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Buffalo Bills News - May 4, 2016

Marker Bills ink Glenn to 5-year extension [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports the new deal is for five years and worth a total of $65 million.'

Marker Glenn signs on with Bills for 5 more years [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The two sides had until July 15 to work out a long-term extension, but the deadline wasn't a necessary motivator. Glenn signed on the dotted line well in advance, and now he is no longer a question mark at the end of the 2016 season.'

Marker Bills agree to terms on multi-year extension with Cordy Glenn [1:47 AM] reports: 'Set to turn 27 in September, Glenn was designated Buffalo’s franchise player earlier this offseason, and soon after the offensive tackle signed his franchise tender locking him in for the 2016 season. But both he and the Bills had the opportunity to pursue a long term contract extension with a deadline of July 15th.'

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May 3, 2016

Marker Bills clearly found more answers in draft than AFC East rivals [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s fair to say the Bills found at least two, and possibly three, quality rookie starters with their first three picks (Clemson outside linebacker Shaq Lawson, Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland, and Ohio State defensive tackle Adolphus Washington). They also just might have come up with a long-term solution at quarterback in Ohio State’s Cardale Jones.'

Marker Originator of the oversized name, Shaquille O'Neal eager to see what Shaq Lawson can do for Bil [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I stick to my principles, and one of them very simply is to have fun," O'Neal said. "I just wanted to do the right thing, play with a passion, be involved in the communities where I lived and leave a good impression.'

Marker Bills add 14 undrafted free agents [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills also are bringing in former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata to throw passes, on a tryout basis, during this week's rookie minicamp.'

Marker Reports: Bills won't pick Manuel's 5th-year option [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The decision is hardly a surprise as the option would have cost the Bills about $11.4 million.'

Marker Bills cut Wynn, sign 14 undrafted rookie free agents [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Wynn’s spot on the roster was in peril once the Bills used their first-round draft pick last weekend to select edge rusher Shaq Lawson, then took another defensive lineman, Adolphus Washington, in the third round.The defensive end, who played for Buffalo in 2014 but then missed all of 2015 after suffering a knee injury in training camp, was waived along with cornerback Merrill Noel and center Ronald Patrick.'

Marker After NFL Draft, ball is in Rex Ryan's court [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The offense got better after all that, but Buffalo’s No. 4 defense slipped like stock in Staples, finishing 19th in yards and 15th in points allowed last season. Worse, the pass rush went from accumulating an NFL-best 54 sacks to 21, which is like Pavarotti getting laryngitis.'

Marker Grades for Buffalo Bills nearly all positive [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's tough to find too many analysts who took issue with the Bills picking Shaq Lawson or Reggie Ragland with their first two picks in the NFL Draft. Beyond that, opinions were mixed, but the consensus seems to be the Bills did well for themselves this weekend.'

Marker Harding's Buffalo Bills draft grades: Bills bolster defense, nab QB [1:52 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Lawson can have an immediate impact on defense. He'll have some help on a defensive line that already has Jerry Hughes at defensive end and Marcell Dareus at defensive tackle. He could be a solid option at outside linebacker in Rex Ryan's scheme.'

Marker Why Hall of Famer Andre Reed is high on Buffalo Bills' selection of TCU receiver Kolby Listenbe [1:51 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Listenbee brings another deep threat opposite Sammy so they can slide coverage to one side....Great pick! Looking forward to this combo..'

Marker Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer signs with Buffalo Bills [1:50 AM]
Greenville News reports: '“Obviously, it was pretty stressful yesterday (Saturday) just waiting,” Zimmer said. “After it’s all said and done, I get a chance and that’s all you can really ask for.”'

Marker Bills agree to sign 14 undrafted rookies, including Striker [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'At 6-feet and 221 pounds, Striker went undrafted despite being a three-year starter, and finishing with 46 1/2 tackles for a loss and 23 sacks. He was also noted for his leadership abilities in earning Oklahoma's Bob Kalsu Award last year.'

Marker Bills add FB Gronkowski, LB Striker; waive three [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The youngest of five Gronkowski brothers, Glenn follows in the footsteps of his older All-Pro brother Rob, as well as brothers Dan and Chris, both former NFL players.'

