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Buffalo Bills News - March 10, 2015

Marker Kickoff specialist Gay signs extension [1:42 AM] reports: 'The multi-year deal for Gay gives clear indication that the club intends to move forward with the kickoff specialist. Last season, Gay’s first with the Bills, he finished ninth in the league in touchback percentage with a success rate of 60.5 percent, improving the team’s touchback rate almost 20 percent from 2013 (41.5%) when Buffalo ranked 24th in the league.'

Marker 5 things to know about the Bills before free agency [1:41 AM] reports: 'With the arrival of Greg Roman’s offensive scheme tight ends will be needed in numbers. The Bills will be looking for a tight end that can serve in-line, detached, on the move and out of the backfield. Scott Chandler has been among the most productive receiving threats in Buffalo. MarQueis Gray and Chris Gragg have shown flashes but both are early in their careers. Lee Smith’s status remains uncertain as he approaches the start of free agency. We’ll see where the team goes as the team moves through free agency and the draft.'

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March 9, 2015

Marker Bills, McCoy agree to $40 million deal; Hughes close to returning [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McCoy’s salary cap number in 2015, however, will be $5.5 million. That accounts for his base salary, workout bonus and prorated amount of his signing bonus ($2.625 million). That’s nearly $5 million less than the $10.25 million he was scheduled to count against the Bills’ cap under the terms of his old contract – a key maneuver for the team to free up cap space to take into free agency, which begins Tuesday.'

Marker Bills lavish rich contract on McCoy [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Only the top 51 salaries on a team's payroll count against the cap during the offseason, so factoring in those players and the projected money needed to sign draft picks, the Bills now have approximately $18.4 million in cap space. That's before any potential savings they could create by releasing contracted players, and offensive guard Kraig Urbik is at the top of that list. Cutting Urbik would free up $3.75 million.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly targeting Jets running back Bilal Powell in free agency [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Powell has been a favorite of Ryan since the two first met before the 2011 draft. The Jets picked Powell in the fourth round that season, and the Louisville product proceeded to rush for 1,296 yards on 332 attempts over the last four seasons. He will likely come cheap, but Powell would still further crowd the Bills' running back depth chart. Do the Bills have room for all five running backs?'

Marker Ndamukong Suh contract with Dolphins could drive up price of Marcell Dareus for Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills general manager Doug Whaley has said Dareus will be priority No. 1 for the Bills once the dust settles on free agency and the draft this season, but the deals for Suh and McCoy have made bringing Dareus back to Buffalo a bit more complicated.'

Marker Buffalo Bills, LeSean McCoy reportedly agree on new five-year contract [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'McCoy, who will be 27 when the 2015 season starts, had three years remaining on his contract that carried cap hits of $10.25 million, $6.9 million and $7.6 million, but that contract had only $1 million left in guaranteed money. According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, McCoy's new contract is worth $40 million over five years with $26.5 million in guaranteed money. McCoy will receive $16 million in the first year of the deal, including $13 million up front.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly making run at Charles Clay; Da'Norris Searcy, Jerry Hughes have multip [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Nothing like a deadline to increase the pressure in negotiations. Once other teams were allowed to contact Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes on Saturday, not only were the stakes raised in negotiations but the price the Bills will have to pay likely went up as well. Considering the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, New York Giants and New York Jets are all interesting in Hughes, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the Bills could be getting themselves into a bidding war to keep the pass rusher.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly close to new contract with LeSean McCoy [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The final numbers on a restructured McCoy contract could also have an impact on what the Bills are able to do in free agency. McCoy's current contract is scheduled to carry a cap hit of $10.25 million in 2015. If the Bills are able to lower that by converting some of McCoy's salary to guaranteed money, they will have more flexibility when it comes to bringing back defensive end Jerry Hughes or aggressively pursuing other free agents.'

Marker Bills expected to make Dolphins' Charles Clay a substantial offer [1:52 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'Clay, a four-year veteran the Dolphins selected in the six-round of the 2011 NFL draft, will be guaranteed $7.057 million for the 2015 season because of the transition tag. But it appears the Bills will offer a substantial multi-year deal, trying to lure the Clay from a rival AFC East team.'

Marker Agent: Bills, McCoy agree to new $40 million contract [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed in a text to The Associated Press on Sunday that his client has agreed to the new contract. McCoy is guaranteed to make $26.5 million, including $16 million this season, making him the NFL's highest paid running back, Rosenhaus said.'

Marker Brooks and Hall of Fame pals hold football camp in Buffalo [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Forget the friends Garth Brooks might have in low places. The country music star has some high-profile buddies he can count on as well. Like Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, for example.'

Marker Report: McCoy agrees to 5-year, $40 million deal with Bills [1:49 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'McCoy had three years worth $25 million remaining in his existing deal with only $1 million of his $10.25 salary for 2015 guaranteed. With his new contract, the first year is guaranteed for $16 million and he will get a total of $26.5 million guaranteed of $40 million overall.'

