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ESPN’s Clayton a Reed HOF supporter

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2014 – 12:58 pm

ESPN NFL reporter John Clayton in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 this week was asked to handicap the Hall of Fame voting on Saturday. He is one of the 46 Hall of Fame Selectors and believes this should be the year that Andre Reed is selected for enshrinement.

“I think Walter Jones has a great chance to be first ballot as does Derrick Brooks,” said Clayton. “I think Michael Strahan should and would make it. That takes care of three (out of a maximum of five). Everyone is going to be saying that Marvin Harrison should make it on the first ballot. But I would love it for Andre Reed to make it in before Marvin Harrison. It’s not a knock on Marvin Harrison. I think he’s a Hall of Fame receiver and that he will make it.

“But as you know from Tim Brown and Andre Reed and last year with Cris Carter it takes us forever to get receivers in. I just think justice needs to be served that if there is a receiver to go in this year that it be Andre Reed. Then maybe Harrison makes it in next year.

“I think on the fringes not in any order, throw Reed in, you’ve got Charles Haley, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown and Will Shields. They’re on the fringe for the number four or number five spot.”

When asked how he would rank the three receivers among the 15 finalists this year (Tim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Andre Reed), Clayton said Reed was his top guy.

“This is just my opinion and it could change in the room, but I would go Reed first, Harrison second, Tim Brown third,” Clayton said.



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ESPN’s Clayton on Byrd-“Don’t go overboard on safety”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on July 9, 2013 – 12:22 am

The clock is ticking for the Bills to get a long term deal finished with free agent safety Jairus Byrd. But Senior Writer John Clayton says it could be difficult for the team to nail down an extended contract. And, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show Monday night, Clayton said the Bills have to guard against paying too much for a safety.

“I’m sure that if the Bills would go up to $8 and a half to -$9-million dollars, the deal would get done,” Clayton said. “But like every team, you have to watch the cap and you have to watch the dollars. So far, there’s nothing that’s been close enough that either side is optimistic.”

Clayton told host John Murphy it’s important for teams to put the proper value on their free agents, and not over-spend on certain positions.

“You have to realize that the safety position is one where you don’t want to go too far overboard. You want to try to save money for other positions,” he said.

“You can see what’s going on with Jairus Byrd. Cam Chancellor of Seattle just got $7-million dollars a year. I don’t know if the Bills are at that number or not, but you would think Byrd would want top safety number, a little bit over $9-million. And that probably isn’t going to happen. Because of that, it’s tough to get those long term deals.”

Clayton says he’s rooting for Byrd and the Bills to strike a long term deal. He thinks it’s a good fit for the team and the player.

“I hope he does (sign). He’s a great playmaker, he’s a great leader and he’s perfect for that team. You’d like to see that long term security.”

The entire interview with Senior Writer John Clayton is available here.

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Clayton likes Bills chances in ’12

Posted by Chris Brown on July 3, 2012 – 10:52 am

First it was ESPN NFL analyst Herm Edwards making the prediction, now it’s veteran ESPN NFL writer John Clayton that likes Buffalo’s chances to end their playoff drought.

In Clayton’s MailBag the NFL beat writer believes this could be the year when Buffalo reaches the postseason (see below).

Q: Are the Bills the real deal? They look great on paper, signing guys like Mario Williams and Mark Anderson to go with second-year man Marcell Dareus, and drafting Stephon Gilmore to go with Terrence McGee and Jairus Byrd in the secondary. Add the killer run game and receiver Steve Johnson, they look like the clear favorites to win that division. Yet, we saw this with Philly last year, and we saw how that turned out.

Chris in Largo, Fla.

A: To be the real deal, the Bills would need to be a playoff team for the next three years. Still, the schedule and roster are set to make a wild-card run this year and I think they could do that.

For years, the Bills were hopeless in a division that was loaded with 3-4 defenses. Chan Gailey installed an offense that caused opposing defenses to get out of the 3-4. The Bills’ defense should make a dramatic improvement.

Plus, they don’t face a lot of great quarterbacks in their eight games in the AFC South and NFC West. If you are a Bills fan, enjoy.

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