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Buffalo Bills News - March 10, 2017

Marker Bills release veteran safety Aaron Williams [1:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'His future playing career is still undetermined since his 2016 season was ended prematurely due to a neck injury suffered against the Dolphins in Week 7. It was the second straight year in which a neck injury landed Williams on injured reserve.'

Marker Bills Today: Pushing Taylor's game forward [1:19 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“You look at the individual first and the skill set he brings to the table and the success he’s had to this point,” said Taylor. “You’re continuing to develop a player and we know about the mobility when plays break down. It does create headaches for defensive coordinators. I’ve been on that side of it. The scheme is an extremely good fit for Tyrod and his skill set. This was a very solid move in that regard.”'

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March 9, 2017

Marker Taylor’s return was the solution most expected [8:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, in fairness, it will be interesting to see how Taylor fares with a healthy receiving corps and a defense that doesn’t leave him to score over 34 points which was the opponents’ average in seven of the eight losses he started.'

Marker Bills restructure Taylor contract to keep him with team [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We are excited about the opportunity to keep Tyrod with the Bills," coach Sean McDermott said in a statement released by the club. "I've gotten a chance to know Tyrod and study him over the past several weeks and he is both a great person and competitor. Doug and I are confident this was best move for the Bills at this time."'

Marker Tyrod Taylor's teammates pumped to see him stay with Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I was hoping that they could get something worked out,” left guard Richie Incognito said. “The reports were all over the place, so you've got to kind of wait until the decision is final to really get something to hang your hat on. I'm glad it worked out this way.'

Marker McDermott: Restructuring Taylor's contract was 'best move for the Bills at this time' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mike Glennon, a backup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who has a very limited body of work, is widely viewed as the best quarterback in the open market and is reportedly on the verge of signing with the Chicago Bears for between $14 and $15 million per year. The quarterback class in the draft is generally viewed as lacking high-end talent.'

Marker What They Said: Sean McDermott on bringing back Tyrod Taylor [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well, first and foremost, it’s a credit to Tyrod. We’ve been in touch, really, since the first day on the job and he’s made himself very available in that regard and so I really appreciate that on his end of it. We’ve had some very good, productive, healthy conversations and he’s been first-class the whole way. It shaped up the right way and I feel like this is a good move in the best interests of the organization at this time.'

Marker Bills reuniting RB/FB Mike Tolbert with coach Sean McDermott [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tolbert, 31, is a 5-foot-9, 250-pound nine-year veteran who has spent the past five seasons in Carolina, where Bills coach Sean McDermott previously served as the Panthers' defensive coordinator. Tolbert was released Feb. 21 – which made him eligible to be signed Wednesday – after rushing 35 times for 114 yards and catching 10 passes for 72 yards and one touchdown in 2016. He has just one rushing touchdown in the past three seasons on 134 carries.'

Marker Bills re-sign punter Colton Schmidt [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Schmidt is coming off a down 2016, finishing 29th in net average (38.1 yards) and 26th in punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line (20). In 48 career games with the Bills, he has a gross average of 43.9 yards on 243 punts, placing 73 of them inside the opponent's 20-yard line.'

Marker Wide receiver updates: Marcus Easley cut, Marquise Goodwin leaving [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move wasn't a surprise after Easley missed all of 2016 with a devastating knee injury suffered late in the 2015 season. The 29-year-old was scheduled to count $1.875 million against the salary cap in 2017. The Bills designated Easley as a post-June 1 cut, meaning they will save $1.45 million of that amount. Easley will count $425,000 in "dead" money against the cap in 2017 and 2018.'

Marker Report: Bills in the running for Ravens RT Ricky Wagner [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wagner, 27, is a former fifth-round draft pick who has appeared in 62 games over the past four seasons, with 47 starts. He has some familiarity with Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who was on Baltimore's staff as the quarterbacks coach in 2014.'

Marker Report: Bills signing fullback Patrick DiMarco [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'DiMarco isn't a big of a receiving option. He has just 37 catches over the past four years for 273 yards and four touchdowns. He's carried the ball just once in his career. He'll be counted on to be running back LeSean McCoy's new lead blocker. The website Pro Football Focus gave DiMarco its highest grade for run blocking by fullbacks in 2016.'

Marker Report: Bills to sign Ravens G Vladimir Ducasse [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ducasse, 29, is a 6-foot-5, 326-pounder who entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2010. After four years in New York, he spent a single season with Minnesota, Chicago and then Baltimore in 2016. He has played in 88 career games, with 30 starts. While he's primarily been a guard in the NFL, Ducasse does have some experience playing tackle, so his versatility could lead to him getting a look at right tackle for the Bills.'

Marker Report: Bills favored to land Ravens' Pro Bowl fullback [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the report is true, it would indicate the Bills have no intention of retaining fullback Jerome Felton, who is due to become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday as well.'

