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Bills not pursuing FAs Boldin or Freeney now

Posted by Chris Brown on May 24, 2016 – 1:23 pm

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Tuesday morning GM Doug Whaley addressed the prospect of pursuing a veteran free agent pass rusher or receiver in light of the recent offseason surgeries for Shaq Lawson and Sammy Watkins.

Whaley said at this point they haven’t made contact with those veteran free agents, though he wouldn’t rule anything out.

“We always keep our options open. We never say never,” said Whaley. “We haven’t reached out and contacted anybody right now. We’re looking at the development of the guys we have on the roster and some of the young guys. But we always keep our options open and our pro personnel department headed by Rob Hanrahan, those guys always keep me abreast of who is out there and we continually update what we call our short list.”

When asked specifically about Boldin, Whaley again reiterated that they want to see how some of the youth on their roster comes along during spring practices.

“We want to see what we have and the development of the guys on the roster in the OTAs,” he said. “Guys like that we look at as consummate professionals. They’re always going to be in shape and if the time comes where we think the guys aren’t progressing like we need them to that’s when you look at a guy like Anquan Boldin or a Dwight Freeney, but right now we want to develop some young guys with an eye on the future saying those guys are out there if for needs sake we need to pick them up.”

It’s clear that Whaley believes time is on his side before the need may arise to make a move of this nature. When you’re trying to develop young players you don’t want to steal reps from them with a vet and delay their improvement.

There is a report that Freeney had a workout scheduled with the Bengals today.


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Fan Friday 5-20

Posted by Chris Brown on May 20, 2016 – 12:18 pm

Bills OTAs get rolling on Monday. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Why haven’t Bills looked at Anquan Boldin as he seems to fit what they need a WR. Thanks!

BC72 @bchud1972

CB: I think there could be a number of issues at play here. First, Boldin, though productive last season (69 rec. 789 yds, 4 TDs) is 35-years old. Second, and probably more important is the Bills are probably in a position where they could only offer a veteran receiver the league minimum, and with Boldin a 10-plus year player he would cost $985K. As accomplished as Boldin is I don’t know if he would play a 14th NFL season for that.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills Bills have any interest in Dwight Freeney or Greg Hardy?

joseph tadak @jt9591

CB: I don’t see Greg Hardy as a realistic option due to his off the field issues. No one else seems all that interested either. I understand fans trying to connect the dots to a veteran to fill the potential void left by Shaq Lawson’s surgery, which will probably keep him out for a portion of the first half of the season.

I wonder how much of a commitment the Bills would want to make to a stop gap solution. If they were to sign Freeney and he was on the roster beyond Week 1 his contract would be guaranteed even if they released him once Lawson returned to the roster.

I don’t know if that’s a good call for someone who would be a part-time player (pass rush specialist).

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills Do you see Gilmore or Taylor getting extended before season, during season, or after if at all?

Grayson Tumult @GraysonTumult

CB: I believe the likelihood of a new deal for Gilmore before/during the season is greater than Taylor. The reason why is the Bills probably want to see Taylor take the next step in his development during the season. Then if they have to back up the Brinks truck to keep him after the season is over, so be it.

The reason Gilmore’s deal will probably take a bit longer is because Washington threw the whole cornerback market out of whack with their contract for Josh Norman ($15M/yr.) after Carolina rescinded his franchise tag, making him a free agent.

With Norman at age 28 getting $15M per year and he’s largely a zone coverage corner, it makes it difficult for Buffalo to negotiate with Gilmore’s camp when he’s 27 and plays a more demanding role at corner as he’s often in man-to-man.

I think top 10 cornerback money is realistic for Gilmore. Top five money might be a different story, and if the Gilmore camp is looking for that it could make for a longer negotiation.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills Any real worries with Watkins foot? Similar to Dez foot injury that kept him out all year?

jason plunkett @j_plunk

CB: First, Dez Bryant did not miss the whole year. He injured the foot in Week 1 and missed the next six weeks. The Cowboys rushed him back and he struggled through the rest of the season, but suited up and played in eight of the last nine games.

I expect the Bills to go to school on how things played out with Bryant and Julian Edelman for that matter, who also needed a second surgery because he came back too soon in the playoffs.

