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Buffalo Bills News - March 16, 2015

Marker Tight end, guard top list of Bills’ needs [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clay has gone from a logical target in free agency to a “must-get” for Whaley. The Bills cleared out cap space to do so by releasing last year’s starter at the position, Scott Chandler, and also let blocking tight end Lee Smith leave as an unrestricted free agent. That leaves the Bills with just two players with NFL experience on the roster in Chris Gragg and MarQueis Gray, as well as a project in former Canisius College basketball player Chris Manhertz.'

Marker Building the Bills: Week 1 of free agency [1:58 AM] reports: 'The Bills added four names to the roster through free agency and trades: QB Matt Cassel, RB LeSean McCoy, FB Jerome Felton, and QB Tyrod Taylor. And all four of those new Bills shared some of their thoughts on The John Murphy Show during the week.'

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March 15, 2015

Marker What Buffalo can learn from Baltimore’s downtown football stadium [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The sports teams influence Baltimore in ways that can’t be measured on a spreadsheet.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with DE Jarius Wynn [1:58 AM]
AP reports: 'The Green Bay Packers' sixth-round draft pick out of Georgia in 2009, Wynn also played for the Tennessee Titans (2012), San Diego Chargers (2013) and Dallas Cowboys (2013).'

Marker Bills re-sign DE Jarius Wynn [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wynn proved to be a valuable backup for the Bills in 11 games, giving both Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes a rest when they needed it. Wynn had 17 tackles and two sacks last season while playing on a one-year deal.'

Marker Bills bring DE Jarius Wynn back [1:56 AM] reports: 'Wynn, 27, who was originally signed as a free agent by the Bills last April, appeared in 11 games for Buffalo in 2014 logging 18 tackles, 2.5 sacks and five quarterback hits. He too missed time last year due to a knee injury missing five games, but was a reliable rotational defensive end on Buffalo’s defense.'

Marker GM Doug Whaley always ready to make a deal [1:55 AM] reports: '“It shows you how we are committed to do whatever is possible to get this team where it needs to be,” Whaley told “If we think this deal is good for us and the other team thinks it’s good for them then we have no problem making it.”'

March 14, 2015

Marker Bills land Harvin, seek Clay [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The News also learned that the Bills did not, as expected, sign tight end Charles Clay to an offer sheet Friday, but, according to a source close to the situation, still fully intend to do so.'

Marker Bills continue to make splashes, sign Percy Harvin [1:58 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What an offseason it has been for the Bills, and this latest addition could make a mammoth difference in the Buffalo offense.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign wide receiver Percy Harvin to one-year deal, according to report [1:57 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'He makes an ideal slot receiver in a Bills offense that has already added LeSean McCoy at running back and is hot on the trail of free agent tight end Charles Clay.'

Marker AP sources: Harvin to Bills on 1-year deal [1:56 AM]
AP reports: 'Although Harvin had an outstanding Super Bowl, including an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half, he quickly wore out his welcome in Seattle. By last October, he was a Jet. Now, he's a Bill.'

Marker Bills OT Henderson gets top performance bonus [1:55 AM]
AP reports: 'A seventh-round draft choice from the University of Miami, Henderson was paid the rookie minimum of $420,000 in salary, with a $50,880 bonus. He was on the field for every Bills offensive play last season, and 15 percent of special teams snaps. That earned him the biggest bonus for last season, the NFL announced Friday.'

Marker Report: Bills land Harvin [1:54 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'A source close to the situation told that Harvin's new pact is a one- year deal.'

Marker Report: Bills, WR Harvin agree to one-year deal [1:53 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Watkins tweeted about the news (edited): "We got Percy_Harvin. That's who I always tried to play like on the field. Now I'm ballin with him."'

Marker Report: Bills sign Percy Harvin [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Harvin was drafted in 2009 by the Vikings and was selected as the AP offensive rookie of the year after his rookie season. He was traded to the Seahawks in March of 2013. After winning a Super Bowl with Seattle, he was traded to the Jets in October of 2014 for a conditional draft pick.'

