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Buffalo Bills News - March 5, 2015

Marker AP source: Bills safety Searcy to test free agency [7:42 PM]
AP reports: 'The two sides haven't had contract talks since Buffalo made Searcy an offer two weeks ago, the person said.'

Marker LeSean McCoy trade shows Rex Ryan building Buffalo Bills like 2009 New York Jets [7:42 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan's inability to find a quarterback was his downfall in New York, but he still managed to get the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010 with Sanchez under center. How did he do it? The way he's trying to do it in Buffalo. By relying on a dominant defense and having the Thomas Jones and the running game carry the offense.'

Marker Buffalo Bills will be bringing back Chris Hogan and Corbin Bryant [7:41 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hogan came into his own last season, passing Mike Williams on the depth chart and catching 41 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns as the Bills' No. 3 receiver. He played primarily in the slot and quickly earned the trust of veteran quarterback Kyle Orton due to his route running and reliable hands.'

Marker Ryan foreshadows his plan in Buffalo [7:40 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Whether Ryan's plan is plausible or not is another matter. McCoy is not only a big-ticket item, he's also a player who seems to be on the downside of his career and hardly the ground-and-pound type Ryan claimed he wanted.'

Marker Bills tender three exclusive rights free agents [7:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills addressed the contract situations of three of their exclusive rights free agents Thursday. Buffalo tendered WR Justin Brown, DT Corbin Bryant and WR Chris Hogan. Once tendered exclusive rights free agents have only one option, which is to sign the tender and play for that team that season.'

Marker Bills give Cassel new home [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cassel’s eventual acquisition decreases the likelihood the Bills will pursue a quarterback when free agency opens next week, but doesn’t necessarily eliminate it. However, the options available on the market – Jake Locker, Brian Hoyer and Mark Sanchez, to name a few – are in the same class as Cassel.'

Marker Bills continue to wheel and deal, acquire Matt Cassel [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Like every quarterback available in the veteran free agent market, the 32-year-old Cassel is underwhelming. In 71 career starts with New England, Kansas City, and Minnesota the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder is 33-38, which makes you wonder why the Bills swapped draft picks to get him rather than just wait to pluck someone in free agency. Reportedly they sent 2015 fifth- and seventh-round picks and got back the Vikings 2015 sixth-round pick.'

Marker Pegulas, Rex prove that Bills mean business [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Trades in the NFL are rare and it's rarer still that a team can obtain a 26-year-old, three-time Pro Bowl running back in his prime for a 24-year-old linebacker with one season to his credit and coming off ACL surgery.'

Marker C.J. Spiller reportedly turned down $4.5 million per year from the Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Since the day the Bills were cleaning out their lockers at the end of the season, Spiller has made it clear he knows what he's worth and is willing to hit the open market to get it. After he turned down that offer from Buffalo, the Bills made an unexpected trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for 2013 rushing champion LeSean McCoy. While McCoy carries a $10.25 million cap hit for the 2015 season, he's certainly an upgrade over Spiller, who came back to earth the last two seasons after a breakout 2012 season.'

Marker Matt Cassel isn't young or cheap and doesn't solve Bills' quarterback problem [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But before everyone jumps down the Bills' throats for not doing enough at quarterback, they are without a first-round pick in the upcoming draft and the free agent quarterback class includes the likes of Mark Sanchez, Brian Hoyer and Jake Locker. The Bills just needed to find a bridge to 2016 when they can take another stab at stabilizing the position long-term.'

Marker Buffalo Bills agree to terms with Minnesota Vikings on trade for Matt Cassel [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Both head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley stressed the importance of adding competition at quarterback, and the 32-year old Cassel, who hasn't started for a full season since 2010, can bring a bit of that.'

Marker The good, bad and ugly of Buffalo Bills' trades for Matt Cassel, LeSean McCoy [1:53 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'The question here is whether the Bills needed to make this trade in the first place. Could the Bills draft a running back in the mid-to-late rounds who would be the No. 1 back they need? Keep in mind Buffalo has a guy on the roster, Fred Jackson, one of the best running backs in franchise history, who wasn't drafted.'

Marker Opinions differ on Cassel's expected role with Bills [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Cassel will win the job. It probably won't even be close," Greg Cosell, chief analyst and senior producer for NFL Films, said over the phone. "It's a good move for the Bills. Cassel actually is a pretty good thrower. What he ultimately is, to use the cliché, is a system player.'

Marker Vikings QB Cassel will be traded to Buffalo [1:51 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Cassel would have been one of the league’s highest-paid backup quarterbacks in 2015. By trading him next week, the Vikings will clear his $4.75 million salary from the books. As it stands now, the team will enter free agency with about $25 million in cap space.'