I’m not a doctor, but based on what I’ve read, Watkins’ Jones fracture, a common injury for NFL wide receivers, usually takes longer to heal (8-12 weeks) than most fractures (six weeks) because the blood supply to that area of the foot isn’t as good as other parts of the body. That’s why the surgery has a screw inserted in that area to promote the healing of the bone.

The Cowboys tried to get Bryant back in six weeks and it was too soon. That’s why I think even though Sammy Watkins will be right around the 12-week mark at the start of training camp I would not expect to see him do much of anything on the field until the second full week of camp at the earliest.

And even then it will be a slow and steady process. Yes, reps with his quarterback are important, but most important is Watkins’ availability on Sundays in September. If the process is rushed risk of re-injury increases.

Being patient with a player of his caliber is difficult for fans, but the payoff is he’ll be less likely to run into future problems with the foot during the season.

 

5 – Chris,

Last year’s defense was a disappointment. Veteran players could not fully adapt to this complicated front seven scheme then play at a high level. Also, expectations turned out to be unrealistically high.

Is there any way 3 rookies can leap to the NFL, play in this same defensive front, simplified or not, and have success? Or do we need to start managing expectations now to avoid more disappointment?

Thanks,
Ron

CB: From what I have been able to gather Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman have reduced the number of checks pre-snap on defensive play calls for this season knowing the problem it presented last season. Whether they’ve found the happy balance between remaining unpredictable while allowing their players to play fast remains to be seen, but the effort was made to make execution of the defensive system easier for the players.

As for the rookies, Adolphus Washington’s position doesn’t require as much pre-snap adjustment as Reggie Ragland or Shaq Lawson. Ragland doesn’t have to run the defense, that will be on Preston Brown, but as GM Doug Whaley mentioned the scheme Ragland ran at Alabama is very similar to that of Buffalo’s defense. Ragland has said there’s a lot of carryover that’s a plus.

Lawson might have the toughest time adjusting knowing he’s likely to miss the offseason practices and some time in the first half of the season. Not having those physical reps could make it hard on the top pick to assimilate himself into the defense.


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Fan Friday 5-13

Posted by Chris Brown on May 13, 2016 – 12:42 pm

It’s a special Friday the 13th edition of Fan Friday. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills will the Bills bring in a 4th QB to compete for backup position?

Ace Jay Legend @BillsBacker77

CB: I am not anticipating a fourth quarterback coming in to compete. The main reason why is Cardale Jones needs as many reps as he can possibly get to develop consistent mechanics. From his drop backs to his throwing mechanics, Jones needs all the work he can get in the practice setting. If there’s a fourth quarterback here, every rep he takes is a rep that Jones doesn’t get.

With Jones being a long-term investment I can’t see the Bills bringing in a fourth QB, who is a long shot to make the roster anyway, taking reps away from Jones on the back end of the quarterback rotation in the practice setting.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills with the Bills taking listenbee in the draft how are the chances Goodwin makes the team?

Jared Bailey @JaredBailey23

CB: I think that’s a very valid question. There’s no denying that Listenbee’s speed rivals that of Goodwin. Listenbee also offers superior size and in watching his game tape is really good at tracking the deep ball. He’s coming off sports hernia surgery and also has inflammation of the pelvis, which will take time to heal.

Listenbee may not be getting physical reps in the practice setting until training camp, so unseating Goodwin for a roster spot might take longer than some might anticipate.

Goodwin has been given the freedom to pursue a spot on the 2016 Olympic team to try to compete in the long jump in Rio. If he makes the Olympic team it will cost him time in training camp with the Olympics taking place in August. I believe that will pose the biggest risk for Goodwin losing a roster spot than Listenbee’s presence on the roster.

There are no ‘seat saves’ in the NFL. That’s a crucial part of the NFL calendar to be missing time.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills do you think the drafting of Washington means anything regarding Kyle Williams future with the team?

JBills32 @JLasher10

CB: If you’re asking whether Kyle’s roster spot could be in jeopardy because Washington is on the roster my answer is no. The plan right now is for Washington to be the team’s left defensive end, with Dareus at nose tackle and Kyle starting at right defensive end.

