Bills star Williams sues to get $785,000 engagement ring back [4:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Texas is not a no-fault state for such a conditional gift. The person giving the ring can recover it “on breach of the marriage engagement by the donee,” according to a 2003 Texas Court of Appeals ruling.'
Mario Williams sues to get his engagement ring back [4:30 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Williams’ attorneys are seeking a temporary restraining order and a permanent injunction preventing Marzouki or her associates from selling or damaging the ring or keeping any proceeds from the sale of the ring. Williams is entitled to recovery of the ring, they say, under a “conditional gift rule” recognized by Texas courts.'
Former Texan sues ex-fiancee to get ring back [1:17 PM]
KTRK-TV reports: 'Under a rule that is recognized by Texas courts, Williams may be entitled to get the ring back because it was given as a gift with the intention of getting married, and Marzouki reportedly ended the engagement.'
Bills $100 million man Mario Williams suing ex-fiance over 10-carat diamond [12:33 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Williams filed a lawsuit against his former finance, Erin Marzouki, seeking the return of a 10-carat diamond engagement ring that the stud defensive end bought her with some of his Houston Texan cash. How much cash, you might be wondering? Try a cool $785,000. No, that isn’t a typo. Williams thought it a good idea to pony up more than three-quarters of a million dollars on a single ring for a girl he thought he might marry. MC Hammer thinks that’s extravagant.'
Nix, Marrone look back at Buffalo draft [10:12 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It really, at first, kind of shocked me a little bit,” Nix admitted. “But when you think about it, people were worried about this quarterback class. The hype or the lack of it got people concerned and they went out and tried to give themselves some insurance, bringing in veteran quarterbacks. It made that not be a priority in the first few picks.'
Smart money’s on keeping Byrd [3:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills shouldn’t let it come to that. I’m not privy to negotiations, but it would be imprudent to play hardball with Byrd and risk alienating one of the top players and good guys on the team. It’s only May, but drafting safeties in consecutive rounds was a troubling sign that this could get ugly.'
Alonso could star as QB of Bills' defense [3:39 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Alonso is a highly athletic, tenacious defender with a history of making big plays in big games. His agility, speed and instincts make him a legitimate three-down defender -- critical when taking into consideration that if the Bills have plans to jump in the AFC East standings they'll have to not only improve against the run but slow down Tom Brady's quick-hitting passes over the middle.'
Bills will be on the lookout for missing puzzle pieces [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Players will be released. There’s still some cap work that needs to be done on a lot of teams so there will be good players popping up. You just have to be ready, and we track them,” said Tom Gibbons, the Bills’ director of pro personnel. “If there were to be a player come available, I don’t think there’d be any question that we’d sign him ... up until camp if we felt the player could help us.”'
Grading drafts in the AFC East [1:58 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The first scout gave the Bills’ draft a C grade, the second a B to B-minus.'
Ken Mastrole coaches FSU QB E.J. Manuel into NFL Draft [7:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'What Mastrole did was come in and put the gifted passer through every test imaginable. By last week’s NFL Draft, many had felt that his improvement and ability was worthy of a first-round pick. When the Buffalo Bills made the selection, Manuel and his instructor were center stage.'
Buffalo Bills post-draft depth chart [8:37 PM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Losing Andy Levitre is bad enough, but they also lost a valuable backup in Chad Rinehart. David Snow was an undrafted free-agent in 2012, and ended up starting two games due to injury, as well. Maybe Chris Hairston or Zebrie Sanders slides over to guard, but this is just a hairy situation overall that the Bills didn't do anything about.'
Hopkins’ selection kickstarts battle [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills – and many draft analysts – rated him the top place-kicker in college. In four full seasons as the Seminoles’ kicker he set NCAA records for scoring (466 points) and field goals (88).'
Hard work to reach NFL nothing new for Rock Hill’s Meeks [1:58 AM]
Rock Hill Herald reports: '“I feel I can do a lot for (the Bills),” he said. “There were abilities and talents I had that were not tapped into at Clemson. I was only scratching the surface at Clemson. The things I can do from a safety standpoint, I think I will fit in well using my aggression, size and speed.”'
This year's NFL Draft unusual, in Buffalo for sure [1:57 AM]
Huntington Herald Dispatch reports: 'But regardless of the outcome -- good or bad or something in between -- this was a poorly conceived decision because Buffalo burned a first round pick on a player they could have gotten much later. You mean to tell me Buffalo couldn't have drafted Manuel in the second round with the 41st or 46th overall picks, or in the third round with the 68th overall pick, and filled another need (one of their many) with their first pick instead? Please!'
