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Buffalo Bills News - March 10, 2017

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'

Marker Bills add Hyde, Poyer [1:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Poyer missed the final 10 games of last season when he suffered a lacerated kidney. The 25-year-old free safety started all six games prior to his injury and has two career interceptions in 48 career games (10 starts).'

Marker Bills release S Williams [1:36 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Williams said in January that his family suggested he retire from the NFL, however his father later told the Associated Press that his son was "leaning toward" coming back this season.'

Marker Pro Bowl CB Gilmore to sign with Patriots [1:35 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Gilmore reeled in a pair of interceptions in Week 11 against Cincinnati and finished with a career-high five picks to go along with 48 tackles last season. He has 14 interceptions in his career since being selected with the 10th overall pick by Buffalo in the 2012 draft.'

Marker Steve Hauschka, Micah Hyde sign with Bills [1:34 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Hauschka, 31, has a strong leg, but he has struggled recently with extra points, missing 10 PATs over the past two seasons. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll often pointed out that Hauschka, who had been with the Seahawks since 2011, was kicking the ball too low.'

Marker Bills release oft-injured safety Aaron Williams [1:33 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The move will save $1.775 million in salary-cap space for the Bills in 2017, unless the team designates Williams as a post-June 1 cut. If they do, Williams' full $6.625 million 2017 salary-cap hit will remain on their books until June 1, at which point they will save $4.2 million against their 2017 salary cap and take a $2.425 million dead-money hit in 2018.'

Marker Stephon Gilmore to jump to Pats, who will also re-sign Alan Branch [1:32 AM]
ESPN reports: 'After the Bills exercised Gilmore's $11.082 million fifth-year option in May for the 2016 season, the two sides failed to reach a long-term contract agreement before talks ended last summer. Gilmore made his negotiating position clear during training camp, saying he believed he was among the elite cornerbacks in the league.'

Marker Patriots reportedly set to sign top free- agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore [1:31 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'The development not only means the Patriots are getting one of the best players to hit free agency , but that they likely won’t try to re-sign Logan Ryan, a physical cornerback who excelled in their system but isn’t the playmaker Gilmore is.'

Marker Report: Patriots expected to sign Pro Bowl CB Stephon Gilmore [1:30 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Gilmore was arguably the top cornerback available, next to A.J. Bouye of the Texans. The former Bills star has been a solid DB in the NFL for several years now, earning his first Pro Bowl bid in 2016. The past two years, he’s racked up eight interceptions and 30 passes defensed, and he has been a staple in Buffalo’s secondary since he was the 10th overall pick in 2012.'

Marker Bills Sign 5 on Opening of NFL Free Agency [1:29 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'DiMarco, 27, was a Pro Bowl fullback for the Falcons last season who helped pave running lanes for Atlanta's top-ranked offense. DiMarco was also named a 2nd-team All Pro last season. The Bills signed DiMarco to a four year deal worth up to $8.5 million.'

Marker Details emerging on Taylor's new deal [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So this is essentially a two-year deal for Tyrod. If he doesn’t become the franchise QB the team wants moving forward, they can move on. In that case, according to a source, the dead money for the salary cap hit would be roughly $5 million in 2019.'

Marker Aaron Williams released; Woods to sign with Rams [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The other name on the move on Thursday is free agent wide receiver Robert Woods. He is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Rams when the NFL's Free Agency period opens at 4 p.m. on Thursday. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Woods' new deal will likely pay him $39 million, including $15 million of that money guaranteed.'

Marker Report: Bills to sign kicker Hauschka [1:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Hauschka, 31, is set to join the Bills after spending the last six seasons with the Seahawks. With the Seahawks, Hauschka was a career 88.8-percent field goal kicker, including two seasons where he kicked 93-percent or better. Last season, Hauschka struggled with extra points after the move to make them harder to convert. Hauschka only converted on 82.9-percent of his extra-point attempts, which was a lower percentage rate than Carpenter who finished with a 88.9 conversion percentage.'

Marker Report: Gilmore to sign with Patriots [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are expected to give Gilmore a contract that is slated to eclipse the $14 million mark per year.'

Marker Bills officially sign DB Micah Hyde, four others [1:24 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Bills are in a desperate need for capable defensive backs, and Hyde can move into an every game starting role while still coming into his own. The money might be a tad high for some, but Hyde has built a strong reputation as a playmaking player at his position. Over the last three seasons, Hyde has a total of eight interceptions, which would provide the Bills with a ball-hawking style of safety that they're losing with the release of the oft-injured Aaron Williams.'

Marker Bills release safety Aaron Williams [1:23 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Really, he's a fascinating guy. He matured from the day he was drafted into a lovable, fan favorite -- and a player you know would look you in the eye and give you a straight answer. Unfortunately, none of those factors help him to be an asset for the Bills moving forward.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with five including S Hyde and K Hauschka [1:22 AM] reports: 'Hyde (6-0, 197), 26, was originally a fifth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2013. He’s been a durable, productive and versatile player in his four-year career with Green Bay.'

Marker Open dialogue with McDermott key in Taylor's return [1:21 AM] reports: '“The main thing throughout the process was that me and Coach McDermott were able to keep an open line of communication,” said Taylor. “If I needed to talk to him about something I could call him. Things were difficult sometimes with trying to move money around and trying to find what was best for the team. But ultimately we were able to get it done and I’m happy that we got it done.”'

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