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DE Wynn hoping to land starting role

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2014 – 2:52 pm

Bills newest DE Jarius Wynn, who signed Tuesday, has found it difficult staying with one club after his first three seasons in Green Bay. He’s suited up for three teams in the past two seasons, so he’s determined to earn himself a starting role so he can be a bigger contributor to Buffalo’s defense week in and week out.

“I guess the biggest thing has been the opportunity,” said Wynn when asked what is hardest about playing for multiple teams in a short period of time. “Getting the opportunity to really just showcase my talent. I want somebody to give me a realistic opportunity to come in and play and that would be the best thing.

“That’s what I think has been the problem. I’ve been grateful to whatever team allowed me to get on the field and show my talent. I feel like I have shown my talent in different situations, but I never just had an opportunity to really just play (week in and week out).”

Wynn played a steady rotational role for Dallas last season and saw some similar playing time early in his career with Green Bay, but entering his sixth NFL season Wynn wants more.

“I feel like in Dallas I played 30 percent and I think I did pretty good,” he said. “So I feel I have shown and proven that I can play in this league and be part of a rotation. But I’m not looking to come in and be part of a rotation. I want to come in and win the starting position and showcase my talent and be able to help my family out.”

 


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D-Jax gets 3-year deal from Washington

Posted by Chris Brown on April 2, 2014 – 7:19 am

He spent two days in Washington on a visit, now WR DeSean Jackson has officially agreed to terms with the Redskins.

According to multiple sources Jackson will sign the deal this morning. The Bills were among a handful of teams that also expressed varying levels of interest, though it’s been reported that San Francisco was the runner up for Jackson’s services.

This morning there are multiple reports of the deal being worth $24 million over three seasons with $16 million guaranteed.

 

 


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Rams sign WR Britt

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2014 – 7:23 am

He visited a handful of teams after he fell out of favor with the Tennessee Titans and it was clear he was not going to return to the team that made him a first-round pick. The Bills were one of the teams Britt visited, but in the end Britt went with who he knew signing with St. Louis.

Britt signed a one-year deal with the Rams and the move makes sense. St. Louis not only needs a big wideout outside to stretch the field, there’s also some familiarity there for Britt in the form of Jeff Fisher, who was head coach of the Titans when the club made Britt a first-round pick in 2009.

Now head coach of Rams, Fisher knows how to handle quirky personalities like Britt, who has had his share of run-ins with the law.


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Report: D-Jax visiting Wash., Bills still in mix

Posted by Chris Brown on March 31, 2014 – 1:30 pm

Free agent WR DeSean Jackson has reportedly made the Washington Redskins his first free agent visit today (Monday). But the Bills are still in the mix for the dynamic receivers services.

That according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport.

Just how far the Bills are willing to go to land Jackson is difficult to ascertain at this point. Most NFL clubs at this juncture do not have tons of free agent money to spend as teams need to be mindful of the money needed for their rookie pool that will qualify towards the salary cap.

That might mean that NFL clubs that are interested may only be able to commit to a one-year deal, which has become more and more popular the later and later it gets in free agency. One-year deals are also popular for players looking to re-establish their fair market value, hoping to put up a big season and land a bigger contract in free agency next offseason.

If Jackson wants something more than a one-year deal it might prove hard to land at this point despite his proven track record of playmaking ability.

A handicapping of the teams in pursuit of DeSean Jackson was put together by Washington Redskins ESPN blogger John Keim, though it should be pointed out that money won’t be the only factor for Jackson.

 


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Report: Rams like odds of landing WR Britt

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2014 – 11:13 am

Free agent WR Kenny Britt has made a handful of visits to NFL clubs, including the Bills late last week. Britt said he would make his decision by midweek this week. According to one report he might be leaning in favor of one particular club.

That club according to Pro Football Talk is the St. Louis Rams. In an interview with PFT, Rams GM Les Snead outlined how likely he feels they’ll be able to land Britt as a receiver for their club.

Per the report Snead said he feels the Rams have a better than 50 percent chance of getting Britt under contract. Britt had said he was looking for a short term deal, presumably a one-year agreement to try to rebuild his value as a player. St. Louis does need a big wideout and the Rams have the benefit of the prior relationship of their head coach Jeff Fisher with Britt from their days together in Tennessee.


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Report: Rams sign Carrington

Posted by Chris Brown on March 26, 2014 – 9:47 am

It was one of the teams he visited as a free agent, and reports now indicate that free agent DL Alex Carrington has signed with the St. Louis Rams.

That according to ESPN and other news outlets. Carrington, a former third-round pick of the Bills is coming off a torn quadriceps tendon injury, but has reportedly signed with St. Louis.

It’s reportedly a one-year deal, which comes as little surprise knowing that coming off the injury most NFL clubs usually don’t want to commit to more than a year, so Carrington will be working in a ‘prove it’ type year to earn a long term deal in the future.