Marker Vikings' Norv Turner: Buffalo a 'great opportunity' for Cassel [1:50 AM]
Saint Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Cassel, 32, was in line to receive a $500,000 roster bonus March 17, so the Vikings were eager to clarify his situation.'

Marker Vikings agree to send QB Matt Cassel to Bills for picks [1:49 AM]
Fox Sports North reports: '"We went through our process, we evaluated all of our players," said Vikings general manager Rick Spielman last month at the NFL Scouting Combine when asked about Cassel's future with the team. "We looked at everything from what they bring to our football team, in the locker room, off the field, what they bring to us on the field. But we also have to look at where they're at from a standpoint of their contract, where we're at from a cap standpoint.'

Marker Be careful what you wish for with Rex Ryan [1:48 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Well, Ryan is trying. McCoy’s importation is a start, but to really turn this into Rex Hatefest, Upstate Style, he must do something more. If he wants to stoke the flames again, he has to try and pilfer Revis and Devin McCourty away from Foxboro.'

Marker Is luring Revis the next step in Rex Ryan’s bold Bills makeover? [1:47 AM]
New York Post reports: 'That Ryan and the Bills might have their eye on a big free-agent acquisition was evident earlier this week when they decided not to apply the franchise tag to productive pass rusher Jerry Hughes because doing so would tie up too much of their 2015 cap.'

Marker Vikings agree to trade Cassel to Bills for draft pick [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'The trade also wouldn't have been initiated had the Vikings not been confident in Teddy Bridgewater, the first-round draft pick who took over as the starter in the third game of last season after Cassel broke his left foot. Cassel spent two years with the Vikings, taking over in 2013 after Christian Ponder struggled to keep the job.'

Marker Bills' additions and Jefferson Award have Jackson upbeat [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"Knowing that we're making some moves to win this season and being honored for an accomplishment off the field, it's one of those things where I'll enjoy this week as long as I can."'

Marker Bills to acquire Cassel from Vikings [1:44 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Cassel started the Vikings' first three games this past 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 add QB Cassel to compete with Manuel [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Cassel appeared in 12 games over the past two seasons in Minnesota, completing 194 of 325 pass attempts for 2,232 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.'

Marker Matt Cassel trade a simple, cheap bandage for Bills QB problem [1:42 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Don't get me wrong: Cassel isn't a savior for Buffalo. If he throws 450 times (like he did in 2010), 100 of those pass attempts are going to be screens and swings to Shady and another 200 should be bubbles and slants to Watkins.'

Marker Active Bills trade for QB Matt Cassel [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Cassel and an "undisclosed draft choice" will come to the Bills, in exchange for "undisclosed draft choices" going back to the Vikings.'

Marker Nothing Shady About This Trade - McCoy A Huge Boost For Bills [1:40 AM]
WHAM-AM reports: 'The main reason I like this deal for the Bills: Last season, they ranked 4th in the NFL in total defense (312.2 yards allowed per game) and 4th in scoring defense (18.1 points allowed per game) without Alonso, who was recovering from a torn ACL (he also sat out one season with the Oregon Ducks due to a knee issue)…It also is significant that Buffalo ranked 25th in rushing last season and 26th in yards per carry.'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio not wasting any time prepping for 2015 [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’ve been there since the second week after the season, the last nine weeks,” Kouandjio told host John Murphy. “I’m going to stay here until I have to report (to the Bills). We work six days a week, take Sundays off. A really strict diet. You’re surrounded by people who are like-minded in what they want to do in their lives. It’s a really positive environment. I like it.”'

Marker Bills address QB, acquire Matt Cassel [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills agreed to terms on a trade with the Vikings that will send two undisclosed draft choices to Minnesota in exchange for Matt Cassel.'

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March 4, 2015

Marker LeSean McCoy reportedly 'not happy' about trade to Buffalo Bills [9:26 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's a Pennsylvania kid. He's never played football outside of Pennsylvania — high school, college, pro," the source told Anderson. "So of course he's not happy. Sounds like it's pretty final to me unless LeSean is refusing to go to Buffalo."''

Marker Bills get their workhorse running back in Eagles’ McCoy [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills’ defense ended up faring just fine without Alonso in 2014. The team finished fourth in the league in both yards and points allowed. Additionally, rookie Preston Brown and third-year veteran Nigel Bradham proved to be young, every-down linebackers with similar skill sets to Alonso.'

Marker Major trade shows Bills are serious [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You don’t carry the ball 300 times two years in a row if you’re not willing to go between the tackles and take a featured back’s physical pounding. Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley are banking on it. Otherwise, they wouldn’t invest $9.75 million in a back.'

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