Buffalo Bills News - April 8, 2014

Marker Bills’ Williams happy for ‘fresh start’ [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Yes, I think I do need to grow up a little bit more,” Williams said upon being introduced as a Bill. “I think with me having a son, it made me realize things a little bit more and how important it is, and what type of future I have for him and my family. A lot of people are depending on me, so you’re right, I do have to grow up.”'

Marker ills' uncertain future means anxious fans [1:58 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Even as a Bills fan who has never lived in Buffalo, the idea that my beloved team might soon call anywhere else home is heartbreaking. Even if it's relatively close by in Toronto, it just wouldn't be the same.'

Marker Ex-Bucs WR Williams admits he needs to ‘grow up’ [1:57 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '“Yes, I think I do need to grow up a little bit more,” Williams, 26, told The Buffalo News. “I think with me having a son, it made me realize things a little bit more and how important it is, and what type of future I have for him and my family. A lot of people are depending on me, so you’re right, I do have to grow up.”'

Marker Mike Williams: Bucs trading him a mistake [1:56 AM]
Tampa Bay Times reports: '“I’m going to go out and prove they made a mistake and this is a great decision for the Buffalo Bills,’’ Williams said.'

Marker WR Williams seeks fresh start in return to Buffalo [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'This is the second — and potentially final — chance for Williams to put behind off-field distractions, which led to the Buccaneers parting ways with their starter in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. The deal was made a year after Williams signed a six-year, $40 million contract.'

Marker Bills’ Marrone, Mike Williams move past their past [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Before the trade, I actually talked to Marrone first. We talked on the phone and we got rid of our past and said we're moving forward,” the wide receiver said. “Coach Marrone said to me, ‘the past is the past.’ He said it was his first year of coaching, he made mistakes, I made mistakes. Situations weren't handled how they were supposed to be handled, but, the past is the past. We're kind of looking forward to that.”'

Marker Source: OT Jake Matthews to visit Bills Tuesday [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to a league source, the Bills are scheduled to host Matthews on his official pre-draft visit Tuesday. Of the prospects that have visited Orchard Park, Matthews is far and away the one with the highest profile for not only his ability, but for his family ties as well.'

Marker Bills future rests in hands of NFL owners [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In fact, the NFL was most likely doing its "due diligence" on potential buyers for the Bills before Ralph Wilson passed away. That according to Daniel Kaplan who covers the NFL and financial stories for Sports Business Journal.'

Marker WR Williams gets warm welcome back to Buffalo [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I talked to coach Marrone first and he said it was his first year coaching and he made mistakes, I made mistakes, situations weren’t handled how they were supposed to be handled,” said Williams. “We got rid of our past and he said we’re moving forward and now I’m here.”'

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April 7, 2014

Marker Bills took a chance on Williams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams is young, single and absurdly wealthy after signing his extension with the Bucs. I’m guessing he’s incredibly immature. His behavior could be filed under Young and Dumb, but it also means accepting the idea that Williams is selfish and reckless and a major risk for the Bills.'

Marker Dieruff is ready to host Andre Reed Day on April 23 [1:58 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'Andre Reed Day will feature a tour of the building, Q-and-As with student leaders and class officers as well as a meeting with football coaches and team members.'

Marker Have Bills draft plans changed? [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills trade for Mike Williams brings up at least a couple of questions. Is it a good move? How does it affect their plans for the draft? In short, yes its a good move and it shouldn't necessarily take wide receiver off their draft board.'

April 6, 2014

Marker Jacobs reportedly leads list of Bills suitors with local ties [7:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Highly placed sources say that the Jacobs family, owner of Delaware North Companies, leads the list of potential local suitors.'

Marker Possible suitors for the Buffalo Bills [7:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It might be difficult to run a football team in Buffalo while leading a major mutual fund company in California.'

Marker Bills’ tribute to Wilson draws thousands of grateful fans to field house [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills organization arranged, among other things, pictures of Wilson in his youth; a portrait of him watching one of the Bills’ four Super Bowl contests; pictures of him with players during great moments; a Saturday Evening Post feature showing him aboard that minesweeper in 1944; and a video of his induction into the pro football Hall of Fame. The team set his office furniture at the center of it all.'

Marker Everett finds peace as a husband and dad [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You know when your foot goes to sleep? That’s how his body feels all day,” his wife, Wiande, said Saturday. “He blocks out that pain. I see him trying to be so strong, but I know it hurts. He doesn’t complain. He’s just thankful that he’s here. That’s the main thing that I admire about him.”'

