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Dareus focused on football, not extension talks

Posted by Chris Brown on July 24, 2015 – 11:26 am

Bills GM Doug Whaley called negotiating a contract extension for Pro Bowl DT Marcell Dareus a “top priority” this offseason. For Dareus it doesn’t sound like it carries quite as much weight.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show Thursday night, Dareus was asked about the progress of contract talks between his camp and the Bills. Dareus doesn’t worry about it as he prefers to focus on his game rather than how much he’ll be getting paid in the future.

“Whatever they’re going to do, they’re going to do,” Dareus said. “It’s not anything that I can focus on right now. It’s out of my hands. I’m just going to continue to do what I have to do for the team because they have me for a year. At the same time I’m going to do the best that I can no matter what they’re paying me whether it’s 100 or two, whatever it is. I’m just going to do the best that I can. I just love my job, so it is what it is.”

Dareus has been training out at the EXOS training center in Phoenix for most of the offseason. He’s also spent time back at his alma mater the University of Alabama. Some of his teammates have been training with him including LeSean McCoy, Stefan Charles, Richie Incognito and Tyrod Taylor.

All the training has Dareus anxious for training camp.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Dareus. “Not being out there on the field… it’s a way of life for me and way for me to escape a lot of things. I just have fun. Of course I look forward to training camp. I miss my guys. We all love each other and want the best for each other. The fans are going to be out there. We really enjoy them coming out to support us every day. It’s something we all look forward to.”


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Nix still playing role for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2014 – 1:40 pm

He’s listed as a Special Assistant for the Bills, and was to help the organization in a variety of football-related roles. One of those roles includes scouting the talent at the Senior Bowl in Mobile this week.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said he likes being able to lean on his predecessor as a sounding board and talent evaluator.

“He’s a great resource for me and I would be remiss if I didn’t use him,” said Whaley. “Any major decision or free agent we think about bringing in and ask him what he thinks. After this BLESTO meeting we’ll give him a list of the top rated guys and have him look at those guys. We’ll give him some of the free agents that we’ve pegged as interesting. So he’s a resource and with that wealth of knowledge I’d be remiss if I didn’t pick his brain and use him to our fullest advantage.”


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Bills stuck with Browns head coach timetable

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 9:37 am

While the Bills as an organization are happy for the opportunity Mike Pettine finds himself in as a head coaching candidate for the Cleveland Browns, it also puts Buffalo in somewhat of a holding pattern on certain things. The operation of a coaching staff is extremely structured even in the offseason, but when one organization is forced to work on the timetable of another it’s anything but easy.

In an appearance on the John Murphy show last night, Bills head coach Doug Marrone admitted that while happy for Pettine, the process of Cleveland’s search leaves them in a tricky spot.

“It does and partly because of the rules of the league,” Marrone said. “You cannot deny anyone permission to speak to anyone that would like to be a head coach. Not that we would, but you can’t put a timetable on them. You can’t say, ‘Hey listen you can talk to our guy, but you only have a certain amount of time.’ So really the ball is in their court.”

The pace of the Browns coaching search is expected to quicken with Super Bowl assistants available this week.

 


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Byrd at peace on the field

Posted by Chris Brown on November 25, 2013 – 10:27 pm

Bills safety Jairus Byrd has three interceptions in his last two games, as he is getting into a comfort zone in Buffalo’s defense. Appearing on the John Murphy Show Monday night, Byrd also said he’s open-minded about returning to play for the Bills after the 2013 season. He also mentioned that the unsuccessful negotiations of the past offseason are not a distraction.

“Once I’m actually out there playing it makes everything a lot easier,” Byrd told the John Murphy Show. “The more time you’re away from the game the more time you get caught up into things, but when I’m out there playing I’m at peace so I’m thankful for that.”

 


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