Carrington appeared in just three games last season before the quadriceps tendon tear suffered in Week 3 against the Jets landed him on I-R for the remainder of the 2013 season.

 


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Ravens Harbaugh unhappy to lose Graham

Posted by Chris Brown on March 25, 2014 – 2:18 pm

While Bills GM Doug Whaley was very happy to land free agent Corey Graham, the Baltimore Ravens were far from thrilled to have lost him. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh wasn’t shy in expressing his disappointment.

In an interview with the John Murphy Show at the annual league meetings in Orlando this week, Harbaugh was open and honest about losing Graham to Buffalo.

“He was hugely valuable to us and we were very disappointed to lose him,” said Harbaugh. “In the end I think we couldn’t really compete with Buffalo’s offer and the fact that he was going back home. That means a lot  to Corey and his family, going back to Buffalo.  But he’s a really good football player.  They paid him accordingly, and that’s rightly so.

“He’s a great special teams player, but like we said before, sometimes these guys are great special teams players and they get labeled.  People assume they aren’t really good defensive players, either.  He had an opportunity with us to demonstrate the kind of corner he is and did that.”

Bills head coach Doug Marrone said in addition to special teams and cornerback, the defensive staff may also consider lining Graham up at safety to see how he fares in that position.


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Report: Steelers to sign Moats to 1-yr deal

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2014 – 2:15 pm

We mentioned the report over the weekend of Bills FA LB Arthur Moats making a free agent visit to Pittsburgh today (Monday). Now there are reports he’s agreed to a one-year deal with the AFC North club.

That according to Pro Football Talk, which is reporting it to be a one-year deal for Moats.


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Report: Moats to visit with Steelers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2014 – 3:46 pm

The Bills have signed a pair of free agent linebackers this month, but Arthur Moats is still out there and he’s drawn interest from an AFC North team.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review Moats will visit with the Steelers on Monday.

Moats reportedly drew some interest from Cleveland earlier in free agency.


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Report: Bills express interest in WR Britt

Posted by Chris Brown on March 21, 2014 – 8:11 am

Tennessee WR Kenny Britt is a free agent who has already made a few visits with some NFL clubs. His agent is claiming there are two other teams interested in his client with one being the Bills.

Britt’s agent, Pat Dye, in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio told FOXSports Alex Marvez that Buffalo was one of two new teams interested in the former first-round pick.

Britt has already visited with the Rams, Patriots and Redskins. It’s believed at this point in free agency that Britt would be amenable to a short term deal. His agent says the opportunity for playing time is their highest priority at this point.


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Dixon: I’ve got that sneaky speed

Posted by Chris Brown on March 15, 2014 – 1:19 pm

Bills newest RB Anthony Dixon officially signed his contract with Buffalo on Saturday after agreeing to terms late Friday. Dixon is largely viewed as a power back, which he’ll readily admit, but don’t sell the rest of his game short.

“I’m definitely a power back, but I have that sneaky speed,” said Dixon. “Some guys don’t think or don’t know that I’m fast like I am, but I have quickness.”

Dixon ran in the mid-4.6’s leading up to the 2010 NFL draft, but it’s his one-cut and go style that gets him in and out of space quicker than some might expect. And while he hasn’t really factored into the San Francisco pass game at all in his first four NFL season he did have 56 receptions in college at Mississippi State, including four for touchdowns.

“I can do it all, I’m very versatile,” he said. “I have good hands and I’m just looking to come down here and put it all on display. Definitely want to show what I’m worth.”


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Free agent RB Dixon says he’s a Bill

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 10:51 pm

The Bills hosted free agent RB Anthony Dixon on a visit Friday at One Bills Drive. By Friday evening Dixon said he was the newest Bill.

That’s what he tweeted Friday night.

Dixon is the kind of power back head coach Doug Marrone and GM Doug Whaley were looking for to augment their second ranked running game.

The team has not confirmed the agreement.


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Report: Carrington leaves Pittsburgh w/no deal

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 4:25 pm

Bills free agent DL Alex Carrington has spent the past day and a half visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report he’s leaving western Pennsylvania without a contract.

Post-Gazette beat reporter Ed Bouchette is reporting that Carrington finished his visit without a deal and that the Steelers are signing NT Cam Thomas.

Carrington played in three games last season before suffering a season-ending torn quadriceps tendon.


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Rivers looking to be every down player

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 4:02 pm

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he sees free agent signee Keith Rivers as a three down linebacker. That sounds like a lot of time on the field for one of Buffalo’s newest additions. That’s something that’s just fine with the veteran linebacker.

“I’m excited about being here. It’s a great opportunity,” Rivers said. “I think it’s the best opportunity for me at this point. I want to go play where I have the best fit and here I think it’s a great fit with Kiko (Alonso) and some of the other guys we’re bringing in. I’m excited about it.”