Chan Gailey talks God, football at Northeast Alabama FCA banquet [1:56 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"I stand before you because of that," Gailey told the audience at the Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes Home Team Celebration and Fundraising Banquet on Thursday night at First Baptist Church. "I stand before you today not as a coach who professed Christianity, but as a Christian who happened to coach for a living. And there's a big difference in those two."'
How the Bills fit in to the new NFL: Offense [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The trend of the new NFL is unmistakable, and teams all over the league are attempting to adapt as the years pass by. Gone are the years where teams depend on the downhill, road-grading run games that dictate the tempo.'
The Bills get a quarterback, gain speed in draft [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manuel seems excited to come to Buffalo and work with the Bills. He appears to be intelligent on and off the field. He received All-ACC academic honors and has even begun taking master’s level courses at FSU as a fifth-year senior. Manuel respects coaches and teachers, and is a very humble player as evidenced by his presence during interviews with the media.'
Estero's Mastrole happy to see protege plucked early during NFL draft [1:58 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: '“It was a big process,” Manuel said. “He’s someone who has been through the process. He knew what to expect. I could learn from some of the mistakes that he made. He’s just a good guy. We worked out hard, but we had fun doing it. He was living vicariously through me.”'
Doug Marrone thinks 'media really pumped up' Ryan Nassib connection [5:29 PM]
CBS Sports reports: '"We spent a lot of time with these quarterbacks. All of them. You grow attached to them but, obviously, the attachment to Ryan is far deeper than anyone else," Marrone said. "We didn't put anything out there saying we were talking to Ryan or saying we were going to take him or anything else. But the media really pumped it up, and I'm thinking to myself when we made the decision on who we want to go with, you're talking not just on draft day but days leading up to it of being "Ugh, this is awful." And everyone asking you, "Hey, you gonna take Ryan?"'
Manuel a bad-weather QB? It sealed the deal for Bills [5:27 PM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Manuel won over his future team with an impressive workout on a day punctuated by wind and thunderstorms.'
2013 Buffalo Bills draft grades [7:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Media members and NFL Draft pundits grade the Bills 2013 Draft...'
Experts give Bills’ draft class so-so reviews [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kiper’s grade was the lowest he gave out to any team. His doubts about quarterback EJ Manuel – Buffalo’s first-round pick – was the main reason why.'
Fond memories of Larry Felser [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He wrote with uncommon insight for the common man. With the finesse of a running back, the perspective of a lineman or the wallop of a linebacker. “Why use a fly swatter if you’ve been given a hammer?” he would say.'
Mel Kiper deserves an F [1:57 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Well, he wasn't going to give the Bills an "A" or "B," basically stating that he's a moron and has no idea what he's doing, right? If Manuel ends up being the top QB in this draft, Kiper takes a pretty big hit in terms of credibility, so of course he's telling us that Manuel is a project, with "slow eyes," that was a mistake pick at No. 16.'
12 things I think about the Bills [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A lot was made about the Bills drafting and signing more "edgy" players this year. Intentional or not, there were clearly a few more players with legal incidences brought in this April than we've seen in recent years. My sense is the organization feels much better about the ability of Doug Marrone to handle these players and surround them with the right type of environment than they did with Chan Gailey.'
A respectable Tuel-box for Bills undrafted QB [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He won the starting job initially and then he tweaked a knee early in the season,” said Bills scout Brad Forsyth. “They had a young guy come in and he played pretty well so Tuel kind of lost his spot. He played in spots the rest of the year, but I think he’s a kid that really does have a legitimate shot. He needs some time, development and experience, but he has all the physical tools you’re looking for and he’s a smart kid as well.”'
Bills swap LBs with Colts for versatility [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We think this defense and the way they’re going to play him will fit what he does best,” Nix said. “He was a defensive end at TCU. Played with his hand on the ground. Did that at first with the Colts and then when they went to the 3-4, he played a little bit of both. But he played behind Robert and Dwight Freeney, so playing time wasn’t a lot. We think this will give him an opportunity to do what he does best.”'
Colts deal disappointing first-round pick Jerry Hughes to Buffalo for LB Kelvin Sheppard [1:58 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Hughes had the makings of a talented speed rusher, amassing 30 sacks and eight forced fumbles in his final two college seasons at Texas Christian. But he didn’t register an NFL sack until his second season, finishing with just six tackles in 12 games as a rookie and 15 in 12 games in 2011.'
Bills trade LB Sheppard to Colts for LB Hughes [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'Sheppard, a 2011 second-round pick from LSU, has been inconsistent in two seasons in Buffalo. He had 138 tackles and two sacks in 31 games, including 24 starts.'
Colts, Bills swap linebackers [1:56 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Sheppard was selected by the Bills in the third round of the 2011 draft and has started 24 of the 32 games he has played. He has totaled 138 tackles, including 95 solo, with two sacks and a fumble recovery.'
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