Report: Bills close to signing QB McCown [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'McCown, a third-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2002, has played for six teams in 13 seasons. He started 11 games for Tampa Bay in 2014, completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.'
Fred Jackson's D-3 Nation could have recruit in OL Ali Marpet [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I got a hold of him via text,” said Jackson. “I told him it was fun to watch everything he was going through. I’m very excited for him. It’s a lot of fun to see him get that attention and showcase his ability. He said he’s loving every bit of this process.”'
Kiko Alonso has high expectations for 2015 [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It always sucks to be on the sideline and not be able to get out there and play,” he told host John Murphy. “I was rehabbing, attending meetings, getting back into the flow of the game. So I wasn’t completely out the whole year. I was able to get in there and watch film and be around the guys, which was nice.” By the end of the 2014 season, Alonso was able to travel with the team to road games.'
Why Da'Norris Searcy might be the Buffalo Bills' most important free agent [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Searcy is going to be a little challenging because we have paid Aaron Williams, and there's some money tied up in that position, and Searcy may probably garner starting money at safety," Whaley said. "That's going to be a little more challenging getting that done just because of the cap space used on that position."'
C.J. Spiller says there is still a possibility he returns to Buffalo Bills [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"There's a possibility that I could be in a Bills uniform," Spiller said. "We never know how this situation is going to play out. The organization knows that I want to be there, so pretty much the ball is in their court. At the same time we're going to weigh all our options and see what suits me best. The biggest thing is you want to go somewhere where you're wanted. That's the biggest thing. That's pretty much how I'm approaching this thing. I'm looking forward to it."'
Mixed reports over Buffalo Bills pursuing a trade for Rams QB Sam Bradford [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bradford, who has a salary of $13 million for 2015, was reportedly given permission to seek a trade, though Rams coach Jeff Fisher denied as much at the NFL Scouting Combine last week.'
Sources: Bills are not in pursuit of QB Bradford [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A Yahoo! Sports report from Tuesday afternoon that the Bills were in pursuit of St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford via trade, but sources to WGR says that the notion is not real and the Bills are not currently attempting to acquire the quarterback.'
C.J. Spiller: Re-signing with Bills still possible [1:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“There’s a possibility that I could be in a Bills uniform,” Spiller said. “We never know how this situation is going to play out. The organization knows that I want to be there, so pretty much the ball is in their court. At the same time we’re going to weigh all our options and see what suits me best. The biggest thing is you want to go somewhere where you’re wanted. That’s the biggest thing. That’s pretty much how I’m approaching this thing. I’m looking forward to it.”'
What they're saying: reactions to 5 offseason moves so far [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '” I think Doug Marrone did a very good job coaching this team and making it better. But you can argue that maybe getting Rex Ryan is a little bit of an upgrade. That’s encouraging too. Are they a contender for a wild card? Yes.”'
Roman's offense requires tight ends in numbers [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Yes, we’re going to have to expand on tight end,” said GM Doug Whaley. “Greg Roman is a big tight end guy. He likes to use three to four tight ends so we’re going to have to add some tight ends. We’re also going to need to start over at fullback.”'
Athletes’ character is measured on a sliding scale [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills ownership and management made peace with his sordid history, and fans quickly fell in line. Incognito fills a hole. You could argue that he’s more likely to carry himself like a Boy Scout with the Bills because they gave him an opportunity. He makes them better, so who cares?'
Running back no longer an NFL priority [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Spiller is a free agent who probably won't be re-signing with Buffalo. Fred Jackson is 34 years old and really shouldn't be anything more than a third-down back for whatever time he has left in his career. The Bills sent a fourth-round draft pick to Philadelphia last year to obtain Bryce Brown, but he remains an unproven commodity as a full-time workhorse. Anthony Dixon is a nice backup to have.'
Buffalo Bills reportedly taking a 'hard look' at free agent tight end Charles Clay [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Clay, who has played four seasons in Miami, has had at least 50 receptions and over 600 receiving yards in each of the last two seasons. Bills general manager Doug Whaley mentioned at the NFL Scouting Combine that new offensive coordinator Greg Roman likes to utilize the tight end position, so Buffalo is going to have to upgrade. Clay is the type of athletic playmaker who can play the "move" role on offense and make plays out of the backfield and as an in-line tight end. That versatility will appeal to head coach Rex Ryan, who likes to use a fullback on offense.'
Top QBs now likely beyond Browns', Bills' reach [1:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Any shot the Browns, with the 12th and 19th overall picks, or the Bills, without a first-round pick after trading up to take Sammy Watkins last year, had of seeing Winston or Mariota drop is pretty much gone.'