Marker Bills fans pay tribute to Ralph Wilson [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Whether you played for him, worked for him, were related to him, or spent your Sunday afternoons rooting for the team that he created for you, everyone who attended the Celebration & Remembrance of Ralph C. Wilson Jr. at the practice facility on One Bills Drive had a connection with the 95-year-old patriarch who died on March 25.'

Marker Bills tackle needs with free agency [1:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for who the Bills will pick in that No. 9 spot, you could do worse than speculate a big (read: tall) wide receiver. At 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, Williams, the same height and a shade heavier than Johnson, isn’t that guy.'

Marker Kelly ‘praying for miracle’ in cancer battle [1:55 AM]
New York Post reports: '“I feel sometimes good, sometimes bad, and I probably shouldnt even be here tonight but I brought my daughter with me, she made the Dean’s List so I had to give her a little surprise for what she did in school,” Kelly said.'

Marker Gilmore ready for - shhhhhh - breakout year [1:54 AM]
Rock Hill Herald reports: 'Only in the third year of his NFL career, Gilmore is expected to continue to grow into the same kind of role with the Bills, a leader that can shut down the opposing team’s best receiver with little or no extra help. A big year for Gilmore would lift an already solid Buffalo defense, which in turn may lead to some national recognition for the cornerback. Just don’t expect to hear about it from Gilmore.'

Marker East Brady keeping close watch on ailing Bills legend [1:53 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '“I'm proud to say that I'm from East Brady,” Kelly wrote in an email. “I loved growing up there. It's a close-knit community in which everybody became friends. It's a small town with great people. I go back home every year and look forward to going back again this year.”'

Marker Bills fans, players pay tribute to late owner [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'The mood on Saturday was festive. Under grey cloudy skies and with a cold brisk wind blowing off nearby Lake Erie, a long line of fans snaked into the parking lot once the doors opened. Many wore team jerseys and posed for pictures in front of the Wilson memorabilia.'

Marker Mary Wilson thanks Bills fans for their support [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Ralph loved his life and he had a great full life that touched so many people in a variety of ways. He loved his family and his many friends. He loved his Buffalo Bills and he loved the fans. Before he passed, he told me that he wanted people to celebrate his life after he was gone. He wasn’t big on tears. And so that’s why we are referring to events such as the one today as “celebrating” the life of Ralph Wilson.”'

Marker Bruce Smith, Frank Reich reflect on Ralph [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We looked at him as a father figure, a man with great integrity. When he gave you his word, that was his bond. It spilled over to the players in the personal relationship you could have with Mr. Wilson. You don't find many player-owner relationships like that."'

April 5, 2014

Marker Tough couple weeks for Bills [8:31 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Whether that sale is to a person willing to keep the team in Western New York is the question that will determine the team’s future.'

Marker Prayers for Jim Kelly [8:50 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Now he is engaged in a battle for his own life. The Hall of Famer has fans and friends from his football career who are pulling for him. He also has fans who see him as a good man who has embraced this community and been one of its finest ambassadors. He has walked among us, greeting all and cheerfully signing autographs. He has become one of us, one of the finest among us. Our prayers are with Jim and Jill Kelly, their daughters and other family members.'

Marker Bills trade means a homecoming for Williams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s a relatively small price to pay – provided the change of scenery helps the 26-year-old sort out the issues that led to the Buccaneers trading him less than nine months after he signed a six-year contract extension worth up to more than $40 million.'

Marker Bills could be sold as early as summer, source says [1:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'That's one of many insights regarding the future of the Bills franchise shared by this expert adviser on team acquisitions and stadium development, who is based on the Atlantic seaboard.'

Marker Buffalo Bills could be sold as early as October, report suggests [1:57 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'However, as the Star has reported, the Jon Bon Jovi-led effort to purchase an NFL franchise — preferably the Bills — continues to go forward. The likeliest majority investors are still MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum and/or Rogers’ heir Edward Rogers.'

Marker Buffalo Bills trade draft pick for former Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The draft pick is an incredibly light price for a wide receiver that has caught at least 60 passes and collected at least 771 yards in all three of his healthy NFL seasons. He played only six games this past year and underwent surgery for a hamstring injury, catching 22 passes for 216 yards. Williams has a four-year total of 2,947 yards on 215 receptions.'

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