It’s been one busy week for the Bills’ roster [12:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With Buffalo having lost Gilmore, Woods and Goodwin and bringing back Alexander, Mills, Humber and Anderson, there are still 16 players from last year’s Bills roster who are unrestricted free agents, who have yet to sign, and one other unrestricted FA, safety Jonathan Meeks, who won’t receive an offer.'
Lorenzo Alexander announces he's returning to Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who had a breakout season in 2016 at 33 years old, announced on Twitter that he's re-signing with the team. The deal is for two years and up to $9.1 million, with $4 million in guarantees, The Buffalo News has learned.'
Lorenzo Alexander has no worries about how he'll fit into new defense [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I definitely want to be settled in one spot and Buffalo being the great football city that it is – obviously the fan base and the whole community embraced me last year – I definitely wanted to come back here,” he said Saturday on a conference call. “I really appreciated the Pegulas, Doug Whaley and Sean McDermott expressing their feelings about me as a player on and off the field. Anytime you have a relationship that you do like that, you definitely want to come back and finish it off.”'
Bills bring back right tackle Jordan Mills [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mills, 26, started every game last season for the Bills, taking 97 percent of the offensive snaps. Although he has plenty of experience, with 50 career starts, he was viewed as the weak link on the Bills' offensive line in 2016. The analytics website Pro Football Focus graded Mills 64th out of 78 qualifying offensive tackles, charging him with nine sacks, six quarterback hits and 44 hurries. The Bills appeared on the verge of handing the right tackle job over to Seantrel Henderson midway through the season, until he was suspended for a second time.'
10 Bills takeaways from the start of free agency [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' McDermott has made it clear he values versatility, and Hyde brings plenty of that with his ability to play cornerback, both outside and in the slot, as well as safety and returner. Those are all positions of need for the Bills. Hyde’s average annual salary of $6 million isn’t outrageous for a starting safety, and he’s only 26. Hyde figures to step into the starting role that once belonged to Williams, filling one of the biggest holes on the roster.'
Buffalo Bills keep two of their own by re-signing Alexander, Mills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But they were happy to get Alexander back, and he’s glad to be back. At the scouting combine in Indianapolis, Alexander was there to do some work for the NFLPA, and he said his agent was in regular contact with the Bills and he was hopeful something could be worked out because he really wanted to stay in Buffalo.'
2 main things attracted FB Patrick DiMarco to Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's an awesome dude," DiMarco said. "A great coach, a great man, very genuine. I sat down to talk to him and "tell me about your family" was the first thing he asked me. I thought that was above and beyond the person that he is. It's just the culture that he's bringing here. It brings a lot of excitement, you know? I've been married almost three years with a one-year old so for a coach, as a family man, to say that to me as the first thing sitting down with him, it kind of knocked me off. My wife might be watching this, so she's going to be super thrilled to hear that."'
Buffalo Bills re-sign right tackle Jordan Mills to two-year contract [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'His return to Buffalo does not ensure that he'll be the team's starting right tackle. The position is thin, but Buffalo has also shown interest in veteran free agent Andre Smith and could select a right tackle in the 2017 NFL draft.'
Where does Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander fit in Sean McDermott's defense? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'll probably be off-the-ball playing SAM on under front as I walk up to the line on over front," Alexander said. "I'll be stacked up - which I did, actually, last year in several of our games especially at the end of the season. It was very effective and impactful, still. And then on third down, usually under center - much like how they used Thomas Davis, kind of looking at the way he was used in Carolina. Having that similar role, obviously on the field and in the locker room."'
Lorenzo Alexander announces that he'll return to the Buffalo Bills [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Alexander made his feelings on a return to Buffalo known leading up to free agency. Although he reportedly received interest from other AFC East teams, Alexander wanted to return to the Bills.'
Buffalo Bills reportedly meeting with free agent OT Andre Smith [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Smith was the No. 6 pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and struggled through injuries during his first two seasons. He eventually turned it around and became the team's starting right tackle, earning a second contract. He hit free agency last season and signed a one-year $3.5 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings but ended his season injured reserve with a triceps injury.'
Bills re-sign linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to 2-year deal [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'The team announced the agreement, and a person with direct knowledge of the contract revealed its details to The Associated Press. The person said $4.1 million of the contract is guaranteed, and spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the Bills did not disclosed the contract's length and value.'
Bills re-sign LB Alexander [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The 10-year-veteran, who was expected to be a backup but won the job in training camp, led the Bills with 12.5 sacks last season after recording a total of nine sacks in his first nine NFL seasons.'
Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander returning to the Bills [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Alexander, 33, was among the NFL's surprise stars of last season after enjoying a late-career breakout year.'
Jordan Mills reaches agreement with Bills on 2-year deal worth $4 million, source says [1:46 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Mills plugged a hole for the Bills when right tackle Seantrel Henderson was diagnosed with Crohn's disease late in the 2015 season, but was a liability last season, ranking 64th among NFL tackles by Pro Football Focus.'
Bills re-sign LB Alexander [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Alexander was also named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month in October of 2016, and is the first Bill to win that honor since Sam Cowart back in 2000.'
Bills re-sign LB Lorenzo Alexander & RT Jordan Mills [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"If I finish out this deal, I will have played 14 years in the NFL," he said. "Hopefully I can win a championship in the next two years. Obviously, I say that and looking at what we did the last 17 years, nobody sees that in the cards but obviously nobody saw me getting 12 and a half sacks last year, either."'
Bills agree to terms with LB Lorenzo Alexander [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Alexander, who turns 34 at the end of May, led the Bills in sacks with a career-high 12.5 and was second on the team in tackles for loss with 10 last season. He also tied for the team lead in special teams tackles (12) with Ramon Humber, who also re-signed with Buffalo last month.'
Bills agree to terms with T Jordan Mills [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'A 6-5, 316-pound Louisiana Tech product, Mills spent the last two seasons with the Bills—starting all 16 games at right tackle for the team in 2016 and starting five of his 10 games played in 2015. Mills originally entered the NFL in 2013 as a fifth round pick (163rd overall) of the Chicago Bears.'
What they're saying: NFL analysts review Bills 2017 free agent class [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Taylor is far from the perfect quarterback, but given the tough quarterback market right now, he’ll work in Buffalo.'
Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Taylor 'excited' about working with 'Coach Ric [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It has some similarities, but also being in the system one year in Baltimore, (there will) definitely (be) some changes in it as far as the play-action pass and getting on the edge," Taylor said. "Just a very player-friendly system. Definitely a system that LeSean (McCoy) is going to like. Get a chance to move Sammy (Watkins) around into different places.'
Report: Ryan Groy drawing interest from four teams [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Groy received the lowest restricted free agent tender from the Bills, which would pay him $1.797 million on a one-year contract. Another team can offer Groy a contract, which the Bills would have the right to match. Because he was undrafted, the Bills wouldn't be entitled to any compensation if they elected not to do so.'
Bills WR Justin Hunter reportedly visiting Patriots [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hunter, 25, appeared in 12 games and made five starts for the Bills in 2016, catching 10 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 203-pounder is a former second-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2013. He had 68 catches for 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns in Tennessee before eventually landing in Buffalo after a one-game stop in Miami.'
Tolbert reunites with 'Breakfast Club' member on fullback-friendly Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is going on my 10th season, and the fullback has slowly been dying out," Tolbert said during a news conference Friday. "You get a guy like Coach McDermott, who believes in us. He not only brings in myself, but also Patrick DiMarco.'
Bills release Buffalo native Corey Graham [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Graham, who turns 32 in July, has been a remarkably durable player throughout his 10-year career. He missed three games as a rookie in 2007, but since then has played in all 16 games nine years in a row.'
Buffalo Bills release safety Corey Graham, free up salary cap space [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Graham had one year remaining on the four-year, $16 million contract he signed with the Bills back in 2014. The Bills will save $4.05 million on the salary cap by cutting Graham.'
In Micah Hyde, Sean McDermott found a quarterback for Buffalo Bills' secondary [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Versatility, smarts, intangibles, toughness is where you start, McDermott said. "And then you look at the skill set on the field - ball skills, the ability to take the football away and score on defense or set up our offense in scoring position will be big for us moving forward, and just the ability to run the defense and be that quarterback in the secondary was big for us."'
Why Mike Tolbert thinks Sean McDermott is the right man for Buffalo Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Just being around each other we got to know each other a good deal," Tolbert said Thursday after getting signed by the Bills. "He called me and he's like, 'I need you. I want you.' And I'm like, 'I got you.'"'
Buffalo Bills free agency: 10 things we learned from Sean McDermott this week [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ok, so no video games. But what about the fullbacks? The Bills signed Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert, two players who have been Pro Bowlers at the fullback position. What's up with loading up at that position?'
Buffalo Bills could be 'all-in' on Alabama TE O.J. Howard, says Matt Miller [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Could the Bills be all in on O.J. Howard? Yes, according to a scouting contact with the team," said Miller. "Now that Tyrod Taylor is locked up, the team won't be forced to go quarterback early. Howard, according to the scout, is a player the Bills love."'
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