Carpenter Re-Signs: The Bills have locked up one of their unrestricted free agents as they have announced that they have re-signed Dan Carpenter. It is reportedly a four year deal. They couldn't get a deal done until today since he played under a one year veteran minimum contract last year. He had a fantastic year after being signed days before the opener hitting 33 of 36 field goals. This move was speculated earlier in the day when he reportedly boarded a flight to Buffalo.
Kolb Released: The Bills announced they have released Kevin Kolb. He was due to receive a $1 Million roster bonus on Thursday so the move is not a surprise as he likely has played his last football game after suffering too many concussions. He failed his physical.
Bills Re-Sign Caussin: The Bills locked up a restricted free agent minutes before the free agency period opened. They re-signed TE Mike Caussin who missed last season with a torn ACL. The move locks up all of their free agents that are not unrestricted. All exclusive rights free agents were tendered last week. Front Office Page.
Free Agency Opens Today: Today is like Christmas Day in the NFL as the free agency period begins at 4pm this afternoon. Expect the signings to come fast and furious as there was a three day negotiating period that began Saturday. Expect Jairus Byrd to have a new team rather quickly. The Bills are also poised to possibly lose Scott Chandler and Dan Carpenter as well. The team would like to keep Carpenter but have been unable to negotiate a deal before today because he played under a one year veteran minimum contract last year. There has been very little rumblings about who the Bills are after on the open market so far.
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Monday March 10, 2014
Bills Hire Coach: The Bills added one more coach to the staff today by hiring Thad Bogardus to be the Defensive quality control coach. He will enter his first year in the NFL after spending the past three years as a graduate assistant at Ball St.
Free Agency Set To Begin: Teams continue to negotiate with pending free agents as the three day window continues before free agency officially begins on Tuesday at 4pm. The Bills say they will be active but don't look for them to bring in the top names on the market. Buffalo already is trying to fill a hole at middle linebacker as they hope to move Kiko Alonso to the weakside. They hosted Jasper Brinkley and Jameel McClain last week after they were released from their former teams. Brinkley agreed to a deal with the Vikings after leaving his Buffalo visit.
Friday March 7, 2014
New Committee Members: Erie County as appointed seven members to the committee exploring options of building a new stadium for the Bills. The committee was appointed by County Executive Mark Poloncarz who put himself on it along with six others. Governor Cuomo put five people on the committee last month and the Bills are also expected to put people on it.
Thursday March 6, 2014
Bills Introduce Variable Pricing: The Bills announced they will have a new variable ticket pricing formula. According to the team's website, the new ticket model will include a tiered-pricing system for preseason and regular season games. Season tickets will list different prices for the home games based on the variable tiers. Russ Brandon said, "The goal of variable pricing is to create a pricing structure that best reflects the market demand for all games." Season ticket holders will continue to see discounts over individual game tickets but they will see their first price increase since 2010. The new structure will likely make less desirable late season games cheaper.
Bills Sign Free Agents:. The Bills locked up their exclusive rights free agents by tendering Chris Hogan, Antoine McClain, and Frank Summers while re-signing Brandon Smith. Doug Whaley said on Monday they would tender the players to keep them in Bills uniforms. Front Office Page.
Bills Host LB: The Bills are hosting a free agent for the second straight day as LB Jasper Brinkley is visiting today. The former Cardinal was released on Monday as part of a salary cap purge. He was a fifth round pick of the Vikings in 2009. He had 99 tackles and three forced fumbles as Minnesota's middle linebacker in 2012. The Bills appear to be looking for a veteran guy in the middle so they can move Kiko Alonso to the outside.
Wednesday March 5, 2014
Williams Gets Contract Extension: The Bills announced today they have given Aaron Williams a contract extension. Reports say the deal is for 4 years, $26M (with incentives) and $14.625M guaranteed. There is reportedly a $6.5M signing bonus with a $4.5M option. He was due to become a free agent after this season. Many feel it doesn't pay to have two high priced safeties so this may be an indication they don't expect Jairus Byrd to re-sign with the team.
No Front Office Issues: Russ Brandon said on WGR this morning that the collaboration of everyone in the organization is crystal clear and has never been clearer. He said Doug Whaley has total say on the 53 man roster and the value placed on each player. Jim Overdorf does the negotiations but takes his cues from Whaley. Brandon said every team has a chief neogtiatior. On free agency, Brandon said they have a master plan and will be active. He said they will also be looking to negotiate new contracts for some players nearing the end of their deals and they are continuing to talk to Byrd.
No Toronto Game In 2014: The Bills have announed that there will be no game in Toronto this year as they are taking a one year hiatus as all eight home games in 2014 will be at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Russ Brandon released a statement along with Rogers Media President Keith Pelley that stated in part, "The Buffalo Bills and Rogers are committed to delivering a first-class NFL experience to Canadians. As such, we have postponed for one year the scheduled 2014 regular season game at Rogers Centre in Toronto, and that game will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium. We will use this time to collectively evaluate opportunities and build on the foundation to enhance future games." Brandon said on WGR that they will go through a lengthy review before deciding on if the hiatus will be tacked on to the end of the deal or if the series will continue. He acknowledged last year's loss to Atlanta was a setback. The Buffalo News reports that Russ Brandon and Doug Marrone had to convince others in the organization to take the break as Ralph Wilson appeared committed to the series.
Free Agent Visit? The Baltimore Sun is reporting that weakside linebacker Jameel McClain will visit with the Bills on Wednesday. He was released last week by the Ravens and this will be the first of a few free agent visits. He started 10 games last year after coming off the physically unable to perform list. He has recovered from a spinal cord contusion in the 2012 season. For his career he has 338 tackles, 4.5 sacks, an interception and nine pass deflections.
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