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Buffalo Bills News - March 11, 2015

Marker Percy Harvin visiting with Buffalo Bills first, according to report [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Harvin has played for three different teams since 2012. The Vikings traded Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for first and third-round picks in the 2013 draft as well as a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft. Harvin won a Super Bowl in Seattle but was traded to the Jets in the middle of his second season with the Seahawks for a conditional draft pick that will be a sixth-rounder since New York released him.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy told Frank Gore about Eagles coach Chip Kelly [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The bigger question, though, might be what McCoy said to Gore, who was reportedly close to signing with the Philadelphia Eagles before deciding on the Indianapolis Colts. McCoy repeatedly mentioned feeling appreciated in Buffalo, but he didn't bite when asked what he might have said to Gore about Eagles coach Chip Kelly.'

Marker Buffalo Bills set to extend offer sheet to tight end Charles Clay, according to report [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Clay, who has played four seasons in Miami, fits the bill. He had at least 50 receptions and more than 600 receiving yards in each of the last two seasons. Clay is athletic enough to play the "move" role on offense and make plays out of the backfield or as an in-line tight end. That versatility will appeal to head coach Rex Ryan, who likes to use a fullback on offense.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly interested in free agent CB Darrelle Revis [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Revis, who became a free agent when the Patriots decided not to pick up his $20 million option, played four of the first six seasons of his career under now Bills coach Rex Ryan in New York. When healthy, Revis has been arguably the best cornerback in football since he entered the league back in 2007.'

Marker Oakland Raiders reportedly adding former Bills tight end Lee Smith [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Smith has just 20 receptions in his four-year career and is known primarily for his blocking skills. He received a 1.9 grade from Pro Football Focus for his run blocking in 2014. The Bills have plenty of blocking tight ends on their roster, though, and keeping Smith at that price tag wasn't an option given their cap situation.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign free agent fullback Jerome Felton, according to report [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Felton, who is a former fifth-round pick of the Lions, has played eight NFL seasons in his career, the last three years of which has been spent in Minnesota. He's best known for being Adrian Peterson's lead blocker during his 2,000-yard season. Felton finished each of the last three seasons as a top-six run-blocking fullback on Pro Football Focus.'

Marker Buffalo Bills miss out on Bryan Bulaga, Bilal Powell; Da'Norris Searcy off to Tennessee [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'At the NFL Scouting Combine, Bills general manager Doug Whaley mentioned that free agent safety Da'Norris Searcy would be tough to keep in Buffalo. Given the price he reportedly commanded on the open market, it's easy to see why. Searcy is getting more than $10 million guaranteed on a four-year, $24 million contract with the Tennessee Titans, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Searcy earned himself a raise with a breakout season in 2014.'

Marker Ravens free agent quarterback Tyrod Taylor visiting Buffalo Bills, sources say [1:47 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: '"That's the nature of the game," Taylor told The Baltimore Sun at the end of last season. "I knew that coming into this situation. When I got drafted here, Joe was pretty durable. My job was to stay ready and I think I've done that in my time here. I've learned a lot."'

Marker McCoy pleased to be in Buffalo, where he feels 'appreciated' [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"Once I kind of sat down and relaxed, actually thought to myself and talked to my family, I thought it was the best move. I found a team that actually wanted me."'

Marker AP source: Bills have offer ready for Dolphins' Charles Clay [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Clay will become an unrestricted free agent, though the Dolphins have the right to match any offers after awarding the player a transition tag last week. The move ensured that Clay will make at least $7 million this season.'

Marker AP source: Bills agree to sign fullback Jerome Felton [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'Felton spent the past three seasons in Minnesota. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 draft by Detroit, and spent three seasons with the Lions.'

Marker Bills acquire QB Cassel from Vikings [1:44 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Cassel, 32, started the Vikings' first three games last season before breaking several bones in his left foot against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 21. He was placed on injured reserve three days later.'

Marker Bills acquire QB Cassel from Vikings [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'According to multiple media reports, the Bills sent the Vikings their fifth-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for Minnesota's sixth-round pick. The Vikings will also receive a seventh-round pick in 2016.'

Marker Bills introduce a 'happy' LeSean McCoy [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"It feels good to be here. It feels good to be appreciated," McCoy said. "Since I heard about the trade, the Bills organization has been great. I can't wait to get to work. Can't wait to get that goal -- to win a championship."'

Marker Bills make Matt Cassel trade official [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Throughout his career in Minnesota, Kansas City and New England, he has started a total of 71 games, with a career record of 33-38, while throwing for 96 touchdowns to 70 interceptions in all his career appearances. Cassel has one year left on his current contract, and is scheduled to have a cap hit of $4.75 million in 2015.'

