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Buffalo Bills News - March 20, 2017

Marker First & Goal: Catching up with Thurman Thomas [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“A lot of times when you have an athlete who enters into business, they are really just door openers,” Patti said. “Thurman has taken a very active role in learning the business and being very hands-on with what we do.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills must reach playoffs for Tyrod Taylor to hit incentives (report) [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Taylor makes another $500,000 if the Bills make it to the divisional round of the playoffs in 2017. The total moves to $1 million with a berth in the AFC title game. The full $2 million becomes earned if the Bills make it to the Super Bowl. The same package of incentives applies to 2018."

Marker Ranking the Bills current positional needs [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The team’s top corner, Stephon Gilmore, signed with the Patriots. They cut nickel man Nickell Robey-Coleman. Corey White is a free agent and yet to sign anywhere. Right now, the Bills currently have five players at the position: Ronald Darby, Kevon Seymour, Leonard Johnson, Charles Gaines, and Marcus Roberson.'

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March 19, 2017

Marker Bills agree to terms with WR Andre Holmes [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This time, it's actually happening. The Buffalo Bills announced Saturday they have, in fact, come to terms on an agreement with free-agent wide receiver Andre Holmes.'

Marker Bills' Hauschka found Seahawks' decision to let him go 'an interesting move' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Stephen Hauschka doesn't feel comfortable discussing the subject. As with most NFL kickers, it's always best to try to keep negative occurrences as far in the past as possible. This one still stings, though. A lot.'

Marker Hauschka had no kick over misspelled first name [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although his Twitter handle is @StephenHauschka4, the name on the account still has his first name spelled incorrectly. The Bills also spelled his first name "Steven" on a bio sheet they distributed to reporters.'

Marker NFL free agents see Buffalo Bills as great opportunity [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The majority of Buffalo’s signees are in their mid-20s with their best football ahead of them. Their contracts are kind on the salary cap. They had other offers.'

Marker WR Andre Holmes indicates that he's signing with Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Holmes' production was limited last year with the Oakland Raiders. He finished the year with 126 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 14 receptions. Despite his limited production during the regular season, Holmes would go on to lead the Raiders in receiving yards (50) against the Houston Texans in their 27-14 playoff loss.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reach deal to sign receiver Andre Holmes [1:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Listed at 6-foot-5 and 208 pounds, Holmes was limited to 14 catches for 126 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games last season. His best year came in 2014, when he had 47 catches for a team-leading 693 yards and four touchdowns.'

Marker Bills sign ex-Raiders WR Holmes [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'On Saturday, Holmes sent a thank you tweet to Raiders fans while also tweeting a shout-out to his new employer and its fans by writing: "What's up #BillsMafia"'

Marker Bills agree to terms with receiver Andre Holmes [1:52 AM]
ESPN reports: 'His production has faded as the Raiders have improved, going from 47 catches for 693 yards and four touchdowns for a 3-13 team in 2014 to 14 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns for a 7-9 team in 2015 to 14 catches for 126 yards and three touchdowns for a 12-4 playoff team last season.'

Marker Bills sign WR Andre Holmes [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 6-5, 208-pound Holmes will be a legitimate red zone threat the Bills need, especially after losing 6-4 Justin Hunter to the Steelers earlier this week.'

Marker Bills add WR Andre Holmes to the fold [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It's hard to ignore his frame -- specifically in the red zone -- and the addition may be in response to losing out on athletic tight ends like Martellus Bennett and Jared Cook in free agency. That is likely where Holmes will make his biggest impact with the team.'

Marker WR Andre Holmes agrees to terms with Bills [1:49 AM] reports: 'A size receiver at 6-4 and 210 pounds, Holmes is capable of winning jump ball battles and can make plays in the end zone. He’s expected to compete for a top four role in Buffalo’s receiving corps.'

March 18, 2017

Marker Bills add three more free agents [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From 2012 to 2015, the 5-foot-10, 221-pound Banyard spent time with the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings before returning to the Jaguars. For his career, he has 95 rushing yards and has caught 10 passes for 73 yards.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Mailbag: Won't be shocked if they trade down [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, if they end up keeping it, I can see them going for defense. New head coaches tend to put their mark on their first draft, and McDermott's is obviously rooted on that side of the ball.'

