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Buffalo Bills News - March 5, 2015

Marker Vikings QB Cassel will be traded to Buffalo [1:51 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Cassel would have been one of the league’s highest-paid backup quarterbacks in 2015. By trading him next week, the Vikings will clear his $4.75 million salary from the books. As it stands now, the team will enter free agency with about $25 million in cap space.'

Marker Vikings' Norv Turner: Buffalo a 'great opportunity' for Cassel [1:50 AM]
Saint Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Cassel, 32, was in line to receive a $500,000 roster bonus March 17, so the Vikings were eager to clarify his situation.'

Marker Vikings agree to send QB Matt Cassel to Bills for picks [1:49 AM]
Fox Sports North reports: '"We went through our process, we evaluated all of our players," said Vikings general manager Rick Spielman last month at the NFL Scouting Combine when asked about Cassel's future with the team. "We looked at everything from what they bring to our football team, in the locker room, off the field, what they bring to us on the field. But we also have to look at where they're at from a standpoint of their contract, where we're at from a cap standpoint.'

Marker Be careful what you wish for with Rex Ryan [1:48 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Well, Ryan is trying. McCoy’s importation is a start, but to really turn this into Rex Hatefest, Upstate Style, he must do something more. If he wants to stoke the flames again, he has to try and pilfer Revis and Devin McCourty away from Foxboro.'

Marker Is luring Revis the next step in Rex Ryan’s bold Bills makeover? [1:47 AM]
New York Post reports: 'That Ryan and the Bills might have their eye on a big free-agent acquisition was evident earlier this week when they decided not to apply the franchise tag to productive pass rusher Jerry Hughes because doing so would tie up too much of their 2015 cap.'

Marker Vikings agree to trade Cassel to Bills for draft pick [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'The trade also wouldn't have been initiated had the Vikings not been confident in Teddy Bridgewater, the first-round draft pick who took over as the starter in the third game of last season after Cassel broke his left foot. Cassel spent two years with the Vikings, taking over in 2013 after Christian Ponder struggled to keep the job.'

Marker Bills' additions and Jefferson Award have Jackson upbeat [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"Knowing that we're making some moves to win this season and being honored for an accomplishment off the field, it's one of those things where I'll enjoy this week as long as I can."'

Marker Bills to acquire Cassel from Vikings [1:44 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Cassel started the Vikings' first three games this past season before breaking several bones in his left foot against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 21. He was placed on injured reserve three days later.'

Marker Bills add QB Cassel to compete with Manuel [1:43 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Cassel appeared in 12 games over the past two seasons in Minnesota, completing 194 of 325 pass attempts for 2,232 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.'

Marker Matt Cassel trade a simple, cheap bandage for Bills QB problem [1:42 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Don't get me wrong: Cassel isn't a savior for Buffalo. If he throws 450 times (like he did in 2010), 100 of those pass attempts are going to be screens and swings to Shady and another 200 should be bubbles and slants to Watkins.'

Marker Active Bills trade for QB Matt Cassel [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Cassel and an "undisclosed draft choice" will come to the Bills, in exchange for "undisclosed draft choices" going back to the Vikings.'

Marker Nothing Shady About This Trade - McCoy A Huge Boost For Bills [1:40 AM]
WHAM-AM reports: 'The main reason I like this deal for the Bills: Last season, they ranked 4th in the NFL in total defense (312.2 yards allowed per game) and 4th in scoring defense (18.1 points allowed per game) without Alonso, who was recovering from a torn ACL (he also sat out one season with the Oregon Ducks due to a knee issue)…It also is significant that Buffalo ranked 25th in rushing last season and 26th in yards per carry.'

Marker Cyrus Kouandjio not wasting any time prepping for 2015 [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’ve been there since the second week after the season, the last nine weeks,” Kouandjio told host John Murphy. “I’m going to stay here until I have to report (to the Bills). We work six days a week, take Sundays off. A really strict diet. You’re surrounded by people who are like-minded in what they want to do in their lives. It’s a really positive environment. I like it.”'

