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Front Office Report (Last Updated on December 16, 2014)
Welcome to our 2014 edition of our exclusive Front Office Section! This page will keep you updated on all the moves by the front office! Included is a look at the projected 2014 free agents and what we think the team will do with them. This will be the one page to look at for all roster and front office moves made during the year. We will also have a list of 2014 player contract signings, restructurings, & extensions as well as the details behind them as they become available! You can also take a look back at all the 2013 moves and contract details as well as previous years.
WR Sammy Watkins - 1st Round Pick; signed 5/28
OT Cyrus Kouandjio - 2nd Round Pick; signed 5/29
LB Preston Brown - 3rd Round Pick; signed 5/17
CB Ross Cockrell - 4th Round Pick; signed 5/15
G Cyril Richardson - 5th Round Pick; signed 5/23
LB Randell Johnson - 7th Round Pick; signed 5/15
OT Seantrel Henderson - 7th Round Pick; signed 5/15
Acquired By Trade
RB Bryce Brown - Acquired from Philadelphia - 5/10 for conditional 4th round draft pick in 2015.
WR Mike Williams - Acquired from Tampa Bay - 4/4 for 6th round draft pick
Claimed Off Of Waivers
WR Marcus Thigpen - Claimed off of waivers from Tampa Bay 11/26
TE MarQuies Gray - Claimed off of waivers from Minnesota 11/20
P Jordan Gay - Claimed off of waivers from Panthers 8/26
NFL Free Agent Players
WR Deonte Thompson - Signed off of Ravens practice squad 12/8
SS Bacarri Rambo - Signed with Bills 11/17
LB Larry Dean - Signed with Bills 9/16
P Colton Schmidt - Signed with Bills 8/30
QB Kyle Orton - Signed with Bills 8/30
DE Jarius Wynn - Signed with Bills 4/8
LB Brandon Spikes - Signed with Bills 3/14
RB Anthony Dixon - Signed with Bills 3/14
LB Keith Rivers - Signed with Bills 3/12
CB Corey Graham - Signed with Bills 3/12
OG Chris Williams - Signed with Bills 3/12
2014 Practice Squad
WR Tobais Palmer - Signed to practice squad 12/9
DE Bryan Johnson - Released 11/26; Re-signed to practice squad 11/28
CB Rod Sweeting - Signed to practice squad 11/4
G William Campbell - Signed to practice squad 10/6
DT Jeremy Towns - Signed to practice squad 10/6
OG D.J. Morrell - Signed to practice squad 9/1
QB Jeff Tuel - Signed to practice squad 8/31
DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun - Signed to practice squad 8/31
FS Deon Broomfield - Signed to practice squad 8/31
ILB James Gaines- Signed to practice squad 8/31
Def Quality Control Coach Thad Bogardus - Hired 3/10
Asst. DL Coach Jason Rebrovich - Promoted 2/7
WR Coach Rob Moore - Hired 2/6
LB Coach Fred Pagac - Hired 1/31
DL Coach Pepper Johnson - Hired 1/31
Sr. Offensive Assitant Jim Hostler - Hired 1/29
Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz - Hired 1/24
FB Frank Summers - Released 12/16
WR Eric Thomas - Signed to practice squad 12/2; Released from practice squad 12/9
WR Travis Harvey - Signed to practice squad 10/17; Released from practice squad 12/2
DB Brandon Smith - Waived/injured 7/24; Signed to practice squad 11/17; Released from practice squad 11/28
RB Phillip Tanner - Signed with Bills 10/21; Released 11/20
S Jerome Couplin - Signed 11/3; Released 11/11
WR Naaman Roosevelt - Released from practice squad 11/4
TE Jamie Childers - Released from the practice squad 10/6
FB Lonnie Pryor - Released from the practice squad 10/6
TE D.J. Tialavea - Released from the practice squad 9/30
LB Jacquies Smith - Released 9/8
CB Bobby Felder - Released From Reserved/Injured List 9/2
TE Tony Moeaki - Release From Reserved/Injured List 9/1
OL Antoine McClain - Released 8/30
OL Doug Legursky - Released 8/30
WR T.J. Graham - Released 8/30
P Brian Moorman - Released 8/29
C Jared Wheeler - Signed with Bills 7/24; Released 8/29
LB Landon Cohen - Signed with Bills 7/21; Released 8/29
DB Kamaal McIlwain- Signed with Bills 7/; Released 8/29
QB Jordan Palmer - Signed with Bills 8/26; Released 8/29
CB Sam Miller - Signed with Bills 8/10; Released 8/29
LB Xavius Boyd - Signed with Bills 7/22; Released 8/29
TE Dominique Jones - Signed with Bills 7/26; Released 8/29
FB Evan Rodriquez - Released 8/29
QB Thad Lewis - Released 8/26
C Macky MacPherson - Signed with Bills 6/2; Released 8/25
DB Derek Brim - Agreed to terms 5/13; Released 8/25
WR Chris Summers - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/16; Released 8/25
QB Dennis Dixon - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31; Released 8/25
FS Jajuan Harley - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/16; Released 8/25
K Dustin Hopkins - Released 8/25
RB Ronnie Wingo - Released 8/25
G J.J. 'Unga - Released 8/25
P Jake Dombrowski - Signed with Bills 4/9; Released 8/25
WR Tori Gurley - Signed with Bills 7/19; Released 8/25
DT Damien Jacobs - Signed 5/13; Released 8/25
WR Kevin Elliott - Released 8/19
OT Edawn Coughman - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31; Released 8/19
