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Bills new TE not feeling pressure of big deal

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2015 – 5:52 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay now has a contract that puts him in the upper echelon of tight ends in the league in terms of average annual salary. Is he feeling the pressure to live up to the deal as he begins the next chapter of his career with Buffalo?

Clay says for him it’s not about outside pressure or the pressure of a big contract to perform.

“I don’t feel like anyone could put as much pressure on me that I put on myself,” Clay said. “I’m going to go out and work hard every single day. What I won’t do is go out and start pressing. Trying to prove why I got the contract and things like that. Once you start doing that is when guys start to mess up.

“What I plan on doing: I’m going to go out and play as hard as I can which is what I always do. I don’t feel any added pressure. I already set high standards for myself. I’m going to work hard and do everything I can to help this team win no matter what that is. Whatever I have to do, that’s what I’m willing to do so I’ll just go from there.”

 


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Clay: Waiting was the hardest part

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2015 – 5:48 pm

Bills new TE Charles Clay wasn’t trying to mimic Tom Petty’s hit song, but as Miami’s transition player, the waiting truly was the hardest part of his free agent process this spring, especially when he was set on joining the Bills.

Clay first had to wait about a week before finally signing Buffalo’s offer sheet. Then there was more waiting to see if Miami would match the offer sheet. The Dolphins ultimately pulled the plug after just two days confirming they would not match, even though they could’ve gone a full five days. Still, it was much too long for Clay.

“It was strange simply because you take that visit and everything went so well from meeting coaches to meeting people around the facility. I was so excited to have that opportunity that I wanted to sign right away and then signing that offer sheet and then having to wait,” Clay said via conference call Tuesday. “Then it’s kind of like taking a step back and just having to wait on everything to play out, but at the end of the day it all worked out just how I wanted it and like I said, I couldn’t be happier.”

 


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Talent in Bills locker room intrigued Clay

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 4:37 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay knew Buffalo was seriously interested in bringing him onto their roster, but when he saw the other moves the team was making to add big time talent to the roster he was getting more and more excited.

Clay, in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, explained how Buffalo’s other acquisitions had him thinking about the possibilities for the Bills offense in 2015.

“You see those moves they were making and you get a sense of guys who want to win,” said Clay. “LeSean (McCoy), a great leader and a great back and you add Percy (Harvin), a dynamic game changer at any point in the game. Then you throw in an O-lineman like Richie (Incognito), I played with Richie in Miami and I know the kind of toughness he brings to the game. He’s a great guy to have on your team. He’s one of those guys you hate to go against because he’s so tough, but he’s a guy when he’s a teammate he’s going to go to war for any one of his teammates so he’s a great guy to have around.”

On his free agent visit to Buffalo, Clay quickly developed a feel for the city and how supportive the fan base is in Western New York.

“I was on a visit there for three days and you can get a sense of it. They’re passionate about their team,” said Clay. “Buffalo was always a place that I hated going and visiting and playing because I knew how passionate those fans were and how loud that stadium got. It’s always a tough place to play. So being on the other side now and being able to play there it’ll be a good feeling. I’m excited. I can’t wait.”


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Clay appreciated Bills 1st class treatment

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2015 – 4:23 pm

Bills newest TE Charles Clay is excited to get this new chapter in his football career started with the Bills after Miami chose not to match Buffalo’s contract offer. And while the money probably said enough, it was the first class treatment by Buffalo that convinced him.

In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Clay appreciated how much his talents were valued by the Bills.

“It was a good feeling. It’s always a good feeling to be wanted by someone,” he said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity that Buffalo gave me. Throughout the whole process they definitely showed me that they valued me and it was a good feeling.

“When you have a team come along and they’re showing that they value you, and you look at some of the moves they’ve made in Buffalo, you get a sense that they want to win and they want to win right away. Having that new staff and new owners that city is excited about that team and it’s something that I love to be a part of. I’m excited and glad to get this opportunity.”

As for all the waiting that took place before he finally was locked up with Buffalo, Clay said he understood the process, but is glad there’s no more waiting.

