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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 “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 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,

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.

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?


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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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 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 “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 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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