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Bills Get McCoy! In a shocking trade the Bills have sent LB Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles for RB LeSean McCoy. The Bills were able to play winning defense last year without Alonso who was out with a torn ACL and is now healthy. McCoy led the NFL in rushing two years ago. Running backs are under valued in the league by their are a few that are special and McCoy is one of they very few special ones. That clinches the end of C.J. Spiller in Buffalo. The deal was first reported by Adam Schefter and will become official next week when the new league year begins. McCoy will keep his salary as is, it was thought the Eagles would ask him to restructure his contract if he stayed in Philadelphia. McCoy didn't see eye to eye with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia according to reports.
Hughes Negotiations: The Buffalo News is reporting that there have been no new developments on contract talks between the Bills and Jerry Hughes. Doug Whaley said during the combine that he was very optimistic a deal would be struck to keep Hughes a member of the Bills. The team decided yesterday not to place a franchise or transition tag on the player. The Buffalo News also reports the two sides will meet again on Thursday. Hughes can start negotiating with other teams on Saturday in advance of the start of the free agency period one week from today.
No Tag Used: Doug Whaley said in a statement today that the Bills have decided not to use a franchise or transition tag on any of their free agents. Jerry Hughes is now the top pass rusher on the free agent market after the Giants franchised Jason Pierre-Paul and the Chiefs franchised Justin Huston. Free agency begins on March 10th but players can being negotiating with other teams on Saturday. Whaley expressed optimism at the combine that Hughes wouldn't hit the market. It may be too tempting for him not to test the market at this point.
Tag Deadline Day: Today is the last day for NFL teams to place a franchise or transition tag on one of their unrestricted free agents. The only player the Bills are even contemplating at tagging is Jerry Hughes. At the scouting combine Doug Whaley expressed optimism a long term deal could be struck with Hughes keeping him off the market. If he still that optimistic it seems unlikely they will tag him. The deadline is 4pm to place a tag on a player.
McCown To Cleveland: The Bills lost out on Josh McCown as he agreed to a three year deal with the Cleveland Browns tonight. Reports say that it was a very close decision between the Bills and the Browns but he decided to go to Cleveland leaving the Bills still searching for another quarterback.
Bills, Browns Bidding: Reports out of Buffalo and Cleveland say the two teams are involved in the bidding to land Josh McCown. The free agent wants to be on a new team before free agency starts on March 10th and according to the reports he would like to make a decision as early as today.
Bills Talking Deal With McCown: Vic Carucci reports that the Bills are in discussions with Josh McCown on a possible contract. McCown visited with the Bills 10 days ago and completed visits with the Bears and Jets during the combine. He also visited the Browns for two days this week. The sources told Carucci it is unknown if any of the other suitors are also making an offer. McCown wants to have a new team by as early as tomorrow. McCown has a history with offensive coordinator Greg Roman, quarterbacks coach David Lee, and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.
Spiller Keeps Door Open:C.J. Spiller appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday and said he would like to return to the Bills but the ball is in their court. He did say he will weigh all his options and wants to go to a place where he can win and is wanted. He also wants to go to a place where he is a good fit. He went on to praise Greg Roman, Rex Ryan, and new Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. Doug Whaley said at the combine last week that they would like to keep Spiller and have exchanged proposals but their is a gap between the two sides. There were conflicting rumors on Tuesday that the Bills are interested in trading for Rams QB Sam Bradford but sources told Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News that the Yahoo sports report is not true.
Hughes Talks Continue: Doug Whaley made the rounds at the combine today first talking on WGR than meeting with the Buffalo area media. Whaley said they they have exchanged contract proposals with the agent for Jerry Hughes and the two sides talked last night. It sounds like talks are progressing. Whaley said they want a longterm deal with Hughes so they don't want to use the franchise tag. Whaley also said they also exchanged proposals with C.J. Spiller's agent but the two sides are not close hinting he will likely hit the market. Whaley also feels it won't be easy to keep Da'Norris Searcy since they have a lot of money wrapped up in Aaron Williams at the safety position. If they can't keep him Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks, and Baccari Rambo would fight for the starting job. The team also would have a different plan for Brandon Spikes than he has for himself so he will likely leave. They do want to re-sign Marcus Easley because he is a special teams ace. They have not approached Mario Williams about restructuring his contract yet but do have it in their back pocket if they need him too. They also will make a new deal for Marcell Dareus a priority after they deal with their free agents.
Scouting Combine Underway: Coaches, scouts, agents, and general managers gather in Indianapolis for the scouting combine. Everyone will be getting a closer look at the top prospects in the upcoming draft while agents look for deals for their clients. Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News reports that Russ Brandon and Jim Overdorf will meet with the agents for all their big free agents while in Indianapolis to see if there is common ground on new deals before the players hit the market on March 10th. The time period to place franchise and transition tags on players is now open.