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Buffalo Bills News - March 12, 2017

Marker Lorenzo Alexander announces that he'll return to the Buffalo Bills [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Alexander made his feelings on a return to Buffalo known leading up to free agency. Although he reportedly received interest from other AFC East teams, Alexander wanted to return to the Bills.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly meeting with free agent OT Andre Smith [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Smith was the No. 6 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and struggled through injuries during his first two seasons. He eventually turned it around and became the team's starting right tackle, earning a second contract. He hit free agency last season and signed a one-year $3.5 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings but ended his season injured reserve with a triceps injury.'

Marker Bills re-sign linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to 2-year deal [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'The team announced the agreement, and a person with direct knowledge of the contract revealed its details to The Associated Press. The person said $4.1 million of the contract is guaranteed, and spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the Bills did not disclosed the contract's length and value.'

Marker Bills re-sign LB Alexander [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The 10-year-veteran, who was expected to be a backup but won the job in training camp, led the Bills with 12.5 sacks last season after recording a total of nine sacks in his first nine NFL seasons.'

Marker Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander returning to the Bills [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Alexander, 33, was among the NFL's surprise stars of last season after enjoying a late-career breakout year.'

Marker Jordan Mills reaches agreement with Bills on 2-year deal worth $4 million, source says [1:46 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Mills plugged a hole for the Bills when right tackle Seantrel Henderson was diagnosed with Crohn's disease late in the 2015 season, but was a liability last season, ranking 64th among NFL tackles by Pro Football Focus.'

Marker Bills re-sign LB Alexander [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Alexander was also named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in October of 2016, and is the first Bill to win that honor since Sam Cowart back in 2000.'

Marker Bills re-sign LB Lorenzo Alexander & RT Jordan Mills [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"If I finish out this deal, I will have played 14 years in the NFL," he said. "Hopefully I can win a championship in the next two years. Obviously, I say that and looking at what we did the last 17 years, nobody sees that in the cards but obviously nobody saw me getting 12 and a half sacks last year, either."'

Marker Bills agree to terms with LB Lorenzo Alexander [1:43 AM] reports: 'Alexander, who turns 34 at the end of May, led the Bills in sacks with a career-high 12.5 and was second on the team in tackles for loss with 10 last season. He also tied for the team lead in special teams tackles (12) with Ramon Humber, who also re-signed with Buffalo last month.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with T Jordan Mills [1:42 AM] reports: 'A 6-5, 316-pound Louisiana Tech product, Mills spent the last two seasons with the Bills—starting all 16 games at right tackle for the team in 2016 and starting five of his 10 games played in 2015. Mills originally entered the NFL in 2013 as a fifth round pick (163rd overall) of the Chicago Bears.'

Marker What they're saying: NFL analysts review Bills 2017 free agent class [1:41 AM] reports: 'Taylor is far from the perfect quarterback, but given the tough quarterback market right now, he’ll work in Buffalo.'

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March 11, 2017

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Taylor 'excited' about working with 'Coach Ric [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It has some similarities, but also being in the system one year in Baltimore, (there will) definitely (be) some changes in it as far as the play-action pass and getting on the edge," Taylor said. "Just a very player-friendly system. Definitely a system that LeSean (McCoy) is going to like. Get a chance to move Sammy (Watkins) around into different places.'

Marker Report: Ryan Groy drawing interest from four teams [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Groy received the lowest restricted free agent tender from the Bills, which would pay him $1.797 million on a one-year contract. Another team can offer Groy a contract, which the Bills would have the right to match. Because he was undrafted, the Bills wouldn't be entitled to any compensation if they elected not to do so.'

Marker Bills WR Justin Hunter reportedly visiting Patriots [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hunter, 25, appeared in 12 games and made five starts for the Bills in 2016, catching 10 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 203-pounder is a former second-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2013. He had 68 catches for 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns in Tennessee before eventually landing in Buffalo after a one-game stop in Miami.'

Marker Tolbert reunites with 'Breakfast Club' member on fullback-friendly Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is going on my 10th season, and the fullback has slowly been dying out," Tolbert said during a news conference Friday. "You get a guy like Coach McDermott, who believes in us. He not only brings in myself, but also Patrick DiMarco.'

