Buffalo Bills News - April 5, 2014

Marker Tough couple weeks for Bills [8:31 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Whether that sale is to a person willing to keep the team in Western New York is the question that will determine the team’s future.'

Marker Prayers for Jim Kelly [8:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Now he is engaged in a battle for his own life. The Hall of Famer has fans and friends from his football career who are pulling for him. He also has fans who see him as a good man who has embraced this community and been one of its finest ambassadors. He has walked among us, greeting all and cheerfully signing autographs. He has become one of us, one of the finest among us. Our prayers are with Jim and Jill Kelly, their daughters and other family members.'

Marker Bills trade means a homecoming for Williams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s a relatively small price to pay – provided the change of scenery helps the 26-year-old sort out the issues that led to the Buccaneers trading him less than nine months after he signed a six-year contract extension worth up to more than $40 million.'

Marker Bills could be sold as early as summer, source says [1:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'That's one of many insights regarding the future of the Bills franchise shared by this expert adviser on team acquisitions and stadium development, who is based on the Atlantic seaboard.'

Marker Buffalo Bills could be sold as early as October, report suggests [1:57 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'However, as the Star has reported, the Jon Bon Jovi-led effort to purchase an NFL franchise — preferably the Bills — continues to go forward. The likeliest majority investors are still MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum and/or Rogers’ heir Edward Rogers.'

Marker Buffalo Bills trade draft pick for former Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The draft pick is an incredibly light price for a wide receiver that has caught at least 60 passes and collected at least 771 yards in all three of his healthy NFL seasons. He played only six games this past year and underwent surgery for a hamstring injury, catching 22 passes for 216 yards. Williams has a four-year total of 2,947 yards on 215 receptions.'

Marker Saturday's Tampa Bay Coverage [1:55 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Bucs trade WR Williams to Bills for draft pick (Tampa Tribune)
Right move, Bucs. Now get a receiver (Tampa Tribune)
Bucs trade Mike Williams to Buffalo (Tampa Bay Times)
Bucs Trade Williams to Bills for Draft Pick (Lakeland Ledger)
Bucs Trade WR Williams to Bills (Buccaneers.com)

Marker No quit in former Bills QB Jim Kelly [1:54 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '“I am definitely not well enough to be here,” Kelly told the Daily News during a break in the second quarter. “But I brought my daughter and that’s the main thing. I’ll do anything for her, and my wife’s here also.”'

Marker Bills acquire WR Mike Williams [1:53 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills will send a sixth-round pick in next month's draft to Tampa Bay in exchange for the four-year veteran, pending a physical.'

Marker Jim Kelly leaves for weekend [1:52 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Doctors will wait two to three months following Kelly's chemotherapy and radiation treatments to determine if he needs surgery.'

Marker Bills land WR Williams in trade with Bucs [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'It's a homecoming for Williams, who grew up in Buffalo and played at Syracuse under current Bills coach Doug Marrone.'

Marker Bills trade for Bucs WR Williams [1:50 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"With regard to our time at Syracuse, I feel that is in the past for both of us," said Marrone on the Bills' website. "Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player in the National Football League."'

Marker Bills acquire WR Williams from Bucs [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Marrone kicked Williams off the team in 2010 after getting into a car accident after the team's curfew. He was also suspended for academic reasons in 2008.'

Marker Bills trade for WR Mike Williams [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Prior to last season, the Bucs gave Williams a six-year contract extension worth $40.25 million. According to WGR's Joe Buscaglia, the Bills will owe Williams his $1.2 million base salary and $600,000 roster bonus, totaling a cap hit of $1.8 million in 2014. If Buffalo wanted to walk away, they could do so without any financial obligations if they release him ahead of the third day of the new league year in 2015.'

Marker Bills acquire WR Mike Williams in trade with Bucs [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Mike Williams is a competitive, tough wide receiver who has the size and athleticism to add competition to our receiver position group," said head coach Doug Marrone. "We feel Mike is a player who has the ability to help our team improve."'

