BDC 3/10: McMillen Receives Recognition (10:34 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Bills Daily Charge: DAILY REPORT – Buffalo Bills Assistant Certified Athletic Trainer Greg McMillen was named the recipient of the 2013 AFC Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer Award, announced during the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis by the Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society. – With the free agency period starting at 4 PM Tuesday, the John Murphy Show […]
King unsure who will give Byrd $9M per yr. (10:27 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Monday Morning Quarterback columnist Peter King provided his free agency primer on his site Monday morning. He commented on Jairus Byrd’s impending foray into free agency effective Tuesday at 4 pm. However, he doesn’t see how any NFL club would fork over the reported $9M per season Byrd is seeking in a new deal. Here’s […]
Report: Miami expressing interest in Byrd (9:15 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: The Miami Dolphins were big spenders in free agency last offseason. Apparently they’re willing to unload the Brinks truck again. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport the Miami Dolphins are expressing an interest in Bills free agent safety Jairus Byrd. Among the teams expressing real interest in #Bills S Jairus Byrd? The #Dolphins. Gearing up for […]
Jairus Byrd drawing real interest from Miami Dolphins (8:03 AM)
NFL.Com - Patra, Kevin: Ian Rapoport reported Sunday the Miami Dolphins are showing "real interest" in Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd. Will the Dolphins open the checkbook and splurge in free agency two years in a row?
Monday morning one-liners (7:10 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: Eight opinions on what the Bills should do in free agency. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald wonders if the Dolphins’ reported interest in S Jairus Byrd makes financial sense. CB Logan Ryan is waiting like everyone else to see if Aqib Talib returns to the Patriots. With CB Antonio Cromartie gone, the Jets are…
Free agency preview: Cornerback (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills have a good cornerback contingent, but adding a vet who can play on the boundary in the event of an injury would be a valuable addition.
Eight opinions on what the Bills might do in free agency (3:35 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Eight NFL analysts offer their insights as to what the Bills may do heading into free agency and the rest of the offseason.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
The NFL's Best GMs (11:48 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: With free agency nearly upon us, Patrick Daugherty ranks the league's general managers.
Team-by-Team Salary Cap Notes (11:00 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Andrew Cohen of OverTheCap.com provides salary cap notes on every NFL team as 2014 free agency kicks off.
Report: LB Brinkley to sign with Vikes (4:42 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Free agent ILB Jasper Brinkley will reportedly sign with the NFL club that drafted him back in 2009. That according to FOXSports1′s Mike Garofalo. He’s reporting that Brinkley will sign with Minnesota before the weekend is over. Vikings are busy today. Will sign LB Jasper Brinkley to a one-year deal, source tells @FOXSports1 — Mike […]
It’s still early, but the Browns haven’t called Jairus Byrd (1:53 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Darin Gantt: Sometimes the early phone calls in the legal tampering period matter, and sometimes they don’t. But if there was a surprise among the calls not made, it might be that the Browns didn’t check in with Bills safety Jairus Byrd yet. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns haven’t touched…
Report: Rams inquired about Byrd (1:40 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: With it looking like a virtual lock that Jairus Byrd will hit the free agent market, there are reportedly other NFL clubs inquiring about the Pro Bowl safety. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport the St. Louis Rams were one team that showed exploratory interest in Byrd this weekend. The #Rams were among the teams that […]
Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Denver Broncos (11:59 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: After the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, all 32 teams officially entered the offseason and started plotting how they could position themselves for a shot at Super Bowl XLIX. Shutdown Corner will look at the offseason blueprint for each of the 32 NFL teams, presenting one team a day (using the 2014 draft order, starting with the Houston Texans and finishing with the Seahawks), leading you right up to the start of free agency on Tuesday. DENVER BRONCOS 2013 record: 13-3 Projected current salary-cap space ( according to OverTheCap.com ): $25 million under the cap Key free agents: WR Eric Decker, RB Knowshon Moreno, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, S Mike Adams, G Zane Beadles, WR Andre Caldwell, OLB Shaun Phillips Possible salary-cap casualties: CB Champ Bailey (already cut), G Chris Kuper, TE Joel Dreessen Draft situation: The Broncos have the 31st overall pick of the first round, and own their own pick in every round. [Be sure to check out Shutdown Corner's NFL free-agent rankings. Click here for the list of offensive players , and click here for the list of defensive and special teams players ] Revisiting 2013: For some reason the attitude about the Broncos after the 2013 season is they need major work this offseason. That's ridiculous. Sure, they went up against a better Seattle team in the Super Bowl and got destroyed. But this is still a team that has been the top seed in the AFC in back-to-back years and might be a Joe Flacco-to-Jacoby Jones miracle from two Super Bowl appearances with Peyton Manning. Manning won another MVP award last season as he set records for passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season, Denver had the highest scoring offense in NFL history and won an AFC championship. They're just fine. And remember, they went 13-3 mostly without ....
