Front Office Report
(Last Updated on May 21, 2013)
Welcome to our 2013 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 2013 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 2013 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 2012 moves and contract details as well as previous years.
Here is a look at the 2013 free agents and what we predict will happen to them. It is harder to predict with a new coaching staff coming in but we give it our best. There are 13 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.)
G Andy Levitre - Signed with Titans 3/12.
S Jairus Byrd - Bills used the franchise tag on him.
DE Kyle Moore - Signed with Bears 4/9.
RB Tashard Choice - Re-signed with Bills 4/2.
QB Tarvaris Jackson - Re-signed by Bills 12/15.
DL Spencer Johnson - He has been serviceable for years but a new coach will want a new start.
WR Ruvell Martin - Another Gailey player who will not be brought back.
FB Corey McIntyre - Would like to re-sign him but he's testing the open market.
CB Leodis McKelvin - Re-signed by Bills 3/9.
DE Shawne Merriman - Announced his retirement.
G Chad Rinehart - Signed with Chargers 3/13.
LB Bryan Scott - Re-signed with the Bills 3/7.
QB Tyler Thigpen - Nobody but Gailey would give him a job.
LB Kirk Morrison - Likely won't re-sign him.
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.
C/G Colin Brown - Re-signed by the Bills 2/19.
WR Donald Jones - Was not tendered, signed with Patriots 3/15.
WR David Nelson - Was not tendered, signed with Browns 4/8.
Exclusive Rights Free Agents
These players have two or less years experience and have no bargaining power. They will remain with the Bills if they tender them.
TE Mike Caussin - Bills tendered him an offer keeping him with team.
TE Dorin Dickerson - Bills Signed his tender with the team 4/2.
QB EJ Manuel - 1st Round Pick
WR Robert Woods - 2nd Round Pick; signed 5/20
LB Kiko Alonso- 2nd Round Pick; signed 5/15
WR Marquise Goodwin - 3rd Round Pick; signed 5/10
SS Duke Williams - 4th Round Pick; signed 5/9
S Johnathan Meeks - 5th Round Pick; signed 5/10
K Dustin Hopkins - 6th Round Pick; signed 5/10
TE Chris Gragg - 7th Round Pick; signed 5/9
Undrafted Free Agents
FB Drew Smith - Agreed to terms 4/27
DE Izaan Cross - Agreed to terms 4/27
CB Nickell Robey - Agreed to terms 4/27
CB Jumal Rolle - Agreed to terms 4/27
ILB Keith Pough - Agreed to terms 4/27
RB Kendall Gaskins - Agreed to terms 4/27
DT Aaron Tipoti - Agreed to terms 4/27
CB Kip Edwards - Agreed to terms 4/27
CB Vernon Kearney - Agreed to terms 4/27
C Ryan Turnley - Agreed to terms 4/27
G Zach Chibane - Agreed to terms 4/27
DB Jordan Dangerfield - Agreed to terms 4/27
WR Da'Rick Rogers - Agreed to terms 4/27
WR Brandon Kaufmann - Agreed to terms 4/27
QB Jeff Tuel - Agreed to terms 4/27
Acquired By Trade
LB Jerry Hughes - Acquired from Indianapolis - 4/29 for LB Kelvin Sheppard
Claimed Off Of Waivers
LB Marcus Dowtin - Claimed off of waivers from Eagles 4/12
NFL Free Agent Players
TE Mickey Shuler - Signed with Bills 5/14
FB Frank Summer - Signed with Bills 4/18
LB Kourtnei Brown - Signed with Bills 4/18
DE Jamie Blatnick - Signed with Bills 4/18
P Brian Stahovich - Signed with Bills 4/18
QB Kevin Kolb - Signed with Bills 4/8
DL Alan Branch - Signed with Bills 4/2
OLB Manny Lawson - Signed with Bills 3/13
OL Hutch Eckerson - Signed 2/14
DB Dominique Ellis - Signed to futures contract 1/16
LB Brian Smith - Signed to futures contract 12/31
RB Zach Brown - Signed to futures contract 12/31
DT Corbin Bryant - Signed to futures contract 12/31
DT Jarron Gilbert - Signed to futures contract 12/31
Dir. Of Player Personnel Jim Monos - Hired 5/16
Dir. of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher - Hired 5/16
