New Orleans Saints agree to terms with safety Jairus Byrd as Malcolm Jenkins soars off to Philadelph [10:11 PM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'The Saints weren't in a position to spent megabucks on a free agent as they're about $2 million under the salary cap before the Byrd deal. So the Saints will have to make significant salary maneuvering to make this deal work as Byrd secured the $9 million per season price tag he sought in free agency.'
Saints sign Jairus Byrd on day one of free agency [10:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Byrd and his representatives made it clear they wanted to test the free agent market after the safety played under the franchise tag in 2013. Now he’ll be teamed with New Orleans first-round pick of a year ago in safety Kenny Vaccaro in the Saints’ defensive backfield.'
Buffalo Bills re-sign TE Mike Caussin [10:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Caussin missed the past two seasons because of injuries. He was sidelined last season with a hip injury sustained early in training camp. Caussin missed the 2012 season because of a knee injury.'
Bills re-sign K Carpenter to 4-year deal, Kolb cut [10:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Without going into detail, general manager Doug Whaley announced Tuesday the team released Kolb after he failed a physical.'
Bills re-sign Carpenter [10:01 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Carpenter has converted 160-of-191 field goals (83.8-percent) in his career, along with 186-of-187 point after tries for 666 points in 92 games played. His 160 field goals made since 2008 are fourth-most among NFL kickers.'
Bills release QB Kolb [10:00 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills said Tuesday that Kolb, who also missed games in the 2010 and 2011 seasons with separate concussions, failed a physical.'
Bills release QB Kolb, re-sign Carpenter [10:00 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"This reiterates our core principle, to sign our own guys and a guy that made 33 out of 36 field goals in that stadium is somebody that we were very interested in and we were very happy to get him signed up for a long-term deal," said Whaley.'
Jairus Byrd signs with New Orleans [9:59 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills will move on with Williams as their top safety, and one of Da'Norris Searcy, Duke Williams or Jonathan Meeks as the other starter. That is, of course, unless Buffalo addresses the position through the rest of free agency or in the 2014 NFL Draft.'
Bills re-sign K Dan Carpenter to 4-year deal [9:58 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Even when I was playing against Buffalo in my Miami days I’ve always recognized how great the fans have been here and their support of the Bills," Carpenter said Tuesday. "For us it was a no brainer to come back to Buffalo. We were comfortable and loved it here last year. To be able to go back somewhere and be wanted where you would like to go, you’re very fortunate in this league for that to happen. We’re very happy to be here and excited to see where it goes."'
Bills release Kevin Kolb [9:58 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Considering his injury history and a $1 million roster bonus due on Thursday, the Bills had to decide on Kolb's future rather quickly. Kolb, 29, was released by the team due to a failed physical according to GM Doug Whaley.'
Report: CB Nolan Carroll to visit Bills [9:57 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Carroll, 27, is a 6-foot, 205-pound defensive back that has 26 starts in his four-year career with the Dolphins. In 2013, he had 47 tackles, three interceptions and two tackles in 12 starts for Miami.'
Bills re-sign TE Caussin [9:57 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Caussin, a restricted free agent as of 4 pm, re-signed with the team on an undisclosed contract. Caussin, 27, has played in only six games since entering the NFL in 2010. The 6-foot-5, 243-pound tight end was an undrafted free agent out of James Madison.'
Carpenter and family feel home in Buffalo [9:56 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think it helped that he wound up in Buffalo because the community here and the guys here on the team, everyone was really welcoming and really nice and made it feel like home for him while he was away from us,” she said.'
Bills release QB Kevin Kolb [9:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Kolb was due a roster bonus this week by the Bills, but there was also a medical evaluation that the organization stated was impacting their decision as well. Earlier on Monday Whaley said they were waiting to hear back from team physicians.'
K Dan Carpenter re-signed by Bills [9:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Carpenter matched a Bills record for field goals made in a season with 33 in 2013 and established a personal best 131 points - third most by a Bill in a season. He converted 33-of-36 field goal attempts and each of his 32 extra point tries to rank sixth in the AFC with 131 points on the year.'
TE Mike Caussin re-signed [9:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The 6-5, 243-pound James Madison product entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville in 2010 before signing with Buffalo on December 2, 2010. He has five catches for 41 yards in six games with two starts.'
Whaley hoping to re-sign Bills free agents [9:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Status quo,” he said. “The lines of communication are open and we still have until four until we’re the exclusive signing people, but we’ll see. The clock is ticking.”'
Bills look to sign Chandler, Carpenter as free-agent period set to begin [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A deal with Carpenter figures to be a bit easier to execute. The Bills were not allowed to sign Carpenter before today’s start of the new league year, because he played last year on a one-year veteran minimum deal that gave the Bills salary cap relief.'
Free agents love numbers, not the truth [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills quarterback EJ Manuel needs all the help he can get after struggling through his rookie season.'
AP Source: S Byrd drawing pre-free agency interest [1:57 AM]
AP reports: 'Two people familiar with a portion of the Bills' contract offer said Byrd stood to make about $30 million over the first three seasons of a multiyear deal. The full length and value of the contract — including guaranteed money — were not revealed.'
Report: 3 teams showing real interest in Jairus Byrd [1:56 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, three other teams in the NFL have shown real interest in potentially bringing Jairus Byrd in as their top safety. The report lists the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins as those that are attempting to rope in Byrd.'
Potential free agent targets for Bills [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'What are some of the positions that Buffalo might be interested in? Here are some of the areas the Bills may be looking to target...'
Thad Bogardus named defensive quality control coach [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bogardus will enter his first season in the NFL coaching ranks after spending the past three seasons with Ball State as a graduate assistant. He began his time with the Cardinals in 2011 as a football operations graduate assistant before working as a defensive graduate assistant in 2012 and 2013.'
Busy week for Buffalo Bills [8:28 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The last thing a struggling team needs is to give away the competitive advantage of a home game ... no matter how much it earns for that concession.'
Bills are in the market for free agency upgrades [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a look at who the Bills might target at key positions of need...'.
Free agency comes with a cost [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Polian tried to cling to that ideology even when he had to operate in the system he helped design. Sure, he signed some free agents because he had to, but the draft was his primary source for roster replenishment, and he enjoyed tremendous success.'
Buffalo Bills’ strange, arranged marriage with Toronto comes to a quiet end [1:59 AM]
National Post reports: 'For all of the many ways in which Rogers Centre is not Ralph Wilson Stadium, beginning with its size and the fact that you can’t stand around all morning in the parking lot and become soused, the Toronto series has been crippled from the start by the Bills’ chronic inability to not suck.'
Buffalo Bills' turn from Toronto a win for fans, but worries linger [1:58 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'Sarama grew up in western New York, buffeted since the 1970s by the occasional dread inspired by talk of the Bills' relocation. He founded a fan website called twobillsdrive.com, in deference to the home team's street address of One Bills Drive, deep in a residential neighborhood of Orchard Park, N.Y.'
Bills raise prices for season tickets [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s the first time since 2010 the team has raised season-ticket prices, an increase it called “modest” in a statement. In 2013, season tickets ranged from $225 to $720 in regular seating areas and $1,278 to $2,790 for a club seat. This year, club seats range from $1,470 to $3,100.'
Poloncarz names seven to serve on stadium panel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Thursday announced the seven members he appointed to serve on a committee that will represent the county as part of a new panel exploring whether to build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills or to make further renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
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