Statue To Ralph: On the one year anniversary of his death, the Bills announced they will put a statue up of Ralph Wilson at the stadium that bears his name. The Pegulas and Mary Wilson are involved in the creative elements of the bronze statue that will stand on the Northwest corner near the team store.
Whaley At Owners Meeting: Doug Whaley spoke with reporters from the owners meeting yesterday and said that the team is up against the salary cap and just have enough money for their draft picks and for injury replacement players. They still have some flexibility for players getting the minimum. He said he does plan to reach out to free agent Brandon Spikes this week to see if it makes sense for both sides for him to come back in a backup role. Whaley also praised Jim Overdorf's role in the signing of free agents this offseason. Whaley said they didn't get everything they wanted in free agency as they struck out in adding offensive linemen to the team after going after Bryan Bulaga and Jhari Evans.
Ryan At Owners Meeting: Rex Ryan sat with reporters for almost an hour and a half at the AFC Coach's breakfast. He spoke of the depth at running back several times omitting Bryce Brown everytime until saying he would remember his name when he stops fumbling. He called LeSean McCoy his bell cow who will play on third downs as well as Fred Jackson. He talked about being stunned when finding out McCoy was available and the deal took 30 minutes to complete. He didn't like losing Kiko Alonso but feels the club was helped more by making the deal. He's very excited with the talent in the secondary and feels he has two good young tackles to build the offensive line with.
Clay Introduced: The Bills introduced their newest free agent signee as Charles Clay spoke to the Western New York media by conference call. He said he was excited about coming to the Bills before his free agent visit but the fact they really wanted him made him want to play here even more. He was intrigued by the direction the team is taking and said they expect him to not come off the field. He is excited to be able to use his versatility in the team's new offense.
London Plan Flawed: If you have been following our twitter feed the past few days you know we are unhappy with the NFL's plan to make the Bills game in London against Jacksonville available to out of market fans online only. This is blatantly unfair to subscribers of the Sunday Ticket who pay good money to see all Bills games. Tony Bogyo explores the plan in his latest column. Complete Story.
Tuesday March 24, 2015
No Comp Picks: The Bills did not get awarded any compensatory picks for this year's draft. The league gave out the picks last night for teams that lost more players than they gained in free agency last year.
Browns To Fisher? A day after a WGR report, Vic Carucci reports for the Buffalo News that the Bills will train with the Browns instead of the Steelers this summer. He reports that Cleveland will come to St. John's Fisher College for two days of workouts earlier in camp than the two sides will play a preseason game in Cleveland.
Jags Game To Stream Worldwide: To all you out of town Bills fans like me who rely on the NFL Sunday Ticket to get your Bills games you may be out of luck for the game in London against Jacksonville on October 25th. The NFL announced yesterday it will be the first game to be streamed worldwide and will not be part of the Ticket package because of the 9:30am start. It is unknown what digital platform it will be on or how much the NFL will try to make on this new initiative on top of the money they make on the ticket package. Speculation is Facebook or You Tube since they have new partnership agreements with the league. The game will still be televised locally in the Jacksonville and Buffalo markets.
Blackout Policy Lifted: In other news from the owners meetings, the NFL has decided to suspend the blackout policy for the 2015 season. Russ Brandon said they weren't really worried about potential blackouts this year since ticket sales are going very well. Brandon said season ticket sales are higher than they have been in years they are reportedly have sold a few thousand more season tickets already for 2015 than they had last year. They are expected to have more than 50,000 season ticket holders this year.
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