Is Tyrod Taylor serious competition for Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel in Buffalo? Rex Ryan says yes [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I know both of those guys have played in this league and had success in this league," Taylor said. "I'm looking forward to competing with those guys. I'm looking forward to us pushing each other, making each other better and like I said, just making the team better."'
Plea negotiations ongoing for Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus in alleged drag-racing incident [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The charges against Dareus include reckless endangerment, reckless driving, unlawful speed contest and leaving the scene of an accident. Dareus rejected a previous deal to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving, according to the Associated Press.'
Birmingham native and NFL vet Marcell Dareus donates $100k to rebuild hometown park [1:54 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"I'm really excited to come back to Birmingham and revitalize the park I played in as a child," Dareus said in the release. "I want the kids who play here to know that they have the same opportunities to succeed as I did. And what better way to do that than to give them a safe and clean environment in which to play."'
Bills sign former Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Taylor signed a two-year contract Thursday, a day after arriving in Buffalo to meet team officials. He's the second quarterback the Bills have added this week, after acquiring veteran Matt Cassel in a trade with Minnesota.'
Bills' Dareus still in talks to reduce car-racing charges [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Dareus' attorney Michael Caffery said Thursday he and the Erie County District Attorney's office are still "trying to work it out" following a brief appearance in Hamburg Town Court.'
Bills sign QB Taylor; re-sign Easley, Wynn [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Wynn's deal reportedly is for two years and $2.2 million. The seven-year veteran has played for five NFL teams but seems to have found a home in Buffalo, where he is expected to push for a starting spot.'
Bills re-sign Easley, Wynn per report [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to Aaron Wilson of NationalFootballPost.com, Easley signed a new four-year deal to remain with the Bills that will pay him a total $7 million over the span of the contract. It also will pay out a signing bonus of $1.7 million, and comes with a guaranteed $2.2 million.'
Rex Ryan tells Toronto station that Bills signed QB Tyrod Taylor [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"With the addition of Matt Cassel, we just signed Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel, now we have three guys... we'll see what happens."'
Marcus Easley re-signs in Buffalo [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Coming back to Buffalo was always option number one,” Easley told Buffalobills.com. “The interest was mutual on both sides. Doug (Whaley) told me that he wanted to bring me back. There was never any doubt that I wanted to come here.”'
Bills add another QB in Tyrod Taylor [1:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It came very fast,” Taylor told Buffalobills.com. “I didn’t know what to expect going into the free agent market. There was interest from a couple of different teams. I felt this was the best fit for me moving forward so I signed the papers today.”'
Cassel came to compete [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think I’ve been in this league long enough to know that you’ve got to compete in everything that you do,” said Cassel, who was introduced to the Western New York media on Wednesday, a day after his trade from the Minnesota Vikings became official. “You have to earn every opportunity you get, so I know there’s going to be competition.”'
Bills’ ground game stronger with Felton [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It shows they’re serious about winning and winning now,” Felton said Wednesday, after being introduced as the Bills’ first unrestricted free-agent signing of the offseason. “From the ownership to the head coach to the general manager, everybody is on the same page and that is what is so exciting about being here.'
Bills’ retooling continues [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I think that if you look at teams that have had success and won Super Bowls and gone deep in the playoffs, they all have a good running game and they do play a physical style of football,” Felton said. “It’s difficult because I think when you look at college football nowadays, it’s a lot of spread offenses so it is harder to find a good fullback. Guys like me and Vonta Leach before me and Sam Gash before him, it’s important for us to continue doing what we’re doing. It’s usually a cyclical league and it will come back around.”'
Bills' Matt Cassel excited to battle for QB job [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think that we definitely can achieve the level of success and I think I can achieve that level of success," he said. "I think it's about consistency. I think everything at the quarterback position comes with consistency. I still think I've got a lot of football left in me."'
Fresh off broken foot, Matt Cassel 'ready to compete' with EJ Manuel for Buffalo Bills QB [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think I've been in this league long enough to know that you have to compete in everything you do," Cassel said. "You have to earn every opportunity that you get. I know that there is going to be competition and I know that EJ (Manuel) is here. He is a young, talented player and I expect that there is going to be a competition. Again, you have to go out and earn your opportunity in this league."'
