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Buffalo Bills News - March 12, 2015

Marker Chip Kelly says Buffalo Bills leaked LeSean McCoy trade before he could tell him [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"So, I called my agent to see exactly what was going on, and he said it was true," McCoy said in his introductory press conference Tuesday. "We talked about it and my first reaction definitely was, I was disappointed just because my team didn't really … I didn't know what was going on. I had been in Philadelphia my whole life. For the six years, it was great. But, once I sat down and relaxed, I had some thought to myself. I talked to my family and I felt it was the best move. I felt like a team actually wanted me. It was possible to make this trade go through. They want a player and a running back that's going to give them everything they have, 110 percent. So, at the end of the day, I'm happy to be here."'

Marker Buffalo Bills extend DT Kyle Williams through 2017, according to report [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams' contract extension is worth $10.5 million and presumably lowers his scheduled $6.4 million cap hit for the 2015 season. Williams, a former fifth-round pick and nine-year veteran, graded out as the seventh best defensive tackle in the NFL on Pro Football Focus for the 2014 season. He has 34.5 career sacks and at least five in four of the last five seasons.'

Marker Doug Whaley denies that the Buffalo Bills ever considered cutting Fred Jackson [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Jackson has one year left on his contract, and his job is safe for now. But the Bills are spending aggressively in free agency, so it's tough to take anything off the table.'

Marker 5 questions with new Bills quarterback Matt Cassel [1:49 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '“It’s night and day from when I was a rookie, when my head was spinning, just trying to figure out what I’m doing out there. Now it’s completely different. I think you grow every single year. You come to know more about your strengths, and the things you want to work on as well.”'

Marker Rex's Bills Look to Keep Fans Thirsty [1:48 AM]
Artvoice reports: 'Whether or not the Dolphins match Buffalo’s offer for Clay, Whaley and Ryan have made clear their rather retro strategy, given the lack of quarterbacks any better than Manuel or Cassel in free agency or the upcoming draft. By devoting so many resources to maintaining one of the league’s best defenses while rebuilding a pitiful running game, they want to make the position as irrelevant as possible.'

Marker Bills 'pull out the stops' for former Vikings fullback Jerome Felton [1:47 AM]
Saint Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"It was a special year we had," Felton said of the playoff season of 2012. "The Vikings treated me well, and they were always up front with me. So there's no hard feelings."'

Marker My Workout: Football pro ups his game in Tucson park [1:46 AM]
Arizona Daily Star reports: 'Green is a gifted athlete, but Strevay said he is just as impressed with his dedication. “A gift is only good if you work hard on it.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills release staring tight end Scott Chandler [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'Chandler led Buffalo's tight ends in catches and yards in each of the past four seasons, including last year when he had 47 receptions for 497 yards. He has 17 touchdowns in 65 career games with the Bills. Chandler scored six times in both 2011 and '12 to match the franchise's single-season record for TDs by a tight end.'

Marker Bills in midst of busy offseason in bid to build contender [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"You guys tired of seeing me yet?" general manager Doug Whaley joked, as he stepped to the podium to introduce Cassel. "I've been working."'

Marker Bills bulk up run game by signing free-agent fullback Felton [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Felton said it is a four-year deal. He is the latest addition to a run-oriented offense being introduced by new coach Rex Ryan. Felton joins a retooled backfield that will now feature McCoy, who was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia.'

Marker Chandler cut loose by Bills [1:42 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Over 65 games with the Bills, Chandler accumulated 182 catches for 2,120 yards and 17 touchdowns, ranking third in team history for receptions and touchdown catches for a tight end.'

Marker Bills sign FB Felton, cut TE Chandler [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Felton, a fifth-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2008, was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012 as he led the way for Adrian Peterson to rush for 2,097 yards.'

Marker Percy Harvin is in Buffalo [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Harvin was let go by the Jets on Tuesday afternoon, following the official acquisition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall. In 2014, the Seattle Seahawks traded Harvin to the Jets for a conditional draft pick. Between the two franchises, Harvin caught 51 passes for 483 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 202 yards between the two clubs and another touchdown.'

Marker Bills release TE Chandler [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As of right now, Chris Gragg, MarQueis Gray, and Chris Manhertz are the lone tight ends on the roster.'

Marker Bills' Whaley denies story that he intended to cut Fred Jackson [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The question: "Did you ever have the intention of cutting Fred Jackson?" To which Whaley hesitated briefly, and then succinctly answered, "No."'