Marker Bills address QB, acquire Matt Cassel [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills agreed to terms on a trade with the Vikings that will send two undisclosed draft choices to Minnesota in exchange for Matt Cassel.'

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March 4, 2015

Marker LeSean McCoy reportedly 'not happy' about trade to Buffalo Bills [9:26 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"He's a Pennsylvania kid. He's never played football outside of Pennsylvania — high school, college, pro," the source told Anderson. "So of course he's not happy. Sounds like it's pretty final to me unless LeSean is refusing to go to Buffalo."''

Marker Bills get their workhorse running back in Eagles’ McCoy [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills’ defense ended up faring just fine without Alonso in 2014. The team finished fourth in the league in both yards and points allowed. Additionally, rookie Preston Brown and third-year veteran Nigel Bradham proved to be young, every-down linebackers with similar skill sets to Alonso.'

Marker Major trade shows Bills are serious [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You don’t carry the ball 300 times two years in a row if you’re not willing to go between the tackles and take a featured back’s physical pounding. Ryan and general manager Doug Whaley are banking on it. Otherwise, they wouldn’t invest $9.75 million in a back.'

Marker Blockbuster: Bills to acquire Eagles' star RB McCoy [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"(Ryan is) going to get Shady the ball any way that he possibly can," said Tomlinson. "He's going to utilize all of the assets that Shady McCoy brings to a team. That means running screen routes, possibly lining him out on the outside and create mismatches. They're going to try to get this guy the ball as much as possible. We all know that Rex Ryan leans on that run game; that's what he wants to do. He wants to control the pace of the game with the run game. This guy, LeSean McCoy has proven that he can do that. I think it's going to be a perfect marriage with LeSean McCoy and Rex Ryan."'

Marker Spiller: Manuel can't be 'buddy-buddy' with Bills [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"(You're) the face of the franchise, (you're) the quarterback, so you have to demand certain things; you have to demand everything," Spiller continued. "You have to let the receivers know where they should be if they want to get the ball. You have to the let the running back know, 'This is where the blitz is coming from, I need you to get over there and pick it up.' I think early on, he just really didn't understand how to step on guys' toes. Once Kyle took over, he (saw) how Kyle did it, and that kinda helped him."'

Marker Buffalo Bills trade Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia Eagles for LeSean McCoy, according to report [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Alonso, who was the Bills' second-round pick in 2013, spent the 2014 season on injured reserve with a torn ACL. He was named as the PFWA defensive rookie of the year after piling up 159 tackles in his first season in the league.'

Marker C.J. Spiller says he's not returning to Buffalo Bills after LeSean McCoy trade [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills contacted Spiller after the trade to thank him for his time in Buffalo. Once the Bills acquired McCoy, who has a similar running style to Spiller but has been a far more productive back during his career, keeping Spiller in the fold didn't make sense.'

Marker Eric Wood, other Buffalo Bills players react to LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso trade [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Within minutes, NFL Network and ESPN were breaking down the trade while seemingly everyone on Twitter had an opinion. The players still on the Bills' roster had quite the reactions to losing a star defensive player and gaining another superstar on offense.'

Marker C.J. Spiller says Bills QB EJ Manuel needs to step on more toes and be less 'buddy-buddy' [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Once Kyle took over, he (saw) how Kyle did it and it kind of helped him," Spiller said. "He does tremendous work. He comes to work every day prepares, unbelievable, he's in the first, leaving late, last one to leave. So he has all that stuff. It was just that 'buddy-buddy.' You know how it is. You come in with some guys and you really don't want to step on any toes. But as the quarterback you have to do that."'

Marker NFL free agency primer: Where do Buffalo Bills stand after franchise tag deadline? [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The NFLPA announced the cap figures for every team in the NFL Monday, and the Buffalo Bills' number is $145,781,930. The official NFL salary cap for 2015 is $143.28 million, but the Bills rolled over a little more than $2 million from last year. This all means that the Bills will end up with a little over $27 million in cap space, according to the NFLPA.'