I don’t think it’s any secret that Kyle is on the back side of his career, but I think the Bills would like to get two more seasons out of him (2016 & 2017) as long as he’s interested in doing so.

The hidden additional value with Kyle is his leadership, which was sorely missed in the locker room last season when he went out in Week 6 with his knee injury (see: Mario Williams).

The addition of Washington should be seen as a complement to the games of Dareus and Williams, not a threat.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills Do you see the Bills making any FA/Trade moves along the right side of the offensive line?

Kevin @KevinMassare

CB: I don’t think you can ever rule out a possible move with Doug Whaley as GM. If it makes sense and improves the team he’s shown he’s willing to do it. I know Peter King reported last month that the 49ers would be interested in trading former first-round pick OT Anthony Davis, who chose to take a one-year sabbatical from football, and now wants to resume his NFL career.

A proven player who is just 26-years old would probably come at a high price, even after taking off a year. It would be interesting to see what the 49ers would be looking for in return, even though San Francisco GM Trent Baalke has told Davis that he is not interested in trading him.

His cap hit, if his old contract was re-instated, would be just over $5M for 2016, a bargain by most standards for a player of his caliber. But that’s where things could get sticky too. If he is going to be traded, must that team negotiate a new contract with him? A lot of potential hurdles there.

Besides him there are some veteran guard options out there, but I believe the Bills might play the wait and see game. I don’t believe there’s any sense of panic there. I think they feel good about what they have to work with.
5 – Chris,

How do you feel about the Bills 1st round pick considering who was available? Nkemdiche for example. I feel like it was a bit of a homer pick considering Rex wore a Clemson helmet to a press conference. Do you think he was on the top of our board or was Rex being Rex?

Great work as always Chris!  Thanks!

CB: As you saw in our Inside the Draft Room feature and video, the Bills never even thought Shaq Lawson would be available to them there at 19. They had him off the board by the 12th pick in their final stack of the board based on how they thought the first round would fall.

For them Lawson was a tremendous value there at 19. As for Nkemdiche, it was evident that his off the field concerns and on the field concerns were too much for a number of teams besides the Bills. Buffalo just parted ways with a player who did not give his best on the field for the last 10 weeks of last season in Mario Williams. Did you really think they would bring in another player with a history of similar play, especially with their first-round pick?

There was no way that was going to happen.


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Starting job lured Slauson to San Diego

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2016 – 10:46 am

As I suspected in my Fan Friday column last week (answer No. 5), free agent guard Matt Slauson would only be given the opportunity to compete for a starting role here in Buffalo, and with the team’s three interior starters on the line pretty entrenched it was likely that Slauson would be a backup for the Bills in 2016 were he to sign here. With the strong likelihood of being the Chargers starting center, reports were already circulating over the weekend that he would sign a two-year deal with San Diego as early as today (Monday).

ESPN’s Adam Caplan had it first on Saturday that Slauson had agreed to terms with San Diego.

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So as attractive as playing for Rex Ryan and Aaron Kromer again may have been, most free agents prefer the better opportunity at playing time and he’ll have that with the Chargers.


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Slauson ties are strong to Rex & Kromer

Posted by Chris Brown on May 6, 2016 – 4:02 pm

Bills free agent visitor Matt Slauson was at One Bills Drive to meet with the coaching staff. He was drafted by the Jets when Bills head coach Rex Ryan was running the team down in New York. He also was coached by Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer in Chicago in 2013 and 2014. Ryan remembers how the Jets came to draft Slauson back in 2010.

“Matt when we we drafted him it was a funny thing,” said Ryan. “We had three or four guys that we were looking at with that last pick and we had taken all offensive players. All I heard was I was never going to draft an offensive players. The other three guys were defensive players, and we drafted the offensive player. And all he did was end up starting for six years now. So that one kind of worked out.”

“It was good to see him out here. Obviously he’s a guy we’re very familiar with. You have him do the physical to see where he is that way. But he played for Kromer and I had him with the Jets.”

Slauson stopped out to watch a little of rookie minicamp.


