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Buffalo Bills News - March 14, 2015

Marker AP sources: Harvin to Bills on 1-year deal [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Although Harvin had an outstanding Super Bowl, including an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half, he quickly wore out his welcome in Seattle. By last October, he was a Jet. Now, he's a Bill.'

Marker Bills OT Henderson gets top performance bonus [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'A seventh-round draft choice from the University of Miami, Henderson was paid the rookie minimum of $420,000 in salary, with a $50,880 bonus. He was on the field for every Bills offensive play last season, and 15 percent of special teams snaps. That earned him the biggest bonus for last season, the NFL announced Friday.'

Marker Report: Bills land Harvin [1:54 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'A source close to the situation told that Harvin's new pact is a one- year deal.'

Marker Report: Bills, WR Harvin agree to one-year deal [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins tweeted about the news (edited): "We got Percy_Harvin. That's who I always tried to play like on the field. Now I'm ballin with him."'

Marker Report: Bills sign Percy Harvin [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Harvin was drafted in 2009 by the Vikings and was selected as the AP offensive rookie of the year after his rookie season. He was traded to the Seahawks in March of 2013. After winning a Super Bowl with Seattle, he was traded to the Jets in October of 2014 for a conditional draft pick.'

Marker Contract extension for Kyle Williams [1:51 AM] reports: 'Williams’ extension likely helped to provide the club with more cap space in 2015 to leave the team in a more flexible fiscal situation.'

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March 13, 2015

Marker Bills continue courtship of Dolphins’ Clay [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were expected to present Clay with an offer sheet by Thursday, structuring it in such a way that the Dolphins would be discouraged from matching it to retain him. The offer never came, and Clay decided he wanted to return home, the source said.'

Marker Lawyer for Bills’ Dareus continues to seek plea deal in suspected drag-racing case [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Michael P. Caffery said he hopes to resolve the case through a guilty plea to a noncriminal charge. If no deal is reached with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office by April 7, he said, the case will proceed to trial May 19 in Hamburg Town Court.'

Marker Bills add 3 players; no word on Harvin, Clay [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills, who have already cut their former starting tight end, Scott Chandler, and lost one of his backups, Lee Smith, to Oakland in free agency, are down to Marqueis Gray and Chris Gragg as tight ends on the roster. One name that surfaced as another potential tight end target was nine-year veteran Anthony Fasano, even though he's not even an upgrade over Chandler.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker Bills re-sign Easley, Wynn per report [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to Aaron Wilson of, 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker Marcus Easley re-signs in Buffalo [1:48 AM] reports: '“Coming back to Buffalo was always option number one,” Easley told “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.”'

Marker Bills add another QB in Tyrod Taylor [1:47 AM] reports: '“It came very fast,” Taylor told “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.”'

March 12, 2015

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.”'

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