Marker Breaking down the pending McCoy-Alonso trade [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The odds appear greater than not that Alonso will turn out to be a perennial elite middle linebacker for the Eagles. McCoy might be closing in fast on the dreaded running-back wall.'

Marker Wednesday's Philadelphia Coverage [1:49 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports: <br /> <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20150304_Eagles_have_deal_in_place_to_send_LeSean_McCoy_to_Bills.html" target="_blank">Eagles have deal in place to send LeSean McCoy to Bills</a> (Philadelphia Inquirer)<br /> <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20150304_Eagles__many_moves_are_strictly_business_decisions.html" target="_blank">Eagles' many moves are strictly business decisions</a> (Philadelphia Inquirer)<br /> <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20150304_Chip_Kelly_draws_a_crowd_but_says_nothing_about_moves.html" target="_blank">Chip Kelly draws a crowd but says nothing about moves</a> (Philadelphia Inquirer)<br /> <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20150304_Chip_lets_his_moves_do_the_talking.html" target="_blank">Chip lets his moves do the talking</a> (Philadelphia Daily News)<br /> <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20150304_Williams_does_not_deserve_such_disdain_from_Eagles_fans.html" target="_blank">Eagles' big moves free up some big bucks to chase big free agents</a> (Philadelphia Daily News)<br /> <a href="http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20150304_What_if_Chip_wants_to_build_a_defense_.html" target="_blank">What if Chip wants to build a defense?</a> (Philadelphia Daily News)<br /> <a href="http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/sports/eagles-have-deal-in-place-to-trade-lesean-mccoy/article_c4853dfa-02ad-5d20-99ed-8b498cb5f69a.html" target="_blank">Eagles have deal in place to trade LeSean McCoy</a> (Burlington County Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.delcotimes.com/sports/20150303/kelly-ready-to-deal-mccoy-to-bills-for-linebacker-kiki-alonso" target="_blank">Kelly ready to deal McCoy to Bills for linebacker Kiki Alonso</a> (Delaware County Daily Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.delcotimes.com/sports/20150303/bob-grotz-chips-strategy-is-clearly-clearing-cap-space" target="_blank">Chip’s strategy is clearly clearing cap space</a> (Delaware County Daily Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.delawareonline.com/story/sports/nfl/eagles/2015/03/03/reports-say-eagles-trade-mccoy-bills-linebacker/24346367/" target="_blank">Reports say Eagles trade McCoy for Bills linebacker</a> (Wilmington News Journal)<br /> <a href="http://www.mcall.com/sports/football/eagles/mc-eagles-mccoy-0303-20150303-column.html" target="_blank">Eagles on verge of extreme makeover with McCoy trade</a> (Allentown Morning Call)<br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/03/lesean_mccoy_trade_could_pay_off_big_time_for_eagl.html" target="_blank">Why the LeSean McCoy trade could pay off big time for Eagles</a> (South Jersey Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/03/did_the_eagles_get_far_value_for_lesean_mccoy_in_b.html" target="_blank">Did Eagles get fair value for LeSean McCoy in Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso?</a> (South Jersey Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/03/jeffrey_lurie_shows_complete_confidence_in_chip_ke.html" target="_blank">Jeffrey Lurie shows complete confidence in Chip Kelly by allowing him to jettison DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy</a> (South Jersey Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/03/cj_spillers_message_to_eagles_chip_kelly_call_me.html" target="_blank">C.J. Spiller's message to Eagles, Chip Kelly: Call me!</a> (South Jersey Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/03/eagles_trade_lesean_mccoy_release_cary_williams_an.html" target="_blank">Making sense of the LeSean McCoy trade and the Eagles' whirlwind moves</a> (South Jersey Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/03/will_lesean_mccoy_block_a_trade_to_buffalo_bills.html" target="_blank">Will Eagles' LeSean McCoy try to block trade to Buffalo Bills for Kiko Alonso?