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Fan Friday 5-6

Posted by Chris Brown on May 6, 2016 – 11:33 am

Time for post-draft analysis. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills with the drafting of Williams, can all 4 make the team? Or is he fighting Gillislee for a single spot?

Parasauralophus @lophus89

CB: I think all four could absolutely make the roster. I think Jonathan Williams is going to open some eyes very quickly at training camp. Talented kid with great feet for a downhill back.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills What Undrafted Free Agents do you see having the best chance of cracking the 53 man roster? Matt from England #Bills

Matt Swain @MSwain86

CB: I like LB Erik Striker’s athletic ability on the whole. Even though he’s making a position switch I think Rex and Rob Ryan find a way to find a role for him. Plus I think he can be a demon on special teams. I think G Jamison Lalk’s versatility could really help him. He’s played OT, G and C in his college career. I also like NT Justin Zimmer’s short area quickness, but we’ll see.

 

3 – Chris,

Thanks for all your efforts in keeping us diehard fans up to date.   My question is, with the issues Dan Carpenter had last year in missed extra points and field goals, do you foresee any change? It would be nice to have a player fill both roles for kick offs and field goals, extra points. Kickoffs surely are an important factor in keeping an opponent backed up and a whole field in front of them. But missing an extra point changes future decisions and you are usually down a point instead of tied.

Thanks for your insight.
Gary in Indianapolis

CB: While I understand your frustration with the extra point issues Carpenter had last year, if you look at his NFL track record I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bills look at his 2015 season as an aberration. Now that being said the coaching staff isn’t turning a blind eye to what ailed Carpenter last season. Hopefully those days are behind him, but they did bring in an undrafted rookie free agent kicker in Georgia’s Marshall Morgan as competition.

We profiled Morgan’s college career earlier this week.

 

4 – Chris,
How do you feel about the Bills 1st round pick considering who was available? Nkemdiche for example. I feel like it was a bit of a homer pick considering Rex wore a Clemson helmet to a press conference. Do you think he was on the top of our board or was Rex being Rex?

Great work as always Chris!
Thanks!

GaynorGuarantee

CB: Having the privilege of being in the draft room I can assure you he was the top player available for them. As I covered in my Inside the Draft Room feature, the Bills thought he’d be gone in the first dozen picks. That’s how high they had him graded.

The Bills and just about every other team doesn’t let personal attachments affect draft grades. There’s too much investment involved to let that play a factor.


5 –
@ChrisBrownBills Thoughts on Slauson? Does he leave town? Lots of connections to Rex/Kromer. Can play across the line other than LT

Mavin @BillsFanNY

CB: I think the Bills would like to add him and they do have one open roster spot at this point. The money saved by signing Cordy Glenn to his big extension helps make that a greater possibility. Have to see what Slauson is willing to accept if he likes what his role would be, which at this point would be a backup. Not certain he’s ready to accept such a role.


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Report: Bills to host free agent G Slauson

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2016 – 9:46 am

The Bills will reportedly host free agent G Matt Slauson for a visit.

That according to ESPN NFL reporter Adam Caplan.

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Slauson spent his first four years in the NFL under head coach Rex Ryan in New York with the Jets. The 30-year old played his last three seasons for Chicago.


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Whaley: Planning for key extensions up next

Posted by Chris Brown on May 3, 2016 – 1:50 pm

The NFL draft has been the primary focus for the better part of the last month and a half. Now with the draft in the rearview mirror the focus of Buffalo’s front office shifts to formulating a plan on contract extensions for some of the more important pieces on the Bills roster.

Stephon Gilmore, Cordy Glenn and Tyrod Taylor are three key players who have a year on their contracts. Glenn was a franchise player and signed his tender. Bills GM Doug Whaley, in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportradio 550, said he, along with Senior VP of Football Administration Jim Overdorf, will enact a plan on addressing the contract situation of all three players.

“Negotiations took a hiatus for draft weekend,” he said. “We’ll regroup this week and set a game plan through to the minicamp. I’ll sit down with Jim Overdorf and reach out and see if we can just keep the lines of communication open.”

When asked if the team has a priority list where they want to get one extension done before another, Whaley indicated that they’ll be working to get all three players extended.

