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Buffalo Bills News - March 9, 2017

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.'

Marker Bills keeping Tyrod Taylor [1:19 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills have made it official. They are keeping Tyrod Taylor.'

Marker Report: Bills pursuing Ravens FB [1:18 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Juszczyk is an athletic fullback who was originally drafted in the fourth round in 2013 by Baltimore. He’s considered a good blocker, but his real value is in his versatility. The 6-2, 248 pounder has caught 97 passes over the last three seasons. Although he has only seven rushing attempts in his career, the Harvard product is also a major special teams contributor. Last year, Juszczyk earned 1st-Team All Pro honors and an invite to the Pro Bowl after catching 37 passes for 266 yards.'

Marker Full Sean McDermott transcript from media conference call [1:17 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Well, it was clear early on in the process for Tyrod and our relationship that – that was one of the first things that we discussed, was that. We want guys who want to be here and so we got that out of the way very early on in the process. He made it very clear that he was definitely interested in being a Buffalo Bill.'

Marker It's official: Bills bring back QB Tyrod Taylor on restructured deal [1:16 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills had until Saturday at 4:00 pm to make the final decision, before Taylor's option kicked into gear.'

Marker Report: Bills favorites to land FB/TE Kyle Juszczyk [1:15 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Juszczyk, although listed at fullback, is a hybrid at the position, and can also play tight end. With Felton being a free agent and Nick O'Leary serving as the current second tight end, there is a crying need at both positions, and Juszczyk fills both of them.'

Marker Bills sign Tolbert, agree with DiMarco, Ducasse [1:14 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Ducasse worked with Bills offensive line coach Juan Castillo last year in Baltimore and could even be a candidate to play right tackle for Buffalo in 2017. The Bills have yet to announce that move, either.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with FB Mike Tolbert [1:13 AM] reports: 'Tolbert comes to Buffalo after spending the past five seasons with the Carolina Panthers. A 5-9, 250-pound Coastal Carolina product, Tolbert originally entered the league in 2008 with the San Diego Chargers. Tolbert has appeared in 131 games, starting 44, while compiling 630 carries for 2,402 yards and 33 rushing touchdowns to go along with 203 catches for 1,783 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving.'

Marker McDermott: Process with Taylor decision began with intangibles [1:12 AM] reports: '“We’ve had some very good productive, healthy conversations and he’s been first class the whole way,” said McDermott. “This thing shaped up the right way.”'

Marker Bills release Marcus Easley [1:11 AM] reports: 'His contract ran through the 2018 season.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with Colton Schmidt [1:10 AM] reports: 'Schmidt had a gross punting average of 42.4 yards last season, his second with the Bills. He also had 20 punts downed inside the 20 as Buffalo ranked sixth in the league in punt coverage in 2016.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor back with Bills under restructured deal [1:09 AM] reports: '"We are excited about the opportunity to keep Tyrod with the Bills,” said McDermott. “I've gotten a chance to know Tyrod and study him over the past several weeks and he is both a great person and competitor. Doug (Whaley) and I are confident this was best move for the Bills at this time."'

Marker Bills Today: 'Zo's preference remains Buffalo [1:08 AM] reports: '"People say I'm a one-hit wonder, that I've never done those things before this past season, but it's the first time I've been asked to do them," Alexander said. "So now I get to hit the market, and look: You don't need to wine and dine me. The contract you offer is going to show me how much you love me. I don't need to go to dinner. I don't need a tour. I don't need to see the city. Just show me the offer."'

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March 8, 2017

Marker Bills starting over with kicking game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Among the replacements the Bills could be targeting at kicker are Steven Hauschka of Seattle Seahawks, free-agent-to-be Robbie Gould (with the New York Giants last season), free-agent-to-be Phil Dawson (with the 49ers last season), free-agent-to-be Cairo Santos (with the Kansas City Chiefs last season), free-agent-to-be Greg Zuerlein (with the Los Angeles Rams last season), free-agent-to-be Nick Novak (with the Houston Texans last season), and free agent Garrett Hartley (who last played in 2015 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and worked out for the Giants last year).'

Marker Christie claims Bills' GM rebuffed offer to help Carpenter [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In a post on his Facebook page, Christie, in wishing Carpenter well, mentioned that he had made an offer to Bills General Manager Doug Whaley to help Carpenter but was turned down.'

Marker Bills don't tender Schmidt, continue to reboot on special teams [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Schmidt has been a decent, but certainly not outstanding punter for the Bills. He was in Buffalo three seasons and averaged 43.9 yards gross on 243 punts, with 73 downed inside the 20. In 2016, he ranked 30th in the NFL in the all-important net average at 38.1 yards.'

Marker Buffalo Bills free agents reportedly generating interest during legal tampering period [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As mentioned by Reed, Woods could reunite with Anthony Lynn in Los Angeles. Woods caught 51 passes for 613 yards and one touchdown in 2016 with Lynn as his offensive coordinator for the majority of the season.'

Marker 2017 NFL free agency: Kendall Wright among 5 wide receivers who fit Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Alshon Jeffery and Terrelle Pryor look like the top two wide receivers on the open market. However, both will likely be way out of Buffalo's price range. The same can likely be said for Kenny Stills and Desean Jackson. So which cost effective wide receiver could the Bills bring in to bolster their depth chart? Here are a few names to keep in mind.'

Marker Buffalo Bills tender offer to restricted free agent guard Ryan Groy [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Gillislee could draw some interest from other teams. He rushed for 577 yards and eight touchdowns while adding one receiving touchdown in 2016. It's not out of the realm of possibility that another team will be willing to give up the fifth-round compensation to sign Gillislee to an offer sheet. He has only 154 career carries, and his best football is likely in front of him.'

Marker Bills tender Gillislee, Groy, release Schmidt, IK [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Other teams will have a chance to sign Gillislee and Groy to longer contracts, but the Bills will have an opportunity to match any offer. If they do not match an offer to Gillislee, the Bills will receive a fifth-round draft pick.'

Marker Offensive players the Bills could consider in free agency [1:52 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Here are some options the Bills could attack in free agency for the offensive side of the ball...'.

Marker Former Bills WR Andre Reed says Sammy Watkins can be special if healthy [1:51 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: '“He has all the physical attributes,” Reed said. “Sammy is a great athlete, a great player. It’s just unfortunate he’s really only had one full season. Hopefully things turn around for him.”'

Marker Bills tender offers to retain rights of Gillislee, Groy [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Gillislee has been a dependable backup behind LeSean McCoy since joining the Bills in November 2015. Last season, he had 577 yards rushing and scored nine touchdowns, including one receiving. He also led the NFL in averaging 5.7 yards per carry.'

Marker Bills non-tender DE Enemkpali, P Schmidt [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Enemkpali and Schmidt become unrestricted free agents when the NFL free agency period begins Thursday.'

Marker Bills tender offers to Gillislee and Groy [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The original round/right of first refusal tenders for Gillislee and Groy mean both will be guaranteed $1.797 million this coming season on one-year deals. They can also sign a different deal with the Bills, for any length or dollars, at any time.'

Marker A report from 'Phase 4' of Bills' drought [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the final days before the Bills' Tyrod Taylor deadline, conversation continues to swirl about which option is better, keeping Taylor or not. Certainly plenty of fans have lobbied for each option. But there's a large contingent of fans that don't believe in either option enough to invest in a comment. Bulldog said it all in three words just as the off-season was beginning and fans were starting to question what the Bills would do not just with Taylor but also in their search for a new head coach.'

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