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Buffalo Bills News - April 10, 2016

Marker Trash talk by Taylor’s agent doesn’t make any sense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bakari believes his client deserves elite quarterback money. That’s his job. But it was weak of him to trash Taylor’s team in the process. That can’t help Taylor as he attempts to become more of a team leader for the Bills.'

Marker Tarpley made the right call to step away when he did [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Too often, NFL players leave the game without realizing the toll taken on their bodies until the damage is done. Tarpley wasn’t willing to sacrifice a productive life for a few years of football. It was a tough decision. It was the right decision.'

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April 9, 2016

Marker Reports: Harvin changes his mind about playing [1:59 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'According to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports, a source tells him that Harvin is now "unlikely" to play in the 2016 season. Then Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com chimed in, citing a source that said "the driving force primarily is Harvin’s habit of waffling and wavering and flat-out changing his mind, over and over again."'

Marker Report: Bills ''enamored'' by QB Cardale Jones [1:58 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'There's no denying that the fit with the Buffalo Bills would be a great one for Cardale Jones. He wouldn't have to worry about starting this season with Tyrod Taylor in place, and the Bills even have a backup there for 2016 in EJ Manuel, which could make the upcoming season be totally about Jones and his development.'

Marker Free agent LB Alexander, S Anderson visit Bills [1:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Alexander (6-2, 245) most recently played for the Oakland Raiders this past season appearing in all 16 games and playing mainly on special teams. He earned a reputation for being a standout special teams performer during his six seasons with Washington where he earned a Pro Bowl nod as the NFC’s special teams player in 2012.'

April 8, 2016

Marker Call to Courage Award going to Kyle Williams [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t know how it happens, but every year we seem to get the right person, who really embodies what we want the award to be about,” Reich said. “It’s a man who does have that courage on and off the field. We talk about character, commitment and community under the umbrella of courage. Kyle has the kind of character we look for.”'

Marker Tyrod Taylor's agent blames Bills' discipline, defense for missing playoffs in 2015 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If that's a sign of how things are going in negotiations between the two sides regarding a contract extension, it's safe to say they aren't close on a deal.'

Marker Bills sign veteran offensive lineman Fernando Velasco [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A former undrafted free agent, Velasco started all 16 games at center for the Titans in 2012, then started 11 games with the Steelers the following season. He also has experience playing guard. Velasco figures to compete for the reserve spot along the Bills' offensive line that was occupied last season by Kraig Urbik.'

Marker Bills release preseason schedule [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo visits Washington between Aug. 25-28. The Bills last played the Redskins in 2013 in the preseason, and will meet for the 16th time overall.'

Marker In the circle of NFL life, many set to replace Tarpley [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Would his decision have been different if he was a first-round draft pick making guaranteed millions, as opposed to the $525,000 he was scheduled to make in 2016 – if he made the team?'

Marker Bills announce preseason schedule [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This will be the 15th year in a row that the Bills and Lions have played each other in the final preseason game.

Marker Buffalo Bills sign free-agent center Fernando Velasco [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Listed at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, Velasco spent the past two years with the Carolina Panthers. He has seven seasons of NFL experience, including his first four with Tennessee and one in Pittsburgh.'

Marker Bills LB Tarpley cites 2 concussions as reason to retire [1:52 AM]
AP reports: '"This is the hardest decision I've made yet, but after much research and contemplation I believe it's what is best for me going forward," Tarpley wrote, before thanking his family, teammates, former coaches, the Bills and their fans.'

Marker Veteran C Velasco joins Bills [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Velasco was with the Carolina Panthers the past two seasons, starting eight of 27 games.'

Marker Whaley discusses Paxton Lynch interest, Tyrod Taylor's future [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I’ll never say never. We're working on it and we look at it this way - if there's a deal out there that it makes him feel comfortable and want it and it works for us as a team we will have no issues of consummating a deal.”'

Marker Tyrod's agent rips Bills, blames defense in '15 [1:49 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'And based on some comments from Taylor's agent, Adisa Bakari on Sirius XM Thursday, the two sides appear to be quite far apart -- seeing as how Bakari ripped the Bills on a public forum.'

