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Buffalo Bills News - March 9, 2017

Marker Report: Bills favored to land Ravens' Pro Bowl fullback [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the report is true, it would indicate the Bills have no intention of retaining fullback Jerome Felton, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday as well.'

Marker Christie: Bills never relayed offer to help Carpenter [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In his message Wednesday, Christie went on to say, "I wished him the best of luck signing with a winning team or one in a domed stadium. He has my contact info now and knows that I'm available to help him if needed. The point here was to help Dan before he was released, not to bury a GM or Coach or as some have implied, getting a job over there. (I'm very happy living in Florida now-post health situation and don't see that changing anytime soon). All the best Bull. Go Bills.'

Marker Free agency focus: What to do with WR Justin Hunter [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have only three receivers signed for 2017, so if Hunter is willing to come back on a cheap contract to compete for a roster spot in training camp, that would be fine. If he expects a multi-year contract or more than a veteran-minimum salary, the Bills shouldn't sweat letting him go.'

Marker Buffalo Bills keeping Tyrod Taylor has Sean McDermott's fingerprints [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There’s no other way to read things in the wake of the announcement that Tyrod Taylor will be returning to the team on a restructured contract that reportedly lowers his salary-cap figure this year from $16 million to $10 million, and includes a $7 million signing bonus. Details are still coming out.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor on firm footing with Sean McDermott [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Common sense, which has never been in large supply at One Bills Drive during the current 17-year playoff drought, prevailed. If you’ve examined the list of available college players and NFL free agents, you know Taylor is the best option — as new coach Sean McDermott put — “at this time.’'

Marker Buffalo Bills announce signing of RB Mike Tolbert [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'They also have reportedly reached an agreement on a four-year, $8.5 million deal with fullback Patrick DiMarco of the Falcons. DiMarco would replace Jerome Felton, and is considered in some circles as the best blocking fullback in the league.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly sign Ravens free agent OL Vladimir Ducasse [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ducasse most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens but came into the league with the New York Jets back in 2010. Ducasse also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. He has mostly played guard during his career but has some experience at tackle dating back to his days at the University of Massachusetts.'

Marker Aaron Williams hints at returning to the Buffalo Bills in 2017 [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The safety posted a picture on Instagram with Tyrod Taylor after it was announced that the quarterback would return to Buffalo on a restructured deal. Along with the picture, Williams said that his suit and cleat game battle with the quarterback would continue in 2017.'

Marker 8 thoughts on Buffalo Bills keeping QB Tyrod Taylor on restructured deal [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"At this time," is the operative phrase here. The Bills operated with little conviction when deciding on Taylor, who would have been guaranteed more than $30 million and had a modest $15.9 million cap hit on his original contract signed last August.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said about bringing Tyrod Taylor back [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Well, really, I go back to the process and the methodical approach that we have been taking since day one back in January. We've looked, really, at every option and explored every opportunity, at this time, available to us and we just feel like this was the best move for the Bills at this time.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release wide receiver Marcus Easley [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'During his career with the Bills, Easley appeared in 42 games. He was originally drafted by the Bills in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. In his career, Easley caught three passes for 71 yards and one touchdown. Although he never emerged as a receiving threat, Easley stood out on special teams. Easley led Buffalo in special teams tackles in 2013 and 2014.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor contract: Details for Buffalo Bills QB's restructured deal [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The option on Taylor's previous deal, signed last August, was the point of much debate at One Bills Drive. The option would have paid Taylor more than $30 million in guaranteed money and carried a cap hit just shy of $16 million for 2017.'

Marker Buffalo Bills bringing back punter Colton Schmidt [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'While the Bills will be looking for a new kicker after cutting Dan Carpenter, the new coaching staff appears content to move forward with Schmidt as the team's punter heading into 2017.'

Marker Buffalo Bills expected to sign Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco (report) [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In 2015, Pro Football Focus named DiMarco as a first-team All Pro fullback. He has the ability to be a threat as a receiver out of the backfield as well. He has 37 catches for 273 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his career.'

Marker Free agent LB Zach Brown suggests that he won't be returning to Buffalo Bills [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brown had a career-year with the Bills in 2016. He finished second in the league with 149 total tackles in 16 starts. Brown also had four sacks, one interception and four passes defensed with the Bills. At the end of the season, Brown was named a second-team All-Pro and made the AFC Pro Bowl team.'

