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Buffalo Bills News - March 15, 2017

Marker Tyrod Taylor contract details: Buffalo Bills can get out of deal after 2017 [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Taylor may have gotten a commitment from the Bills, but it's not the most reassuring of commitments. Taylor still has to prove himself before a better option comes along for the Bills.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin retiring 'for real this time,' says rep [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'During his time with the Vikings, Harvin began having issues with migraines. It was a problem that plagued him for the rest of his career. In addition to problems with migraines, Harvin also dealt with hip injuries in his career.'

Marker Bills add WR Butler, may lose OL Groy [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The 6-foot-3 receiver joins a receiver group which includes Sammy Watkins, Kolby Listenbee, Walt Powell, Philly Brown, and 2016 practice squad player Dez Lewis.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor contract: Get ready for (another) bumpy off season [1:52 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Taylor’s restructured contract has a cap hit of $9.7 million for this season, down from approximately $16 million in the original option. In 2018 under the new contract, Taylor’s cap hit doubles to approximately $18 million.'

Marker LA Rams sign Bills offensive lineman Groy to offer sheet [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills retained the rights to Groy by extending him a one-year contract tender last week. reported the Rams made Groy a two-year, $5 million offer, with $3.5 million guaranteed.'

Marker Bills QB Taylor took significant pay cut to stay with team [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'It suggests Taylor thought his options were limited with other teams, especially in terms of getting a deal better than the restructured contract he signed with the Bills.'

Marker Bills WR Harvin retires again [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Harvin, 28, originally announced his retirement last spring following an injury-plagued 2015 season. He came back in November to make two catches for 6 yards in two appearances (one start) before migraine headaches led to the Bills placing him on the non-football illness list.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor's restructured deal with Bills amounts to $10M pay cut [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Taylor will earn $30.5 million in 2017 and 2018 combined before his contract automatically voids on the fifth day after the Super Bowl in February 2019. Under his previous deal, Taylor would have earned $40.5 million in 2017 and 2018 combined if the Bills exercised an option in his contract that would have kept him under the team's control through 2021.'

Marker Percy Harvin's agent says the wide receiver has retired [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: '"He's done [playing]," Barnett said.'

Marker Here’s how much money Tyrod Taylor gave up to stay with the Bills [1:46 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Taylor clearly believed the Bills gave him the best chance for success, and his new deal allows him to become a free agent in 2019. If he plays well the next two years, he could cash in big time.'

Marker Report: Groy receives offer sheet from Rams [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Once Groy signs the offer sheet, the Bills would have five days to match the offer or the 26-year old will become property of the Rams. The Bills gave Groy an original-round RFA tender before free agency began, which is worth $1.8 million. However, since Groy was originally undrafted, the Bills would not receive any compensation if they decide not to match the offer.'

Marker What the new Tyrod Taylor contract means for the Bills [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It goes from a five-year pact essentially to a two-year deal. The final three years of the deal automatically void, but due to the structure of the contract, the prorated signing bonuses would continue out and if the two parties split ahead of the 2019 season, Taylor would keep a dead money hit. The signing bonus from the original extension also carries over, which bumps up some of the dead money as well.'

Marker How the new Bills free agents will impact the roster [1:43 AM] reports: 'S Micah Hyde - So far the biggest money free agent added to Buffalo’s roster. With the turnover at the safety position, Hyde is expected to step into the starting lineup at one of the two centerfield positions and fill a multitude of roles in the secondary.'

Marker Bills Today: Who sold 'Zo on Coach McDermott? [1:42 AM] reports: '“I have a great relationship with (Carolina LB) Thomas Davis,” said Alexander. “We actually were rookies together in Carolina and have maintained that friendship. I have a lot of respect for him, as far as who he is and he put his name on Sean.'

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Marker Bills add defensive line depth by signing DE Ryan Davis [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In five seasons, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound Davis has played in 47 games, registering 30 tackles, 11 sacks, one interception, three passes defensed, 26 quarterback hits, 12 tackles for loss, three fumbles forced and four fumble recoveries.'

Marker Bills add to receiver depth by signing Jeremy Butler [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After being released by the Ravens early last September, Butler joined the practice squad of the Buccaneers and spent five days on their active roster with no game appearances. He then hooked on with the Jets, but didn't play for them, either.'

Marker Ex-Bills player Jones to talk kidney illness [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jones, who returned to Buffalo in August as co-host of “The John Murphy Show” on WGR-AM 550, played three seasons for the Bills. He has battled kidney health problems his entire life, and will talk about what ultimately led to his retirement from football, as well as a subsequent kidney transplant and his current efforts to serve as a kidney health advocate.'

