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Buffalo Bills News - March 11, 2017

Marker Lorenzo Alexander and Buffalo Bills 'making progress' towards new deal (report) [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In his first season with the Bills, Alexander started in all 16 games and set career-highs in multiple categories. He recorded 76 total tackles, 12.5 sacks, six passes defensed, one interception and three forced fumbles.'

Marker Tolbert jumps at offer to join coach McDermott with Bills [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"He called me and he was like, 'I need you. I want you.' And I'm like, 'I got you,'" Tolbert said Friday, two days after signing with the Bills in free agency.'

Marker Corey Graham becomes sixth veteran released by Bills this week [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills will save $4.05 million in 2017 salary-cap space by releasing Graham, who was set to earn a $500,000 roster bonus Monday as part of a $5.65 million cap number in the final season of his contract.'

Marker Bills release safety Graham [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The former Turner-Carroll High School product registered 214 tackles and 2.0 sacks with the Bills, along with five interceptions and a defensive touchdown. After a career-year in 2015, Graham slowed down in 2016 with just 58 tackles, nine passes defended, one sack, a recovered fumble, and an interception.'

Marker Another one gone: Bills release S Corey Graham [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Removing Graham from the roster means one thing: Sean McDermott is getting his way with who goes and who stays on the roster. He wants players that can play multiple roles, and while Graham has past experience playing cornerback, he's on the decline of his career and made way too much money to keep on the roster.'

Marker Bills release veteran Corey Graham [1:45 AM] reports: 'Obviously the free agent acquisitions of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer changed the veteran dynamic at the safety position for Buffalo.'

Marker What we learned from Bills free agent signees [1:44 AM] reports: 'Both Mike Tolbert and Micah Hyde referenced respect in their initial comments and how it was instrumental in their decision to sign with Buffalo. For Tolbert it was his personal respect for head coach Sean McDermott having played in Carolina the past five seasons. Even though they were on opposite sides of the ball, he had frequent interaction with McDermott.'

Marker Bills Today: Taylor already has his to-do list [1:43 AM] reports: '“I think I can take steps in every aspect of my game,” said Taylor in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “I’ve been in the league going on seven years, but I just finished my second year as a starter. I think I’ve taken steps in the right direction each game and I definitely think towards the end of last year that I was playing some of my best ball. So I’ve got to build off that and there are definitely some areas to clean up personally and as a team.'

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March 10, 2017

Marker Report: Bills to sign Hauschka to replace Carpenter [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hauschka has struggled with extra points, missing 10 in the past two seasons. However, he has an extremely strong leg.'

Marker Stephon Gilmore reportedly leaving Bills for rival Patriots [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As arguably the top-ranked cornerback available in free agency, Gilmore is expected to land a monster contract in the neighborhood of $13 million annually. The Patriots have spent big at cornerback before, notably bringing in Darrelle Revis for one year back in 2014.'

Marker This graying Bills fan is glad the team kept Tyrod [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Why, oh why, did they trade Lamonica?'

Marker Robert Woods posts goodbye message to Bills fans, will reportedly sign with Rams [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Appreciate the love over the 4 years @buffalobills and #BillsMafia I loved every bit of playing for the Bills week in and week out. I'm happy I was able to start my career there and was able to call it home. Appreciate everything, thank you Buffalo!"'

Marker Bills release safety Aaron Williams [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He tried coming back in 2016, but suffered a huge setback on a devastating hit from Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Williams only played in seven games last season, with five starts.'

Marker Bills rebuild secondary by signing Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hyde is the big-ticket addition in the secondary. The 26-year-old is a former fifth-round pick of the Packers in 2013 who has appeared in 63 career games with 33 starts. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Hyde received a five-year contract with a potential value of $32.5 million.'

Marker Sean McDermott explains why play time is over in the Bills' locker room [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is a business," he said. "We talk about, and you’ve heard me say this before, earning the right to win. We’ve got to stay focused on the task at hand and I’m all for, as we mentioned, the chemistry and building that chemistry in that locker room.'

Marker Taylor says he wasn't looking to leave Bills [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I mean, this is the place to be," Taylor said. "I said from Day One, my commitment is to this team, to this community, to do whatever it takes to get a winning tradition back and I'm still committed to doing that each and every day."'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign 5, say goodbye to Aaron Williams, Gilmore, Woods [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As the newcomers were filing into the administration building, exiting were safety Aaron Williams, linebacker Lerentee McCray, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. Williams was released, Gilmore signed a gargantuan contract with the Patriots, Woods signed a surprisingly rich deal with the Rams, Goodwin joined the 49ers, and McCray is going to the Jaguars.'

