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Buffalo Bills News - March 19, 2015

Marker Bills land Harvin [1:55 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Harvin's career got off to a great start after he was honored as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2009 with Minnesota. Since entering the league, he has averaged 6.7 yards after the catch, which is good for the highest average among all receivers with at least 300 receptions.'

Marker Bills sign Miami TE Clay to offer sheet [1:54 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Terms of the offer weren't disclosed by the Bills, but reported the contract to be worth $38 million over five years, including $24.5 million over the first two years. Under the transition tag, Clay would have earned just $7.7 million in 2015 with the Dolphins, although Miami was reportedly trying to work out a long-term deal.'

Marker Bills announce signing of WR Harvin [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills will be Harvin's fourth team in three years after the New York Jets released him rather than pay his $10.5 million salary for 2015.'

Marker Percy Harvin, Bills officially sign on the dotted line [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The wideout's struggle to fit within a locker room since he was a first-round pick out of the University of Florida in the 2009 NFL Draft has been well documented. Harvin, 26, was first traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the Seattle Seahawks for a first, a third, and a seventh-round draft pick. After only one-and-a-half seasons in Seattle, the Seahawks elected to move on and trade him to the Jets for a conditional pick.'

Marker WR Percy Harvin officially signs with Buffalo [1:51 AM] reports: 'Harvin, who turns 27 in May, is a game breaking talent who will further increase the speed quotient on Buffalo’s offense. He was picked up by plane by Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal on Wednesday and flown to Buffalo for a free agent visit. Seeing what’s been assembled both on the Bills offensive staff and the offensive side of the ball convinced Harvin that Buffalo is a team that can contend for the postseason.'

Marker Bills sign TE Charles Clay to offer sheet [1:50 AM] reports: 'The Bills appear to be pushing all their chips to the middle of the table at tight end when it comes to landing Clay. They sent head coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and tight ends coach Tony Sparano Jr. to pick up Clay on a private jet last Tuesday, the first day of free agency. The trio of coaches brought him back to Buffalo for a free agent visit. A day later the club released veteran TE Scott Chandler.'

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March 18, 2015

Marker Clay signs $38 million offer sheet from Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That per-year average of $7.6 million would make Clay the fourth-highest paid tight end in the NFL, behind only Seattle’s Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Jacksonville’s Julius Thomas ($9.2 million) and Amherst native Rob Gronkowski of New England ($9 million).'

Marker Reports: Bills sign tight end Clay to rich offer sheet [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo News reported Tuesday that the deal is five years in length and worth $38 million with more than $20 million guaranteed. Fox Sports said the deal is worth $24.5 million over the first two years.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly sign Charles Clay to offer sheet; Dolphins have five days to match [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills general manager Doug Whaley mentioned at the NFL Scouting Combine that new offensive coordinator Greg Roman likes to utilize the tight end position. After cutting veteran Scott Chandler and moving on from backup Lee Smith, it was obvious the team was all-in on Clay. He has played four seasons in Miami and had at least 50 receptions and more than 600 receiving yards in each of the last two seasons. He's athletic enough to play the "move" role on offense and make plays out of the backfield or as an in-line tight end.'

Marker Charles Clay signs pricey offer sheet with Bills; Dolphins have 5 days to respond [1:56 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The deal is reportedly structured in a way to exploit the Dolphins’ expected salary cap issues in 2016. Next year, Ndamukong Suh will cost $28.6 million against the cap and Ryan Tannehill would cost another $16.2 if he plays under the fifth-year option. The Dolphins will almost assuredly want to sign Tannehill to an extension before then to provide cap relief.'

Marker Charles Clay reportedly lands five-year, $38 million contract from Bills that Dolphins can match [1:55 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'According to NFL Network, the Dolphins' final offer to Clay was four-years, $27 million, and less than $15 million of that deal was going to be fully guaranteed.'

Marker Clay is nice player - but at Buffalo's price? [1:54 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'But it's hard to see the Dolphins doing anything but shaking his hand and letting Buffalo have him. He had a career high of six touchdowns in 2013. He's a nice seam threat and a good guy to have on your team. But he's also battled knee issues and, while a presence, hasn't exactly been a force in many games.'

Marker AP source: Dolphins tight end Clay signs Bills' offer [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'The Dolphins could be handcuffed by salary-cap constraints to match the Bills' offer after Miami signed free-agent All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a $114 million, six-year contract last week. It made Suh the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.'

Marker Bills sign TE Clay to offer sheet [1:52 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Miami Herald reported that the Dolphins weren't offering Clay more than $7 million per season in recent talks.'

