Bills Daily - Top News Wednesday March 4, 2015

Bills Make Deal For Cassel: The Bills continue to wheel and deal before free agency gets underway. Today they made a deal with the Minnesota Vikings to bring in QB Matt Cassel. The Bills reportedly will give the Vikings a fifth round pick this year and a 7th rounder next year for Cassel while getting a sixth rounder this year back in the deal. Like the LeSean McCoy trade it won't be official to the new NFL offseason gets underway on Tuesday at 4pm.

Spiller Gone: In a surreal twist of fate C.J. Spiller was getting ready to go on the set of the NFL Network's Total Access show when the news broke that the bills traded for LeSean McCoy. Spiller showed the class and professionalism we have grown to know and love in Buffalo saying that he's disappointed his time with the Bills has come to an end. He confirmed that a member of the Bills called him to thank him for his service and he also figured Chip Kelly has his agent's number. Josina Anderson reports that McCoy may not be happy about the deal and may not make it easy for the Bills. He may look to get a new contract before reporting to the team something that Jason LaCanfora reports the team is prepared for.

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Bills Get McCoy! In a shocking trade the Bills have sent LB Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles for RB LeSean McCoy. The Bills were able to play winning defense last year without Alonso who was out with a torn ACL and is now healthy. McCoy led the NFL in rushing two years ago. Running backs are under valued in the league by their are a few that are special and McCoy is one of they very few special ones. That clinches the end of C.J. Spiller in Buffalo. The deal was first reported by Adam Schefter and will become official next week when the new league year begins. McCoy will keep his salary as is, it was thought the Eagles would ask him to restructure his contract if he stayed in Philadelphia. McCoy didn't see eye to eye with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia according to reports.

Hughes Negotiations: The Buffalo News is reporting that there have been no new developments on contract talks between the Bills and Jerry Hughes. Doug Whaley said during the combine that he was very optimistic a deal would be struck to keep Hughes a member of the Bills. The team decided yesterday not to place a franchise or transition tag on the player. The Buffalo News also reports the two sides will meet again on Thursday. Hughes can start negotiating with other teams on Saturday in advance of the start of the free agency period one week from today.

Monday March 2, 2015

No Tag Used: Doug Whaley said in a statement today that the Bills have decided not to use a franchise or transition tag on any of their free agents. Jerry Hughes is now the top pass rusher on the free agent market after the Giants franchised Jason Pierre-Paul and the Chiefs franchised Justin Huston. Free agency begins on March 10th but players can being negotiating with other teams on Saturday. Whaley expressed optimism at the combine that Hughes wouldn't hit the market. It may be too tempting for him not to test the market at this point.

Tag Deadline Day: Today is the last day for NFL teams to place a franchise or transition tag on one of their unrestricted free agents. The only player the Bills are even contemplating at tagging is Jerry Hughes. At the scouting combine Doug Whaley expressed optimism a long term deal could be struck with Hughes keeping him off the market. If he still that optimistic it seems unlikely they will tag him. The deadline is 4pm to place a tag on a player.

Friday February 27, 2015

McCown To Cleveland: The Bills lost out on Josh McCown as he agreed to a three year deal with the Cleveland Browns tonight. Reports say that it was a very close decision between the Bills and the Browns but he decided to go to Cleveland leaving the Bills still searching for another quarterback.

Bills, Browns Bidding: Reports out of Buffalo and Cleveland say the two teams are involved in the bidding to land Josh McCown. The free agent wants to be on a new team before free agency starts on March 10th and according to the reports he would like to make a decision as early as today.

Thursday February 26, 2015

Bills Talking Deal With McCown: Vic Carucci reports that the Bills are in discussions with Josh McCown on a possible contract. McCown visited with the Bills 10 days ago and completed visits with the Bears and Jets during the combine. He also visited the Browns for two days this week. The sources told Carucci it is unknown if any of the other suitors are also making an offer. McCown wants to have a new team by as early as tomorrow. McCown has a history with offensive coordinator Greg Roman, quarterbacks coach David Lee, and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Spiller Keeps Door Open: C.J. Spiller appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday and said he would like to return to the Bills but the ball is in their court. He did say he will weigh all his options and wants to go to a place where he can win and is wanted. He also wants to go to a place where he is a good fit. He went on to praise Greg Roman, Rex Ryan, and new Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. Doug Whaley said at the combine last week that they would like to keep Spiller and have exchanged proposals but their is a gap between the two sides. There were conflicting rumors on Tuesday that the Bills are interested in trading for Rams QB Sam Bradford but sources told Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News that the Yahoo sports report is not true.

Thursday February 19, 2015

Hughes Talks Continue: Doug Whaley made the rounds at the combine today first talking on WGR than meeting with the Buffalo area media. Whaley said they they have exchanged contract proposals with the agent for Jerry Hughes and the two sides talked last night. It sounds like talks are progressing. Whaley said they want a longterm deal with Hughes so they don't want to use the franchise tag. Whaley also said they also exchanged proposals with C.J. Spiller's agent but the two sides are not close hinting he will likely hit the market. Whaley also feels it won't be easy to keep Da'Norris Searcy since they have a lot of money wrapped up in Aaron Williams at the safety position. If they can't keep him Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks, and Baccari Rambo would fight for the starting job. The team also would have a different plan for Brandon Spikes than he has for himself so he will likely leave. They do want to re-sign Marcus Easley because he is a special teams ace. They have not approached Mario Williams about restructuring his contract yet but do have it in their back pocket if they need him too. They also will make a new deal for Marcell Dareus a priority after they deal with their free agents.

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