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Buffalo Bills News - March 16, 2017

Marker For sale: One slightly used pool table cut loose by the Buffalo Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cash Realty & Auctions is conducting an online-only auction of the 8-foot "bar sized" pool table, complete with team logos and colors. "This is a MUST HAVE for any fanatics out there!" the listing proclaims.'

Marker Stephen Hauschka an upgrade for Bills at kicker [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Hauschka has missed only seven kicks inside 40 yards, and from 40 and beyond he is a superb 68 of 89, including 16 of 24 outside the 50.'

Marker East Carolina's Zay Jones would be a perfect WR fit for Bills [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'No one in the history of college football has caught more passes than Jones did during his four years at East Carolina, 399 in all, including a single-season record 158 in 2016.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to host CB DeShawn Shead on free agent visit (report) [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Shead finished the 2016 season as Pro Football Focus' 38th best cornerback with a grade of 77.1. He performed well in coverage (76.6) and in run defense (81.3) according to the analytics site. The cornerback finished the year with 81 total tackles, 14 passes defensed and one interception in 15 starts.'

Marker Free agent WR Andre Holmes disputes report that he signed with Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'At 6-feet-5-inches tall, Holmes is a definite red-zone threat. The Bills lost Justin Hunter, who signed with the Steelers on Wednesday, and Holmes has a similar skill set. While he wouldn't be an imposing threat opposite No. 1 wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Holmes definitely has enough talent to contribute if the Bills went down that route.'

Marker Buffalo Bills free agent LB Zach Brown visiting the Oakland Raiders (report) [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Despite his outstanding season with the Bills, there wasn't much talk about Brown returning to Buffalo. One day before the start of free agency, Brown suggested that he wouldn't be returning to the Bills.'

Marker Todd McShay 2017 NFL Mock Draft has Buffalo Bills selecting WR Corey Davis [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Davis would be a dream scenario for the Bills, who don't have much at wide receiver outside of Sammy Watkins. After losing Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in fre agency, the Bills' wide receiver depth chart consists of Philly Davis, Kolby Listenbee, Dez Lewis, Walt Powell and Jeremy Butler. If either Davis or Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams are on the board, the Bills will have a hard time passing on that type of talent.'

Marker Mock watch 4.0: Free agency shifts Bills focus [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Will that keep quarterback off the Buffalo’s radar? Here’s how free agency has affected the mock latest mock drafts...'.

Marker Bills, WR Andre Holmes say no deal yet despite NFLPA records [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: 'He will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus and workout bonuses of $50,000 each season. His 2017 salary is fully guaranteed. He can earn up to $750,000 in incentives each season and has base salary escalators based on playing time.'

Marker Andre Holmes denies signing with Bills despite NFLPA filing [1:47 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Graziano tweeted shortly after Holmes denied his report, expressing his regret in the premature report.'

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March 15, 2017

Marker Taylor's restructured contract a 2-year deal with pay cut and easy out for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor's agent, Adisa Bakari, had what the quarterback described as "casual" conversations with teams interested in his client's services during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and New York Jets were known to have had Taylor on their respective radars.'

Marker Report: Rams give Bills' Groy offer sheet [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If he joined the Rams, Groy would be reunited with Aaron Kromer, the team's new offensive line coach who guided the Bills' offensive line the past two seasons. Kromer also was offensive coordinator of the Bears during Groy's rookie year.'

Marker Buffalo Bills have been among busiest NFL teams in free agency [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I want to give credit to this entire organization,” McDermott said even before the bulk of the transactions took place the other day, a classic company line if ever there was one. “When you look at the number of players we’ve been able to sign early in this process, that doesn’t happen by itself.”'

Marker RB Travaris Cadet weighing offers from Buffalo Bills, two other teams (report) [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'It's possible that the Bills are simply looking to add another running back in the event that they lose Gillislee to another team.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor contract details: Buffalo Bills can get out of deal after 2017 [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Taylor may have gotten a commitment from the Bills, but it's not the most reassuring of commitments. Taylor still has to prove himself before a better option comes along for the Bills.'