Sunday morning one-liners (9:24 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: What can the Bills do on the offensive line in free agency? A call for the Dolphins to sign KR Devin Hester. Keeping CB Aqib Talib might cost the Patriots more than they’d like to spend. Running down the best plays of Jets TE Jeff Cumberland’s season after he signed a new contract with the…
Free agency preview: Offensive Line (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The Bills want to upgrade their offensive line and get bigger up front as well. Here's a look at some possible options in free agency.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Jairus Byrd contacted by St. Louis Rams (8:20 PM)
NFL.Com - Wesseling, Chris: The St. Louis Rams surprisingly were one of the teams to talk to Jairus Byrd's camp on Saturday, Ian Rapoport reported. What other teams have been linked to the Pro Bowl safety?
Jairus Byrd contacted by St. Louis Rams on Saturday (8:20 PM)
NFL.Com - Wesseling, Chris: The St. Louis Rams surprisingly were one of the teams to reach out to Jairus Byrd on Saturday, Ian Rapoport reports. Which other teams have been linked to the Pro Bowl safety?
Some in the NFL prefer Mack’s consistency to Clowney’s talent (1:38 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Michael David Smith: Jadeveon Clowney is the most talented defensive player in this year’s NFL draft, but that doesn’t make him the best. At least some NFL personnel people have more confidence in Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack becoming a high-level NFL player than they do in Clowney, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock was…
Saturday morning one-liners (12:08 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: When Patriots QB Tom Brady races someone on the beach, it doesn’t look like Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed. The Jets have hired Ian Lasher, a former ESPN employee, to serve as Senior V.P. of Corporate Sponsorships. Now that former Bills WR Andre Reed has made it to the Hall of Fame, he sent some…
2014 NFL Free Agency Q & A (11:30 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Beginning at noon ET on Saturday, March 8 clubs are permitted to enter into negotiations with the agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents.
McClain drawing plenty of interest (10:31 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Jameel McClain Free Agent Tour continues next week. Since being let go by the Ravens two weeks ago in a salary cap move, McClain has been courted by several teams. McClain has already visited the Bills and Giants, and according to ESPN's Adam Caplan, McClain is scheduled to visit the Vikings on Monday. McClain, who turns 29 in July, will certainly face questions about the spinal cord injury that nearly ended his career.
When agents can talk to teams (9:23 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Although free agents can’t sign until 4 pm Tuesday at the earliest, the agents for those players can begin to talk with interested club this weekend. Beginning at noon Saturday agents are permitted to talk to NFL clubs about their clients. Negotiations on a deal can also ensue, which could pave the way to a […]
Free agency preview: Wide Receiver (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The wide receiver market has plenty of options, but there might not be many good fits for what Buffalo needs.
Friday, March 07, 2014
T.O. says “Thanks” (9:16 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - buffalobills.com: Friday marked the five-year anniversary of the Bills signing free agent WR Terrell Owens to a one-year deal, prompting a tweet from the team’s official account: On this day in 2009: #Bills signed WR @terrellowens to a one-year contract. http://t.co/BVGsbrli5N— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) March 07, 2014 Owens, never one to shy away from the spotlight, […]
Bills on College Football HOF ballot (4:48 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - buffalobills.com: The National Football Foundation (NFF) has announced the names on the 2014 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 87 players and 26 coaches from the divisional ranks. Several players in Bills history are among the honorees: Ruben Brown, Pittsburgh-Offensive […]
PFT Live: Watkins impresses at Pro Day (4:02 PM)
Pro Football Talk - NBCSports.com: Mike Florio breaks down all of the trending topics around the NFL, including the Bears cutting Devin Hester, the Bills refusing to tag Jairus Byrd and Sammy Watkins impressing at Pro Day.