Buffalo Bills release tight end Scott Chandler, clear salary cap space [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills also have Marqueis Gray and Chris Gragg on the roster at the tight end position. Both players are young, cheap and have shown some promise.'
Bills president Russ Brandon has moved on from Doug Marrone and is envisioning Super Bowl parade in [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"To win a championship and bring the Lombardi Trophy down Delaware Avenue, and stop on Chippewa would be a hell of a time for all of us," Brandon said. "You're only in this business to win.'
Chip Kelly says Buffalo Bills leaked LeSean McCoy trade before he could tell him [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"So, I called my agent to see exactly what was going on, and he said it was true," McCoy said in his introductory press conference Tuesday. "We talked about it and my first reaction definitely was, I was disappointed just because my team didn't really … I didn't know what was going on. I had been in Philadelphia my whole life. For the six years, it was great. But, once I sat down and relaxed, I had some thought to myself. I talked to my family and I felt it was the best move. I felt like a team actually wanted me. It was possible to make this trade go through. They want a player and a running back that's going to give them everything they have, 110 percent. So, at the end of the day, I'm happy to be here."'
Buffalo Bills extend DT Kyle Williams through 2017, according to report [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams' contract extension is worth $10.5 million and presumably lowers his scheduled $6.4 million cap hit for the 2015 season. Williams, a former fifth-round pick and nine-year veteran, graded out as the seventh best defensive tackle in the NFL on Pro Football Focus for the 2014 season. He has 34.5 career sacks and at least five in four of the last five seasons.'
Doug Whaley denies that the Buffalo Bills ever considered cutting Fred Jackson [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Jackson has one year left on his contract, and his job is safe for now. But the Bills are spending aggressively in free agency, so it's tough to take anything off the table.'
5 questions with new Bills quarterback Matt Cassel [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“It’s night and day from when I was a rookie, when my head was spinning, just trying to figure out what I’m doing out there. Now it’s completely different. I think you grow every single year. You come to know more about your strengths, and the things you want to work on as well.”'
Rex's Bills Look to Keep Fans Thirsty [1:48 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'Whether or not the Dolphins match Buffalo’s offer for Clay, Whaley and Ryan have made clear their rather retro strategy, given the lack of quarterbacks any better than Manuel or Cassel in free agency or the upcoming draft. By devoting so many resources to maintaining one of the league’s best defenses while rebuilding a pitiful running game, they want to make the position as irrelevant as possible.'
Bills 'pull out the stops' for former Vikings fullback Jerome Felton [1:47 AM]
Saint Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"It was a special year we had," Felton said of the playoff season of 2012. "The Vikings treated me well, and they were always up front with me. So there's no hard feelings."'
My Workout: Football pro ups his game in Tucson park [1:46 AM]
Arizona Daily Star reports: 'Green is a gifted athlete, but Strevay said he is just as impressed with his dedication. “A gift is only good if you work hard on it.”'
Buffalo Bills release staring tight end Scott Chandler [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'Chandler led Buffalo's tight ends in catches and yards in each of the past four seasons, including last year when he had 47 receptions for 497 yards. He has 17 touchdowns in 65 career games with the Bills. Chandler scored six times in both 2011 and '12 to match the franchise's single-season record for TDs by a tight end.'
Bills in midst of busy offseason in bid to build contender [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"You guys tired of seeing me yet?" general manager Doug Whaley joked, as he stepped to the podium to introduce Cassel. "I've been working."'
Bills bulk up run game by signing free-agent fullback Felton [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Felton said it is a four-year deal. He is the latest addition to a run-oriented offense being introduced by new coach Rex Ryan. Felton joins a retooled backfield that will now feature McCoy, who was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia.'
Chandler cut loose by Bills [1:42 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Over 65 games with the Bills, Chandler accumulated 182 catches for 2,120 yards and 17 touchdowns, ranking third in team history for receptions and touchdown catches for a tight end.'
Bills sign FB Felton, cut TE Chandler [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Felton, a fifth-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2008, was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012 as he led the way for Adrian Peterson to rush for 2,097 yards.'
Percy Harvin is in Buffalo [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Harvin was let go 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.'
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