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Buffalo Bills News - February 18, 2017

Marker PSE announces executive leadership promotions [1:52 AM] reports: 'Pegula Sports and Entertainment announced today the promotions of Bruce Popko and Erica Muhleman within PSE’s executive management team. Popko has been elevated to Chief Operating Officer, while Muhleman has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President of Business Development.'

Marker What to watch for in AFC East this offseason [1:51 AM] reports: 'While it’s widely expected that the Patriots will franchise LB Dont’a Hightower, what to do with TE Martellus Bennett is a bit more complicated. There’s incentive to sign Bennett long term knowing Rob Gronkowski’s injury history, but a big contract could complicate the team’s standing with Gronk, who will make just $4.25M in 2017. A short term agreement is more likely.'

Marker Bills Today: Is safety a realistic scenario for Bills at 10? [1:50 AM] reports: 'There’s little question that safety is a need position for Buffalo knowing the depth players at that position are all free agents (Robert Blanton, Jonathan Meeks). The Bills did re-sign Colt Anderson, but he’s largely on the roster to lead the special teams unit.'

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February 17, 2017

Marker Ramon Humber re-signed by Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Humber re-signing, the Bills have 22 pending unrestricted free agents. Earlier this offseason, the team re-signed safety Colt Anderson, another player who is primarily a contributor on special teams.'

Marker suggests LeSean McCoy could be a 'surprise' cap casualty [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"McCoy is a very awkward fit in new coordinator Rick Dennison's one-cut running attack. The Bills could decide to risk letting McCoy go a year too early rather than hold on to him a year too long," Rosenthal writes. "If the team designates McCoy a post-June 1 cut, they get $6.25 million in cap room and -- more importantly -- save $6 million in cash to spend elsewhere.'

Marker Dolphins set to release former Bills DE Mario Williams [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams' release saved the Dolphins $8.5 million against the salary cap and came as part of a series of cost-cutting moves that also included the release of left tackle Branden Albert, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, according to the Herald. All told, the releases will save Miami $19.7 million in cap space.'

Marker Buffalo Bills re-sign linebacker and special teamer Ramon Humber [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Humber led the Bills in both special teams tackles and snaps in 2016. He didn't have a huge role on defense, but his contributions on special teams made him worth retaining.'

Marker Not-So-Super Mario: Dolphins release former Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Releasing Williams saves Miami $8.5 million.'

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.'

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.'

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