blocking for feature back Adrian Peterson, but when Peterson was suspended by the league the offense changed. With Peterson’s situation up in the air, Felton chose to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Vikings and test free agency.

“When the situation with Adrian (Peterson) happened last year, I did not…the offense changed a little bit,” said Felton. “We did not use a fullback as much. I do not know what is going on in that situation still. I just wanted to make sure I gave myself the chance to go somewhere where I can contribute. Help the team win. Obviously when Buffalo gave me this opportunity I jumped at it. I am excited about it.”

Felton signed with Buffalo on Wednesday.

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Felton’s scouting report on Cassel

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 2:34 pm

Last year Bills new FB Jerome Felton was a teammate of Matt Cassel in Minnesota. Felton watched how Cassel won the starting quarterback job in a competition with rookie first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater. A Week 3 foot injury cost Cassel the rest of the 2014 season, but his approach to the game and his success in landing the starting job impressed Felton, who is once again his teammate in Buffalo.

In an interview with right after he signed his contract with the Bills, Felton called Cassel a true pro and his presence on Buffalo’s roster only reinforced his desire to sign with the Bills.

“It was unfortunate last year when he got hurt. He had put a lot of work in and had a really good camp and we felt good about him going into the season,” Felton told “So when I saw that he had signed here it made me more excited. I was already pretty much bought in and I wanted to be here and they wanted me here and when I saw that he was coming I got even more excited. He’s a true professional. He comes to work every day. He’s going to push whoever is already here and push to be the starting quarterback. There’s a lot of work that goes into it and he’s going to put it in every day.”

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Jerome Felton update

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 1:02 pm

The Bills have a few players in for free agent visits here Wednesday at One Bills Drive. Free agent TE Charles Clay, FB Jerome Felton and QB Tyrod Taylor are all meeting with coaches and touring the facilities. GM Doug Whaley laid out where things stand with Felton at this point after he arrived in town Monday night.

Whaley was asked in the press conference that introduced QB Matt Cassel, who came via trade with Minnesota, if there’s a deal in place with the free agent fullback.

“No, we do not,” said Whaley. “We’re in the midst of negotiating. That’s one of those things where you bring him in town. They’ve got to get a feel for us, we’ve got to get a feel for them. They have to take a physical. It’s a whole process and then once everybody agrees that we should start talking numbers then we start talking numbers.”

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Charles Clay update

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 12:44 pm

Miami free agent TE Charles Clay is in the midst of a visit at One Bills Drive where he’s meeting with coaches and taking a physical. Bills GM Doug Whaley commented on where things sit with Buffalo’s interest in signing Clay to an offer sheet being the Dolphins transition player.

“That’s what we’re determining now with the visit and have him talk to the coaches because it has to be a mutual thing. It’s up to him which offer he takes back,” said Whaley of Clay. “That’s why it’s important for him to get in here, talk to the coaches, take a physical and get a general feeling of what we can offer him and he can offer us.”

When asked what their strategy is in terms of putting an offer sheet together Whaley painted a picture of just how uncertain the outcome of the offer sheet process is.

“Our strategy is if we do decide to do something like that you put your best foot forward and hope for the best,” said Whaley.

If the Bills do sign Clay to an offer sheet, the Dolphins would have five days to match the offer to keep the tight end in Miami.

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