Marker TE Eric Ebron headlines latest pre-draft visits to One Bills Drive [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'An elite tight end prospect along with a pass rusher and power back were the most recent pre-draft visitors of the Bills Friday.'

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April 4, 2014

Marker Sale of Bills on faster track [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The source said a more likely timetable to vote on the Bills’ sale would occur later than this autumn – perhaps at the annual labor meeting in December or the annual owners meeting in March – but October is possible.'

Marker Mary Wilson announced as controlling owner of Buffalo Bills [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In effect, in the coming months and quite possibly a year or more, nothing will operate any differently than it has for the past year. Brandon was given final decision on all team matters on Jan. 1, 2013 by Ralph Wilson, and that will not change moving forward.'

Marker Ralph Wilson's widow takes team control [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'He long expressed no desire to leave the team to his family, and this announcement is the first step in what's likely a lengthy path to new ownership.'

Marker Wilson's widow takes ownership of Bills [1:56 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Bills CEO Russ Brandon will retain operational control of the team.'

Marker Mary Wilson named controlling owner of Bills [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A process will be established at an appropriate time for the sale of the franchise. This process will ensure that the club complies and is faithful to NFL rules and to its obligations to New York State and Erie County. We plan to have detailed discussions with the NFL, the State and County, and others as we determine the timing and structure of any sales process.'

Marker Mary Wilson becomes controlling owner of the Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Mary Wilson said, “I have complete confidence in Russ Brandon, our President and CEO, to continue his duties of running the organization. General Manager Doug Whaley and Head Coach Doug Marrone remain empowered by Russ to run the football operation.”'

Marker Pre-draft visits continue with DB Breeland and CB Cockrell [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'For the third straight day there were draft prospects visiting One Bills Drive. Clemson DB Bashaud Breeland and Duke CB Ross Cockrell met with members of Buffalo’s coaching staff Thursday.'

April 3, 2014

Marker What if Donald Trump bought the Buffalo Bills? [8:01 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Who would coach the Trumps? Nothing against Doug Marrone, a fine coach but Trump would want someone with charisma, personality, a go-getter. In other words, Trump would name himself the coach. If he can run a multi-billion dollar business, a NFL team would be child's play. Anyone can do the x's and o's but leadership is what separates the great teams from the good ones.'

Marker Wilson tribute will be Saturday [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans may attend at any time between 1 to 4 p.m. Parking lots will open at noon, and there is no tailgating for the event.'

Marker Thurman Thomas takes a stroll down Memory Lane [1:58 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Thomas remembered his old team with great pleasure. He joined the Bills as the 40th pick of the 1988 draft. Who knew he would be such a steal? Certainly not the teams that picked running backs Gaston Green, John Stephens, Lorenzo White, Brad Muster, Craig Heyward, Ickey Woods and Tony Jeffrey before Thomas.'

Marker Bills host three more on pre-draft visits Tuesday [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Each NFL team is alotted 30 pre-draft visits from non-local colleges. The Bills still have 25 remaining.'

Marker Buying Buffalo Bills Would Save Donald Trump A Fortune In Taxes [1:56 AM]
Forbes reports: 'Let’s assume that $800 million of the purchase price is amortized over 15 years. Such a large write-off would eliminate the team’s tax bill entirely. Moreover, the remainder ($600 million) of the write-off could be used to shield taxes from the other businesses owned by the team’s investors. Even if Trump were, say, just a 20% owner of the Bills, he would have perhaps $120 million of write-offs to deduct from his profitable businesses, like television and training programs.'

Marker CB Roby, RB Seastrunk, LB Shazier visit with Bills [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Seastrunk’s ability to stop, cut and return to top speed quickly is unquestioned, but NFL scouts were wondering about his straight line speed after posting a 4.51 40 time at the NFL combine. At Baylor’s pro day he improved on that figure running a 4.46 to go with his impressive 11-foot two-inch broad jump and 41.5-inch vertical.'

April 2, 2014

Marker New stadium panel convenes, expects process to take months, if not years [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Duffy called the Bills – the only NFL team to play its home games in the state – “the only New York State team,” and said that he and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo are determined to keep the Bills here.'

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