“They’re all the same,” he said. “We’re going to try to work as diligently as possible to get all three of those guys (extended). This is where we want to get to. Have good players on our team and then keep them instead of going out into free agency. We’d like to use free agency for the value guys. So when you have potential stars that we’ve drafted or acquired and they’re on our roster now, why not throw the money at those guys?”

Whaley said he’s “supremely confident” they can fit all three players on extensions under their salary cap heading into 2017 where the Bills right now have more than $50M in cap space. The only player with a true deadline on the horizon is Glenn. He signed his franchise tender, but he and the Bills have until July 15th to negotiate a long term deal, which would replace the current one-year guaranteed contract.

Gilmore and Taylor have until next March before they could even negotiate with anyone but Buffalo.


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Jets kicking tires on free agent QB Hoyer

Posted by Chris Brown on April 19, 2016 – 8:46 am

The Jets are still at an impasse with free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on terms of a contract extension, so they’re taking a look at the quarterback who ultimately replaced him following his year in Houston.

According to ProFootballTalk, the Jets are hosting QB Brian Hoyer for a free agent visit today (Tuesday). Hoyer, just released by the Texans, wound up replacing Fitzpatrick after a disastrous year at quarterback for the Texans following their trade of Fitzpatrick to the Jets.

There is speculation that the Hoyer visit is just posturing by the Jets to get Fitzpatrick to move off his contract demand numbers. Ironically, Houston has been part of the problem all along with Fitz’s contract demands as their mega-contract for free agent Brock Osweiler last month (4 yrs. $72M) after he made just seven career starts has turned the market value for second tier quarterbacks on its ear.

Now Houston may have also provided the Jets with a stop gap solution for 2016 in the form of Hoyer.


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CB Moore had pick 6 in 2 INT game vs. Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2016 – 3:39 pm

Bills newest CB Sterling Moore has one game that stands out above just about all the other ones in his NFL career. He had a two-interception performance against the Bills when he was a subpackage cornerback for the New England Patriots.

Moore’s first interception came on a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass over the middle (as seen below) and the second came on a pass to the right flat intended for David Nelson that he returned for a 21-yard touchdown. I elected not to put footage of the interception return for a TD here knowing some of this may be hard to watch since it’s New England. But here’s Moore’s first pick in that game. Just remind yourself he’s on Buffalo’s roster now. You’ll feel better.

 


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Tyrod’s tackler in Tennessee was LB Brown

Posted by Chris Brown on April 5, 2016 – 2:14 pm

On Monday the Bills signed free agent LB Zach Brown to address a need at inside linebacker. Brown comes to Buffalo with a dubious distinction from his play last season as it pertained to the Bills fortunes in 2015.

Brown is the Tennessee Titans linebacker who was responsible for injuring QB Tyrod Taylor on his 23-yard scramble for a first down in the 14-13 win in Nashville last season. Taylor suffered a sprained MCL on the play, though he finished the game.

Appearing on the John Murphy Show, Brown said it was never his intent to injure Taylor’s knee on the play.

“I remember that game,” Brown said. “I was guarding Clay and I just happened to turn around and I saw him running and I said to myself let me get him down before he got the first down. I rolled up on the back of his knee.”

Brown was flagged for a horse collar tackle on the play even though he did not horse collar tackle Taylor. Brown grabbed more of Taylor’s name plate on the back of his jersey, which now under a new NFL rule will be deemed a penalty.

“That’s where that new rule came from,” said Brown. “You can’t grab anybody by the name plate anymore. Tyrod is a real good scrambler. He can get out of sticky situations. With him you’ve got to keep him in the pocket. He can throw too, but when he can run he’s a dangerous guy because he’s very fast.”

Taylor would miss the next two games, two games that Buffalo would lose against Cincinnati and Jacksonville.

 


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Official: Miami signs TE Gray

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2016 – 8:38 pm

Another former Bills player is headed to division rival Miami.

Free agent TE MarQueis Gray has signed a contract with the Dolphins according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Update: The Dolphins have since CJ firmed the Gray signing. 

Gray was Buffalo’s No. 2 tight end last year, but his season was cut short by a forearm injury that required surgery and landed him on injured reserve.

