Free agent ILB McClain visits Bills [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Recently released by the Baltimore Ravens, inside linebacker Jameel McClain made his first official visit and flew up to western New York to meet with head coach Doug Marrone and the rest of his defensive staff. McClain will next be on his way to the New York Giants for an official visit.'
Bills will not play in Toronto this season [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There has not been an answer on what this means for the future of the Bills playing game sin Toronto, rumors that this is just a "one-year hiatus." The Bills are 1-5 in games at the Rogers Centre and have yet it make the Rogers Centre feel like a home-field environment. The Bills do not want to lose its fans from the Southern Ontario area. The Bills offices have said that they attract more fans from the Ontario area than from Rochester area.'
Bills sign Aaron Williams to a multi-year extension [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Aaron Williams is a versatile player who has grown into a key playmaker for our defense in recent years,” said Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. “He had an extremely productive season for our defense in 2013. Aaron is the type of young, core player we targeted early in the process to retain for years to come and this will be our philosophy moving forward. By building on his improved play in 2013, we expect Aaron to continue to grow into a key contributor for the Bills organization.”'
Buffalo Bills & Rogers Media postpone Toronto series for 2014 [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We are committed to continuing our partnership and have secured a robust sponsorship agreement for the 2014 season that will bring Canadian NFL fans visibility and access to the Bills. The sponsorship includes ticketing, merchandising, media exposure, and a newly created Canada House, near Ralph Wilson Stadium, that will serve as the official pre-game Canadian tailgate zone for all Bills home games.'
Aaron Williams: ''I’m very blessed to have a great opportunity to be with a team like this'' [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Just want to thank Russ (Brandon), Doug (Whaley) and Jim (Overdorf) for allowing me to sign long-term with the Bills. It’s been a great opportunity and I’m very blessed to have a great opportunity to be with a team like this. I know that Russ has a great plan to build this team in to a playoff team again and we talked at the end of the season that they’re going to give me the responsibility of leading this defense to where it used to be. That’s a dominant defense and being aggressive and being nasty out there and making plays. I told them I accept the role of leading this defense to where it used to be and just blessed that they gave me that opportunity and they trusted me to be here long-term to get this team back to where it started.'
Russ Brandon: ''We'll have a full slate of games at Ralph Wilson Stadium'' [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We have not played well up there. We have to take responsibility for that. We’re 1-5 up there and as Coach Marrone says all the time, it doesn’t matter where we play. I think I referenced Coyne Field earlier and that’s a practice field in Syracuse. It doesn’t matter if we play there, when you line up you play to win. We’re not using this as an excuse. I can’t say enough about the partnership that we have with Rogers, which is obviously continuing in a different facet for this year. The incredible leadership of Ed Rogers, Phil Lind, Keith Pelley. Everyone within that organization is first class and top notch. Quite frankly that’s why I’m standing here today and we were able to work through a very complex set of discussions.'
ILB Jameel McClain makes free agent visit with Bills [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Health-wise I’m 100 percent. That’s first,” McClain said. “Now I’m a veteran in this league. I understand what it takes to win games. I understand how you lose games. I understand what it is to prepare and go for a long haul over the season. That was different when I was a kid coming in. I didn’t know any of those things. So where I’m at in this game, I’m a professional within it and I’m going to treat the game like that.”'
Bills GM Whaley says not tagging Byrd 'sets up more amicable negotiation' [1:59 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I think it just sets up a more amicable negotiation, because last year -- I wouldn't say it was contentious, but as a player you always want to go out and see your true value, and we restricted that. So this year we said, 'For the betterment of the Buffalo Bills, and to show you more or less good faith, we're not going to use that option to restrict you from hitting the market. Let's try to go full bore, with both of us focused on trying to get a deal done.'"'
Sources: Jameel McClain visiting Bills on Wednesday [1:58 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'McClain, 28, started 10 games last season after being activated from the reserve-physically unable to perform list. He recorded 52 tackles and one forced fumble.'
The patience of Jim Kelly [1:57 AM]
ESPN reports: 'He's in 24-hour pain. He can't feel the skin on the left half of his face. He says his lip feels like it's constantly on fire. He has had his upper left jaw removed and all but two of his teeth -- and those two have had six root canals. He admits he hasn't been able to sleep in years without taking something. His back has two plates and 10 screws in it. His neck has a plate and six screws. He just had double hernia surgery. One day, he had to have a cyst removed under his nostril without Novocain. "I think they heard me three office buildings over," he says.'
Bills safety Byrd set to become a free agent next week [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We place a value on a person or player, they have a value they have in their mind, and we just have not been able to meet,” said Bills general manager Doug Whaley, referring to finding agreement on a deal with Byrd and his agent, Eugene Parker.'
