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NEWS ARCHIVES - MAY 7TH - MAY 13TH, 2012 PREVIOUS WEEK

Vince Young Signed To Compete For Backup Spot

Rookie Camp Comes To An End: The Bills wrapped up their three day rookie mini camp with a single workout on Sunday. Stephon Gilmore has three interceptions in the first three workouts and felt he got a lot better in the camp and looks forward to the future. Chan Gailey acknowledged his top pick did a nice job all weekend long. He said everyone gave a great effort and a couple of the tryout guys impressed the staff. They will watch the film and discuss if there is anyone they want to add to the roster. They have one open spot at this time. There were no injuries of note during the four practices over three days. Depth Chart.

Polian To The Wall: Another member of the Super Bowl era is going on the Wall of Fame this year as the architect of those teams, GM Bill Polian will be the 28th man going up, he was fired after the third Super Bowl. The fact he is no longer working for another team makes this the right time to put him up. He said, "I told Mr. Wilson I really couldn't find words adequate to express my gratitude and happiness. It's a milestone in my life and a milestone in the life of my family. ... I have such a warm spot in my heart for Buffalo and all the friends we made there and all the wonderful times we had there. It's just marvelous to come back and have this opportunity." Wilson said, "his tremendous ability to bring to our team so many outstanding players was the perfect complement to Marv Levy's superb coaching talents. When you see the names on the Wall of Fame -- Kelly, Thomas, Hull, Smith, Reed and so many others -- it just seems appropriate that Bill's name is included". The game he will be honored has not been announced.


Saturday May 12, 2012

Day One Rookie Camp: The Bills held their first workout of the rookie mini camp yesterday. They have two more workouts today and one more tomorrow. Both rookie tryout quarterbacks were about even. Stephon Gilmore had the first interception of the camp. Chan Gailey said all the players are talented they are really looking for a good work ethic and how quickly they retain information. Gailey said the offensive line looked good in the huddle and definitely bigger but it's too early to evaluate them. 6th round pick Mark Asper lined up at center while Cordy Glenn manned the left tacle spot.

Thoughts On Young: Many people feel Vince Young will be a distraction by causing a quarterback controvery. The Bills couldn't have made it more clear that he is here to add competition to the backup quarterback spot. A position they desperately need help in. He will not be a distraction because the team will not let it become one. This is Ryan Fitzpatrick's team and Young is here to help the team if Fitz goes down for any length of time. What do you think? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!


Friday May 11, 2012

Bills Sign Young: The Bills announced this afternoon that they have agreed to terms on a contract with Vince Young. He will battle Tyler Thigpen for the backup QB job. Terms were not disclosed but it is reportedly a one year deal worth $2 Million but has $1 Million in playing incentives. Young tweeted after the announcement, "Thanks to Buddy Nix and Coach Gailey for giving me the opportunity to come in and play and compete. I am looking forward to playing with guys and helping where I am needed. I have always respected the Bills organization and am looking forward to being a part of the team." Buddy Nix said in a statement, "We think adding Vince to our roster will create more competition for the backup quarterback position, he brings with him some unique physical abilities that most are aware of and that will make the competition interesting. Its all about improving our team.

Young Still A Possibility: Vince Young left Buffalo without a contract after his workout last week but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't be in a Bills uniform in the fall. His agent told WKBW-TV via email that "Buffalo is still an option". ESPN reports that at least one other team has shown interest in him. Young may be waiting out the market to see if more interest in his services develop.

Bills Sign 6 Draft Picks: It is much easier to sign draft picks these days than it used to be under the old CBA thanks to the rookie wage scale. As the rookies gathered at One Bills Drive yesterday to prepare for the start of the three day rookie mini camp today, six of the nine draft picks signed contracts. All but the top three draft picks are now under contract less than two weeks after they were drafted. Terms were not disclosed on the deals signed by Nigel Bradham, Ron Brooks, Zebrie Sanders, Tank Carder, Mark Asper, and John Potter. They are all likely four year deals since that is the mandatory minimum under the CBA. All nine draft picks, 10 undrafted free agents, 4 practice squad players from last year, and 21 invitees will hit the field today for workouts.


Thursday May 10, 2012

Rookie Camp Starts Tomorrow: The Bills hold their rookie mini camp this weekend starting on Friday. The 9 draft picks, 10 undrafted free agents, and 21 tryout players make up the 40 players that will take part in the camp. There are two open roster spots so the tryout players will be looking to make an impression. The Bills may look to sign the best one or two invitees. The 21 players include two cornerbacks from the University of Buffalo including Domonic Cook who was with the Bills last summer. The list also includes Division III standout QB Alex Tanney. The Monmouth College (Illinois) passer is a you tube sensation thanks to his video of trick throws. He was highly productive at his level in college.


Wednesday May 9, 2012

Bills Agree To Terms With Draft Pick: The Bills have signed their first draft pick. The agent for fifth round pick Tank Carder has said his client has agreed to terms with the team. With the new rookie salary cap the signing of draft picks has become much easier and many have signed around the league already including a few first round picks. Scout.com reports Carder's deal is for four years.


Tuesday May 8, 2012

Jackson Contract Details: The new contract extension signed by Fred Jackson adds two years to his deal keeping him with the Bills through the 2014 season. He will get $8.7 Million of new money which could go up to $11 Million if he reaches all his incentives. He received a $3 Million signing bonus. Contract Signings.

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Monday May 7, 2012

Bills Announce Jackson Extension: Buddy Nix proved to be a man of his word. He has said all along they will take care of a contract extension for Fred Jackson after the draft and before training camp. Today was the day as the team held a press conference this afternoon to announced a contract extension for Jackson. Terms were not disclosed but he did say it is a two year extension that allows him to spend the next three years in Buffalo. He had one year left on his current deal. Jackson was having an MVP type season before fracturing his fibula ending his season early. Nix said we always try to keep our good players and we did that today with who we think is one of the best backs in the league. He said scouting is not an exact science and guys that come along like Jackson are special. Jackson thanked everyone involved for getting it done. He has the opportunity to stay in Buffalo he can now focus on football. He didn't want to be anywhere else and still has the Division III chip on his shoulder. He will keep working hard to make plays for his team. He thinks this deal helps validate his career and he thinks the nucleus is there and this will be the most exciting year for him based on the moves that were made and the optimism around the team. They feel the excitement around town and in the locker room. The front office is doing a great job in getting them the pieces to take the next step. He feels something special is about to go down and he wants to be a part of it. They now need to do it on the field. He is here to make his teammates better and prove to himself this is where he belongs. He takes it as another challenge and he loves challenges. He hopes to stay healthy and put up season long numbers like he was heading for last year. He wants to play as long as possible but he doesn't feel like he's slowing down at all the goal is to continue to play at a high level and will take it one year at a time. His leg is now 100 percent healthy and now just needs to get back into football shape. He knows with this tremendous fan base he couldn't imagine playing anywhere else. He wants to play well for the fans.

Jackson Negotiations Heating Up? Joe Buscaglia on WGR is speculating that the Bills and Fred Jackson may be closing in on a new deal. Buddy Nix has said all along that the team will re-do Jackson's contract that has a year left in it. He said it had to wait until after the draft but they will get a deal done by training camp. Buscaglia reached out to Jackson's agent Ron Raccuia over the weekend and he said "Check back with me in a couple of days." This could mean talks are heating up which would not be a surprise.



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