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Buffalo Bills News - March 10, 2015

Marker Bills fans petitioning to keep Fred Jackson in Buffalo; Terry Pegula reportedly getting involved [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It's obvious that Jackson's popularity, both at One Bills Drive and in the Western New York community, is making it hard for the Bills to make their decision on Jackson based solely on football.'

Marker Jerry Hughes says Rex Ryan promises Buffalo Bills will do a 'bit of everything' on defense [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"From what I've been hearing from Rex is that we're going to be doing a little bit of everything. When you hear that, that's exciting right there."'

Marker Could Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills really cut Fred Jackson? [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Still, cutting a 34-year old running back isn't the issue. Cutting a player that means what Jackson does to the locker room and the Buffalo community is the bigger risk for Ryan and the Bills' brass. Jackson has been the face of the franchise for the better part of the last decade. He's constantly recognized for his work in the community and provides leadership only Kyle Williams can match in the Bills' locker room.'

Marker Buffalo Bills, Jerry Hughes reportedly agree on five-year contract [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hughes, who reportedly had six other suitors, was one of the top pass rushers left on the free agent market and got a deal that fits that. The Bills traded linebacker Kelvin Sheppard to the Colts to acquire Hughes prior to the 2013 season, and Hughes responded with back-to-back double-digit sack seasons. Last year, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen signed a contract for five years, $42.5 million and $19.8 million guaranteed, so Hughes' deal is about what the Bills could have expected coming into negotiations.'

Marker Bills' $40M foursome vows to get even better [1:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Bills are operating with a $145.78-million carryover-adjusted salary cap in 2015, and 27.5% of it is devoted to the starting defensive front four..'.

Marker Hughes re-signs with Bills because of 'unfinished business' [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'He signed a five-year contract with a potential worth of more than $45 million a day before having the opportunity to test his value on the NFL's free-agent market.'

Marker Hughes set to return to Buffalo [1:49 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 26-year-old TCU product also had 10 sacks in his first year with the Bills after amassing a total of five in three seasons with the Colts, who made him a first-round pick in 2010.'

Marker Hughes signs $45M deal with Bills [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Ryan said in Indianapolis at the Scouting Combine last month that Hughes was a priority based on his performance against Ryan and the AFC East over the past two years. The Bills hiring Ryan was a selling point for Hughes.'

Marker Can Fred Jackson still bring value to the Bills in 2015? [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Clearly offensive line – and potentially coaching – played a role in Jackson’s struggles.'

Marker Bills sign kickoff specialist Gay to extension [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'On 83 total kickoff attempts, he carried a 63.4-percent conversion percentage and allowed only 19.9 yards per return. Terms of the contract were undisclosed.'

Marker Bills sign Jerry Hughes to 5 year, $45 million extension [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I’ve said this before: when you don’t have a large chunk of your cap eaten up by a marquee quarterback, you can spend it other ways," he started. "We’re gonna heavily invested in the defensive line, but that’s one of the ways we’re going to have to play to win with the makeup of our squad: play good defense, run the ball and have the quarterback protect the ball. So that’s how we’re building this team.”'

Marker Bills re-sign LB Jerry Hughes [1:44 AM] reports: 'Since the start of last season, Hughes ranks fourth amongst all AFC defensive ends in sacks with 20.0. With 20.0 sacks in his first two seasons with the team, Hughes became the fourth Bill to ever record 20 sacks in his first two years.'

Marker Transcript: Jerry Hughes re-signs in Buffalo [1:43 AM] reports: 'It’s an amazing feeling. It feels great. Huge thanks to Terry Pegula, Kim Pegula, Doug Whaley, Russ Brandon, my agent Tracy Lartigue making all this happen. I’m excited, but now it’s back to work. Kind of like our main focus is to get an AFC East banner hanging up in this building, so that’s the plan. Just get back to work and continue working to try to get better from before.'

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.'

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