''The QB guru'' on EJ Manuel [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s always Presidential,” Whitfield says of Manuel. “There are two guys that I’ve come across, EJ Manuel and Kirk Cousins, who are just very Presidential in how they carry themselves. Very classy, you just admire that. The position is one of leadership and its character driven. We knew that from EJ off the bat.”'
Top 5 Bills notes form the Combine [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Though the Bills are encouraged by young tight end talents on their roster like Chris Gragg and Marqueis Gray, the demand for numbers at the tight end position by Greg Roman’s offense will require Buffalo to increase the total on their offseason roster. Whether that’s accomplished through free agency or the draft is the question.'
Bills turn their focus to tight ends [1:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How will they go about getting one? The first option is the free-agent market, which opens March 10. The Bills are known to be taking a hard look at one possible free agent from the AFC East, Charles Clay of the Miami Dolphins.'
As usual, Bills have dilemma in search for quarterback [1:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So now you're talking about midround guys like Bryce Petty, Brett Hundley and Garrett Grayson, which prompted NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock to say, "I don't think it's a great quarterback class, and most of them are projections."'
Chris Mortensen's 5 thoughts on the Bills [1:07 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Having a dominant defense is great,” Mortensen told host John Murphy. “Jim Schwartz did a terrific job. Obviously they have talent on that side of the ball. Offensive line--that will get fixed. Greg Roman is known for that Ground and Pound, and that’s a nice, tricky catch phrase, but you still need a quarterback.”'
Bills willing to offer second chances to some [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m not a person that believes if you make one mistake in this world you should be thrown away and cast out on an island,” Whaley said. “I know a lot of people judge people that way, but I know this: There has been nobody perfect in this world except one.'
Hall of Famer Smith recounts Bills' legacy [1:58 AM]
Johnson City Press reports: '“I just look at it as a missed opportunity,” the Hall of Fame defensive end said. “If the kick is two yards to the left, we’re Super Bowl champions. Unfortunately, the kick fell to the right and we lose the game by a point. But, I’m not one that dwells on the what ifs. I’m one that looks at the positive side of things, especially winning the AFC Championship for four straight years and being one of six Hall of Famers who represent the greatest players in NFL history.”'
Bills' Brown relives combine experience [1:57 AM]
TSN reports: '“They really train you for everything at the combine. From the Wonderlic to the interviews; everything,” Brown said. “How you dress, you have to go in there and dress a certain way. You try to impress the whole time that you’re there because everybody’s watching you as soon as you step in there.”'
Bills making a push to sign Hughes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills could place a franchise tag on him, but are unlikely to do so because it would mean a guaranteed one-year contract worth roughly $14 million, which would take too large a bite out of their salary cap.'
Possibility of losing Spiller has Whaley sizing up running backs [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s deep. It’s one of those classes that we’re excited about,” Whaley said. “In the draft altogether, there’s some value in rounds 2 to 5 that you’re going to get some guys who will make an impact in this league.”'
Whaley: Bills trying to bring back Hughes, Spiller [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Asked whether the franchise tag is in play, which would cost about $14.8 million based on the NFL average of the top five salaries at that position, Whaley said, "We're trying to avoid that because we're trying to get him long-term for sure and keep everybody on the same page so they felt like, 'Hey, we got a good deal,' and we say as the Buffalo Bills, 'We got a good deal.'"'
Rex Ryan busy at NFL Scouting Combine [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"This time of year is exciting for me," Ryan said. "This will really be my first time of watching them compete and then actually to get to know them. Excited about those interviews; we'll see how it goes."'
5 things we learned from Rex Ryan at the the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'New Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman got a ringing endorsement from his old co-worker, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. When asked about the 49ers' offensive struggles last season, Baalke said it was out of Roman's control and said he should have a bright future.'
7 notes from NFL Scouting Combine Q&A with Bills GM Doug Whaley [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Here are some of the highlights from Whaley's chat.'
Rex Ryan refuses to take shot [1:53 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'So, when given the chance to address the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory against the Seahawks, Ryan at least tried to have some fun with it before clamming up and complimenting the only team that has won the AFC East during Ryan’s six-season tenure in the division.'
Richie Incognito not best start for Rex Ryan's reboot of Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Maybe he will eventually turn the Bills into the bullies of the AFC East for the first time since the early 1990s, but bringing in an aging offensive lineman of questionable character isn’t how he’s going to do it. The Bills need much more help at more important positions. So if Ryan is going to duplicate the early success he had with the Jets during his tenure in Buffalo, he’s going to have to do better than just that.'
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