Marker Bills release Buffalo native Corey Graham [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Graham, who turns 32 in July, has been a remarkably durable player throughout his 10-year career. He missed three games as a rookie in 2007, but since then has played in all 16 games nine years in a row.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release safety Corey Graham, free up salary cap space [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Graham had one year remaining on the four-year, $16 million contract he signed with the Bills back in 2014. The Bills will save $4.05 million on the salary cap by cutting Graham.'

Marker In Micah Hyde, Sean McDermott found a quarterback for Buffalo Bills' secondary [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Versatility, smarts, intangibles, toughness is where you start, McDermott said. "And then you look at the skill set on the field - ball skills, the ability to take the football away and score on defense or set up our offense in scoring position will be big for us moving forward, and just the ability to run the defense and be that quarterback in the secondary was big for us."'

Marker Why Mike Tolbert thinks Sean McDermott is the right man for Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Just being around each other we got to know each other a good deal," Tolbert said Thursday after getting signed by the Bills. "He called me and he's like, 'I need you. I want you.' And I'm like, 'I got you.'"'

Marker Buffalo Bills free agency: 10 things we learned from Sean McDermott this week [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ok, so no video games. But what about the fullbacks? The Bills signed Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert, two players who have been Pro Bowlers at the fullback position. What's up with loading up at that position?'

Marker Buffalo Bills could be 'all-in' on Alabama TE O.J. Howard, says Matt Miller [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Could the Bills be all in on O.J. Howard? Yes, according to a scouting contact with the team," said Miller. "Now that Tyrod Taylor is locked up, the team won't be forced to go quarterback early. Howard, according to the scout, is a player the Bills love."'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander and Buffalo Bills 'making progress' towards new deal (report) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In his first season with the Bills, Alexander started in all 16 games and set career-highs in multiple categories. He recorded 76 total tackles, 12.5 sacks, six passes defensed, one interception and three forced fumbles.'

Marker Tolbert jumps at offer to join coach McDermott with Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"He called me and he was like, 'I need you. I want you.' And I'm like, 'I got you,'" Tolbert said Friday, two days after signing with the Bills in free agency.'

Marker Corey Graham becomes sixth veteran released by Bills this week [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills will save $4.05 million in 2017 salary-cap space by releasing Graham, who was set to earn a $500,000 roster bonus Monday as part of a $5.65 million cap number in the final season of his contract.'

Marker Bills release safety Graham [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The former Turner-Carroll High School product registered 214 tackles and 2.0 sacks with the Bills, along with five interceptions and a defensive touchdown. After a career-year in 2015, Graham slowed down in 2016 with just 58 tackles, nine passes defended, one sack, a recovered fumble, and an interception.'

Marker Another one gone: Bills release S Corey Graham [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Removing Graham from the roster means one thing: Sean McDermott is getting his way with who goes and who stays on the roster. He wants players that can play multiple roles, and while Graham has past experience playing cornerback, he's on the decline of his career and made way too much money to keep on the roster.'

Marker Bills release veteran Corey Graham [1:45 AM] reports: 'Obviously the free agent acquisitions of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer changed the veteran dynamic at the safety position for Buffalo.'

Marker What we learned from Bills free agent signees [1:44 AM] reports: 'Both Mike Tolbert and Micah Hyde referenced respect in their initial comments and how it was instrumental in their decision to sign with Buffalo. For Tolbert it was his personal respect for head coach Sean McDermott having played in Carolina the past five seasons. Even though they were on opposite sides of the ball, he had frequent interaction with McDermott.'

Marker Bills Today: Taylor already has his to-do list [1:43 AM] reports: '“I think I can take steps in every aspect of my game,” said Taylor in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “I’ve been in the league going on seven years, but I just finished my second year as a starter. I think I’ve taken steps in the right direction each game and I definitely think towards the end of last year that I was playing some of my best ball. So I’ve got to build off that and there are definitely some areas to clean up personally and as a team.'

March 10, 2017

Marker Report: Bills to sign Hauschka to replace Carpenter [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hauschka has struggled with extra points, missing 10 in the past two seasons. However, he has an extremely strong leg.'

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