Marker Report: Rex Ryan signs multi-year deal with ESPN [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan was given a trial run during ESPN's pregame coverage of Super Bowl LI in Houston in February. An opportunity to join ESPN was known to have been available in January, 2015, before Ryan signed a five-year contract to coach the Bills.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor hurt most by roster reshuffling, says [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Tyrod no longer has to worry about general manager Doug Whaley's favorite draft pick, EJ Manuel, taking his job. That's the good news. The bad news? His No. 2 receiver right now is ... Walt Powell? Losing Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin wouldn't hurt most teams that much, but any receiver group led by an injury-prone No. 1 wideout like Sammy Watkins needs depth. The Bills are still looking for two receivers in free agency and the draft to play starter-worthy snaps as offensive coordinator Rick Dennison builds a new offense."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign CB Leonard Johnson, 2 other free agents [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Banyard is a depth signing at running back, where the Bills already have a deep stable of backs. The Bills will be Banyard's fourth team since he came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2012. The 28-year old running back has 168 total yards from scrimmage in his career.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan signs multi-year deal with ESPN (report) [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ryan was always better at talking than he was at coaching, so television should be a good fit for him. After the Bills fired him in December, Ryan said he wouldn't return to the sideline for a defensive coordinator job, and no teams were interested in taking a shot on him as a head coach.'

Marker ESPN signs ex-Jets, Bills coach Rex Ryan to multi-year deal to be on Sunday NFL Countdown [1:53 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Ryan, who still has about $16.5 million owed to him on the final three years of his Buffalo contract, could carve out a long-time role in television if he wants. TV executives were vying for his services after the Jets fired him after the 2014 season.'

Marker Bills sign 3 free agents, including CB Leonard Johnson [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo needs depth at cornerback after losing starter Stephon Gilmore and cutting primary backup Nickell Robey-Coleman.'

Marker Ex-Bills coach Ryan to join ESPN [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan served as a guest analyst on the show's Super Bowl Sunday edition and acquitted himself well.'

Marker Bills add three new players [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Johnson spent last season on new Bills head coach Sean McDermott’s defense in Carolina, collecting a sack and 30 tackles. Prior to that he played for the Buccaneers and Patriots. He has 5 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles in his NFL career. Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns.'

Marker Report: ESPN signs Rex Ryan to Sunday NFL Countdown [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Ryan had long been thought of as a shoe-in to make the switch to television once his time with the Bills came to a completion.'

Marker Bills make three free agent additions [1:48 AM] reports: 'Buffalo closed out the week adding three free agents to their roster Friday. The Bills added a RB Joe Banyard, CB Leonard Johnson and WR Corey Washington to their ranks in week two of NFL free agency.'

Marker Bills hang onto Ryan Groy [1:47 AM] reports: 'Groy proved to be a valuable reserve lineman last season and most notably stepped in for C Eric Wood to start in the pivot for the final seven games of the season.'

Marker Bills Today: Hauschka taps into Lindell's Buffalo expertise [1:46 AM] reports: '“I love kicking, I love my job. I am excited to learn about the intricacies of (New Era Field),” Hauschka said. “And I also texted Rian (Lindell), he has been awesome. I knew him when he was playing for the Bills. He lives out in Seattle, outside of the Seattle area now. He is from Washington, so I have been texting with him. Great guy, obviously kind of following in his career footsteps I guess, which is a great thing.”'

March 17, 2017

Marker Reuniting with Taylor made Bills attractive to Butler [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just know what kind of guy he is, a great guy, a great player. So that was a really big factor in this whole situation, and I’m looking forward to helping him grow together, help being a part of the wide receiving core and help out the way I can, bring my abilities, my talents to the table with him."'

Marker Mills on the scent of an instant connection with Bills' coaches [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He’s very enthusiastic and he’s very energetic," Mills said of Castillo. "He cares a lot and I got to talk to him a few times and his enthusiasm and his love for the game, his passion for the game, is unmatched. He always has a smile on his face, he always has something to talk about."'

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