DB Michael Carter - Signed with Bills 5/15; Released 8/10
OG Mark Asper - Released 7/26
DT Colby Way - Agreed to terms 5/13; released 7/25
OLB Darrin Kitchens - Signed 5/13; waived/injured 7/22
LB Nathan Williams - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/16; released 7/21
WR Ramses Barden - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/16; released 7/21
WR Cordell Roberson - Released 7/18
CB Darius Robinson - Released 7/18
TE Mike Caussin - Released 7/16
OL Randy Colling - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/14; released 5/29
WR Brandon Kaufmann - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31; released 5/15
RB Anthony Allen - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/14; released 5/12
OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31; released 5/12
WR Stevie Johnson - Traded to 49ers for conditional 4th round pick in 2015; 5/9
DE Kourtnei Brown - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/14; released 4/10
QB Kevin Kolb - Released 3/11
LB Willie Jefferson - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/16; released 3/3
DL Coach Anthony Weaver - Hired by Cleveland as DL Coach 2/6
LB Coach Jim O'Neil - Hired by Cleveland as Defensive Coordiator 1/27
Quality Control Coach Brian Fluery - Hired by Cleveland as asst. LB coach 1/27
Defensive Assistant Jeff Hafley - Hired 1/16; Hired by Cleveland as DB coach 1/27
Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine - Hired by Cleveland as head coach 1/23
LB Coach Chuck Dreisbach - Fired 1/13
WR Coach Ike Hilliard - Fired 12/30
WR Mike Williams - Placed on Reserve/Injured List 12/8
CB Loedis McKelvin - Placed on Reserve/Injured List 11/17
S Kenny Ladler - Placed on Reserve/Injured List 10/28
G Chris Williams - Placed on Injured Reserve List 10/11
WR Caleb Holley - Placed on Practice Squad Injured Reserve List 10/3
S Jonathan Meeks - Placed on Injured Reserve List 9/16
CB Mario Butler - Placed on Reserved/Injured List 8/29
LB Kiko Alonso - Placed on Reserve/Non Football Injury List 8/25
LB Stevenson Sylvester - placed on IR 8/20
Here is where we list contract details that we obtained through various media outlets. It is an approximation since the Bills do not release contract details. We list new contracts, restructured deals and extensions that happen for the 2014 season. Some players may be asked to restructure their contracts which would convert base salaries into signing bonuses to save cap money. This practice usually puts teams in a bad cap situation in future years so it isn't likely this off season since the team is in good cap shape.
LS Garrison Sanbron - 3 yrs. $3.3M.
WR Sammy Watkins - 4 yrs. $19.9M. $12M SB.
LB Brandon Spikes - 1 yr. $3,25M plus incentives.
LB Keith Rivers - 2 yrs. $5M.
CB Corey Graham - 4 yrs. $16M. More than $3M in incentives.
OG Chris Williams - 4 yrs. $13.5M. $5.5M guaranteed.
K Dan Carpenter - 4 yrs. $9.95M. SB $2.15M. Roster Bonus: $500,000 (2015); $250,000 (2016 & 2017).
DB Aaron Williams - 4 yr. extension for $26M. $14.625M guaranteed. SB $6.5M. $4.5M Option (2015). Base: $2.25M (2014); $1.37M (2015); $2.57M (2016); $3.6M (2017); $3.8M (2018).
DL Alan Branch - 3 yrs. $8.5M. SB $3.1M. Roster Bonus: $250,000 each year (2014-2016). Workout Bonus: $100,000 each year (2014-2016).
Here is a look at the 2014 free agents and what we predict will happen to them. It is a relatively small list this year. There are only 9 unrestricted free agents these players have four years or more of service.
Unrestricted Free Agents
These free agents are free to sign with any team they want in the off season with no compensation to the Bills. (They may be given compensatory draft picks for players lost in next year's draft.)
S Jairus Byrd - Signed with the Saints 3/11.
K Dan Carpenter - Re-signed with the Bills 3/11.
P Brian Moorman - Re-signed with the Bills 1/10.
DL Alex Carrington - Signed with Rams 3/25.
TE Scott Chandler - Re-signed with the Bills 3/13.
S Jim Leonhard - Wasn't brought back; remains on the market.
LB Arthur Moats - Signed with Pittsburgh 3/24.
Restricted Free Agents
Players are restricted free agents if they have three or less years of service. The Bills have the right to match any offer any of these free agents get or receive compensation in the form of draft picks for each player lost. The round of the pick depends on where the player was drafted and/or the price of the qualifying offer given by the Bills.
TE Mike Caussin - Re-signed with Bills 3/11; Released 7/16.
OL Thomas Welch - Not tendered an offer so is now unrestricted.
Exclusive Rights Free Agents
These players have two or less years experience and has no bargaining power. They will remain with the Bills if they tender them.
WR Chris Hogan - Tendered an offer; Re-signed 4/22.
G Antoine McClain - Tendered an offer; Re-signed 4/22. Released 8/30
RB Frank Summers - Tendered an offer; Re-signed 4/22; Released 12/16.
CB Brandon Smith - Re-signed with the Bills.