Marker Report: McCoy, Bills agree to 5-year deal [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The deal will start once McCoy is officially traded to the Bills by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday. The deal will add two years to McCoy's existing contract, and includes an increase in base salary for 2015 from $10 million to $16 million. He will earn $21.05 million over the next two years.'

March 8, 2015

Marker Bills hit free agency with room to maneuver [12:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So while Whaley has checked a few items off his shopping list, he’s still got about $14 million in salary-cap space left to use on the rest of those needs. Another guard, a tight end, potentially more competition at quarterback and a veteran receiver are all options for an offense that needs to be rebuilt, while inside linebacker and a pass rusher if Jerry Hughes departs could be on the menu defensively.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly close to new contract with LeSean McCoy [12:44 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The final numbers on a restructured McCoy contract could also have an impact on what the Bills are able to do in free agency. McCoy's current contract is scheduled to carry a cap hit of $10.25 million in 2015. If the Bills are able to lower that by converting some of McCoy's salary to guaranteed money, they will have more flexibility when it comes to bringing back defensive end Jerry Hughes or aggressively pursuing other free agents.'

Marker Bills latest to take Cassel plunge [12:43 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Yet Cassel has made more than $50 million while compiling a 80.1 career passer rating. To put that in perspective, Chad Henne was benched last year with an 80.5.'

Marker Left out after Bills' deal for LeSean McCoy, could C.J. Spiller be free agency's top steal [12:42 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: 'At least seven teams have interest in the former Buffalo Bills running back who is set to hit the open market on Tuesday, multiple league sources told Yahoo Sports. Among them are the three other teams in the AFC East – the New York Jets, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins. The Jets might be the team to beat given the familiarity Chan Gailey, their offensive coordinator, has with the running back. As head coach with the Bills, Gailey drafted Spiller in 2010.'

March 7, 2015

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Marker Do the Buffalo Bills have enough cap room to bring back Jerry Hughes? [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Depending on how the Bills plan to move money around in those deals, they could have anywhere from $13 million to $16 million in remaining cap space based on NFLPA figures. Meanwhile, Hughes isn't going to come cheap. After the Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston and Giants pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul both received the franchise tag from their respective teams, Hughes just became a bit more valuable on the open market.'

March 6, 2015

Marker Buffalo Bills will be bringing back Chris Hogan and Corbin Bryant [1:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hogan came into his own last season, passing Mike Williams on the depth chart and catching 41 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns as the Bills' No. 3 receiver. He played primarily in the slot and quickly earned the trust of veteran quarterback Kyle Orton due to his route running and reliable hands.'

Marker LeSean McCoy trade shows Rex Ryan building Buffalo Bills like 2009 New York Jets [1:58 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Ryan's inability to find a quarterback was his downfall in New York, but he still managed to get the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010 with Sanchez under center. How did he do it? The way he's trying to do it in Buffalo. By relying on a dominant defense and having the Thomas Jones and the running game carry the offense.'

Marker Bills making some moves [1:57 AM]
Lockport Union Sun & Journal reports: 'But as Bills fans like Dennis Henry have said to me in recent days, Ryan's the type of coach whom we all hated, sure, when he coached the Jets, but he's exactly the type of coach this promising team on the cusp needs.'

Marker Ryan has Bills living on edge, and he's likely not done yet [1:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'The dice are rolling. We'll have to wait until September, at least, to see how they turn up.'

Marker AP source: Bills safety Searcy to test free agency [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'The two sides haven't had contract talks since Buffalo made Searcy an offer two weeks ago, the person said.'

Marker Ryan foreshadows his plan in Buffalo [1:54 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Whether Ryan's plan is plausible or not is another matter. McCoy is not only a big-ticket item, he's also a player who seems to be on the downside of his career and hardly the ground-and-pound type Ryan claimed he wanted.'

Marker Bills tender three exclusive rights free agents [1:53 AM] reports: 'The Bills addressed the contract situations of three of their exclusive rights free agents Thursday. Buffalo tendered WR Justin Brown, DT Corbin Bryant and WR Chris Hogan. Once tendered exclusive rights free agents have only one option, which is to sign the tender and play for that team that season.'

March 5, 2015

Marker Bills give Cassel new home [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cassel’s eventual acquisition decreases the likelihood the Bills will pursue a quarterback when free agency opens next week, but doesn’t necessarily eliminate it. However, the options available on the market – Jake Locker, Brian Hoyer and Mark Sanchez, to name a few – are in the same class as Cassel.'

Marker Bills continue to wheel and deal, acquire Matt Cassel [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Like every quarterback available in the veteran free agent market, the 32-year-old Cassel is underwhelming. In 71 career starts with New England, Kansas City, and Minnesota the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder is 33-38, which makes you wonder why the Bills swapped draft picks to get him rather than just wait to pluck someone in free agency. Reportedly they sent 2015 fifth- and seventh-round picks and got back the Vikings 2015 sixth-round pick.'

Marker Pegulas, Rex prove that Bills mean business [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Trades in the NFL are rare and it's rarer still that a team can obtain a 26-year-old, three-time Pro Bowl running back in his prime for a 24-year-old linebacker with one season to his credit and coming off ACL surgery.'

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