Marker QB Tyrod Taylor staying with Buffalo Bills, signs restructured contract [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In short, Taylor isn't going anywhere any time soon. Unless the Bills pull off a blockbuster trade, they will be moving forward with Taylor as their quarterback for at least 2017.'

Marker NFL free agency: Buffalo Bills reportedly interested in Ravens OT Ricky Wagner [1:33 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Wagner was one of Pro Football Focus' top-graded right tackles in the NFL in both 2014 and 2016. He didn't allow a sack or a quarterback hit in his final eight games of the season. He's not the mauling run blocker some other right tackles are, but his pass protection is as steady as they come. He also played under Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Juan Castillo when Castillo held the same position with the Ravens.'

Marker NFL free agency: Buffalo Bills favorite to land Ravens FB Kyle Juszczyk (report) [1:32 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Juszczyk's 465 snaps in 2016 would have ranked 27th among all running backs in the NFL. He's a dynamic receiver out of the backfield and a reliable lead blocker in the running game.'

Marker 2017 NFL free agency: Austin Pasztor among 5 right tackles who fit Buffalo Bills [1:31 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Whether it's through free agency or the draft, the Bills have no choice but to bring in a tackle for competition at the very least. Ricky Wagner and Riley Reiff will be out of the Bills' price range, so here are a few bargain option for Buffalo.'

Marker Reports: Tyrod Taylor staying in Buffalo, restructuring contract [1:30 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Whether or not Taylor would stay in Buffalo has been up in the air since the front office decided to make a “business decision,” then-coach Anthony Lynn said at the time, and bench him the final game of the season. Had Taylor gotten hurt, the Bills would have owed him $27 million if he were unable to pass a physical.'

Marker Bills remain average signing Taylor [1:29 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'While it might be crazy to use a high pick on a quarterback, the team can still use an upgrade from Taylor.'

Marker Defensive players the Bills should consider in free agency [1:28 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'With that, here are some options the Bills could visit as free agency continues in the NFL.'

Marker Bills keep QB Tyrod Taylor on restructured contract [1:27 AM]
USA Today reports: 'But Wednesday's move gives new coach Sean McDermott clarity behind center. Taylor threw for 3,023 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, his second as the Bills' starter.'

Marker Bills sticking with QB Tyrod Taylor after reworking contract [1:26 AM]
AP reports: 'In establishing a rapport with Taylor the past two months, McDermott said he was impressed by the quarterback's character and work ethic.'

Marker Bills keep QB Taylor on restructured contract [1:25 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Suitors were lining up for Taylor, including the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and possibly the Chicago Bears, but the Bills re-opened negotiations with their starter this week with the aim of keeping him long-term.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor gets restructured deal; Patrick DiMarco likely to sign [1:24 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills front office's faith in Taylor appeared to erode last season, when several of his passing statistics declined from their 2015 levels amid injuries to Sammy Watkins and several other of the team's receivers. After firing Ryan, the Bills chose to deactivate Taylor for their regular-season finale in order to avoid paying him his $27.5 million salary in 2017 that would be guaranteed if he suffered a serious injury.'

Marker Keeping Tyrod Taylor shows who's in charge in Buffalo [1:23 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'With the quarterback class limited, it made sense to keep Taylor. I don’t think he will ever be a star, but is he a better option than taking a passer in the first round? Yes. Would you rather have him or Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon or Brian Hoyer or any of the other quarterbacks on the market?'

Marker Bills retain QB Tyrod Taylor on a restructured contract [1:22 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Bills had an option that they could have picked up, guaranteeing Taylor $30.75 million in the next two years. They were understandably reluctant to do so, which is what led to this restructured deal.'

Marker Bills re-sign P Colton Schmidt, release WR Marcus Easley [1:21 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Schmidt was scheduled to become a restricted free agent Thursday. He has been with the team since 2014, signed as an undrafted free agent out of UC-Davis.'

Marker Reports: Bills to bring in DiMarco, lose Goodwin to 49ers [1:20 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Goodwin was the Bills 3rd round pick back in 2013. The former Olympian's NFL career never reached it's full potential with the Bills due to injuries. He missed 24 games in his first three seasons.'

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