The tight end was a restricted free agent, but the Bills chose not to extend Gray a qualifying offer to retain his rights thereby making him a free agent.

Gray is the third former Bill to sign with the Dolphins this offseason joining Mario Williams and Kraig Urbik.


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Report: Harvin “definitely” playing, but where?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2016 – 8:20 am

The Buffalo Bills have been extremely patient with WR Percy Harvin as he took months to mull over whether he wanted to continue his playing career following a very frustrating 2015 season when a chronic hip problem never improved despite exhausting all treatment options. Now he reportedly has made the decision to play in 2016. The question that remains is who will he decide to suit up for in the fall?

According to Pro Football Talk, Harvin will “definitely” play football in 2016. Buffalo has a standing offer for Harvin if he wants to return. Per PFT there are offers from other teams as well. What Harvin is waiting for is unclear. If there was one offer that far outweighed the others in terms of money he likely would’ve signed already.

Perhaps the Harvin camp is hoping that this report would beat the NFL bushes a bit and prompt a new team to enter the mix and make an offer that’s just a bit better than what’s available to him now.

Harvin would likely re-assume the number two receiver role in Buffalo should he re-sign with the Bills, the same role he held heading into last season before his hip injury became a major issue.


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OT Jordan Mills officially re-signs 

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2016 – 5:02 pm

Bills restricted free agent OT Jordan Mills has re-signed with the club. 

Mills was extended a qualifying offer by the Bills earlier this month giving Buffalo the right of first refusal. 

Now that Mills has signed the offer he ensures he will be with the Bills for the 2016 season. 

Mills, who started the last five games of the season at right tackle, is expected to compete with Seantrel Henderson for the starting job on that side of Buffalo’s starting offensive line. 


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Ryan: Holes must be filled in draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 30, 2016 – 1:44 pm

Buffalo lost a handful of players from their roster this offseason. Some were released by choice, while others signed elsewhere as free agents. Some of the biggest losses came on the defensive side of the ball where starters like Mario Williams and Nigel Bradham signed with other clubs. When it comes to filling some of those holes head coach Rex Ryan said it’ll have to come in the upcoming draft.

Appearing on NFL Total Access, Ryan said he’s glad the team has eight draft picks knowing they need to cash in to address their lack of depth and loss of some starters.

“We don’t have a whole lot of depth right now, so we’re going to have to do a great job in the draft which we will,” Ryan said. “Doug Whaley is an outstanding evaluator of talent. We have to hit in the draft there is no doubt but I think there are some opportunities there to help us. I don’t expect people to feel sorry for us because you don’t need to.”

Buffalo has the 19th overall pick in round one this year and eight picks total after being awarded two compensatory picks. One is in the fourth round (139 overall) and one is in the sixth round (218 overall).


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Bills won’t match Hogan offer sheet

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2016 – 4:04 pm

Buffalobills.com has confirmed that the offer sheet signed by RFA WR Chris Hogan with the New England Patriots will not be matched by the Bills. 

The club has already confirmed with the League office that they will not match the Patriots offer. 

With Buffalo’s tight cap situation committing more than the original tender offer of $1.67M was unrealistic. 

Hogan’s performance against New England cornerbacks likely enhanced his value in the eyes of the Patriots as he had six catches for 95 yards in the second meeting at Foxboro last season. 

With Hogan becoming Patriots property his $1.67M cap hit comes off the books for Buffalo. 


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Fan Friday 3-11

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2016 – 11:33 am

Free agency is up and running, but the Bills will be watching the action for the most part. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills hey Chris how does cap for bills look next year ??

mok186946

CB: Right now the 2017 cap for the Bills looks very healthy. If we conservatively estimate that the cap goes up $10M next year to $165M then Buffalo currently has more than $50M in cap space ($112M plus in cap commitments). Now a good portion of that figures to be gobbled up by long term contracts (hopefully) for Cordy Glenn, Stephon Gilmore and Tyrod Taylor, but they will still be in a better position next year than they are right now.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills What will the Bills do at WR, especially after losing Hogan to that big deal to the Patriots?

