Buffalo Bills’ strange, arranged marriage with Toronto comes to a quiet end [5:18 PM]
National Post reports: 'For all of the many ways in which Rogers Centre is not Ralph Wilson Stadium, beginning with its size and the fact that you can’t stand around all morning in the parking lot and become soused, the Toronto series has been crippled from the start by the Bills’ chronic inability to not suck.'
Buffalo Bills' turn from Toronto a win for fans, but worries linger [10:23 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'Sarama grew up in western New York, buffeted since the 1970s by the occasional dread inspired by talk of the Bills' relocation. He founded a fan website called twobillsdrive.com, in deference to the home team's street address of One Bills Drive, deep in a residential neighborhood of Orchard Park, N.Y.'
Bills raise prices for season tickets [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s the first time since 2010 the team has raised season-ticket prices, an increase it called “modest” in a statement. In 2013, season tickets ranged from $225 to $720 in regular seating areas and $1,278 to $2,790 for a club seat. This year, club seats range from $1,470 to $3,100.'
Poloncarz names seven to serve on stadium panel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Thursday announced the seven members he appointed to serve on a committee that will represent the county as part of a new panel exploring whether to build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills or to make further renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Polancarz picks Bills group [1:57 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'The stadium commission will explore all possible options for where the Bills could play once the present lease deal at Ralph Wilson Stadium expires. That could include further renovations to the aging Orchard Park facility — one of the league's oldest venues — or a new stadium in Orchard Park, on the Buffalo Outer Harbor or elsewhere.'
Bills re-sign DB Smith, issue tenders to 3 players [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Also on Thursday, free agent linebacker Jasper Brinkley visited the Bills' facility. Brinkley has four seasons of NFL experience and played in Arizona last year before being released by the Cardinals this week. He played his first three seasons with Minnesota after being selected in the fifth round of the 2009 draft.'
Erie County names 7 appointees to Bills committee [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'Poloncarz included himself among the appointees, as well as deputy executive Richard Tobe, who represented the county in negotiating a 10-year lease agreement with the Bills in 2012. Other appointees are former Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathleen Hochul, who is now an M&T Bank vice president, and Clover Management president Michael Joseph.'
Bills retain four free agents [1:54 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'McClain was added to the active roster during the season, but never dressed for a game.'
Bills retain four players [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Smith joined Buffalo's practice squad on last Sept. 10 before being promoted to the team's 53-man roster on Oct. 8 and appeared in two games in 2013. Smith (6-1, 205) entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2011.'
Bills tender three ERFAs, re-sign CB [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In the NFL, exclusive rights free agents (ERFAs) have two options when tendered by their team. They can choose to accept the tender and sign it, or they can leave the NFL entirely. ERFAs are defined as players that have contracts end before the player has three vested seasons in the NFL.'
Williams deal likely seals Byrd's fate with Bills [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Byrd is a fantastic player, but it's obvious that when he elected to move on and not accept the Bills' lucrative offer, they had a contingency plan in place to sign Aaron Williams for the long-term. You'd have to think that it's part of the reason the Bills did not issue the franchise tag to Byrd, knowing they could lock up Williams straight away.'
Bills retain four free agents [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills have exercised their exclusive rights by tendering offers to WR Chris Hogan, OL Antoine McClain, and FB Frank Summers and re-signing DB Brandon Smith.'
Bills host free agent LB Jasper Brinkley [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Brinkley (6-1, 252) is a four-year veteran who played for the Cardinals last season appearing in 15 games in a part-time role that included three starts. The 28-year old lined up mainly at inside linebacker in Arizona’s 3-4 front.'
Bills introduce variable ticket pricing for 2014 [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The goal of variable pricing is to create a pricing structure that best reflects the market demand for all games,” stated Russ Brandon, president and CEO for the Buffalo Bills.'
Bills take stock in Williams with extension [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m very blessed to have a great opportunity to be with a team like this,” Williams said. “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.”'
Falcons game was last straw for Bills in Toronto [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After six years, not only weren’t the Bills building on their fan base in Toronto, they were watching it grow more apathetic.'
Bills drop 2014 Toronto game [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think it's been a roller-coaster from the standpoint of just the losses," Brandon said. "That's on us. We have not played well up there and we have to take responsibility for that. We're 1-5 up there. We're not using this as an excuse."'
Bills should sack Toronto series [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I mean, what's a little bad PR and another year of missing the playoffs when you can't sell out Ralph Wilson Stadium late in the season but you've got sellout money in the bank in Canada?'
Bills-in-Toronto series shelved for 2014 [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'A source in the position to know told QMI Agency that the Toronto series will resume in 2015, and that all four remaining regular-season games contracted in the five-year extension signed in January 2013 -- plus one preseason game -- will still be played.'
Buffalo Bills ‘postpone’ home game in Toronto for upcoming NFL season [1:54 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'In exchange, the Bills earned more than double what they usually generated from hosting games in Buffalo. The value of the most recent deal has not been revealed, but the price tag was expected to be lower after Rogers officials expressed concerns over the value of the series.'
‘Postponement’ of Buffalo Bills’ Toronto game? Stay of execution more like it [1:53 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The flacks can call it a postponement or a hiatus or whatever else they like. What it really is is a temporary stay of execution.'
Buffalo Bills suspend Toronto games for 2014 season [1:52 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: '“We’re going to go through a detailed full analysis. Most of our analysis that we’ve been through over the past few months has been more top line,” he said. “We’re going to look at every aspect that if we do come back we have a more robust fan experience and try to create more of a home-field advantage for us. Right now, that was not the situation and that was one of the reasons we’d rather get into a lot of detail with our partners up there and see if that’s viable moving forward.”'
Buffalo Bills postpone 2014 Toronto game for one year [1:51 AM]
National Post reports: 'Football at the Rogers Centre in general appears to be coming to end regardless. The CFL’s Argos only have a lease to play there through 2017. It is believed baseball’s Blue Jays, who are owned by Rogers, will become the sole tenant and a natural-grass field will be installed.'
Bills put Toronto series on hold for 1 season [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills and their Toronto partner, Rogers Communications, announced in a release Wednesday they have "postponed" the series for one season. The postponement will allow both sides to work on enhancing future games, the release said.'
Bills sign S Aaron Williams to 4-year extension [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'The move was announced Wednesday, and provides the Bills at least some long-term stability in their defensive backfield. Williams' signing came at a time when Buffalo stands to lose starting safety Jairus Byrd, who is preparing to test free agency next week.'
Rogers, Buffalo Bills put annual Toronto series on hold for at least a year [1:48 AM]
CP reports: '"Some of that had to do with how we played over the last six years, (that) has really not been conducive to building a lot of fans that were NFL fans, but we're trying to make them Bills fans. We’re going to continue to try to do that through a variety of initiatives that we will be working with Rogers over the next year in a very robust sponsorship and partnership that we will have that will cater to fans above the border."'
Aaron Williams signs extension with Bills [1:47 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Williams made the move from cornerback to safety in 2013, recording 82 tackles with 11 pass breakups and four interceptions in 14 starts.'
Bills won't play in Toronto in 2014 [1:46 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'There was no reason given for the decision to suspend the series.'
Bills re-sign S Williams [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'A second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Williams had trouble at cornerback in his first two seasons but stepped up his production last year after switching to safety. He has 144 career tackles (111 solo), five interceptions, 23 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.'
Bills postpone Toronto game set for 2014 [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Attendance for the series, which began in 2008 and was extended in 2012, has been poor recently. In a 34-31 overtime loss to the Falcons last season, the announced attendance was 38,969. Ralph Wilson Stadium has a 73,960-seat capacity.'
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