Marker 5 things to know about new Buffalo Bills kicker Steve Hauschka [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Hauschka should be able to handle Buffalo's weather. The kicker has a strong leg and has shown accuracy on long kicks in the past two seasons. Hauschka is 7-of-7 on kicks of 50+ yards since 2015 and 12-of-14 over the last four seasons.'

Marker Why Sean McDermott removed video games, pool table from Buffalo Bills locker room [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"This is a business," McDermott said Thursday. "We talk about, and you've heard me say this before, earning the right to win. We've got to stay focused on the task at hand and I'm all for, as we mentioned, the chemistry and building that chemistry in that locker room. That's a big part of it, yet we have to make sure we stay focused on the task at hand and that means earn the right to win on a daily basis. I don't believe that playing video games in the locker room is part of earning the right to win. We're going to be a focused, disciplined and accountable football team and I believe you do it one day at a time."'

Marker What Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor said about his relationship with Doug Whaley [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We were able to come together on terms as far as the contract," Taylor said. "What happened happened. We learned from it, put it behind us. If it was a bad relationship, I wouldn't be standing in front of y'all today. Like I said, we got a deal done, so it's good."'

Marker 5 things to know about new Buffalo Bills DB Micah Hyde [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Hyde hasn't missed much time since joining the NFL. In four seasons, the defensive back has appeared in 63-of-64 games and has recorded 33 starts over this span of time.'

Marker 5 things to know about new Buffalo Bills DB Jordan Poyer [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Poyer was an All-American cornerback at Oregon State but has since moved to safety in the NFL. That versatility is important in Sean McDermott's coverage scheme. Poyer can play multiple positions in the secondary, something the Bills could use after losing Stephon Gilmore, Aaron Williams and Nickell Robey-Coleman this week.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Sean McDermott clearly wanted to rework the secondary, and he did so by grabbing two versatile safeties. Hyde comes to the Bills after four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He was a fifth-round pick out of Iowa in the 2013 NFL Draft.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly releasing safety Aaron Williams [1:44 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'By releasing Williams, the Bills will save $1.775 million against the cap. They could also designate Williams as a post-June 1 cut, which would save them $4.2 million against the 2017 cap but give them a $2.4 million charge on the 2018 salary cap. If the Bills decide to designate Williams as a post-June 1 cut, they won't get the $4.2 million in cap relief until after June 1.'

Marker NFL free agency: Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods set to sign with L.A. Rams [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In four seasons with the Bills, Woods had 203 catches for 2,451 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 51 catches for 613 yards and one touchdown last season. Woods, a second-round pick out of USC, will return to Los Angeles, where he grew up and play in the Coliseum, where he spent his college years.'

Marker NFL free agency: Buffalo Bills interested in tight ends Martellus Bennett, Jared Cook [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'However, the Bills already have a lot of money tied up in Charles Clay. They are scheduled to spend more than all but nine teams on the tight end position in 2017, and Clay makes more than all but three tight ends in the league. Given the way the free agency market has gone, it's likely that Bennett will command quite a bit of money.'

Marker New England Patriots close to signing Buffalo Bills CB Stephon Gilmore (report) [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills elected not to use the franchise tag on Gilmore and balked at paying him the money he was demanding. He said early on in the negotiation process that he wanted to be paid among the top five cornerbacks in the league, and he reportedly didn't compromise for the Patriots, who are coming off their fifth Super Bowl. Rapoport reports Gilmore's price tag will exceed $14 million per year, putting him among the top five players at his position.'

Marker Buffalo Bills expected to sign kicker Steve Hauschka (report) [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Although Hauschka was among the league's most accurate kickers on field goal attempts, he had issues with extra points. He converted on 29-of-35 attempts in 2016.'

Marker Buffalo Bills make smart moves in free agency, inking Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer and Steven Hauschka [1:39 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'The Bills announced Wednesday that former Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert has been signed to a one-year deal. The Tolbert move, combined with the DiMarco signing, is interesting. There has been plenty of joking on social media about the Bills bringing in multiple fullbacks. But Tolbert is a much different running back than DiMarco. Tolbert once rushed for 735 yards in a season. He's also a decent pass catcher. He'll be more than just a blocker in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills release Aaron Williams and sign safeties Hyde, Poyer [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'McDermott credited Hyde for his versatility. In four previous seasons with Green Bay, Hyde played safety and cornerback and spent time returning punts'

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