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Buffalo Bills News - March 12, 2015

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.'

Marker Buffalo Bills set to extend offer sheet to tight end Charles Clay, according to report [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Clay, who has played four seasons in Miami, fits the bill. He had at least 50 receptions and more than 600 receiving yards in each of the last two seasons. Clay is athletic enough to play the "move" role on offense and make plays out of the backfield or as an in-line tight end. That versatility will appeal to head coach Rex Ryan, who likes to use a fullback on offense.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly interested in free agent CB Darrelle Revis [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Revis, who became a free agent when the Patriots decided not to pick up his $20 million option, played four of the first six seasons of his career under now Bills coach Rex Ryan in New York. When healthy, Revis has been arguably the best cornerback in football since he entered the league back in 2007.'

Marker Oakland Raiders reportedly adding former Bills tight end Lee Smith [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Smith has just 20 receptions in his four-year career and is known primarily for his blocking skills. He received a 1.9 grade from Pro Football Focus for his run blocking in 2014. The Bills have plenty of blocking tight ends on their roster, though, and keeping Smith at that price tag wasn't an option given their cap situation.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign free agent fullback Jerome Felton, according to report [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Felton, who is a former fifth-round pick of the Lions, has played eight NFL seasons in his career, the last three years of which has been spent in Minnesota. He's best known for being Adrian Peterson's lead blocker during his 2,000-yard season. Felton finished each of the last three seasons as a top-six run-blocking fullback on Pro Football Focus.'

Marker Buffalo Bills miss out on Bryan Bulaga, Bilal Powell; Da'Norris Searcy off to Tennessee [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'At the NFL Scouting Combine, Bills general manager Doug Whaley mentioned that free agent safety Da'Norris Searcy would be tough to keep in Buffalo. Given the price he reportedly commanded on the open market, it's easy to see why. Searcy is getting more than $10 million guaranteed on a four-year, $24 million contract with the Tennessee Titans, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Searcy earned himself a raise with a breakout season in 2014.'

Marker Ravens free agent quarterback Tyrod Taylor visiting Buffalo Bills, sources say [1:47 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: '"That's the nature of the game," Taylor told The Baltimore Sun at the end of last season. "I knew that coming into this situation. When I got drafted here, Joe was pretty durable. My job was to stay ready and I think I've done that in my time here. I've learned a lot."'

Marker McCoy pleased to be in Buffalo, where he feels 'appreciated' [1:47 AM]
AP reports: '"Once I kind of sat down and relaxed, actually thought to myself and talked to my family, I thought it was the best move. I found a team that actually wanted me."'

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