</a> (South Jersey Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/03/eagles_blockbuster_trade_what_you_need_to_know_abo.html" target="_blank">Eagles' blockbuster trade: What you need to know about LeSean McCoy deal for Kiko Alonso</a> (South Jersey Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/03/eagles_chip_kelly_wont_confirm_or_deny_trade_of_le.html" target="_blank">Eagles' Chip Kelly won't confirm or deny trade of LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso</a> (South Jersey Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/03/eagles_options_at_running_back_with_lesean_mccoy_g.html" target="_blank">Eagles options at running back with LeSean McCoy gone</a> (South Jersey Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2015/03/what_you_need_to_know_about_kiko_alonso.html" target="_blank">What you need to know about linebacker Kiko Alonso, the newest Eagle</a> (South Jersey Times)<br /> <a href="http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/sports/local/eagles/eagles-trade-mccoy-release-williams-and-will-cut-cole/article_9638ef3a-c1cd-11e4-9f25-133e2e8adb26.html" target="_blank">Eagles trade McCoy, release Williams and will cut Cole</a> (Press of Atlantic City)<br /> <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/03/philadelphia_eagles_running_ba_3.html" target="_blank">Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy traded to Buffalo: report</a> (Harrisburg Patriot News)<br /> <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/03/lesean_mccoy_gives_rex_ryan_bu.html" target="_blank">LeSean McCoy gives Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills a brash and versatile weapon</a> (Harrisburg Patriot News)<br /> <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/03/lesean_mccoy_trade_requires_ea.html" target="_blank">LeSean McCoy trade requires Eagles fans to trust in Kelly and the system, just as the players do</a> (Harrisburg Patriot News)<br /> <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/03/lesean_mccoy_trade_news_crushe.html" target="_blank">Was trading LeSean McCoy for Kiko Alonso the right move?</a> (Harrisburg Patriot News)<br /> <a href="http://www.csnphilly.com/football-philadelphia-eagles/source-eagles-trade-lesean-mccoy-buffalo-bills-linebacker-kiko-alonso" target="_blank">Source: Eagles to trade LeSean McCoy to Bills for LB Kiko Alonso</a> (CSN Philadelphia)<br /> <a href="http://www.csnphilly.com/blog/700-level/lesean-mccoy-or-not-good-deal-good-deal" target="_blank">Like LeSean McCoy or not, a good deal is a good deal</a> (CSN Philadelphia)<br /> <a href="http://www.csnphilly.com/blog/700-level/darren-sproles-other-eagles-react-shady-mccoy-trade" target="_blank">Darren Sproles, other Eagles react to Shady McCoy trade</a> (CSN Philadelphia)<br />

Marker Eagles trade RB LeSean McCoy to Bills for LB Kiko Alonso [1:48 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Ryan is famous for his preferred style of offense — “ground and pound” — and must be thrilled to get such an offensive weapon. McCoy’s play-making abilities should be especially useful considering the Bills have a horrendous situation at quarterback with EJ Manuel as their top signal caller. McCoy, 26, has rushed for more than 1,300 yards in three of the last four seasons.'

Marker Eagles loaded with cap space after dealing McCoy to Bills [1:47 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The trade definitely had the look of a salary dump by Philadelphia, with McCoy scheduled to make $24.25 million over the next three seasons while Alonso — still working on his rookie contract — is set to earn just $1.7 million over the next two years.'

Marker LeSean McCoy traded from Philadelphia Eagles to Buffalo Bills for Kiko Alonso, report says [1:46 AM]
Newsday reports: 'The trade also opens a hole for the Bills at linebacker. While there will be other options for the team, new coach Rex Ryan undoubtedly will be interested in pursuing free agent David Harris of the Jets.'

Marker How that LeSean McCoy-Kiko Alonso trade can impact Jets [1:45 AM]
Newark Star-Ledger reports: 'Consider: David Harris and C.J. Spiller.'

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