KevinMassare

CB: Buffalo currently has nine receivers on the roster. They added size and physical play, something they needed, with the additions of Jarrett Boykin, Greg Little and Greg Salas, who all stand 6-2. Salas is a player that I believe can capably fill the role Hogan held in Buffalo and perhaps offer more production.

Salas has a feel for the game that I don’t know if Hogan has yet just based on the fact that he played only one year of college football. Yes, Boykin and Little have bounced around a bit in their NFL careers, but both are big physical receivers that can box out defenders in the red zone. That’s an area where Buffalo had to add more muscle to improve their scoring efficiency. We’ll see how they fare in training camp.

As for adding there, this year’s draft class is not very strong. It lacks the explosiveness and pure speed that the past few draft classes have offered at receiver.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills upcoming contracts for Glenn, Gilmore, Taylor. Will Bills look at drafting OT or CB high in case they can’t re-sign one?

nywvfl

CB: It’s my belief that aside from quarterback, the only other offensive position the Bills figure to address in the draft is offensive line. I just don’t think it’s predicated on what may or may not happen in the way of a long term contract for Cordy Glenn.

I think adding a cornerback or two is a strong likelihood in the draft because the depth behind the top three (Gilmore, Darby and Robey) is largely unproven. Fortunately for the Bills it’s a great cornerback class this year.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills how much cap room does Buffalo have to create/need just to sign rookies in the draft?

BmoreBillsfan

CB:
Essentially it’s the money they have under the cap right now (about $5M) with a little left over. If they do not match the offer sheet for Chris Hogan (and they’re not expected to) it would provide a little more space. The thing to remember is that only the top 51 salaries count toward the cap. So for the lower draft choices the only part of their salary that counts toward the cap would be their pro-rated signing bonus, which would be minimal in the tens of thousands of dollars.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills :Bradham, Brooks, McKelvin gone to the Eagles hole in the defense are starting to become more apparent. Who fills the holes?

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CB: I would say there’s a good chance a couple of draft choices fill a couple of holes and then some younger players on the roster fill a couple of others. I liked Max Valles’ pass rush ability coming out of Virginia and think he’d be a nice fit in a 3-4 at OLB. Is he a starter or a situational guy? That’s to be determined in training camp.

Brooks was largely a special teams player and McKelvin was a reserve corner behind the starters. Those are depth roles that the Bills personnel department has shown an ability to fill before (See: Nickell Robey, Seantrel Henderson, Karlos Williams etc.).


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Report: Offer sheet for Hogan to avg. $4M/yr

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2016 – 9:22 am

There were widespread reports that the New England Patriots were preparing an offer sheet for Bills free agent WR Chris Hogan. Now proposed terms of said offer sheet are trickling out.

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport the Patriots will sign Hogan to a three-year offer sheet worth up to $12M.

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Truthfully with Buffalo’s cap situation any offer sheet would be too much for the Bills to match. So to think the Bills would even try to match is misguided.

That’s why the Bills signed WR Greg Salas as a future free agent in January. Salas (6-2, 210) is a similar type receiver to that of Hogan with similar size and is also 27-years old. He’s also familiar with the division having spent time with both New England and the Jets in his career.


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Why Hogan is of interest to Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2016 – 8:38 am

Reports are strongly indicating that an offer sheet by the Patriots could be presented to Bills free agent WR Chris Hogan as early as today. Hogan visited with New England on Thursday along with a host of other free agents including fellow receiver and Oakland free agent Rod Streater. So what’s the appeal of Hogan to the Patriots?

While every NFL player has to have top flight athletic ability just to reach the pro level, one of the main things Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks for in a player is football smarts.

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According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Belichick met with Hogan and Streater Thursday and put them through the paces of testing their ability to retain new information. Reiss reports that both Hogan and Streater could get offer sheets today.

The Bills would have five days to match the offer sheet or lose him without compensation.


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Stefan Charles signs with Lions

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2016 – 8:29 am

The Bills did not tender restricted free agent Stefan Charles prior to Wednesday’s deadline to retain his rights. The defensive tackle didn’t last long on the open market as the Detroit Lions signed him to a contract late Thursday.

The Lions announced the signing last night as Charles agreement is reportedly a one-year deal.

Charles was a rotational player for the Bills and primarily a run plugger.


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