“I’m glad it’s finally over and I’m about ready to get to work now,” he said.


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Bills cited as free agency winners

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 12:16 pm

As the national pundits review what has happened in the first two weeks of free agency they’re already tabbing which clubs are the free agency winners. Near the top of the list for most has been the Bills.

Here’s what NFL.com thought of the Bills in listing them among their free agency success stories this offseason.

Buffalo Bills
New owner Terry Pegula has not been afraid to spend. He nabbed coach Rex Ryan quickly, and has continued to spend on Jerry Hughes, LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, Percy Harvin, and Matt Cassel. Some of these contracts have been too big, but there’s no denying that the Bills have upgraded the talent on a roster that was already loaded defensively. Most teams have added pieces to the puzzle, but the Bills have re-signed, acquired, or picked up difference makers. Anything short of a playoff appearance will be a disappointment.

The Jets were another team from the AFC East listed as a free agency winner as they successfully revamped their secondary.


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Fan Friday 3-20

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2015 – 11:14 am

Another busy week of free agency for the Bills. We’ll obviously know more on Charles Clay soon. For now your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Are we looking at a WR1 with Harvin? Watkins WR2. Woods WR3. Harvin, starting combo? Are they looking to add another WR through draft?

killerbeekevin

CB: I still think Sammy Watkins remains the number one option in Buffalo’s passing game despite the signing of Percy Harvin. Harvin is probably the number two receiver outside in light of the money invested in him. The Harvin acquisition was done to discourage defenses from doubling Watkins.

Woods and Hogan probably work out of the slot more. If Clay becomes Bills property he works the seams and the flats underneath.

As for drafting a receiver, I think that’s one position you can cross off the list unless some phenomenal talent slips to them that wasn’t expected. The reason why is looking at Buffalo’s depth chart right now your top five wideouts look like this.

Watkins
Harvin
Woods
Hogan
Easley – for special teams

After that you’ve got Goodwin, Thigpen, Brown, Holley, Thompson and Palmer. Do the Bills keep six receivers this year? Knowing they will be carrying a fullback and need numbers at tight end for Greg Roman’s offense I don’t think seeing six receivers on Buffalo’s 53-man roster is as likely as it was under the previous coaching staff.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

ummm can I just throw this out there? Philip Rivers. Buffalo Bill?

nschirra8

CB: You’re welcome to throw it out there. Yes, Rivers’ contract is up after the 2015 season, and he has said he has little incentive to sign an extension with San Diego. His lack of interest stems from the prospect of the Chargers possibly moving to Los Angeles as they’re currently operating under a year-to-year lease in San Diego.

If he’s not open to negotiating an extension, the Chargers can make use of the franchise tag, which would present San Diego with a cap hit of more than $20M. He’ll be 34-years old in 2016.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said he has every intention of keeping Rivers a Charger moving forward. So I don’t see him going anywhere unless some phenom quarterback prospect falls in San Diego’s lap.

 

3 – Chris,
Chris, I’ve seen at least on draft site list LT as a major priority for the Bills. Is there any discussion of moving Cordy Glenn to G?

CB: I think offensive tackle is a distinct possibility in the draft for Buffalo, especially with how they’ve addressed some of their other perceived positional needs like tight end and running back in free agency, though I could see a back or tight end taken somewhere on day three.

Offensive line (tackle or guard) and linebacker are probably the two most pressing positional needs. As for the future position for Cordy Glenn, guard was raised as a possibility under the previous coaching staff.

I think the likelihood of that resurfacing as a possibility hinges on one thing, how much they address the tackle position between now and training camp.

Right now they have just three true offensive tackles on their roster in Glenn, Henderson and Kouandjio. If they draft one on day two they’ll have four and even then I don’t know that they consider such a move for Glenn.

Is it possible? There’s always a chance, especially with a new coaching staff. Is it likely? I don’t think so, based primarily on numbers at the position.

