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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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Felton’s scouting report on Cassel

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 2:34 pm

Last year Bills new FB Jerome Felton was a teammate of Matt Cassel in Minnesota. Felton watched how Cassel won the starting quarterback job in a competition with rookie first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater. A Week 3 foot injury cost Cassel the rest of the 2014 season, but his approach to the game and his success in landing the starting job impressed Felton, who is once again his teammate in Buffalo.

In an interview with Buffalobills.com right after he signed his contract with the Bills, Felton called Cassel a true pro and his presence on Buffalo’s roster only reinforced his desire to sign with the Bills.

“It was unfortunate last year when he got hurt. He had put a lot of work in and had a really good camp and we felt good about him going into the season,” Felton told Buffalobills.com. “So when I saw that he had signed here it made me more excited. I was already pretty much bought in and I wanted to be here and they wanted me here and when I saw that he was coming I got even more excited. He’s a true professional. He comes to work every day. He’s going to push whoever is already here and push to be the starting quarterback. There’s a lot of work that goes into it and he’s going to put it in every day.”


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Jerome Felton update

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 1:02 pm

The Bills have a few players in for free agent visits here Wednesday at One Bills Drive. Free agent TE Charles Clay, FB Jerome Felton and QB Tyrod Taylor are all meeting with coaches and touring the facilities. GM Doug Whaley laid out where things stand with Felton at this point after he arrived in town Monday night.

Whaley was asked in the press conference that introduced QB Matt Cassel, who came via trade with Minnesota, if there’s a deal in place with the free agent fullback.

“No, we do not,” said Whaley. “We’re in the midst of negotiating. That’s one of those things where you bring him in town. They’ve got to get a feel for us, we’ve got to get a feel for them. They have to take a physical. It’s a whole process and then once everybody agrees that we should start talking numbers then we start talking numbers.”


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Charles Clay update

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 12:44 pm

Miami free agent TE Charles Clay is in the midst of a visit at One Bills Drive where he’s meeting with coaches and taking a physical. Bills GM Doug Whaley commented on where things sit with Buffalo’s interest in signing Clay to an offer sheet being the Dolphins transition player.

“That’s what we’re determining now with the visit and have him talk to the coaches because it has to be a mutual thing. It’s up to him which offer he takes back,” said Whaley of Clay. “That’s why it’s important for him to get in here, talk to the coaches, take a physical and get a general feeling of what we can offer him and he can offer us.”

When asked what their strategy is in terms of putting an offer sheet together Whaley painted a picture of just how uncertain the outcome of the offer sheet process is.

“Our strategy is if we do decide to do something like that you put your best foot forward and hope for the best,” said Whaley.

If the Bills do sign Clay to an offer sheet, the Dolphins would have five days to match the offer to keep the tight end in Miami.


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Report: Bills extend Kyle Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 10:50 am

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly made a move to keep their top flight defensive line together longer, while likely creating cap space for the here and now.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Bills have extended veteran DT Kyle Williams contract an additional year.

While the team has not yet confirmed the extension, if the report is accurate, it’s likely a move to provide more cap space for the team in 2015 to allow them to make the additions to the roster they want. If the extension is legitimate Williams will be under contract with Buffalo through the 2017 season.


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Report: G Boling close to re-signing with Cincy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2015 – 9:22 pm

The offensive line market in free agency is drying up quickly and another quality guard could soon be off the market.

That according to Bengals.com lead writer Geoff Hobson. He’s reporting that Cincinnati free agent guard Clint Boling is close on a new deal with the Bengals.

Buffalo is in the market for offensive line help either at guard or tackle. Boling is considered one of the top guards on the market this offseason, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be around much longer.


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Report: Bulaga expected to re-sign with Pack

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2015 – 12:50 pm

All along Green Bay free agent offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga has said he wanted to re-sign with the Packers as he crept closer and closer to free agency. It appears now that his wish will come to fruition before he hits the market.

That according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Bulaga was widely considered one of the best offensive tackle options on the free agent market.


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Report: Titans to land free agent S Searcy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2015 – 12:47 pm

It was not expected that the Bills would be able to keep free agent safety Da’Norris Searcy in the fold moving into 2015. Now as the window of free agency is poised to open there are reports as to just where the safety is headed.

According to the Tennessean, Searcy is going to sign with the Tennessee Titans at 4 pm when the market opens.

 

Bills GM Doug Whaley has stated since the NFL Combine last month that trying to re-sign Searcy was going to prove difficult. With Searcy looking for starter money and big money already being doled out to Devin McCourty in New England (5 yrs, $47.5M) and Buffalo heavily invested in Aaron Williams, paying big money for Searcy just wasn’t feasible.

Fortunately Buffalo has a lot of safety talent on the roster. Duke Williams, Baccari Rambo, Johnathan Meeks and Kenny Ladler are all young players who will vie for the starting job left vacant by Searcy.


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Report: Jets to re-sign RB Powell

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2015 – 11:39 am

The Bills were reported to be interested in Jets free agent RB Bilal Powell as the start of free agency rapidly approached, but reports now indicate that Powell may never reach the market.

The New York Daily News is reporting that Powell will re-sign with the Jets, agreeing to a multi-year deal.

The Bills may or may not choose to sift through the free agent market for another back or they could turn their attention to the draft to fortify the position where the class of running backs is very deep.


