Bills Brass Hit The Combine
Byrd Update: The Bills met with the agent for Jairus Byrd yesterday and it will be interesting to see what, if anything, came out of them. Most people are speculating that if no progress is made on a long term deal the Bills will franchise him before the March 3rd deadline so they can hold his rights. That will give them neogitating time or trade him if a deal isn't possible so they don't lose him for nothing.
Friday February 21, 2014
Bills To Talk To Free Agents: Doug Whaley confirmed today that the Bills will meet with the agents for all their free agents this weekend at the combine. He said at a press conference that they will meet with the agent for Jairus Byrd on Saturday but have talked to them before the combine. It seems Byrd and Scott Chandler are the top priorities for the Bills. Whaley said he would like to re-sign all their free agents but that is not possible under the salary cap. He said the team has prioritized what they want to do and have contracts written up for some players and other meetings will be to get the parameters for a deal. Doug Marrone spoke to the media at the combine yesterday and said he gave Whaley high grades for Byrd and Chandler and he wants both of the players back.
Monday February 17, 2014
Tagging Begins: Today is the first day that teams can place franchise tags on one of their free agents. They have until March 3rd to do so. Since today is a holiday if a player is tagged it won't be announced until tomorrow. All eyes in Buffalo are on whether or not they will tag Jairus Byrd for a second straight year. If they do, he will earn more than $8 Million for the 2014 season unless he agrees to a long term deal before July 15th. If the Bills don't tag Byrd there is a very good chance they will lose him in free agency with Cleveland a possible destination with Mike Pettine as the new head coach. There is an outside chance the Bills will decide to tag Dan Carpenter after an outstanding season. The franchise number for a kicker is low which leads to kickers being franchised often.
Wednesday February 12, 2014
Bills Introduce Coaches: Doug Marrone introduced the new assistant coaches at a press conference yesterday at One Bills Drive. QB Coach Todd Downing, DL coach Pepper Johnson, WR coach Rob Moore, Sr. Offensive Asst. Jim Hostler, and LB coach Fred Pagac were on hand. Hostler said he will give Nathaniel Hackett another set of eyes and Downing said he will help Hackett in working with the young quarterbacks. Moore feels he will hit the ground running because of his history with Marrone and Hackett. Pagac and Johnson have a history together as Pagac coached Johnson at Ohio State. Both coaches have been around several systems so they feel they will have no issue teaching Jim Schwartz's scheme to the defensive front seven.
Tuesday February 11, 2014
Group Forms To Look At New Stadium: When the new lease was struck last year it was known they would look at building a new stadium before the lease was over. The first step was taken with forming of the New Stadium Working Group. Governor Cuomo put five members on the group that will poentially eventually have 21 members. He appointed Buffalo mayor Byron Brown, Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster, Lt. Governor Bob Duffy, Empire State Development President Kenneth Adams, and Dottie Gallagher-Cohen of Buffalo Niagara Partnership. The Governor can appoint two more members, Erie County and the Bills can appoint up to seven each as well. Russ Brandon released a statement saying that the team is focused on the renovations of the current stadium but they look forward to sitting down with the group.
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