Ownership Speculation Swirls
Jacobs Statement: Jeremy Jacobs St. released a statement through his company Delaware North regarding the Bills ownership speculation. The statement says, “several reports have listed Jeremy Jacobs as potentially interested in buying the Buffalo Bills. Mr. Jacobs owns the Boston Bruins and has no intention of selling the Bruins in order to purchase the Buffalo Bills. His focus is on ensuring the Boston Bruins continue to be a successful and winning franchise for the City of Boston and New England. He is a strong supporter of the Buffalo Bills as a storied franchise that has seen great success under Ralph Wilson. Mr. Jacobs would certainly be a strong supporter of any effort to keep the Bills in Western New York and is a big fan of the franchise and its leadership.”
Ownership Speculation: Future ownership speculation is at a fever pitch with Jon Bon Jovi looking to head a Toronto group to buy the Bills. He reportedly would be the front man but doesn't have enough money to be the majority owner. It was reported in November he was interested which he denied at the time. Now with Ralph Wilson's passing he now admits to being passionate about owning an NFL team. He reportedly will team up the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment for a bid. It can be assumed if they got the team they would move it up North permanently in 2020. They would still need a new stadium there. The NFL usually doesn't like a group buying a team, they prefer an individual owner. 24 of the 31 owners would have to approve a sale. Boston Bruins president Cam Neely said that Jeremy Jacobs is not interested in buying the team despite an article in Sunday's Buffalo News. He said Jacobs is committed to the Bruins and he would not be able to own both under NFL ownership rules. Neely didn't know if his sons would be interested in the Bills or if interests in the Bruins could be moved to allow the family to own both. Erie Co. Executive Mark Polancarz says 8-10 people are interested in buying the team with half of them having local ties.
Thursday April 10, 2014
Preseason Dates And Times: A day after the preseason schedule was released the Bills announced the dates and time of the four games after the Hall of Fame game. They will play Carolina on Fri. Aug 8th at 7:30. The Steelers game will be on Sat. Aug. 16th at 7:30. They will come home to play the Buccaneers in the annual kids game at the Ralph on Sat. Aug. 23rd, the time is still to be determined. The preseason final against Detroit will be on Thu. Aug. 28th at 7:00.
Bills To The Falls? John Warrow of the Associated Press reports that when the New Stadium Working Group met they discussed the possibility of building a new stadium in Niagara Falls. The group also discussed moving the team's headquarter to the campus of UB in Amherst. They also looked at the possibility of UB and the Bills sharing a practice facility.
Brown Released: The Bills released DE Courtnei Brown. The signing of Jarius Wynn made Brown more expendable and he may not have been a good fit for Jim Schwartz's defensive scheme. The team hosted three more pre draft visitors today as LSU WR Odell Beckham, Cumberlands RB Terrance Cobb and Rice CB Phillip Gaines were the latest to visit One Bills Drive. The team now has had 16 players in for a visit, they are allowed 30 out of town player visits. A complete list of who has come to Buffalo is on the right side of our homepage.
Wednesday April 9, 2014
Preseason Schedule Released: The NFL released their preseason schedule today and the Bills got their request to play their final two games at home so they can finish the renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium early in the preseason. The Bills open up a week earlier than other teams as they play the Giants in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday Aug. 3rd at 8pm as previously reported. They will travel to Carolina to play the Panthers in week 1 of the preseason followed by a trip to Pittsburgh in the 2nd week of the preseason. This will almost certainly be played around the joint practices the two teams are planning. They will open the newly renovated Ralph against Tampa Bay followed by their usual preseason finale opponent Detroit.
Bills Sign Punter: The Bills added another leg for training camp as they signed Harvard punter Jake Dombrowski. He punted for Harvard from 2009 to 2012 and was First Team All-Ivy league as a senior. He will give Brian Moorman some competition but is likely not much more than camp fodder. Depth Chart.
Tuesday April 8, 2014
Schedule Leaks: The NFL is at least a week away from releasing the 2014 schedule but leaks may have started. Fox Sports Wisconsin reports that the Bills will host the Packers on a Monday night. Another report speculates that the Bills will play in Detroit on Thanksgiving. The Bills and the Dolphins are the only choices for this game since those are the only two AFC teams the Lions face at home this year.
Bills Sign DE: The Bills hosted and quickly signed free agent defensive end Jarius Wynn. He played in 15 games with the Cowboys and Chargers last year recording 11 tackles and 2 sacks. He was a sixth round draft pick of the Packers in 2009 and played three seasons in Green Bay before heading to Tennessee for a year.Depth Chart.
Williams Introduced: Mike Williams was introduced at a press conference yesterday after passing a physical. He called it a dream come true to come back to his hometown to play for the team he grew up rooting for. He called it a fresh start and said he is ready for the offseason workouts after missing 10 games last year with a torn hamstring. He said he had a chip on his shoulder coming out of college since 11 wide receivers were drafted ahead of him. On his off the field issues, he felt trouble found him and it is how he adjusts to it. He keeps on fighting and gets back up when he gets down and continues to fight on the field. He said two of the off the field issues were made up and never happened. He wouldn't elaborate on which two stories were not true. He said his issues with Doug Marrone are in the past. They talked before the trade and both admitted to mistakes as Marrone was in his first year as a head coach. Marrone knows he will go out on the field and do what he needs to do but didn't think he would go to class when he was in college. Williams doesn't feel extra pressure playing in front of his friends and family but says they are very excited he is back home. He does admit he needs to grow up a little bit and feels he tries to do too much and make people happy too often. He feels playing with EJ Manuel will be great and he can't wait to begin working with him.
Monday April 7, 2014
Marrone Puts Past With Williams Behind Him: There is a rocky history between Doug Marrone and newly traded for WR Mike Williams. Marrone reportedly kicked Williams off of the Syracuse football team with four games remaining in the 2010 season after Williams reportedly got in a car accident after curfew. Marrone released a statement after the trade saying, "we feel Mike is a player who has the ability to help our team improve, With regard to our time at Syracuse, I feel that is in the past for both of us. Today, Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player in the National Football League. We look forward to getting Mike into the facility and start our work preparing for the 2014 season once the players are free to report on April 22."
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