Marker Draft fit for Bills? QB Christian Hackenberg [1:48 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'When you’re looking for a prototypical talent to try and mold at the quarterback position, Christian Hackenberg is exactly what you’d look for. He has the size, he’s got both velocity and distance with his arm strength to conceivably make all the throws you’d want, he’s mobile enough to get out of trouble, and he just turned 21 years old.'

Marker 2016 Buffalo Bills preseason schedule [1:47 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The exact dates and times of the games will be released at a later time. All four preseason games will be aired on 7 ABC in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills sign backup OL Fernando Velasco [1:46 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The offensive lineman will compete to be the main backup interior offensive lineman with Ryan Groy, and young players such as Cyril Richardson and Ronald Patrick.'

Marker Bills announce 2016 preseason schedule [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills will then host the New York Giants, the first preseason matchup between the two teams since 2014 when the Bills and Giants squared off in Canton in the annual Hall of Fame game. The matchup will mark the sixth time that the Bills have met the Giants in preseason play.'

Marker Bills sign C-G Fernando Velasco [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'He spent the past two seasons with the Carolina Panthers serving mainly in a backup capacity, though he did make eight starts between 2014 and 2015. Prior to that Velasco was a starter for Pittsburgh in 2013 (11 starts) and Tennessee in 2012 (16 starts) mostly at center.'

Marker OL Fernando Velasco visits Bills [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Velasco, 31, began his career as a practice squad player in 2008 after signing as an undrafted rookie with the Tennessee Titans. He worked his way up the Titans depth chart over the years eventually earning a starting job at center in 2012, making all 16 starts. The following year he signed as a free agent with Pittsburgh and started 11 games in the pivot for the Steelers.'

April 7, 2016

Marker Bills LB A.J. Tarpley cites concussions for retirement [12:40 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In 2015, there were 19 players 31 years old or younger who retired from the NFL, including 24-year-old Packers wide receiver Adrian Coxson, 25-year-old 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis and 24-year-old 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, and 26-year-old Titans quarterback Jake Locker. All cited concerns about concussions, though Davis has now reconsidered and wants to return to play.'

Marker Bills’ Tarpley cites concussions as reason for retirement [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This decision is the hardest I’ve made yet, but after much research and contemplation I believe it’s what is best for me going forward.”'

Marker Lynch impresses Bills at Memphis Pro Day [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Wentz and Goff go in the first seven selections, as expected, the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 8 and the Los Angeles Rams at No. 15 are the next two teams most linked to possibly taking a quarterback in the first round.'

Marker Buffalo Bills LB A.J. Tarpley retiring due to concussion concerns [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Tarpley, who suffered the third and fourth concussions of his career in 2015, made the announcement on his Instagram account. He's just 23 years old.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' OC Greg Roman met with Memphis QB Paxton Lynch [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'With both Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel entering the final seasons of their respective contracts, Whaley has made no secret about the fact that the Bills need to add a quarterback or two to the roster heading into the offseason. With little progress on a new contract for Taylor, the Bills might be wise to plan for the future by taking a quarterback at 19 and providing themselves with some insurance at the position.'

Marker Concussions cause Bills' Tarpley to retire after one season [1:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"To my family, I'll never be able to repay your unwavering support and love, I just hope that I can continue to show how gracious I am and make you proud. I also want to thank the Buffalo Bills organization, coaches, and teammates for helping me fulfill my lifelong dream in the NFL.'

Marker Concussion history pushes Bills' A.J. Tarpley to retire from NFL [1:54 AM]
ESPN reports: '"After months of introspection, I am retiring from football," Tarpley wrote. "I suffered the 3rd and 4th concussions of my career this past season and I am walking away from the game I love to preserve my future health.'

Marker Bills LB A.J. Tarpley Retires [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tarpley leaves the game just shy of his 24th birthday. He was scheduled to make $525,000 this coming season.'

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