General Manager Doug Whaley - Promoted 5/16
Off. Quality Control Coach Kurt Anderson - Hired 1/28
Off. Quality Control Coach Jason Vrable - Hired 1/28
OL Coach Pat Morris - Hired 1/19
WR Coach Ike Hilliard - Hired 1/17
Asst. Special Teams Coach John Anselmo - Hired 1/17
Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach Hal Luther - Hired 1/17
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Eric Ciano - Fired 12/31; Re-Hired 1/15
DB Coach Donnie Henderson - Hired 1/15
LB Coach Chuck Driesbach - Hired 1/15
LB Coach Jim O'Neil - Hired 1/15
TE Coach Greg Adkins - Hired 1/15
RB Coach Tyrone Wheatley - Hired 1/15
DL Coach Anthony Weaver - Hired 1/15
Asst. DB Coach Samson Brown - Hired 1/15
Def Quality Control Coach Brian Fleury - Hired 1/15
Def Quality Control Coach Jason Rebrovich - Hired 1/15
Special Teams Coordinator Danny Crossman - Hired 1/14
Def. Coordinator Mike Pettine - Hired 1/10
Off. Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett - Hired 1/10
Head Coach Doug Marrone - Hired 1/7
CEO Russ Brandon - Added title of President 1/1
WR Kevin Norell - Agreed to terms 4/27; released 5/14
OT Adam Grant - Signed to futures contract 12/31; released 4/29
K Chris Koepplin - Signed with Bills 4/18; released 4/29
TE Joe Sawyer - Signed to futures contract 1/16; released 4/29
QB Aaron Corp - Signed 2/14; released 4/29
LB Kelvin Sheppard - Traded to Colts 4/29
DE Kyle Moore - Signed with Bears as UFA 4/9
WR David Nelson - Signed with Browns as UFA after not being tendered 4/8
WR Donald Jones - Signed with Patriots as UFA after not being tendered 3/15
G Chad Rinehart - Signed with Chargers as UFA 3/13
G Andy Levitre - Signed with Titans as UFA 3/12
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick - Released 3/12
DE Chris Kelsay - Retired 2/27
LB Shawne Merriman - Retired
CB Terrence McGee - Released 2/14
LB Nick Barnett - Released 2/11
S George Wilson - Released 2/11
General Manager Buddy Nix - Stepped down 5/13
Head Coach Chan Gailey - Fired 12/31
Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Dave Wannstedt - Fired 12/31
Offensive Coordinator Curtis Modkins - Fired 12/31
Special Teams Coach Bruce DeHaven - Fired 12/31
Co-Strength & Conditioning Coordinator John Gamble - Fired 12/31
TE Coach Pete Metzelaars - Fired 12/31
LB Coach Bob Sanders - Fired 12/31
WR Coach Bob Bicknell - Fired 12/31
Asst. OL Coach Andrew Dees - Fired 12/31
QB Coach David Lee - Fired 12/31
DB Coach George Catavolos - Fired 12/31
OL Coach John D'Alessandris - Fired 12/31
DL Coach Giff Smith - Fired 12/31
Asst. DB Coach Adrian White - Fired 12/31
Asst. DL Coach William Inge - Fired 12/31
Asst. ST Coach Stan Kwan - Fired 12/31
Off. Quality Control Coach Kevin Patullo - Fired 12/31
Def. Quality Control Coach Eric Thatcher - Fired 12/31
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 in the 2013 calendar year. 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.
QB Kevin Kolb - 2 yrs. $6.1M. SB $1M. Base: $1.65M (2013); $2M (2014). Workout Bonus: $100,000 (2013 & 2014). Roster Bonus: $250,000 (2013); $1M (2014). Incentives can make total value up to $13M.
OLB Manny Lawson - 4 yrs. $12M. SB $3M. Base: $1.6M (2013); $1.8M each year (2014 & 2015); $2.35M (2016). Workout Bonus: $50,000 each year (2013 - 2016). Roster Bonus: $500,000 each year (2014 & 2015); $250,000 (2016).
CB Leodis McKelvin - 4 yrs. $17M. $7.5 M guaranteed. SB $4M. Base: $2M (2013); $2.1M (2014); $3.1M each year (2015 & 2016) Workout Bonus: $50,000 each year (2013 - 2016). Roster Bonus: $1M (2014); $750,000 each year (2015 & 2016).
QB Tarvaris Jackson - 1 yr. $1.75M. SB $500,000. Playing time incentives: up to $2.25M.
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