Marker Contract extension for Kyle Williams [1:51 AM] reports: 'Williams’ extension likely helped to provide the club with more cap space in 2015 to leave the team in a more flexible fiscal situation.'

March 13, 2015

Marker Bills continue courtship of Dolphins’ Clay [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were expected to present Clay with an offer sheet by Thursday, structuring it in such a way that the Dolphins would be discouraged from matching it to retain him. The offer never came, and Clay decided he wanted to return home, the source said.'

Marker Lawyer for Bills’ Dareus continues to seek plea deal in suspected drag-racing case [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Michael P. Caffery said he hopes to resolve the case through a guilty plea to a noncriminal charge. If no deal is reached with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office by April 7, he said, the case will proceed to trial May 19 in Hamburg Town Court.'

Marker Bills add 3 players; no word on Harvin, Clay [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills, who have already cut their former starting tight end, Scott Chandler, and lost one of his backups, Lee Smith, to Oakland in free agency, are down to Marqueis Gray and Chris Gragg as tight ends on the roster. One name that surfaced as another potential tight end target was nine-year veteran Anthony Fasano, even though he's not even an upgrade over Chandler.'

Marker Is Tyrod Taylor serious competition for Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel in Buffalo? Rex Ryan says yes [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I know both of those guys have played in this league and had success in this league," Taylor said. "I'm looking forward to competing with those guys. I'm looking forward to us pushing each other, making each other better and like I said, just making the team better."'

Marker Plea negotiations ongoing for Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus in alleged drag-racing incident [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The charges against Dareus include reckless endangerment, reckless driving, unlawful speed contest and leaving the scene of an accident. Dareus rejected a previous deal to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving, according to the Associated Press.'

Marker Birmingham native and NFL vet Marcell Dareus donates $100k to rebuild hometown park [1:54 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"I'm really excited to come back to Birmingham and revitalize the park I played in as a child," Dareus said in the release. "I want the kids who play here to know that they have the same opportunities to succeed as I did. And what better way to do that than to give them a safe and clean environment in which to play."'

Marker Bills sign former Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor [1:53 AM]
AP reports: 'Taylor signed a two-year contract Thursday, a day after arriving in Buffalo to meet team officials. He's the second quarterback the Bills have added this week, after acquiring veteran Matt Cassel in a trade with Minnesota.'

Marker Bills' Dareus still in talks to reduce car-racing charges [1:52 AM]
AP reports: 'Dareus' attorney Michael Caffery said Thursday he and the Erie County District Attorney's office are still "trying to work it out" following a brief appearance in Hamburg Town Court.'

Marker Bills sign QB Taylor; re-sign Easley, Wynn [1:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Wynn's deal reportedly is for two years and $2.2 million. The seven-year veteran has played for five NFL teams but seems to have found a home in Buffalo, where he is expected to push for a starting spot.'

Marker Bills re-sign Easley, Wynn per report [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to Aaron Wilson of, Easley signed a new four-year deal to remain with the Bills that will pay him a total $7 million over the span of the contract. It also will pay out a signing bonus of $1.7 million, and comes with a guaranteed $2.2 million.'

Marker Rex Ryan tells Toronto station that Bills signed QB Tyrod Taylor [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"With the addition of Matt Cassel, we just signed Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel, now we have three guys... we'll see what happens."'

Marker Marcus Easley re-signs in Buffalo [1:48 AM] reports: '“Coming back to Buffalo was always option number one,” Easley told “The interest was mutual on both sides. Doug (Whaley) told me that he wanted to bring me back. There was never any doubt that I wanted to come here.”'

Marker Bills add another QB in Tyrod Taylor [1:47 AM] reports: '“It came very fast,” Taylor told “I didn’t know what to expect going into the free agent market. There was interest from a couple of different teams. I felt this was the best fit for me moving forward so I signed the papers today.”'

March 12, 2015

Marker Cassel came to compete [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think I’ve been in this league long enough to know that you’ve got to compete in everything that you do,” said Cassel, who was introduced to the Western New York media on Wednesday, a day after his trade from the Minnesota Vikings became official. “You have to earn every opportunity you get, so I know there’s going to be competition.”'

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