Golisano Officially Interested In Bills: Associated Press reports that Tom Golisano has told the team he is interested in buying them. He is expected to team up with developer Scott Congel on a bid that includes a new stadium south of Buffalo on land belonging to Scott's father Robert Congel who owns to Pyramid Management Group. They are one of the largest shopping mall developers in the Northeast.
Alonso Sidelined: Kiko Alonso had surgery on a torn hip labrum in January according to ESPN. The timetable for return is 4-6 months from that injury which should have him ready for the start of training camp. He is one of 10 players that had offseason procedures and were limited or not participating in the first day of OTAs. Also sidelined were Robert Woods (ankle), T.J. Graham (hip), Marcus Easley (knee), Scott Chandler (knee), Mario Williams (hip), Jerry Hughes, Stephon Gilmore (hip), Leodis McKelvin (hip), and Aaron Williams with a shoulder. Leaving the first day of OTAs with injuries were Ronnie Wingo and Ron Brooks with undisclosed injuries.
Watkins Signs: Sammy Watkins has signed his rookie contract with the team and can now concentrate on his rookie season. The deal is reportedly for four years and is worth $19.9 Million. It comes with a signing bonus of $12 Million. 2nd round pick Cyrus Kouandjio is the lone unsigned draft pick but you would expect his deal to get done soon.
OTAs Underway: The OTAs got underway today as the players hit the field for the first time. EJ Manuel completed his first pass to Sammy Watkins. Mario Williams and Kiko Alonso led a list of 10 players that that had offseason surgeries. They both had hip surgeries. All of the players are working out to some extent. Chris Hairston was on the field after being on the non football-illness list all last year. He took reps with the 2nd team at left tackle. Manny Lawson and Alan Branch were no shows and Doug Marrone said he hasn't heard from the pair all offseason. The workouts are voluntary.
Trump To Bid: As OTAs get underway today the future of the team hangs overhead with a new owner on the horizon. Donald Trump re-iterated on Tuesday that he will put a bid in to buy the Bills and would also put some of his own money in for a new stadium but some public funding would also be needed. He said they have already scouted two possible locations in Buffalo and dismissed the possibility of building a new stadium next to Ralph Wilson Stadium. He did say he would do a reasonable bid and wouldn't overpay for the team. He feels his past involvement in casinos and the USFL shouldn't hinder his approval by the league.
Tuesday May 27, 2014
OTAs Set To Begin: Today is a travel day for players as they return back to Buffalo for the beginning of the 1st week of the organized team activities on Wednesday. This will be the first time the players hit the field for full workouts. They are voluntary but most players usually attend most of the sessions. They will practice thru Friday this week along with three days next week and four days the following week. They will then end the offseason program with a mandatory three day minicamp from June 17th thru 19th.
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