Buffalo Bills won’t use franchise tag on Jairus Byrd [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We valued Byrd as a very good player, one we want to keep, and we did everything we could to do that,” general manager Doug Whaley said. “We place a value on a player, they have a value in their mind, and we have not been able to work through it. We are very comfortable with the significant offer that we made to those guys.”'
Six NFLers tagged -- but not Bills' Jairus Byrd [1:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Earning $15.349 million over two years -- guaranteed -- would have been a pretty good deal even for an elite safety, which Byrd certainly is. But he rightfully is aching for a long-term deal, and deserves one.'
Bills choose not to place franchise tag on S Byrd [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills could lose their top defensive back on a unit that showed considerable improvement last season. Though Buffalo struggled against the run, the defense finished 10th in the NFL in yards allowed — its best ranking since a second-place finish in 2004. The Bills also finished second in the league with a franchise-record 57 sacks.'
Byrd avoids franchise tag from Bills [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to a league source, the Bills explored all avenues, including the possibilities of trading the Pro Bowl safety, but will now allow him to reach unrestricted free agency if no deal is reached between them by March 11.'
Bills will not use franchise tag in 2014 [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We have negotiated with representation for Jairus Byrd for more than a year, but have yet to reach an agreement on a contract extension," said Whaley. "We remain open to getting a deal done with Jairus, but we have chosen not to use the franchise tag on any of our impending unrestricted free agents.”'
Whaley not closing door on Byrd yet [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s a negotiation,” Whaley said. “We still have some time to get it done so we’re not closing the door on it. We’re hopeful. We’re optimistic, but we’ll see where it goes from here.”'
LB Willie Jefferson released [1:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jefferson entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans following the 2013 NFL Draft and appeared in six games with Houston before being released on October 21. The 6-5, 241-pound linebacker earned All-Southland Conference first-team accolades as a senior at Stephen F. Austin and totaled 36 tackles with a team-high 8.0 sacks and five forced fumbles in 11 games.'
Byrd appears determined to tell Bills goodbye [1:59 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'If the relationship is damaged beyond repair, the Bills should let Byrd walk and replace him with a younger, cheaper model. The rebuilding project underway in Buffalo is unlikely to be complete while Byrd is still in his prime, anyway.'
AP Sources: Bills talks with Byrd reach standstill [1:58 AM]
AP reports: 'People familiar with the situation told The Associated Press talks have stalled and no further discussions are scheduled after the Bills made a lucrative, multiyear offer to Byrd. Without revealing the full value and length of the offer, one person said Byrd would have been paid about $30 million over the contract's first three seasons.'
From team room to classroom: Bills hit the books [1:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'More than a handful of Bills players are dedicating their time away from One Bills Drive not only to recovering from the season and staying football fit, but to earning their college degrees.'
Bills have cap space to make big moves [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The cap is up $10 million from last year and there will be plenty of competition to spend for free agents. The Bills currently rank about 13th or 14th among the teams with the most cap space.'
HOF game could mean early start to Bills’ camp [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If they move things up, camp would open at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford on Sunday, July 20.'
Bills to face Giants in Hall of Fame Game [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ticket packages with prime seat locations to the Hall of Fame Game are on sale now exclusively through NFL On Location at ProFootballHOF.nflonlocation.com or by calling 877-611-3947.'
Bills-Giants to open NFL preseason in 2014 [1:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The NFL traditionally announces the regular-season schedule some time in mid-April. Home and road opponents for each team are already known; only dates are to be determined.'
Giants and Bills to play in Hall of Fame game [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'The contest will be played a day after the Hall of Fame inducts seven new members, including one each from the Bills and Giants.'
Bills, Giants tabbed for Hall of Fame Game [1:56 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'This is the first time the Bills and Giants will meet in the Hall of Fame Game. The Giants played in the very first Hall of Fame Game in 1962 and followed with three other trips in 1972, 1985 and 2002. Buffalo will be making its fourth trip to the game, having also played in 1974, 1989, and 2009.'
Bills, Giants to meet in Hall of Fame Game [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The game (8 p.m. ET on NBC ) will be played at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio one day after the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 is formally enshrined. Two of the seven members of the Class of 2014 have ties to the participating teams.'
Bills to play Giants in 2014 Hall of Fame game [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Being in Canton as a rookie while Mr. Wilson was being inducted into the Hall of Fame was an honor,” Eric Wood told Buffalobills.com. “It was awesome for me going back to a stadium to play my first time in a Bills uniform where I played in two high school state championships. This year will be fun to be there in Canton while Andre Reed, a great player for the Bills and a guy I have become friends with, is inducted into the Hall of Fame.”'
Stephon Gilmore counseling Jadaveon Clowney [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We went to the same high school and played two years in college together,” Gilmore told Buffalobills.com. “In my hometown we stay like five minutes away from each other. So he’s always hitting me up and asking me what the pre-draft process is about.”'
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