 

4 – Chris,

I don’t understand why people are saying that the Bills need to draft a running back?
Especially not with a high draft pick when there are more pressing needs on the offensive line. Aren’t Fred Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon enough?
LeeD

CB: I think the running back need has been reduced, but I’m not opposed to the Bills drafting one late. Here’s why. Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown are both entering the final year of their contracts. Sure it’s possible one might re-sign, but I doubt that both do.

What’s wrong with using a day three pick on a running back that you feel has a chance to push for a roster spot who might surprise you? Late round backs are finding more and more NFL jobs on 53-man rosters than at most other positions. Worse comes to worse you might be able to sneak such a back onto your practice squad, and have someone in reserve who knows the system should a rash of injuries strike.

 

5 – Hi Chris,

Great job keeping all these Bills fans way out here in the Pacific Northwest in the know when it comes to our Bills!

My question is looking back one more time at last season. What in the world happened to Mike Williams? He seemed to be developing into that deep middle guy and goal line end zone threat. If I’m not mistaken wasn’t his last catch an 80-yard bomb from E.J. Manuel at the tail end of that heartbreaking loss to Houston? Why did he fall off so quickly in favor of Chris Hogan?

Glenn

CB: Mike Williams’ issues stemmed from his lack of reliability in executing his assignments on offense. Whether it was in practice or in games Kyle Orton made it pretty clear that he didn’t feel he could trust him. Chris Hogan was the complete opposite. He was a reliable player that didn’t have many miscues when it came to executing assignments.

Now Hogan’s emergence wasn’t solely due to Williams’ less than ideal professionalism. I believe he would have moved past Williams in the lineup at some point last season. Williams’ indifference to putting in extra time with the new quarterback in the lineup effective Week 5 just accelerated that process.


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Harvin will get chances in Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2015 – 3:13 pm


Bills newest WR Percy Harvin
is a game breaking talent, and for anyone that doubted that after seeing him traded twice in the span of a calendar year from the Vikings to the Seahawks to the Jets, his eight games under Rex Ryan was hard proof.

Harvin only played eight games for the Jets last season, but he was very effective in an offense that had its share of struggles in 2014. In those eight games with New York here is where his production ranked on the team.

Receiving average – 12.1 – 1st
Yards after catch – 160 – 1st
Plays of 25+ yards – 4 – T-1st (Decker)
Touchdowns – 1 – T-1st (Decker, Graham)
Receptions – 29 – 2nd (Decker)
Receiving yards – 350 – 2nd (Decker)
Passing targets – 52 – 2nd – (Decker – 62)
1st downs – 15 – 2nd – (Decker – 21)

So Harvin was clearly an additional threat for New York’s offense. In fact his production in eight games was superior to most of other receivers on the roster who had been on the roster the entire season. Better consistency at quarterback likely would’ve made him even more productive.

Ryan wasted no time putting Harvin to good use. In his first game for the Jets, which ironically was against the Bills in Week 8, he was used on 52 percent of the plays on offense despite only glancing at the playbook that week. Come Week 9 he was up to 84 percent of the offensive plays at Kansas City and broke out for 11 catches for 129 yards. His other big game was in Week 14 at Minnesota where he had six catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.

In addition Harvin handled kick return duties and had free license to bring the ball out of the end zone no matter how deep it was. He averaged a solid 24.75 yards a return rolling up 495 yards on 20 kick returns. Whether he’ll be given that same license in Buffalo remains to be seen.

Still, there’s no denying that Buffalo’s speed on the outside just went up another notch from where it already was.

Harvin had a good relationship with Rex Ryan in their half season together in New York. He also got along well with receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who is now in Buffalo under Ryan in the same role.

So although the talent pool at the skill positions is clearly deeper in Buffalo, Harvin will be seeing a good deal of action on offense, if his use in New York is any indication.


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Free agent LB Spikes appears on NFL Network

Posted by Chris Brown on March 18, 2015 – 11:36 am

Bills free agent LB Brandon Spikes was an in studio guest on NFL Network’s NFL AM show Wednesday. Spikes was asked about the likelihood of him re-signing with Buffalo.

