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Buffalo Bills News - March 22, 2015

Marker Pursuers close in on Patriots in AFC East [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins appear to have improved through additions made since the NFL’s free-agent signing/trading period began nearly two weeks ago.'

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March 21, 2015

Marker Defensive-minded Ryan turns his attention to the Bills’ offense [4:40 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Percy is a guy that is an explosive athlete, he’s a super talent and what we’re trying to do is take a little pressure off Sammy Watkins as well,” said Ryan. “Sammy got doubled almost every snap. I think with a guy like Percy Harvin, that’s going to be tough for you to do. Percy can catch a slant and take it the distance, he can beat you over the top; he’s a game-breaker.”'

Marker Bills weighed signing tight end Gresham [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to an NFL source, the Bills also were giving serious thought to signing Jermaine Gresham before he underwent surgery Thursday to repair a herniated disc.'

Marker Bills coach Rex Ryan weighs in on Charles Clay, Percy Harvin and QB situation [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's real multiple in what you can do with him, so he creates matchup problems," Ryan said Friday. "He's too fast for a linebacker, he's too big for a corner to cover. You have to love that matchup with him. The other thing is he's a guy that's perfectly suited for what we're looking for, especially Greg Roman's type of offense.'

Marker Updated Buffalo Bills' team needs, salary cap situation after Charles Clay, Percy Harvin signin [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Right now, Spotrac.com has the Bills with just over $9.5 million in cap space. That includes the allotted money for their draft picks but does not include the contract for tight end Charles Clay. The average value of his contract is between $7 million and $8 million, but without knowing his signing bonus for 2015, his exact cap hit is still up in the air. That said, once it's factored in the Bills won't have much more room to make major moves without clearing space.'

Marker Ryan says Bills will 'run it 50 times if we can' [1:56 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We're not naive enough to think we're going to be able to get away with that," Ryan said of just running the ball. "We can spread you out and create some nightmares in coverage. If you want to stop our run by keeping all the big guys in there, then so be it, we'll be able to hurt you in a lot of different ways outside."'

March 20, 2015

Marker It’s official: Clay will join Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The $24.5 million Clay will be paid through the first two years of the contract was seen as the primary obstacle to Miami’s ability to match.'

Marker Charles Clay headed to Bills after Miami backs off [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Reports indicate Clay will make $24.2 million in the first two years because the Bills purposely structured the contract to be front-loaded as that would make it difficult for the Dolphins to match given their current salary cap situation, particularly in 2016.'

Marker Dolphins will not match Buffalo Bills' offer sheet to Charles Clay, according to report [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Clay was a priority for the Bills this offseason, and they made that clear by offering him a contract the Dolphins would have trouble matching. The Bills will reportedly pay Clay more than $20 million in guaranteed money, making him one of three tight ends in the NFL to have more than $20 million guaranteed in his contract.'

Marker Ryan needs to recognize that Manuel's best work still to come [1:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Against that kind of unusual success, it's easy to forget that, at age 24, a lot of really good quarterbacks were still closer to being a hot mess than a hot commodity.'

Marker Dolphins lose Charles Clay to Bills, sign ex-Giants lineman J.D. Walton [1:55 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Miami elected to give Clay the transition designation instead of making him its franchise player, which would have cost just $1.2 million more and made it all but impossible for another team to poach him.'

Marker Dolphins moving on without Charles Clay, working to spend remaining cap space [1:54 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'Clay, who started 47 of the 58 games he played for the Dolphins the past four years, will receive a five-year, $38 million contract from the Bills, who viewed the H-back as the missing piece in their offense.'

Marker Dolphins decline to match Charles Clay’s offer from Bills [1:53 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '“He’s a mismatch against linebackers, safeties and even some cornerbacks,” said Troy Drayton, a former Dolphins tight end and an analyst for the team. “His versatility is something you’re going to miss in this offense. It was a great business move by Buffalo.”'

Marker Bills acquire Clay after Dolphins decide not to match offer [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Miami faces salary-cap constraints after signing All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a $114 million, six-year contract last week.'

Marker Clay headed to Buffalo after Dolphins decline to match offer [1:51 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'In 58 games, 47 of which have been starts, the Tulsa product has 161 receptions for 1,809 yards with 14 touchdowns.'

Marker Dolphins pass, Bills add TE Clay [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'For only about $1 million more -- $8,347,000 -- the Dolphins could have used the franchise designation to retain Clay. In the event of him signing with another team, the Dolphins could have received two first-round picks in return, the type of deterrent that likely would have kept the Bills -- who don't have a first-rounder in 2015 -- at bay.'

