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Watkins’ Bills ties stretch back to Butler

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2014 – 8:26 am

Bills top pick Sammy Watkins has a lot of bills ties already. He has three former Clemson Tigers on the roster with him and he and fellow Clemson WR Perry Tuttle were the only players in Bills history that Buffalo trade up within round one to draft. There’s still another Clemson-Bills receiver connection with Watkins.

By becoming Buffalo’s top choice with the fourth pick in the draft Watkins joined Bills top pick in 1979 Jerry Butler as the only receivers taken in the top five in Clemson school history.

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Gilmore signing one of quickest

Posted by Chris Brown on May 17, 2012 – 12:39 pm

The Bills and every other club in the league has the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to thank for the rapidity with which draft choices in general and specifically first-round picks have signed. It’s less than a month since the 2012 draft and Buffalo’s top pick is already signed along with six others across the NFL. That hasn’t happened in Buffalo in a long time.

Taking a look back as prior Bills first-round picks, I’ve only found two that I can verify signed prior to Gilmore’s May 17th date.

WR Jerry Butler, who was one of two first-round picks in 1979, signed his contract on May 9th, just six days after the NFL draft was held that year (May 3rd).

The only other Bills first-round pick since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that I’ve found to sign before Gilmore was TE Reuben Gant in 1974. He has the earliest signing date of March 26th, but it comes with an asterisk because back then the draft was held in late January instead of late April.

The most recent early signee was OL Ruben Brown in 1995, who signed his rookie deal on June 20th 17 years ago.

It’s undoubtedly a welcome departure from the past couple of decades of lengthy negotiations and holdouts.

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Goodell to attend Monday QB Club on the 17th

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2008 – 3:15 pm

The Monday Quarterback Club, the business group that backs the Buffalo Bills, will be hosting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell who will be special guest speaker at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Distinguished Service Awards luncheon this Monday (Nov. 17) at the HSBC Arena Harbour Club.

Other special guests include Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. of the Bills and Jerry Butler, former Bills receiver and current Director of Player Programs for the Cleveland Browns. Doors open at 11:15 am, with the luncheon at 11:30 am, and the program beginning at 12:05 pm.

Mark Kelso, former Bills Safety and current color analyst for Bills radio broadcasts, and Gretchen Geitter, Vice President of Community Relations for the Bills, will be the 2008 recipients of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

Members interested in registering for the event or those interested in becoming new members should call 693-3807 or visit the Club web site at

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