When asked if he’d like to be back in Buffalo for 2015, Spikes answered in the affirmative.

“Of course I’d like to go back, but you know how it goes in this league,” he said. “Guys with a new staff they like their guys and everybody understands that. I love Buffalo.”

Though Spikes only spent one season in Buffalo he has an affinity for the city and the fans who embraced him.

“Honestly I can’t put it into words. It reminds me of a place I used to play down in the Gainesville called the Swamp. It’s the truth,” Spikes said. “I really appreciate those fans up there because I hadn’t experienced that since I had been in the NFL and that just gave me the boost to get up every morning and get my job done.”

Spikes was also asked about Bills new head coach Rex Ryan and if he thinks he’s a match for the type of player he likes.

“I love Rex and what he brings to the table,” said Spikes. “He’s a player’s coach and guys play for him, but with all the moves this offseason, the dynamic guys with Shady (McCoy) and (Percy) Harvin and Sammy (Watkins), it’s great. Honestly I can’t wait to watch those guys.”

Bills GM Doug Whaley said at the NFL Combine last month that they told Spikes he’d be welcome to return as a one or two down linebacker at most with a price fitting of such a player. He also encouraged him to see if he could do better on the open market knowing Spikes still wants to be a starter in the NFL.

As for how he’s approaching free agency Spikes said he’s left it in the hands of his agent.

“For the most part my agent has been doing a great job with that. I just told them that I’m ready to go to whoever wants me,” he said. “They’re going to get a great player, a complete player, a leader, a guy that plays the game the right way with a lot of fire. I’m ready to go. I’m all good.”

When asked if he would return to New England, Spikes said he would play anywhere.

 

 


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Whaley: 1st week of free agency unprecedented

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2015 – 1:51 pm

The first week of free agency had a different element to it. Not only were there player trades, but they included some of the largest names in the game. Haloti Ngata, Jimmy Graham and a handful of others were on the move. As Bills GM Doug Whaley watched it all unfold and made a couple of trades of his own, he admits there was an unprecedented nature to the start of this year’s free agent period.

“I’ve been in this 20 years and that was probably the most activity I’ve seen on the trade front in terms of the quality of players,” Whaley told Buffalobills.com. “I think it’s just the byproduct of teams trying to get better and teams trying to move assets and get something in return. It was also a byproduct of the salary cap. Having some players that are maybe a little higher in the salary cap and you’ve got to do some adjustments just to try to keep your team relevant.”

Seeing such quality talent on the move was unusual, but it was chiefly tied to one thing. Money.

“It’s all money. You sign these guys and they have cap numbers and when you first sign them it’s great,” Whaley said. “Then you get down the road and you add pieces here and there and then you stop and realize you have to reduce your cap number and if the guy balks instead of trying to get nothing for him you offer him up in a trade and one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

In year’s past when NFL clubs knew a team had to move an established veteran player with a high cap figure, most would not swing a trade and instead just wait until the player was cut and try to sign him as a free agent. In this new league year that hasn’t happened.

“I think people are starting to see if you really want this guy remove all doubt (and trade for him),” Whaley said. “You can sit and wait, but then you’re competing with other people. Now you may have to give up something, but at least you get the guy you want. If you want the guy, do what you have to do to go get the guy.”

 


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Report: Bills have deal with WR Harvin

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2015 – 3:32 pm

The Bills were the only team that Percy Harvin visited as a free agent after his release from the Jets. Now it appears he’ll remain in the AFC East.

That according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who is reporting a one-year deal between Harvin and the Bills.

No word yet from the Bills organization.


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Report: TE Chandler signs with Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2015 – 1:09 pm

Bills former tight end Scott Chandler will apparently be staying in the AFC East.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chandler has agreed to a contract with the New England Patriots.

The Pats already have Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright as pass catching options in their offense. Where Chandler fits is hard to say right now knowing he’s not a blocking specialist.


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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 AskChris@bills.nfl.net 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,
Max

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.
IRT

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?

Thanks
LeeD

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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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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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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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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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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