PFT Live One-on-one: Spiller wants to end drought in Buffalo (3:59 PM)
Pro Football Talk - NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio talks with Bills RB C.J. Spiller about his rookie year, when he felt the game “slow down,” his plans for the offseason, Sammy Watkins’ transition to the NFL and more.
PFT Live: C.J. Spiller, PFT Planet calls and tweets (12:28 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: On Thursday, we told you Bills running back C.J. Spiller would be a guest on PFT Live but Spiller was unable to make it to the show. So he’ll join us on Friday instead. Spiller and Mike Florio will talk about the back’s injury-filled 2013 season and what he’s planning to do this offseason to…
Greg McMillen named AFC Asst. Athletic Trainer of the Year (12:24 PM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Buffalo Bills Assistant Certified Athletic Trainer Greg McMillen was named the recipient of the 2013 AFC Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer Award
Fan Friday 3-7 (11:50 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Free agency negotiating opens Saturday, Tuesday afternoon deals can be signed. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills. 1 – Chris, Can you give Bills’ fan an update about Chris Hairston? Is he injured? I would like to see him compete for right tackle. What do the coaches think […]
2014 NFL Mock Draft: Manziel still on top? (11:40 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: If they stay at the top of the draft, it might just be too hard of a choice to pass up on Johnny Manziel. He had an impressive outing at the combine, and his local roots make him the obvious choice for Houston with the first pick. There's more than a chance they decide to draft Jadeveon Clowney, but after all the rumblings about drafting a top-tier quarterback, it may prove a hard sell a fan base that seems overly enticed at the chance to call Johnny Football a Houston Texan. The combine was cruel to Jake Matthews, he didn't do anything to hurt his stock, and by all accounts should still be one of the top players taken... but man, how great did Greg Robinson look?
Aaron still hoping Byrd is back (11:06 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: The ball is pretty much in Jairus Byrd’s court at this point as the Bills have put forth their best offer. It’s evident that Byrd wants to see how what Buffalo is offering compares to the interest he draws in the free agent market. Aaron Williams, who just signed a contract extension to play for […]
LB Spikes says he’s healthy (10:52 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: On Buffalobills.com today (Friday) we previewed the free agent market at linebacker, which is expected to include New England’s Brandon Spikes. Spikes, however, dealt with a knee injury for much of the season. With the free agent market set to open next week, the linebacker insisted he’s healthy. ESPN Boston reporter Field Yates quoted Spikes […]
BDC 3/7: Bills Announce Variable Ticket Pricing (9:20 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Bills Daily Charge: DAILY REPORT – The Buffalo Bills will introduce variable ticket pricing for fans purchasing tickets to 2014 Buffalo Bills home games. The new ticket model will include a tiered-pricing system for preseason and regular season games. Season tickets will list different prices for the home games based on the variable tiers. Click here for more information. […]
Friday morning one-liners (8:55 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: Bills CEO Russ Brandon said that the team will be active in free agency according to their “master plan.” DT Paul Soliai is looking forward to hitting the open market with no deal signed with the Dolphins. What are realistic cornerback options for the Patriots? The Jets took a close look at Clemson WR Sammy…
Free agency preview: Linebacker (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Buffalo has already had two free agent LBs in for visits. Here's a look at the prospective LB market.
Aaron Williams says Jairus Byrd wants to remain in Buffalo (3:11 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Curtis Crabtree: The Buffalo Bills elected not to place the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd this season in hopes it could smooth discussions surrounding a long-term contract for Byrd to remain in Western New York. It shouldn’t hurt that Byrd apparently wants to stick around with the Bills either. The Bills already signed safety Aaron Williams…
Aaron Williams says Jairus Byrd wants to remain in Buffalo (2:11 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills elected not to place the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd this season in hopes it could smooth discussions surrounding a long-term contract for Byrd to remain in Western New York. It shouldn’t hurt that Byrd apparently wants to stick around with the Bills either. The Bills already signed safety Aaron Williams…
Thursday, March 06, 2014
If rehabbing Melton were in 2014 draft, what would Bears do? (11:47 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Youre the general manager for an established NFL team in a major Midwest market, on a lake, and you have a dilemma. First, the context: Bill Polian, architect of the great 1990s Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts teams a decade later, and current ESPN Insider, stated the very, very obvious regarding Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton during a pre-free-agency conference call this week: Melton probably didnt need a six-time NFL executive of the year for that bit of insight as he, Nate Collins and Charles Tillman are on final approach to free agency, coming off season-ending injuries. That Meltons knee injury will hurt his marketability is hardly breaking news and was given since it occurred in the Pittsburgh game.