Marker Christie: Bills never relayed offer to help Carpenter [1:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In his message Wednesday, Christie went on to say, "I wished him the best of luck signing with a winning team or one in a domed stadium. He has my contact info now and knows that I'm available to help him if needed. The point here was to help Dan before he was released, not to bury a GM or Coach or as some have implied, getting a job over there. (I'm very happy living in Florida now-post health situation and don't see that changing anytime soon). All the best Bull. Go Bills.'

Marker Free agency focus: What to do with WR Justin Hunter [1:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have only three receivers signed for 2017, so if Hunter is willing to come back on a cheap contract to compete for a roster spot in training camp, that would be fine. If he expects a multi-year contract or more than a veteran-minimum salary, the Bills shouldn't sweat letting him go.'

Marker Buffalo Bills keeping Tyrod Taylor has Sean McDermott's fingerprints [1:46 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There’s no other way to read things in the wake of the announcement that Tyrod Taylor will be returning to the team on a restructured contract that reportedly lowers his salary-cap figure this year from $16 million to $10 million, and includes a $7 million signing bonus. Details are still coming out.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor on firm footing with Sean McDermott [1:45 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Common sense, which has never been in large supply at One Bills Drive during the current 17-year playoff drought, prevailed. If you’ve examined the list of available college players and NFL free agents, you know Taylor is the best option — as new coach Sean McDermott put — “at this time.’'

Marker Buffalo Bills announce signing of RB Mike Tolbert [1:44 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'They also have reportedly reached an agreement on a four-year, $8.5 million deal with fullback Patrick DiMarco of the Falcons. DiMarco would replace Jerome Felton, and is considered in some circles as the best blocking fullback in the league.'

Marker Buffalo Bills reportedly sign Ravens free agent OL Vladimir Ducasse [1:43 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Ducasse most recently played for the Baltimore Ravens but came into the league with the New York Jets back in 2010. Ducasse also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. He has mostly played guard during his career but has some experience at tackle dating back to his days at the University of Massachusetts.'

Marker Aaron Williams hints at returning to the Buffalo Bills in 2017 [1:42 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The safety posted a picture on Instagram with Tyrod Taylor after it was announced that the quarterback would return to Buffalo on a restructured deal. Along with the picture, Williams said that his suit and cleat game battle with the quarterback would continue in 2017.'

Marker 8 thoughts on Buffalo Bills keeping QB Tyrod Taylor on restructured deal [1:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"At this time," is the operative phrase here. The Bills operated with little conviction when deciding on Taylor, who would have been guaranteed more than $30 million and had a modest $15.9 million cap hit on his original contract signed last August.'

Marker What Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said about bringing Tyrod Taylor back [1:40 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Well, really, I go back to the process and the methodical approach that we have been taking since day one back in January. We've looked, really, at every option and explored every opportunity, at this time, available to us and we just feel like this was the best move for the Bills at this time.'

Marker Buffalo Bills release wide receiver Marcus Easley [1:39 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'During his career with the Bills, Easley appeared in 42 games. He was originally drafted by the Bills in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. In his career, Easley caught three passes for 71 yards and one touchdown. Although he never emerged as a receiving threat, Easley stood out on special teams. Easley led Buffalo in special teams tackles in 2013 and 2014.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor contract: Details for Buffalo Bills QB's restructured deal [1:38 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The option on Taylor's previous deal, signed last August, was the point of much debate at One Bills Drive. The option would have paid Taylor more than $30 million in guaranteed money and carried a cap hit just shy of $16 million for 2017.'

Marker Buffalo Bills bringing back punter Colton Schmidt [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'While the Bills will be looking for a new kicker after cutting Dan Carpenter, the new coaching staff appears content to move forward with Schmidt as the team's punter heading into 2017.'

Marker Buffalo Bills expected to sign Falcons fullback Patrick DiMarco (report) [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In 2015, Pro Football Focus named DiMarco as a first-team All Pro fullback. He has the ability to be a threat as a receiver out of the backfield as well. He has 37 catches for 273 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his career.'

Marker Free agent LB Zach Brown suggests that he won't be returning to Buffalo Bills [1:35 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Brown had a career-year with the Bills in 2016. He finished second in the league with 149 total tackles in 16 starts. Brown also had four sacks, one interception and four passes defensed with the Bills. At the end of the season, Brown was named a second-team All-Pro and made the AFC Pro Bowl team.'

Marker QB Tyrod Taylor staying with Buffalo Bills, signs restructured contract [1:34 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In short, Taylor isn't going anywhere any time soon. Unless the Bills pull off a blockbuster trade, they will be moving forward with Taylor as their quarterback for at least 2017.'

Marker NFL free agency: Buffalo Bills reportedly interested in Ravens OT Ricky Wagner [1:33 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Wagner was one of Pro Football Focus' top-graded right tackles in the NFL in both 2014 and 2016. He didn't allow a sack or a quarterback hit in his final eight games of the season. He's not the mauling run blocker some other right tackles are, but his pass protection is as steady as they come. He also played under Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Juan Castillo when Castillo held the same position with the Ravens.'

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