Marker Bills get their man: Dolphins will not match offer for TE Clay [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Even though the Bills have now successfully signed a transition tagged player, they will not owe the Dolphins any draft pick compensation. The transition tag only guaranteed the right of first refusal to Miami.'

Marker Bills land TE Charles Clay [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'His greatest asset as he now joins Buffalo’s offense is his versatility. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman likes multi-faceted players and Clay’s ability to line up outside, in line, as an H-back or in the offensive backfield will provide Roman with many different pre-snap alignments.'

March 19, 2015

Marker Obama’s proposed end to stadium tax breaks goes wide right [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This provision would limit the City of Buffalo and Erie County’s options for building a new stadium for the Bills and possibly harm efforts to keep the Bills in Western New York, and I will oppose it,” Schumer said. “I do not think it has much chance of passing.”'

Marker Brandon Spikes says he's still open to returning to Buffalo Bills [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Honestly I can't put it into words. It reminds me of a place I used to play down in the Gainesville called the Swamp. It's the truth. I really appreciate those fans up there because I hadn't experienced that since I had been in the NFL and that just gave me the boost to get up every morning and get my job done."'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan reportedly went to Baylor to work out QB Bryce Petty [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Petty, who will be 24 when he begins his NFL career, comes from a spread offense that didn't force him to take snaps from under center or make multiple reads. He also has quite the injury list that includes multiple knee injuries, multiple concussions and a broken back. Petty is easy to fall for because of his physical tools and leadership, but there are plenty of reasons to be weary of his pro prospects.'

Marker Bills sign Harvin; confirm they've made offer to sign Clay [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Harvin is a dynamic receiver and special-teams returner, who joins his fourth team in two years. He opened last season with Seattle before being traded to the New York Jets.'

Marker Bills land Harvin [1:55 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Harvin's career got off to a great start after he was honored as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2009 with Minnesota. Since entering the league, he has averaged 6.7 yards after the catch, which is good for the highest average among all receivers with at least 300 receptions.'

Marker Bills sign Miami TE Clay to offer sheet [1:54 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Terms of the offer weren't disclosed by the Bills, but NFL.com reported the contract to be worth $38 million over five years, including $24.5 million over the first two years. Under the transition tag, Clay would have earned just $7.7 million in 2015 with the Dolphins, although Miami was reportedly trying to work out a long-term deal.'

Marker Bills announce signing of WR Harvin [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills will be Harvin's fourth team in three years after the New York Jets released him rather than pay his $10.5 million salary for 2015.'

Marker Percy Harvin, Bills officially sign on the dotted line [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The wideout's struggle to fit within a locker room since he was a first-round pick out of the University of Florida in the 2009 NFL Draft has been well documented. Harvin, 26, was first traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the Seattle Seahawks for a first, a third, and a seventh-round draft pick. After only one-and-a-half seasons in Seattle, the Seahawks elected to move on and trade him to the Jets for a conditional pick.'

Marker WR Percy Harvin officially signs with Buffalo [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Harvin, who turns 27 in May, is a game breaking talent who will further increase the speed quotient on Buffalo’s offense. He was picked up by plane by Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal on Wednesday and flown to Buffalo for a free agent visit. Seeing what’s been assembled both on the Bills offensive staff and the offensive side of the ball convinced Harvin that Buffalo is a team that can contend for the postseason.'

Marker Bills sign TE Charles Clay to offer sheet [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills appear to be pushing all their chips to the middle of the table at tight end when it comes to landing Clay. They sent head coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and tight ends coach Tony Sparano Jr. to pick up Clay on a private jet last Tuesday, the first day of free agency. The trio of coaches brought him back to Buffalo for a free agent visit. A day later the club released veteran TE Scott Chandler.'

March 18, 2015

Marker Clay signs $38 million offer sheet from Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That per-year average of $7.6 million would make Clay the fourth-highest paid tight end in the NFL, behind only Seattle’s Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Jacksonville’s Julius Thomas ($9.2 million) and Amherst native Rob Gronkowski of New England ($9 million).'

Marker Reports: Bills sign tight end Clay to rich offer sheet [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo News reported Tuesday that the deal is five years in length and worth $38 million with more than $20 million guaranteed. Fox Sports said the deal is worth $24.5 million over the first two years.'

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