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NEWS ARCHIVES - JAN 30TH - FEB 12TH, 2012 PREVIOUS WEEK

No Hall Again For Reed

Corto Released: The Bills have released Orchard Park native Jon Corto. The safety who played some linebacker in his career missed all of last year with an injury. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and was on the active roster from 2008 to 2010 and was a special teams contributor. The team had to release him once he passed his physical since he was on the waived/injured list last year. Front Office Page.


Tuesday February 7, 2012

Metzelaars, Lindell Deals Announced: The Bills officially announced two of the worst kept secrets today. They have officially re-signed Rian Lindell to a deal that is reportedly worth $11 million over four years. The deal should allow him to end his career in Buffalo as he is the team's all time most accurate kicker with an 83% success rate. The team also announced the hiring of Pete Metzelaars as the tight end coach. He was the offensive line coach for the Colts the past two years. Both moves were reported last week. Front Office Page.


Saturday February 4, 2012

Reed Fails To Get In Hall: Andre Reed made the cut to 10 for the third year in a row but failed to make it into the Hall of Fame. He has been a finalist now for seven straight years. Reed along with fellow receivers Cris Carter and Tim Brown failed to get in as it appears the three are canceling each other out. Carter joined Reed in the final 10 but Brown did not survive the first cut. Dermontti Dawson, Willie Roaf, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Veterans Committee nominee CB Jack Butler make up the Class of 2012.

Nelson: Fitz Played With Cracked Ribs: David Nelson confirmed in an interview with NBC Sports what many have thought, Ryan Fitzpatrick played hurt for the second half of the season. Nelson said Fitzpatrick cracked a couple of ribs in the win in Toronto on October 30th. It may be no coincidence that the Bills nose dived after that game losing seven straight and eight of their final nine contests.

Report: Lindell Gets New Deal: WGR is reporting that Rian Lindell has agreed to a new deal with the club. The Buffalo News reports that the deal is worth $3 Million a year but the length is unknown at this time. Stevie Johnson tweeted congratulations to Lindell and Garrison Sanborn today. Sanborn officially signed a new deal this week. Lindell was due to become an unrestricted free agent and was considered a priority re-sign by the Bills.

Hall of Fame Class: The NFL will announce the Class of 2012 for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today at 5:30pm. Andre Reed is a finalist for the sixth straight year. The past two years he made the cut down to the final 10. Up to five modern era finalists will get inducted. Many people feel this is his best chance to make it with possibly a better than 50-50 chance to get in. He is one of three receivers on the finalist list along with Chris Carter and Tim Brown. Neither of those two players made the first cut to 10 the past two years.


Friday February 3, 2012

Johnson Talks Update: The agent for Stevie Johnson continues to say the Bills have a chance to keep his client off of the free agent market. CJ Laboy told WKBW-TV through an email that Stevie's loyalites remains with the Bills and feels they are a playoff caliber team. He goes on to say that he loves his teammates and Coach Gailey and wants to stay in Buffalo. Laboy is optimistic that things will work out to keep him with the Bills but it is still to early to tell.


Thursday February 2, 2012

Metzelaars TE Coach? The Bills still need to hire a tight ends coach and all signs point to it being the best tight end in club history. Steve Tasker tweeted yesterday that a former roommate will be named the coach at the position. Pete Metzelaars roomed with Tasker for a time back in their playing days and he was recently released as the OL coach of the Colts. The Buffalo News reports a source tells them Metzelaars is the guy and that Gailey was convinced by Jim Kelly to hire his former receiving threat.


Tuesday January 31, 2012

What 4-3 Means For Personnel: Now that the Bills officially are going to be a 4-3 defense what does it mean for the players? In reality it doesn't mean as much as it does on paper. The Bills barely played the 3-4 last year after injuries struck at a feverish pace. Chris Kelsay, Spencer Johnson, and Alex Carrington will all move back to defensive end after being listed as linebackers last year. Kelsay only played linebacker on just over 10 percent of the plays according to the Buffalo News. Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams will man the defensive tackle positions. Kelvin Sheppard will start at middle linebacker, Chan Gailey confirmed yesterday. Nick Barnett will likely move to weakside linebacker where he may be less effective as he is used to a 3-4 defense. Shawne Merriman will likely get a shot to prove he's healthy at the strongside backer spot.

One Coaching Spot Available: With the hirings and re-assinging of coaches yesterday the Bills have one open spot on the coaching staff. The opening is at the tight end position and Chan Gailey said he has a lot of quality candidates for the job. He hopes to fill it soon. He said the quality of the prospective hires made the moving of Bob Bicknell to coach the wide receivers possible. Coaching Changes.


Monday January 30, 2012

Bills Hire Two Coaches: Chan Gailey unveiled his new coaches at a press conference this afternoon. The team announced the hiring of two more coaches, Eric Thatcher as the Defensive quality control coach and Andrew Dees as the assistant offensive line coach. They also moved three coaches to new positions. Bob Sanders will now be in charge of all the linebackers instead of just the outside ones. This is possible as Gailey announced the team will use more four man fronts this year even though they will still use some hybrid looks. Kelvin Sheppard will be the middle linebacker in the 4-3 defense Gailey said today. Bob Bicknell moves from coaching the tight ends to working with the wide receivers. Adrian White now is the assistant defensive backs coach after being the defensive quality control coach for the past four seasons. Thatcher comes from Mercyhurst college where he was the assistant DB coach. Dees was the running backs coach/recruiting coordinator at UMass last year. Front Office Page.

Sanborn Deal: Long snapper Garrison Sanborn has agreed to a three year deal with the team. He was due to become a restricted free agent. He has been with the team for three years and has taken every kick and punt snap.



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