Rivers said this defense should play to his strengths because of the defensive line in front of him and the solid cover corners behind him.

“They’ve done a great job putting together a great defense and great cornerbacks,” he said. “I can run around and make plays.”


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Whaley: Adding another QB not likely

Posted by Chris Brown on March 14, 2014 – 10:34 am

This week the Bills parted ways with veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb. With three “green” quarterbacks on the roster, there is some thought outside the organization that they might consider adding a free agent with more experience to compete for a backup role. Bills GM Doug Whaley put that thought to rest Friday.

In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley confirmed that right now there are no plans to add another quarterback though he would not completely rule it out.

“At this time no, but again we will keep all options open,” said Whaley.

When asked if the team would feel comfortable going into training camp with the three quarterbacks currently on the roster, EJ Manuel, Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel, Whaley said they would be.

“Comfortable, very comfortable and then you throw Dennis Dixon in,” he said. “All those guys are going to be another year in the system, so if you bring someone else in they’ll be new in the system. So we’re comfortable with where we are with the quarterback position.”

Dixon was on Buffalo’s practice squad as a quarterback last season.


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What Graham learned in Ravens run to Super Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2014 – 1:06 pm

Bills CB Corey Graham comes to Buffalo with a Super Bowl ring, which he won two years ago with the Baltimore Ravens. Knowing the Bills want to get back to the postseason, Graham explained what he learned being part of the Ravens successful Super Bowl run.

“Being in Baltimore and accomplishing the ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl, what really happened that year for us was just everybody playing together as a team and everybody playing as one and playing as hard as we could,” he said. “When it comes down to it you just need things to go your way. When you see things go your way you get more confidence and then you make the playoffs and you do things like that and get things rolling.

“That’s all it takes. It just takes guys to come together, play together and just play as hard as they possibly can. Once the wins start coming, guys get more confident and when the confidence comes, it’s the playoffs and maybe making it to the second round of the playoffs and maybe the Super Bowl. It’s things like that.”


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OL Williams a fan of screen game

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2014 – 12:43 pm

Bills OL Chris Williams didn’t get much of a chance to execute the screen game during his time in St. Louis. It just wasn’t much of a component of the Rams offense. It is however, a staple for Buffalo’s attack. In the few times that the Rams did run the screen game though, Williams was often called upon to get out in front of the backs to block and looked agile and mobile. So Buffalobills.com asked him for his thoughts on the screen game and the likelihood of running it with much more frequency here in Buffalo.

“I love the screen game,” Williams said. “It slows down the pass rush and with the backs here it’s going to be an effective tool. I’m just excited to get out there and run and blocking and cutting and getting guys out of the way so it’s a great tool to use and I’m excited about it.”


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Graham’s wild free agency choice to go to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2014 – 11:43 am

Bills newest CB Corey Graham had a bit of a wild decision making process at the outset of free agency with multiple offers. But the craziest part was when he decided to agree to terms with Buffalo he was on a free agent visit with the Washington Redskins.

Graham, who spoke to the Western New York media Thursday morning, explained how things unfolded.

“There were several teams that offered me deals that were very interesting,” said Graham. “The Bills showed some interest early on, which my agent told me about. But I first went on a visit in Washington and I was meeting with the coaches and everything and my agent called the Redskins offices and I was in the middle of a film session with the coaches in Washington and then someone comes in and says, ‘Your agent wants you to call him right now.’

“So I went and called him and he told me the situation with Buffalo and how they were very serious. So it really came down to that. They got down to talking and my agent called me again. At this point I’m in my hotel room getting ready to go to dinner with Washington and my agent told me about the deal Buffalo was offering and how everything was going down and for me it was a no brainer to agree to the deal.

“To have an opportunity to go back home and play for the Buffalo Bills and be in my hometown and help out the community in my hometown was like a no brainer for me. So I basically agreed to the deal and did not even go to dinner with the Washington Redskins coaches or anything. I ended up canceling everything.”


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Report: Carrington to visit Steelers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 13, 2014 – 11:35 am

The Pittsburgh Steelers just lost DL Ziggy Hood in free agency so it appears they’re looking to re-fortify their defensive line and they’re interested in a Bills free agent.

Bills free agent DL Alex Carrington is scheduled to make a free agent visit to Pittsburgh this evening. That according to NFL.com reporter Ian Rapaport.

Carrington appeared in only three games last season for Buffalo after tearing a quadriceps tendon in a Week 3 game against the Jets. He was placed on injured reserve a short time later last season.


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Report: Bills sign Keith Rivers

Posted by Chris Brown on March 12, 2014 – 6:44 pm

According to an ESPN report, the Bills are keeping busy in day two of NFL free agency.

ESPN AFC East reporter James Walker is reporting the Bills have signed veteran LB Keith Rivers to a multi-year contract.

Rivers, a six-year NFL vet, has spent the last two seasons with the New York Giants as primarily an outside linebacker.


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