Marker Los Angeles Rams extend two-year offer sheet to Buffalo Bills' Ryan Groy (report) [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Groy, 26, appeared in 16 games with the Bills in 2016 and made seven starts at center after Eric Wood was placed on the injured reserve. He fared well in Buffalo's starting rotation and Pro Football Focus gave Groy a 79.5 overall grade, 23rd among all centers.'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Josh Norris has Buffalo Bills selecting RB Alvin Kamara [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Surprise. The NFL likes Kamara more than those of us on the outside. The running game will be critical for the Bills success, as it was last season. I love LeSean McCoy. Love. But some have suggested he is an awkward fit in the new running scheme."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign former Chargers WR Jeremy Butler [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Last season, Butler, who stands 6-feet-3-inches tall, spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets before latching on with the Chargers. In signing Butler, who turns 26 in April, the Bills now have six wide receivers on the depth chart. They lost Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in free agency and are left with Sammy Watkins, Dezmin Lewis, Kolby Listenbee, Walt Powell and newly signed Philly Brown along with Butler.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign former Cowboys and Jaguars defensive end Ryan Davis [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In 47 career games, Davis has 11 sacks, including a career-high 6.5 sacks back in 2014 with the Jaguars. Davis joins a defensive line that already features Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson. At 6-feet-2-inches tall and 260 pounds, Davis has the ability to be a situational pass rusher off the edge. He's never started a game in his NFL career.'

Marker Can Buffalo Bills OL Vladimir Ducasse compete at right tackle? [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"At the end of the day, in my head, I've mainly played guard being in the NFL," Ducasse said. "Then again, I was in Chicago two years ago in a situation where we didn't know if it was going to be guard or right tackle. So you kind of expect the unexpected, but thank God we had Kyle Long, who is very versatile and all that stuff. But once you have that title of O-line, you know, just be ready for anything. For me, except center."'

Marker Bills free agency update: Bills add, drop multiple players [1:51 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Alexander, 33, had a breakout season in Buffalo last year with 12.5 sacks. The Bills re-signed the former edge rusher despite questions surrounding his fit in the new defensive system under McDermott. Alexander thrived in a 3-4 under former head coach Rex Ryan, but McDermott will run a base 4-3. Along with his sack total, Alexander had 76 tackles and an interception, all career highs.'

Marker Buffalo Bills agree to sign defensive end Ryan Davis [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Overall, Davis has 11 sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles in 47 career games.'

Marker Rams to tender 2-year offer sheet to Bills guard Ryan Groy [1:49 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo gave Groy an original-round restricted free-agent tender earlier this month, worth $1.8 million. Because Groy was undrafted, the Bills will not receive any draft compensation if they decline to match the Rams' offer.'

Marker Bills sign DE Ryan Davis, meet with three other free agents [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Davis spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys after entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012. The 6-2, 260-pound Bethune-Cookman product has played 47 games in the NFL, recording 30 tackles, 11 sacks, one INT, three passes defensed, 26 QB hits, 12 tackles for loss, three fumbles forced and four fumble recoveries.'

Marker Top 5 remaining Bills needs (3/13/17) [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Sure, the Bills signed Philly Brown to add some much-needed depth -- and he could even factor into the normal rotation at wide receiver as a No. 3 or No. 4 option. However, the Bills are still shockingly thin at the position and would have to rely on the group of Brown, Walt Powell, Kolby Listenbee, and Dez Lewis to take meaningful snaps.'

Marker Bills make second wide receiver addition in free agency [1:46 AM] reports: 'A 6-2, 213-pound Tennessee-Martin product, Butler originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. During his first three seasons in the NFL, Butler has appeared in 12 games in his NFL career and has totaled 33 receptions for 374 yards. In addition to the Ravens, Butler spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and San Diego Chargers during the 2016 season. '

Marker Bills add a defensive end in free agency [1:45 AM] reports: 'DE Ryan Davis has agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills. Davis spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys and entered the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.'

Marker Bills Today: Pro Bowl week a factor in Tyrod's affinity for new staff [1:44 AM] reports: 'Taylor naturally had some casual conversations at One Bills Drive and other members of the offensive staff during his rehab period in January and February, but seeing how Culley operated as a coach during a “game” week at the Pro Bowl provided him with more insight as to what things would be like during the regular season. It only helped to convince Taylor that if something could be worked out between him and Buffalo concerning his contract that it would be beneficial.'

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