Marker Report: Percy Harvin visiting the Bills first [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Harvin was released by the Jets on Tuesday afternoon, following the official acquisition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall. In 2014, the Seattle Seahawks traded Harvin to the Jets for a conditional draft pick. Between the two franchises, Harvin caught 51 passes for 483 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 202 yards between the two clubs and another touchdown.'

Marker Bills interest for naught, Revis picks Jets [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As announced by his agent on Tuesday night, Revis has elected to sign with the New York Jets -- the original team that drafted him in the first round out of Pittsburgh. The cornerback, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, will get more than $40 million guaranteed in his deal with the Jets.'

Marker Bills sign FB Jerome Felton [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The signing is the second significant addition to focusing on a run-centric approach on offense for the Bills, after the team traded for running back LeSean McCoy and signed him to a five-year, $40 million extension with $26.5 million guaranteed. Felton graded out on ProFootballFocus.com as the sixth-best blocking fullback in the league in 2014.'

Marker TE Charles Clay on free agent visit with Bills [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills head coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and tight ends coach Tony Sparano Jr. traveled on the private plane to demonstrate to Clay how serious their interest is in adding him to their roster. The trio of coaches was able to convince the free agent to join them on a return flight to Buffalo for a tour of One Bills Drive.'

Marker Bills officially acquire QB Cassel from Vikings in trade [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Cassel comes to Buffalo after spending the past two seasons in Minnesota, playing in 12 games for the Vikings while completing 194-of-325 pass attempts for 2,232 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The 10-year veteran has played in 90 games in his career, starting 71, while completing 1,397-of-2,369 pass attempts for 15,727 yards, 96 touchdowns and 70 interceptions.'

Marker Free agent FB Jerome Felton visits with Bills [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills dispatched Assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn by private plane to pick Felton up and bring him back to Buffalo late Tuesday.'

Marker LeSean McCoy won over by Bills ownership [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“They were excellent. They really make me feel like I’m at home,” McCoy told Buffalobills.com. “Terry and Kim are great. They’re intelligent and they really care about the players. Everywhere in this league is different and coming here that’s the first thing that I actually noticed. They care about the players. They want me to fit in.'

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Marker Bills ready for opening of free agency [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“When you’re on a team where everyone kind of feels that way and when you have that camaraderie, everybody just wanting to win, the willingness to win, … you want to be a part of that. Also, with Rex Ryan taking over the team, you know what he is bringing to the organization. You know he knows how to get to the playoffs, so you want to be a part of something special. You can kind of lean on that.”'

Marker Bills re-sign Hughes; Jackson may stay [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, Monday afternoon owner Terry Pegula reportedly weighed in on the side of keeping Jackson on the team, despite the fact that cutting him made logical business sense. The possibility of Jackson's departure drew the ire of Bills fans. A Facebook campaign was initiated and by late in the afternoon, more than 5,000 "likes" had been recorded.'

Marker Dear LeSean, you're going to love playing for Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I've heard people say that running backs are a dime a dozen in the NFL and less important than they used to be. But when I look at the dozen teams that made the playoffs last year, every one, with only a few exceptions, had a better-than-average guy carrying the rock. And now Buffalo has one of the five best – you.'

Marker Buffalo Bills bringing back kickoff specialist Jordan Gay [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Former Bills coach Doug Marrone spent plenty of time defending the merits of having a kickoff specialist on the roster, and it appears he's not the only one who thinks Gay has value to the team.'

Marker Bills fans petitioning to keep Fred Jackson in Buffalo; Terry Pegula reportedly getting involved [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's obvious that Jackson's popularity, both at One Bills Drive and in the Western New York community, is making it hard for the Bills to make their decision on Jackson based solely on football.'

Marker Jerry Hughes says Rex Ryan promises Buffalo Bills will do a 'bit of everything' on defense [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"From what I've been hearing from Rex is that we're going to be doing a little bit of everything. When you hear that, that's exciting right there."'

Marker Could Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills really cut Fred Jackson? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Still, cutting a 34-year old running back isn't the issue. Cutting a player that means what Jackson does to the locker room and the Buffalo community is the bigger risk for Ryan and the Bills' brass. Jackson has been the face of the franchise for the better part of the last decade. He's constantly recognized for his work in the community and provides leadership only Kyle Williams can match in the Bills' locker room.'

Marker Buffalo Bills, Jerry Hughes reportedly agree on five-year contract [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hughes, who reportedly had six other suitors, was one of the top pass rushers left on the free agent market and got a deal that fits that. The Bills traded linebacker Kelvin Sheppard to the Colts to acquire Hughes prior to the 2013 season, and Hughes responded with back-to-back double-digit sack seasons. Last year, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen signed a contract for five years, $42.5 million and $19.8 million guaranteed, so Hughes' deal is about what the Bills could have expected coming into negotiations.'

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