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Report: Bills targeting TE Clay, FB Felton

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2015 – 8:19 am

The free agent speculation has already begun. The latest concerning the Bills has them in pursuit of a free agent tight end and fullback.

That according to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora, who is reporting that Buffalo is targeting Miami free agent TE Charles Clay and may also be in the hunt for Minnesota free agent FB Jerome Felton.

Clay isn’t much of a surprise as he fits the mold of a versatile tight end, something that offensive coordinator Greg Roman likes to have in his offense. GM Doug Whaley also said last month at the NFL Combine that the team would be in need of a fullback with a power run scheme set to be implemented as well. Felton is widely considered to be the best fullback on the market.


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Other NFL teams tried to get to Hughes

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2015 – 2:18 pm

The Bills still did not have free agent Jerry Hughes signed, sealed and delivered when the league’s three-day negotiating window opened on March 7th, three days prior to the start of free agency. The three-day period allows NFL clubs to contact prospective free agents of other teams to express their interest and gauge a player’s willingness to consider moving on to another club. Here’s where things stood as the negotiations with Buffalo and the Hughes camp carried into the weekend.

There were a handful of teams that got in touch with the Hughes camp, but it was evident that enough progress had been made between Hughes and the Bills according to GM Doug Whaley.

“I think they were so close (with us) that we felt very good about it,” Whaley told Buffalobills.com. “But in this business until that contract is signed you’re always going to have a bit of nervousness to you, but (Bills Senior VP of Football Administration) Jim Overdorf kept us abreast of the negotiations and he felt real strongly about getting the deal done.”

Hughes admitted there were other teams that contacted him.

“Yeah there (were other teams calling), but we were still listening to Buffalo,” Hughes told Buffalobills.com. “I made it clear to them especially from my point of view I made it clear to my camp that this was the place I wanted to be.


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Whaley: O-line on our to-do list

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2015 – 2:11 pm

In an one-on-one interview with Buffalobills.com on Jerry Hughes signing day, Bills GM Doug Whaley said in the wake of keeping Buffalo’s talented defensive line intact, the focus will now shift to the other side of the trenches.

When asked about the possibilities of the defensive front four in 2015, Whaley acknowledge with Rex Ryan as head coach the sky is the limit. He then freely expressed their intentions to address the offensive line as well.

“I think it’s going to be a whirlwind on and off the field for the Bills organization,” said Whaley. “With the continuity of those front four guys coming at you… Rex’s philosophy is to build from the inside out so we’ve got that on the defensive line. Now we’ve got some stuff that we’re going to do on the offensive line to make this a competitive team.”


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Bills trade for Hughes not lost on pass rusher

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2015 – 1:06 pm

Money is what usually does all the talking for NFL free agents, but for Jerry Hughes, though well compensated by the Bills, there was another key factor – his opportunity to finally play after he was acquired by the Bills.

Hughes toiled in Indianapolis his first three NFL seasons as a backup who rarely saw the field on defense. His work ethic never wavered, but he did wonder if he’d ever be able to prove himself as a professional.

Then Buffalo GM Doug Whaley swung the trade that sent LB Kelvin Sheppard to the Colts for Hughes. Despite not having much NFL game tape to go on the fact that the Bills wanted him meant something to Hughes and he never forgot it. It was a major reason Hughes wanted to continue his career in Buffalo.

“Doug Whaley to kind of come about me in the way he did in that trade, showed that someone wanted me,” Hughes said. “When someone wants you, you want to come back. You want to put your best out there and give it your all. Want to go out and win a couple championships and make it memorable. When someone goes about a trade like that, I definitely want to give it back in full.”


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Hughes: Bills were impossible to walk away from

Posted by Chris Brown on March 9, 2015 – 11:37 am

When the window for NFL clubs to talk with prospective free agents from other teams opened on March 7th, Jerry Hughes was a popular target. And though Hughes acknowledged that his representatives listened, they knew where their client stood in terms of where he wanted to play in 2015 and beyond.

In an interview with Buffalobills.com shortly after re-signing with Buffalo, Jerry Hughes admitted that other teams were in contact with his camp during the three-day contact window, but that his agent knew his preference from the start.

“Yeah there (were other teams calling), but we were still listening to Buffalo,” Hughes said. “I made it clear to them especially from my point of view I made it clear to my camp that (Buffalo) was the place I wanted to be.”

Hughes also said that the hiring of Rex Ryan only added to his desire to return to the Bills.

“Playing on a defense now where Rex Ryan is taking over and he’s the head coach and you hear all the great things from the players all over the league about how much they respect him and love him and how great of a coach he is. With someone like that who is now leading the team you don’t want to miss any type of involvement in that because you know he’s going to bring us all along the right way,” he said. “He’ll get us all moving as one unit. For us to be so close (to the playoffs) I feel like with him taking over, Terry and Kim (Pegula) did a fabulous job adding a couple more guys to the mix it made the team impossible to walk away from.”


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Jets scoop up LB David Harris

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2015 – 2:26 pm

The Jets under new head coach Todd Bowles needs to rebuild a good portion of their roster. If free agent LB David Harris left he’d be another hole to fill. So New York on the heels of trading for WR Brandon Marshall paid Harris a lot of money.

Essentially the three-year deal he received is a two-year pact with $15M guaranteed in 2015 and 2016.

If a 31-year old LB can command $7.5M a year free agent linebackers set to hit the market are going to be pretty happy come Tuesday.


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