Bills adopt variable ticket pricing (6:45 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Mike Florio: Add the Bills to the list of teams that will adjust ticket prices based on the quality of the games, or lack thereof. The team announced that variable pricing will be adopted this year at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Specifically, the pricing will be “tiered” for preseason and regular-season games. The specific numbers will be unveiled…
NFL roundup: Broncos bid farewell to Bailey (6:42 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Champ Bailey, a 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback who became one of the most accomplished players in Broncos history during his 10 years in Denver, was released by the club on Thursday. Bailey was due a $1 million roster bonus on March 15. Releasing him saves the Broncos $9 million against the 2014 salary cap and put the veteran on the free agent market for the first time in his 15-year career. Bailey will turn 36 in June and appeared in just five regular-season games last season because of a Lisfranc foot injury.
K Cundiff agrees to extension with Browns (5:24 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Cleveland Browns retained Billy Cundiff on Thursday by agreeing to terms with the veteran kicker on a contract extension. Cundiff, who will be entering his ninth NFL season, was to become an unrestricted free agent when he current contract expired on Tuesday. Last season for the Browns, Cundiff made 21 of 26 field goal attempts (80.8 percent) and 32 of 32 extra point tries in 16 regular-season games. On kickoffs, Cundiff set a franchise record with 42 touchbacks and a career-high 67.7 touchback percentage (42 of 62).
Poloncarz names 7 member New Stadium Comm. (3:25 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has named his seven-members for the New Stadium Committee. Poloncarz named six people in addition to himself to the committee to represent the county portion of the panel. According to a press release on the Erie County website Poloncarz named the following people to the county’s part of the panel. […]
Dr. Andrews on OT Kouandjio’s knee (3:09 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews is refuting the reports that came out during the NFL Combine about Alabama OT prospect Cyrus Kouandjio’s surgically repaired knee. Reports last month indicated that several teams failed Kouandjio on his physical due to a “botched surgery” on Kouandjio’s knee after he tore his ACL and MCL his freshman year. […]
Jasper Brinkley reportedly visited with Vikings before Bills (2:42 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: Linebacker Jasper Brinkley spent four years with the Vikings before jumping to the Cardinals last year and he could be heading back where he started after getting released by the Cardinals last week. A.J. Mansour of KFAN reports that Brinkley visited with the Vikings earlier this week. Brinkley is a limited player who is solid…
Jaguars re-sign 3 players (2:11 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Jacksonville Jaguars signed tight end Clay Harbor and offensive tackles Cameron Bradfield and Sam Young to contracts, the team announced Thursday. The deals were completed five days before Harbor and Young would have become unrestricted free agents. Bradfield was a restricted free agent and has the most experience with the Jaguars of the three. He started 11 games at left tackle last season, filling in for injured rookie Luke Joeckel, and started 12 games at right tackle in 2012.
Report: Brinkley already visited with Vikes (1:50 PM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Free agent LB Jasper Brinkley is visiting with the Bills today, but he apparently had one other free agent visit prior to coming to Orchard Park. According to a KFAN report he met with the Vikings earlier in the week. Brinkley has a history with Minnesota having played his first few seasons in the league […]
Bills retain four players (12:54 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: The Buffalo Bills issued tender offers to wide receiver Chris Hogan, offensive lineman Antoine McClain and fullback Frank Summers, and re-signed defensive back Brandon Smith, the team announced Thursday. Hogan (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 and spent a portion of his rookie year on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants before joining the Bills in 2012.
WR Watkins draws raves at Clemson (12:53 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: Wide receiver Sammy Watkins wowed rows of scouts and left legions of fans looking in via mobile streaming on ESPN pining for the potential top five draft pick.
