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Buffalo Bills News - July 30, 2014

Marker Many factors at play in calculating bids for Bills [8:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It may be because the price tag of a professional sports team sometimes just doesn’t matter to billionaire bidders.'

Marker In chase for the Bills, Terry Pegula is the quiet bidder who will refuse to lose [8:48 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nearly every major variable in this equation leans toward Pegula in his quest to become an NFL owner. He’s prepared to pay considerably more than the small-market franchise is worth, which should satisfy Ralph Wilson’s estate. Plus, he has close ties to the community and will keep the team in Buffalo.'

Marker NFL suspends Bills' Nigel Bradham for one game [8:48 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I regret it and I apologized to my teammates. I'm sorry we have to through it — again."'

Marker Bills LB Nigel Bradham: One-game suspension from NFL 'shocking' and 'disappointing' [8:47 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Everything was dismissed, and I’m not in a substance abuse program or anything," Bradham said. "Since everything was dismissed it’s kind of shocking and kind of disappointing that it came back again."'

Marker EJ Manuel shows progress, and 5 observations from Bills training camp [8:46 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The last few practices have been steps forward for Manuel, who had a bit of a rough start to camp. While Manuel's play has been the focus of training camp, he wasn't the only noteworthy player on Wednesday.'

Marker Fred Jackson signs contract extension with Bills, reportedly a one-year deal [8:46 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Jackson is entering his ninth season in the league and has more than 5,000 yards rushing and over 2,000 yards receiving since joining the Bills.'

Marker Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham suspended one game [8:45 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's shown a very serious, professional attitude, he’s been into it. Even before a guy like Kiko Alonso get's hurt, now there's even more of an opportunity for a guy like Bradham. He's been very, very good mentally as far as picking the scheme up, he's good in coverage, and he's improving as a run defender also."'

Marker Bills RB C.J. Spiller not worried about contract, still looking for agent [8:44 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I haven't really thought about that," Spiller said. "Every year to me is a crucial year. Every year you get to play this game is crucial because you don't know when it will be your last. All that other stuff, it will handle itself."'

Marker Reed thought his comments about Manziel and Bon Jovi were off the record [8:44 PM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '"We were just talking and I didn't think he was going to put something like that in the magazine," Reed said as he played golf before his schedule intensifies leading into his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.'

Marker Marrone not pleased with early play of Bills offense [8:42 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I think so. There's a lot of progress, even when we've had 'not-so-good' days," he said. "I think we've still had areas where we got better. We can do some things passing the ball. Like I've said before, each day we just want to continue to grow as an offense. Our run game is always going to be a pick-up for us, but we want to be able to throw the ball downfield as well."'

Marker Jackson wants to end it as a Bill [8:41 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I have to admit, it really is amazing that Jackson still has the zest for the game after so many years. He started with the Bills is 2007 getting just 58 carries. Last year, he had a career high nine touchdowns. You won’t find too many runningbacks in the NFL that make it to 33. Jackson said, “I just love to play this game. I think usually when guys get my age, they’re ready to shut it down and not come out here and get beat-up like we do here in training camp, but I wake up every day and I love it. I have an opportunity to play for a team like the Buffalo Bills and I try to take advantage of that whenever I can. The number one thing that keeps me motivated is the love for this game and I don’t want that to end anytime soon.”'

Marker Bills training camp observations: Day 9 [8:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lightning crashed a couple of times but eventually the weather lifted enough for the Bills to take the field in front of a plucky crowd of around 75 fans. Even though he threw an interception in team drills before the rain delay, the team’s young quarterback came back refreshed and ready for the rest of practice.'

Marker Fred Jackson: ''I just love to play this game'' [8:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I want to thank Russ [Brandon], Doug [Whaley], the late, great Mr. Wilson for the opportunity to be able to play here. Every player’s dream is to be able to play with one team for their entire career, and this extension gives me the opportunity to do that. I’ve had a lot of support with me throughout the years, obviously you see my kids are here, they’re always here. My wife has done a tremendous job supporting me, doing everything she can do to make sure I’m able to come out here and compete with these young bucks, so I’m excited about it. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue to come out here and play and get this thing turned around. Hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later.'

Marker Fred Jackson signs 1-year contract extension [5:50 PM]
AP reports: 'Known for his physical running style, Jackson ran for 890 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 while dealing with two separate knee sprains. Jackson is expected to split carries with running back C.J. Spiller once again in 2014.'

