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Buffalo Bills News - February 17, 2017

Marker In or out? Upcoming Buffalo Bills free agents on defense [1:54 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Bryant is one of the most underappreciated players on the roster. When Marcell Dareus or Kyle Williams weren’t available, the defense rarely missed a beat thanks to Bryant. In 2016, Bryant was limited to eight games because of a shoulder injury.'

Marker Friday Feels: 5 thoughts on the Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Bridge option: Nick Foles?'

Marker Buffalo Bills reach deal to re-sign linebacker Ramon Humber [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Humber had a team-high 12 special teams tackles in 16 games, and also started one game on defense.

Marker Bills agree to terms with LB Humber [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Humber was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on March 9.'

Marker Bills re-sign LB Humber [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Since he played for vet minimum last year the only way he could re-sign before UFA begins is to sign same deal again. So it must be that.'

Marker Bills UFAs - Defensive Backs [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I agree with the approach of making Gilmore an offer of the value the team believes he’s worth and leaving it at that. If he finds more elsewhere, so be it.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with LB Ramon Humber [1:48 AM] reports: 'Humber, a 5-11, 232-pound North Dakota State product, re-joins the Bills after spending the 2016 season with the team and tying for the team lead with 12 special teams tackles. Humber originally entered the NFL in 2009 as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts.'

Marker Bills Today: The Life of Thurman on stage [1:47 AM] reports: 'The production company has spent time interviewing Thomas to put together a comprehensive script for the performance. Titled ‘The Life of Thurman Thomas,’ the show will run for two nights on June 2nd and 3rd at the Road Less Traveled theater at 500 Pearl Street in Buffalo.'

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February 16, 2017

Marker Franchise tag window opens, Bills have call to make on Stephon Gilmore [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The deadline this year for any players who receive the franchise tag to sign a long-term contract extension is July 15. If the two signs can't come to an agreement before then, a player's only option is to play out the year on the tag. A player can sign his franchise tender before July 15, and the two sides can still work a long-term extension. This happened last year with the Bills and left tackle Cordy Glenn.

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Salary cap mismanagement, Shady's shade, Lorenzo Alexander [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Blame for the Bills’ cap situation falls directly on Jim Overdorf, the team’s senior vice president of football administration. Overdorf has given out some downright goofy contracts, including an ill-advised extension for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus worth potentially $100 million that is an anchor on the Bills’ cap. Left tackle Cordy Glenn is also scheduled to have a cap hit of more than $14 million in 2017. Glenn is paid like an elite left tackle, but has never made a Pro Bowl and missed the end of 2016 with a back injury, which is bad news for an offensive lineman.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Power Take: Bills' decision on Taylor depends on their objective [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If making the playoffs is the objective after a 17-year drought, they should keep Taylor as the immediate solution. If they want a Super Bowl, they should cut ties with him. Taylor is somewhere between a starting NFL quarterback and a franchise QB.'

Marker NFL's Gregg Rosenthal believes Buffalo Bills could release RB LeSean McCoy [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"The Bills have a number of high-priced players who may no longer work with the new coaching staff. Tight end Charles Clay is paid like a superstar for role-player production, although his contract makes him difficult to cut. Defensive end Jerry Hughes and defensive tackle Kyle Williams are also questionable fits with new coach Sean McDermott. GM Doug Whaley may be loath to blow this team up because of the dead money involved, but there's a case to be made to start clearing the decks."'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Why Mel Kiper Jr. picked Deshaun Watson for Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"This is obviously based on the idea that Tyrod Taylor would be playing somewhere else. We'll be able to say that definitively, one way or the other, in March. If there's a big question here, it's whether Watson is any more ready to start in year one than a quarterback who's currently on the roster. I think the Bills will go a different direction if they're able to bring in a veteran QB in March."'

Marker NFL free agency 2017: 5 quarterbacks Buffalo Bills could target [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ryan Fitzpatrick has a history with Bills and an affinity for the Buffalo area. If he would come at a reasonable price and with a willingness to accept a backup role, Fitzpatrick could be a fit with the Bills.'

Marker In or out? Upcoming Buffalo Bills free agents on offense [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Starting with the offensive side of the ball, here’s what the Bills should consider in regard to their upcoming free agents...'.

Marker If LeSean McCoy is cut by Bills, could he return to Eagles? [1:52 AM]
South Jersey Times reports: 'The Eagles need a running back if they say goodbye to Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Even if Sproles is back, the Eagles can't use him as their feature back. Second-year player Wendell Smallwood doesn't appear ready to become the top back.'