Marker March Gladness For The Buffalo Bills and Their Fans [1:37 AM]
WHAM-AM reports: 'Could the Bills go 11-5 this season? That seems on the optimistic side. But I wouldn’t be shocked.'

Marker Scott Chandler released by Bills [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Chandler was in the last year of his contract with the Bills. His release provides a measure of cap room that could be instrumental in signing his potential replacement to an offer sheet. Buffalo is hosting Miami transition player TE Charles Clay on a free agent visit.'

Marker FB Jerome Felton signed by Bills [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It was first class all the way and they let me know their intentions from the get-go,” said Felton. “There was a lot of excitement around it and I know I’m wanted here and I feel good about it and I’m just ready to be a Buffalo Bill.”'

Marker Free agent QB Tyrod Taylor on visit with Bills [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Taylor, who is set to turn just 26 in August, has played his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens. The AFC North club made him a sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft.'

Marker WR Percy Harvin to visit at One Bills Drive [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'For Harvin there is familiarity with Ryan as well as receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who Harvin played under in New York for the second half of the 2014 season. In his eight games with the Jets, Harvin had 29 receptions for 350 yards and a touchdown. He was additionally used as a rusher, primarily on jet sweeps and end arounds. He also returned kicks for New York averaging a solid 24.8 yards a return.'

Marker McCoy and Cassel trades came together quickly [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“They reached out after the combine and got the ball rolling there,” Whaley said of the Eagles. “It wasn’t a lengthy trade process. We reached an agreement pretty much in one day. They asked about some situations to see if we’d have an interest. We gave them a counterproposal and it was to their liking and then we just got approval from both ownership groups and worked out the paperwork and said when the league year begins we’ll make it official.”'

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March 11, 2015

Marker Bills' Matt Cassel trade official; Percy Harvin, Tyrod Taylor reportedly visiting Buffalo [2:09 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Breathe easy, though. Cassel's trade is official and he will have a press conference at noon Wednesday. Better yet, by the end of the week he could be a part of an offense that includes not only recently acquired LeSean McCoy but tight end Charles Clay and wide receiver Percy Harvin.'

Marker Pegulas now big players at big table [2:06 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When you combine Ryan’s big personality with Pegula’s big bankbook, you begin to command respect. For too long, the Bills were the joke of the NFL. Now they’re the talk of the league, an organization that has regained a measure of relevance by talking tough and spending large.'

Marker Bills power up offense with McCoy [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think any player who’s been with a franchise for so long and built the kind of relationship with the management, the owner … any player would be angry,” he said. “Once I kind of collected my thoughts, talked to my family … a lot of things that happen, it’s a blessing.”'

Marker Bills determined to land TE Charles Clay and fullback Jerome Felton [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clay not only is getting a tour of the Bills’ facility, as the team announced Tuesday night, but The News has learned he also will look for potential places to live in the area.'

Marker NFL seeks dismissal of lawsuit by former Buffalo Jills over wages [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In seeking to add the NFL as a defendant, Ferrari’s attorney, Sean E. Cooney, cited broadcast rights contracts from 2007 and 2009 between the Bills and Citadel, which Cooney said also gave Citadel the exclusive rights to run the Jills cheerleading squad.'

Marker McCoy feeling the love as he joins the Bills [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s a team that’s committed to running the ball,” said McCoy. “Look at Rex Ryan and all the things that he’s done; his teams get to the playoffs, win games, with the team he had. And you bring in a defense like this and with Greg (Roman) as offensive coordinator, who has the ability to get the ball in the running back’s hands, in open space, to make plays, that’s all you want.”'

Marker Welcome to the NFL's Black and Suh Division [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But an Incognito vs. Suh showdown has me wondering what the over-under on unsportsmanlike conduct penalties will be when the Bills and Dolphins meet twice next season.'

Marker Percy Harvin visiting with Buffalo Bills first, according to report [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Harvin has played for three different teams since 2012. The Vikings traded Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for first and third-round picks in the 2013 draft as well as a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft. Harvin won a Super Bowl in Seattle but was traded to the Jets in the middle of his second season with the Seahawks for a conditional draft pick that will be a sixth-rounder since New York released him.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy told Frank Gore about Eagles coach Chip Kelly [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The bigger question, though, might be what McCoy said to Gore, who was reportedly close to signing with the Philadelphia Eagles before deciding on the Indianapolis Colts. McCoy repeatedly mentioned feeling appreciated in Buffalo, but he didn't bite when asked what he might have said to Gore about Eagles coach Chip Kelly.'

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