Marker Bills sign RB Jackson to extension [5:49 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Jackson's deal had been set to expire at the end of the upcoming season. The one-year extension he signed Wednesday is worth $2.6 million, according to NFL.com.'

Marker Bills sign RB Fred Jackson to extension [5:48 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Jackson, 33, is the oldest running back in the NFL and the Bills fortified the depth chart behind him and C.J. Spiller with the offseason additions of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. However, Jackson has remained productive, including a career-high nine rushing touchdowns last season to go along with 1,277 all-purpose yards - the third-best mark of his career.'

Marker Fred Jackson signs extension with Bills [4:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jackson signed the new agreement just prior to the team’s afternoon training camp practice at St. John Fisher. The 33-year old is coming off a season in which he posted a career-high nine rushing touchdowns and led the team with 10 total scores. His 1,277 all-purpose yards was the third highest single-season total of his career. Jackson also pulled in a single-season career best 47 receptions.'

Marker Bills' Bradham suspended 1 game by NFL [4:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Bradham, a fourth-round pick of the Bills in 2012, had 51 tackles in 2013. He remains eligible to participate in preseason practices and games.'

Marker Rookie LB Brown looking to make impact with Bills [4:10 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: '“He's been impressive so far, but practice is different than games,” the defensive coordinator said. “There's a different nature to being out there when there's real action going on out there and he's under the clock and a different offense and those things. That's really the hallmark of a player, is what he does on game day. But he's given us every indication that he's ready for it.”'

Marker NFL suspends Bills Bradham for 1 game [2:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'For the second straight year, Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Nigel Bradham is his own worst enemy.'

Marker Bills' Fred Jackson expects big season from ground game [2:39 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We’re throwing a lot of stuff in from the play book" Jackson said. Its not like we are focusing on one thing, one week. We pretty much have the whole offense going in right now so a lot of guys are struggling with that. It’s a lot of information to retain."'

Marker Bills' Bradham suspended one game [2:39 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The suspension most likely arises from Bradham's August 2013 arrest for marijuana possession.'

Marker More bids for Buffalo Bills are possible [1:09 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'But, the initial bids are just an early step in what is a very complicated sale process. It is possible the Wilson estate trustees, led by his widow, Mary, and longtime chief financial officer Jeff Littman, could instruct Morgan Stanley and Proskauer Rose to re-open the bidding. The Bills are a privately-held business venture and bidding procedures can be adjusted, if the trustees so determine.'

Marker Bills working to plug those gaps to stop the run [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I feel it’s a mentality by the front seven,” said linebacker Nigel Bradham. “Even in the back end, by them coming up with safety support and the corners playing on the edge. It’s all about mentality. We have to come out every day with the mentality we’re going to stop the run no matter what.”'

Marker Where is Golisano in Bills bidding? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Preliminary bids were due at Morgan Stanley, the Bills’ investment banker, at 5 p.m. And while a Morgan Stanley spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment, bidders expected to join the fray include Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, billionaire Donald Trump, a Toronto group that involves rock star Jon Bon Jovi and possibly former Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano.'

Marker Bills QB coach is all EJ, all the time [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Youth continues to be served on Doug Marrone's Buffalo staff. Gone are the rocking chairs used by Dick Jauron and Chan Gailey. The Shady Rest is now a Sandals. Five-hour Energy has sacked Geritol.'

Marker As bids for Buffalo Bills come in, stadium group watches and waits [1:56 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“It’s bearing on the location of the stadium is only insofar as it starts to narrow the pool of who prospective owners could be,” said Mayor Paul Dyster, who was named to the New Stadium Working Group formed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year.'

Marker Fans favor Terry Pegula over Donald Trump, Jon Bon Jovi in ownership search [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You don't even have to ask that question," Bills fan Michael Thomas said after practice on Friday. "C'mon, it has to be Pegula. Anybody but Bon Jovi."'

Marker Former Sabres owner Golisano didn’t submit bid to buy Bills [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '... the investment bank conducting the sale of the NFL club for the trust of the late Ralph Wilson received only three bids in total, said a source closely involved in the bid process.'

Marker Bidding for Buffalo Bills kicks off [1:53 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Anyone moving the Bills from Buffalo before their lease expires in 2022 would be hit with $400 million in penalties (although there’s a $28 million escape clause after the 2019 season). But the involvement of Rogers and Tanenbaum — and a report earlier this week that their bid group had explored Toronto-area stadium sites — gives hope to NFL fans in this city.'

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