Marker Former Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin retiring 'for real this time,' says rep [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'During his time with the Vikings, Harvin began having issues with migraines. It was a problem that plagued him for the rest of his career. In addition to problems with migraines, Harvin also dealt with hip injuries in his career.'

Marker Bills add WR Butler, may lose OL Groy [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The 6-foot-3 receiver joins a receiver group which includes Sammy Watkins, Kolby Listenbee, Walt Powell, Philly Brown, and 2016 practice squad player Dez Lewis.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor contract: Get ready for (another) bumpy off season [1:52 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Taylor’s restructured contract has a cap hit of $9.7 million for this season, down from approximately $16 million in the original option. In 2018 under the new contract, Taylor’s cap hit doubles to approximately $18 million.'

Marker LA Rams sign Bills offensive lineman Groy to offer sheet [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills retained the rights to Groy by extending him a one-year contract tender last week. reported the Rams made Groy a two-year, $5 million offer, with $3.5 million guaranteed.'

Marker Bills QB Taylor took significant pay cut to stay with team [1:50 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'It suggests Taylor thought his options were limited with other teams, especially in terms of getting a deal better than the restructured contract he signed with the Bills.'

Marker Bills WR Harvin retires again [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Harvin, 28, originally announced his retirement last spring following an injury-plagued 2015 season. He came back in November to make two catches for 6 yards in two appearances (one start) before migraine headaches led to the Bills placing him on the non-football illness list.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor's restructured deal with Bills amounts to $10M pay cut [1:48 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Taylor will earn $30.5 million in 2017 and 2018 combined before his contract automatically voids on the fifth day after the Super Bowl in February 2019. Under his previous deal, Taylor would have earned $40.5 million in 2017 and 2018 combined if the Bills exercised an option in his contract that would have kept him under the team's control through 2021.'

Marker Percy Harvin's agent says the wide receiver has retired [1:47 AM]
ESPN reports: '"He's done [playing]," Barnett said.'

Marker Here’s how much money Tyrod Taylor gave up to stay with the Bills [1:46 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Taylor clearly believed the Bills gave him the best chance for success, and his new deal allows him to become a free agent in 2019. If he plays well the next two years, he could cash in big time.'

Marker Report: Groy receives offer sheet from Rams [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Once Groy signs the offer sheet, the Bills would have five days to match the offer or the 26-year old will become property of the Rams. The Bills gave Groy an original-round RFA tender before free agency began, which is worth $1.8 million. However, since Groy was originally undrafted, the Bills would not receive any compensation if they decide not to match the offer.'

Marker What the new Tyrod Taylor contract means for the Bills [1:44 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It goes from a five-year pact essentially to a two-year deal. The final three years of the deal automatically void, but due to the structure of the contract, the prorated signing bonuses would continue out and if the two parties split ahead of the 2019 season, Taylor would keep a dead money hit. The signing bonus from the original extension also carries over, which bumps up some of the dead money as well.'

Marker How the new Bills free agents will impact the roster [1:43 AM] reports: 'S Micah Hyde - So far the biggest money free agent added to Buffalo’s roster. With the turnover at the safety position, Hyde is expected to step into the starting lineup at one of the two centerfield positions and fill a multitude of roles in the secondary.'

Marker Bills Today: Who sold 'Zo on Coach McDermott? [1:42 AM] reports: '“I have a great relationship with (Carolina LB) Thomas Davis,” said Alexander. “We actually were rookies together in Carolina and have maintained that friendship. I have a lot of respect for him, as far as who he is and he put his name on Sean.'

March 14, 2017

Marker Bills add defensive line depth by signing DE Ryan Davis [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In five seasons, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound Davis has played in 47 games, registering 30 tackles, 11 sacks, one interception, three passes defensed, 26 quarterback hits, 12 tackles for loss, three fumbles forced and four fumble recoveries.'

Marker Bills add to receiver depth by signing Jeremy Butler [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After being released by the Ravens early last September, Butler joined the practice squad of the Buccaneers and spent five days on their active roster with no game appearances. He then hooked on with the Jets, but didn't play for them, either.'

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