Marker Reports: Bills decline to exercise 2017 option for EJ Manuel [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Manuel has not been the Bills' full-time starting quarterback since Week 4 of the 2014 season. After beginning that season with a 2-2 record and an 80.3 quarterback rating, Manuel was benched in favor of veteran Kyle Orton.'

Marker Was it a perfect draft? [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Job well done by Doug Whaley and the scouts. Can we get to training camp already?'

Marker Report: Bills decline 5th-year option on EJ Manuel [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After beginning his rookie training camp as the backup to Kevin Kolb, Manuel became the starter due to an injury to the veteran. He went into 2014 as the starting QB, but eventually lost his job to Kyle Orton.'

Marker 7 things Shaq Lawson brings to the Bills [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Size, speed, and strength are all well and good, but for an edge rusher teams look for a player who will never give up in their pursuit for a quarterback. Here in the national championship against Alabama, you see Lawson do just that. His initial move was thwarted, but he kept his eyes on the quarterback, kept the offensive lineman off of his pads, disengaged and brought down the quarterback.'

Marker Reports: Bills decline 5th year option on Manuel [1:43 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'According to CBS Sports' Joel Corry , picking up the option would have cost Buffalo $11.357 million. He's due a guaranteed $2.22 million in base salary this season.'

Marker Bills release three veterans [1:42 AM] reports: 'The Bills released DE Jarius Wynn, CB Bud Noel and OL Ronald Patrick.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with 14 undrafted rookies [1:41 AM] reports: 'The Bills agreed to terms with 14 undrafted rookies Monday. Below is a brief description of the newest additions to Buffalo’s roster with some expert assessments from the Bills scouting staff.'

Marker How Hargrave Military Academy helped Lawson fulfill his football dreams [1:40 AM] reports: '“I was doing summer school to try to avoid it, but the NCAA didn’t count the class I took at summer school so when I found out I had to go to Hargrave I was in tears at first,” admitted Lawson. “I was thinking that this is going to be like boot camp. There were going to be a lot of crazy things I’d have to do.”'

May 2, 2016

Marker Bills excited about newest additions [8:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We are basically lining up in a 5-2, to start with,” he said. “You’re going to have Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson as your outside linebackers (though virtually ends, with Preston Brown and second-round draft pick Reggie Ragland inside). When you have that, you’re going to have three big ones inside. So any way we configure it, we have four guys that will be primarily in there with obviously Corbin, the young kid Washington and then our two studs with Kyle and Marcell.'

Marker Bills add depth with free agents, invite Licata to try out [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As an encore to a draft that provided plenty of promise for immediate impact on defense and intrigue in the potential for a future franchise quarterback, the Buffalo Bills have so far made some interesting undrafted free-agent signings.'

Marker Here is Eric Striker's emotional speech to his family after going undrafted [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He helped lead protests against racism on the Oklahoma campus. He was used in a "Magic Man" role on the field, lining up everywhere. And, for good measure, he draw leadership advice from FDR, Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.'

Marker Ryan's relief, Manuel's survival & O-line neglect [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And that was exactly what Ryan hoped was achieved by finding two and possibly three defensive starters within the first three picks. As usual, he expressed disdain for the media's appearing to forget his long history of successful defenses before he arrived in Buffalo.'

Marker Watch Buffalo Bills LB Eric Striker give emotional speech after going undrafted [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Striker got choked up toward the end of his speech, and it's easy to see why the Bills were so eager to sign him. Not only is he passionate about proving people wrong, but Striker is actually a talented prospect coming out of Oklahoma. He played outside linebacker in the Sooners' 3-4 scheme, but he may project best as a WILL linebacker for Rex Ryan. He's a bit undersized at 227 pounds, but he has range that could come in handy'

Marker Youngest Gronkowski brother signs with Bills [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"He's the new-age fullback," Bills general manager Doug Whaley told ESPN last week of Glenn Gronkowski. "A guy that can play a little H-back, play a little fullback, play a little tight end, so that's game-day versatility. That's a guy at 46 on your 46-man roster during game day that can play three different positions and special teams, so I think a guy like that definitely has a chance.'

Marker Bills get two big hits, two boom or bust in first four picks [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Boom or Bust: Both of the team's Ohio State picks fall into this category.'

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