PFT Live: C.J. Spiller, Running back/Tight end free agency preview (12:38 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: Bills running back C.J. Spiller didn’t make the impact that many predicted during the 2013 season as the injury bug took a big bite out of his on-field availability and explosiveness. Spiller will join Mike Florio on Thursday’s edition of PFT Live to discuss how he’s feeling a couple of months after the end of…
Bills re-sign DB Smith, issue tenders to 3 players (12:22 PM)
Yahoo! Sports: ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have re-signed defensive back Brandon Smith and tendered offers to retain the rights to three exclusive rights free agents.
Jasper Brinkley visiting with Bills (12:13 PM)
Pro Football Talk - Josh Alper: The Bills hosted Jameel McClain for a visit on Wednesday and he’s not the only recently released linebacker they have their eye on ahead of the start of free agency. Jasper Brinkley is going to visit with the team on Thursday, his first known visit since getting released by the Cardinals at the end of…
Bills G.M. Whaley hopes not tagging Byrd gives him a chance (11:56 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Darin Gantt: By not tagging safety Jairus Byrd again, the Bills effectively let him go into the market. But Bills General Manager Doug Whaley actually thinks that may help him keep his former franchise player. Whaley acknowledged that the two sides were still talking, and told John Kryk of the Toronto Sun that not tagging Byrd a…
Bills retain four free agents (11:30 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: Buffalo retained the rights to four free agents on Thursday.
McShay mocks OT to Bills at 9 (11:15 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: The momentum of an offensive tackle for the Bills keep building among NFL draft prognosticators. ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay is the latest to do so. In his third mock draft he has the Bills taking offensive tackle Jake Matthews out of Texas A&M. What’s interesting is in his synopsis he opens the door […]
BDC 3/6: DB Williams Extension Reaction (11:08 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Bills Daily Charge: DAILY REPORT – Baltimore free agent LB Jameel McClain visited One Bills Drive yesterday. Prior to heading out of Buffalo, McClain caught up with BuffaloBills.com. Click here to check out what he had to say. TODAY’S INTERVIEWS 8:21 am – Russ Brandon - Fan 590 w/ Greg Brady and Andrew Walker 8:45 am – Russ Brandon - Sirius […]
Jasper Brinkley visiting Bills (11:04 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Linebacker visiting Bills
Bills introduce variable ticket pricing for 2014 (11:00 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: The new ticket model will include a tiered-pricing system for preseason and regular season games.
Bills host free agent LB Jasper Brinkley (10:55 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: For the second straight day the Buffalo hosted a free agent linebacker for a visit at One Bills Drive.
Bills plan to be active in free agency (10:51 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: NFL free agency is fast approaching as teams can begin negotiating with agents for unrestricted players as early as Saturday with signings permissible Tuesday at 4 pm. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon addressed the level of involvement the team will have when the market opens. Brandon appeared on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 […]
Brandon on chain of command in front office (10:46 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon thought it was ridiculous to even question how it functions, but when asked how personnel and contract values are set in Buffalo’s front office, he provided an in depth answer to eliminate any doubt as to how things trickle down from GM Doug Whaley when it comes to football […]
Report: Bills in market for backup QB (9:20 AM)
Buffalo Bills Blogs - Chris Brown: They haven’t made a decision yet on Kevin Kolb as they await the medical reports from their medical staff, according to GM Doug Whaley earlier this week, but according to reports they will be in the market for a backup QB when the free agent market opens next week. That according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport […]
Thursday morning one-liners (9:12 AM)
Pro Football Talk - Darin Gantt: Last year’s sparsely attended game against the Falcons was the last straw for the Bills in Toronto. The Dolphins figure to be active in the LT market early in free agency. The future of Patriots free agent WR Julian Edelman could have a domino effect. Among other spots, the Jets need to target a TE…
Bills re-sign DB Smith, issue tenders to 3 players (7:21 AM)
USA Today: Bills re-sign DB Smith, issue tenders to retain 3 exclusive rights free agents
Free agency preview: Tight End (3:45 AM)
BuffaloBills.Com: A preview of potential free agent targets at tight end.
Jets re-sign corners Ellis Lankster, Darrin Walls (2:04 AM)
Yahoo! Sports: Cornerbacks retained