Marker Bills sign Charles Clay to offer sheet, per report [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News, the Bills and Clay have agreed to and signed an offer sheet that is worth $38 million over five years, with $20 million guaranteed. The deal, according to Carucci, will also pay him $24.5 million in cash over the first two years.'

March 17, 2015

Marker Interesting offseason for Bills [7:42 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Former Bills coach Marv Levy always maintained “the most important free agents you sign are your own.” And Buffalo has done that. Key, of course, was defensive end Jerry Hughes, a critical, but expensive cog in the Bills’ best unit. Since being acquired from Indianapolis in a trade for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, now with the Dolphins, he has 20 sacks in two seasons with Buffalo.'

Marker If Ryan gets his way, Bills will acquire Clay [11:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What’s the holdup making an offer? The same as it has been since Clay first became a Bills target. The Bills apparently are still studying their own cap numbers and those of the Dolphins to put them in the best possible position of making an offer Miami wouldn’t match.'

Marker Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins still playing waiting game with Charles Clay [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Miami has grown so impatient, in fact, that while it is keeping the transition tag on Clay, the front office is fully expecting him to be with the Bills. If and when the Bills come through with an offer sheet, the Dolphins will have five days to match, but Buffalo is reportedly crafting such an offer that will make matching the offer difficult for Miami.'

Marker Refresher: where do things stand with Bills and Charles Clay? [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If somehow the Bills were to miss out on Clay, or the Dolphins change their minds and decide to pony up for the tight end, Buffalo could still look to one other notable free agent that is still unsigned. Former Cincinnati tight end Jermaine Gresham has yet to sign with a team, even after being courted by the Oakland Raiders early on into free agency. He could be an option if all else fails.'

March 16, 2015

Marker Tight end, guard top list of Bills’ needs [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clay has gone from a logical target in free agency to a “must-get” for Whaley. The Bills cleared out cap space to do so by releasing last year’s starter at the position, Scott Chandler, and also let blocking tight end Lee Smith leave as an unrestricted free agent. That leaves the Bills with just two players with NFL experience on the roster in Chris Gragg and MarQueis Gray, as well as a project in former Canisius College basketball player Chris Manhertz.'

Marker Building the Bills: Week 1 of free agency [1:58 AM] reports: 'The Bills added four names to the roster through free agency and trades: QB Matt Cassel, RB LeSean McCoy, FB Jerome Felton, and QB Tyrod Taylor. And all four of those new Bills shared some of their thoughts on The John Murphy Show during the week.'

March 15, 2015

Marker What Buffalo can learn from Baltimore’s downtown football stadium [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The sports teams influence Baltimore in ways that can’t be measured on a spreadsheet.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with DE Jarius Wynn [1:58 AM]
AP reports: 'The Green Bay Packers' sixth-round draft pick out of Georgia in 2009, Wynn also played for the Tennessee Titans (2012), San Diego Chargers (2013) and Dallas Cowboys (2013).'

Marker Bills re-sign DE Jarius Wynn [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wynn proved to be a valuable backup for the Bills in 11 games, giving both Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes a rest when they needed it. Wynn had 17 tackles and two sacks last season while playing on a one-year deal.'

Marker Bills bring DE Jarius Wynn back [1:56 AM] reports: 'Wynn, 27, who was originally signed as a free agent by the Bills last April, appeared in 11 games for Buffalo in 2014 logging 18 tackles, 2.5 sacks and five quarterback hits. He too missed time last year due to a knee injury missing five games, but was a reliable rotational defensive end on Buffalo’s defense.'

Marker GM Doug Whaley always ready to make a deal [1:55 AM] reports: '“It shows you how we are committed to do whatever is possible to get this team where it needs to be,” Whaley told “If we think this deal is good for us and the other team thinks it’s good for them then we have no problem making it.”'

March 14, 2015

Marker Bills land Harvin, seek Clay [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The News also learned that the Bills did not, as expected, sign tight end Charles Clay to an offer sheet Friday, but, according to a source close to the situation, still fully intend to do so.'

Marker Bills continue to make splashes, sign Percy Harvin [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What an offseason it has been for the Bills, and this latest addition could make a mammoth difference in the Buffalo offense.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign wide receiver Percy Harvin to one-year deal, according to report [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He makes an ideal slot receiver in a Bills offense that has already added LeSean McCoy at running back and is hot on the trail of free agent tight end Charles Clay.'

Marker AP sources: Harvin to Bills on 1-year deal [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Although Harvin had an outstanding Super Bowl, including an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half, he quickly wore out his welcome in Seattle. By last October, he was a Jet. Now, he's a Bill.'

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