Marker Bills UFAs - Linebackers [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Let’s face it. If Alexander had been signed for the vet minimum by the Patriots then had the season he did, he’d be the poster child as another example of how they’re the greatest ever at finding talent at cheap rates.'

Marker Bills spend Valentine’s Day visiting local heroes [1:50 AM] reports: '“I think it’s a great day for us to come in and show our appreciation and spread love to the guys that make things possible,” said Kouandjio. “It’s important for everybody to come out and support our warriors. We all understand that our freedom isn’t free.”'

Marker Bills Today: Bounce back year predicted for Bills in 2017 [1:49 AM] reports: '“Much like the Chargers, the injury bug got Buffalo early on this season,” Danny Kelly wrote. “Their top pick in last year’s draft, defensive end Shaq Lawson, missed the first six games recovering from offseason shoulder surgery; and their second-round pick, projected starting inside linebacker Reggie Ragland, tore his ACL in training camp. Dealing with complications from offseason foot surgery, Sammy Watkins spent half of the season on the injured reserve, and in the eight games he did play, he was a shadow of himself. To top it all off, the Bills lost Pro Bowl center Eric Wood to a broken leg in Week 9.”'

February 15, 2017

Marker Bills’ future still hinges on decision with Taylor [8:24 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If Taylor is waived, it means a full-scale rebuild is in the offing, and this team will get worse before it even starts to improve. Small wonder there was no raise in season ticket prices.'

Marker Bills next-to-last in ESPN's NFL continuity ranking [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Not surprisingly, the Patriots are first on the list. The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, and Minnesota Vikings round out the top 10.'

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Do what the Pats would do and let Gilmore walk [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'New England paid the four members of its starting secondary, one of the best in the NFL, a combined $10.6 million last season. That's a shade less than the $11 million that Stephon Gilmore commanded in the final year of his original contract.'

Marker Life of Thurman Thomas will be told on stage [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Road Less Traveled Productions has been interviewing Thomas in depth in order to create a multi-faceted view of the man. It describes the production, which is still being developed, as "full of comedy, music, romance and NFL triumph."'

Marker Agent of Lorenzo Alexander expects Bills OLB to make $5 to $10 million per year [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Schaffer told CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora that he expects Alexander to make between $5-$10 million per year on a short-term deal.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills OC Greg Roman: Who wins big with 'ground and pound?' [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I wouldn't try to pigeonhole us just yet that we're going to try to be ground and pound," Roman said, via the Ravens' website. "Who really wins big doing that? I think you have to have balance. But that doesn't mean we're not going to make people respect us in that phase of the game."'

Marker Bills UFAs - OL/DL [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bryant made roughly $1.7 million last season after being kept as a Restricted Free Agent. A 2-3 year deal starting at $2 million/year and bumping up slightly each year could work for both sides.'

Marker Staying or Going? Bills CB Stephon Gilmore [1:53 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Normally, the decision to keep Gilmore around wouldn't be that much to think about, but given the Bills' poor management of the salary cap over the last few years, it doesn't lend itself to keeping both... unless a lot of restructuring and/or the cutting of unexpected players with a high cap number, gets them some more room under the cap.'

Marker 6 potential free agent fits for the Bills [1:52 AM] reports: 'Cooper was Kansas City’s rookie of the year in 2013 when he made four interceptions, but was squeezed out of their rotation. The fourth-year pro made the most of his opportunity in Arizona as he led the team pass breakups (11) and interceptions (4) despite being a frequent target with Peterson on the other side. Cooper also finished fourth on the team in tackles.'

Marker Bills Today: PFF explains McCoy snub [1:51 AM] reports: '“McCoy was kept in to block 92 times this season, and earned a pass-blocking grade of 37.1 — the worst mark of any running back in the NFL. On those 92 snaps, he allowed 13 total QB pressures,” Monson wrote. “McCoy was certainly in the conversation in the latter stages of the list, and would be among the next few names to go on it, but was ultimately kept off by his blocking performance.”'

February 14, 2017

Marker Bills look to have plenty of opportunity to clear cap space [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus sits at the top of the payroll, one spot above Taylor, with a $16.4-million cap number. Given his less-than-stellar production the past two seasons, and off-field conduct/injuries that resulted him missing more than half of the 2016 campaign, Dareus is one player whose deal would figure to offer ample opportunity for restructuring.'

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