LB Spikes motivated to help run defense [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Yeah I actually saw that in seven games they gave up 150 yards on the ground,” Spikes said Monday. “I want to come in and help them out. That’s one of my strengths is the run and I feel like I can help them. Whatever they need me to do I’ll do it at a high level. I’m real excited for this challenge.”'
Fan group wants to be a player in Bills’ future [1:59 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Both Cinelli and Sabuda said they believe the Bills can be healthy for a longtime in Buffalo — with the right owner and a fair facility project. While it will be Western New York residents who bear the brunt of ticket price hikes and tax rate increases, they believe out-of-towners are primed to make a huge financial contribution.'
Bills hope Dixon boosts special teams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ special teams ranked 31st in the NFL last year, according to the Dallas Morning News’ annual survey. Coach Doug Marrone has said adding more core special teamers is a priority. Buffalo signed former Pro Bowl special teamer Corey Graham, a cornerback, this week. They expect newly signed linebacker Keith Rivers will see significant time on special teams, too.'
Bills' linebacker deals a good sign [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Spikes is certainly the most significant name in that group, a player who should come in and instantly make the Buffalo defense better. He found his way into Bill Belichick's doghouse at the end of last season, but during his four years with the Patriots he was a productive player. And if he brings the same run-stopping skill and pit bull persona that prompted former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to call him a "punk," he'll fill a role that Buffalo desperately needed filled.'
Bills succeed in sticking to plan [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Is it that simple? Maybe it is.'
Bills Hall of Famer Kelly faces yet another battle we'll expect him to win [1:55 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Chances are they'll be more aggressive this time, and Kelly, who's already won a lifetime's worth of battles, will face another one to beat the disease. It would be wise to bet on him to beat it, given his track record.'
RB Dixon says he'll do anything asked [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’ve watched those guys over the last couple years and I’m definitely a fan of their game,” said Dixon of the Bills rushers. “I’m just excited to get a chance to get around them and work with them, see what I can learn. I’m a high-energy guy. I’m just excited to get down here and help out.”'
Bills add Spikes, introduce Rivers in LB overhaul [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Spikes has been one of the best run-stopping inside linebackers in the NFL the past two years. The Bills have felt his hard-hitting presence.'
Jim Kelly’s oral cancer returns [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly is expected to go to a hospital in New York City on Monday to seek further treatment. His wife, Jill, and oldest daughter, Erin, have spent the past week on a trip to Jerusalem with a group from Liberty University, a Christian school in Virginia where Erin Kelly is enrolled. They were en route back to Western New York on Friday.'
Brandon Spikes agrees to deal with Bills [1:57 AM]
AP reports: '"Gotta silence the lambs, get on my Buffalo Bill! (hashtag)51 (hashtag)BILLSMAFIA taking back the (hashtag)AFCEAST (hashtag)PoWwWwW," Spikes tweeted.'
Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly's cancer returns [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'The statement says the hospital's head and neck cancer specialists are determining a course of treatment.'
Bills ink deals with Spikes, Dixon [1:55 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Spikes recorded 86 tackles in 16 games (11 starts) with New England last season. The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder has played 51 games (39 starts) in four seasons with the Patriots, totaling 284 tackles with four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.'
Former Bills QB Kelly's cancer returns [1:54 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'After the Hall of Famer was diagnosed with upper jaw cancer last June, he had surgery to remove part of his jawbone and declared cancer free without having to undergo radiation or chemotherapy. But the Erie County Medical Center announced Friday that Kelly's cancer has reappeared.'
Bills land LB Brandon Spikes [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to John Wawrow of The Associated Press, it's a one-year contract and various outlets are reporting it's worth $3.25 million.'
Dixon agrees to deal with Bills [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Dixon, 26, has spent each of the past four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and turned himself into a special teams asset over that time. As a runner, he's got 458 yards on 148 carries and eight touchdowns.'
Jim Kelly battling cancer again [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Last year, Kelly was diagnosed with Squamous-cell carcinoma (cancer) of the upper jaw bone. Two weeks after treatment, Kelly said he was cancer-free. '
No deal between Bills and Spikes yet, per report [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There were some rumblings that a deal may have already been hatched between the two sides, but that isn't the case. At least not yet, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.'
LB Brandon Spikes visiting One Bills Drive [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Spikes, 26, has been a starter during all four of his seasons with the New England Patriots to begin his NFL career. Over that time, he has a total of 286 tackles in 39 starts. He's a noted run defender that would slot in as the team's middle linebacker if they were to strike an agreement.'
LB Brandon Spikes, RB Anthony Dixon agree to terms with Bills [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Spikes finished third on the New England Patriots defense in 2013 with 86 tackles (48 solo) in 16 games with 11 starts. The 6-2, 255-pound Florida product was selected by New England in the second-round (62nd overall) of the 2010 Draft and has played in 51 games (39 starts), totaling 284 tackles (173 solo) in his NFL career.'
ECMC official statement on Jim Kelly [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jim Kelly came to ECMC this week for continued testing related to his oral surgery. Unfortunately, it has been determined that his cancer has returned.'
Bills welcome FA RB Dixon, LB Spikes for visits [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills free agent visits continued on Friday with 49ers free agent RB Anthony Dixon and New England free agent LB Brandon Spikes.'
Whaley confirms role changes at linebacker [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday morning Whaley confirmed that rumored plans to move Kiko Alonso to the weak side linebacker position this fall are now underway.'
Tight end Chandler relieved to stay with Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I wanted to be a Bill,” he said. “As a player you don’t always have as much control as you’d like. I mean, you do have control, but you hire people to advise you, so you listen. It’s so hard, because you have to look at it from a business perspective, a player perspective and a family perspective. And I wanted to be a Bill.”'
Bills snatched Graham from clutches of the Redskins [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“They did their thing,” Graham said of the contract talks between the Bills and his Indianapolis-based representative, Buddy Baker. “Then my agent called me, and I was in my hotel room, and I was getting ready to go to dinner with Washington."'
Byrd flees and Bills fall behind again [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Saints were willing to invest $9 million a year – 20 percent higher on average than Buffalo’s offer. Clearly, Doug Marrone’s former boss in New Orleans didn’t buy the notion that you don’t spend that kind of money on a safety, even a three-time Pro Bowler.'
Bills fan’s court appearance postponed to April 10 [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Robert A. Hopkins, 29, of Buffalo, had been due in court Thursday before Town Justice Edward A. Pace, but the case was adjourned to April 10. Hopkins has added another attorney, Patrick J. Brown, who will work with Jeffrey Bochiechio, according to court officials.'
Scott Chandler re-signs with Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“My wife and I love the city of Buffalo, we love everything about Buffalo,” Chandler said then. “It means a lot to me to have the bull on my helmet and play for the city of Buffalo. I appreciate everything here. It’s hard to imagine anything else.”'
CB Graham eager to sign with hometown Bills [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Corey Graham's desire to play for his hometown Buffalo Bills was so strong, the free agent cornerback never let the Washington Redskins finish making their pitch.'
Bills agree to re-sign starting TE Scott Chandler [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Chandler's return solidifies a spot that lacked experienced depth.'
Bills retain Chandler [1:52 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Chandler is coming off a 2013 season in which he set career bests with 53 catches and 655 receiving yards while scoring a pair of touchdowns. The 6- foot-7 Iowa product has recorded 134 receptions totaling 1,615 yards with 14 touchdowns over the past three campaigns.'
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