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Rumors Abound At Scouting Combine

Friday March 3, 2017

Organization Rift? Jason LaCanfora reports there is a rift in the Bills organization regarding Tyrod Taylor. He says Doug Whaley, Russ Brandon, and Jim Overdorf wants to get rid of Taylor and have wanted to before last year ended. He says the new coaching staff feels they can win with Taylor and don't think they are likely to have any better options on the market. Keep in mind LaCanfora has a poor track record when it comes to inside information regarding the Bills. The team also claims that Brandon is no longer involved in football decisions although nobody really believes that. This report is the first one that suggests Overdorf is involved in football decisions. The report also says that Sean McDermott has gotten very close with the Pegulas quickly and if this report is true it can setup a showdown for power between Whaley and McDermott. If the GM has the 53 man roster like it was stated then he should be able to move on from Taylor however McDermott is the one voice of the team.

Combine Rumors: With all the media and football front office people in Indianapolis for the scouting combine rumors and news are bound to come out. Here are the latest that involve the Bills. The Buffalo News reports that the Jets, 49ers, and Browns are three teams that would be interested in Tyrod Taylor if he was released. Denver reporter Benjamin Allbright reports that if the Broncos acquire Tony Romo the Bills would be interested in Trevor Siemian. He also added that it wouldn't necessarily mean the end of Taylor in Buffalo if they got Siemian. Draft Analyst Tony Pauline reports that the Bills are trying to hammer out a longterm deal with restricted free agent Mike Gillislee. If the Bills don't put a high tender on Gillislee other teams may try to steal him away from the cap strapped Bills with a front loaded deal that the team would be hard pressed to match. A long term deal would help the Bills cap and keep the valuable backup RB on the team. The report says that Gillislee wants to stay in Buffalo for the rest of his career and is hopeful for a deal. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears will make a run at Stephon Gilmore and possibly offer him $13 Million a year. They have plenty of cap space to make him the lucrative offer he feels he deserves.

Thursday March 2, 2017

Highlights From McDermott: Sean McDermott held several interviews yesterday with the local media here are some of the highlights: He confirmed they will run a 4-3 defense with some nickel and they will be multiple and versatile. He also said that Leslie Frazier will call the plays on defense. He said that Sammy Watkins is on schedule in his recovery from a second foot surgery. He confirmed Kyle Williams will be back but was less committal on Aaron Williams. He is methodically evaluating everything and they will take the Tyrod Taylor decision right up to March 11th. He did say he fits what Rick Dennison wants to do the offensive scheme and he is impressed with his work ethic and respects what he has done on the field. He has enjoyed getting to know him. He did say that Cardale Jones is an option at the position as well. The team decided not to use the franchise tag on Stephon Gilmore or anyone else as the tag deadline has passed. They understand his skill set and will continue to keep the lines of communication open. He said his relationship with Doug Whaley is off to a great start and they work well together.

Wednesday March 1, 2017

McDermott Speaks: Sean McDermott addressed the media from the scouting combine this morning and it was carried live by WGR. On Tyrod Taylor he said Doug Whaley, the scouting staff, the coaching staff and himself are working on evaluating the position. They will exhaust every ounce of time and look at every angle before making a decision. When the time comes it will be Whaley's and his decision and they will come to it methodically and if it takes right up until March 11th then that's what it will be. They will look at the situation from Tyrod's play and from the angle of QBs on the free agent market. McDermott said he's excited to work with a dynamic player like LeSean McCoy. They will look to add competition and depth at every position. He thinks it's a heck of an offense that Rick Dennison runs and he likes what he brings to the table. On Aaron Williams, he has tracked him for years and they will evaluate him like they do every position. On Kyle Williams, he said he has a tremendous amount of respect for him and he officially announced he is coming back and he's looking forward to working with him. They have to focus on themselves and their roster before evaluating free agents. He said Cardale Jones is an option for them as well and they have gone back to look at all the tape from the last game of the season and college. They are excited to work with him. On Robert Woods, they are evaluating him as well to see if they would like to try and bring him and the other free agents back. On Stephon Gilmore they know he is a good play at a critical position and they will put the right people in place in order to be successful. They will do what is best for the organization short term and longterm wise. He likes the experience and integrity he gets from his coaching staff. He feels he and Whaley have gotten off to a great start, they have had good healthy meetings and sometimes they have disagreed but that is good.

Kyle Back: The team's website confirmed a Buffalo News report from yesterday that Stephon Gilmore will not be tagged today but said lines of communication will be open in regards to a possible longterm deal. They had until 4pm today to use a tag. The team's website also reports that Kyle Williams will return in 2017. That ends speculation that he will retire or be cut to save roughly $8 Million in salary cap. Bringing him back problem means they will not blow the whole thing up because Williams was not interested in returning to a total rebuild situation.

Combine Gets Underwear: The NFL event known by some as the underwear olympics gets underway. More important than the actual events at Lucas Oil Field is the physicals and interviews that the prospects will undergo. More important as well is the conversations and rumours that will come out of Indianapolis as all NFL front office officials will come into contact with all the agents as everyone gets a feel of the free agent market. The Bills will reportedly meet with the agents of at least two of their 22 unrestricted free agents as they are scheduled to meet with representatives of Jordan Mills and Lorenzo Alexander. The most immediate news will be Sean McDermott meeting with the media this morning for the first time since his introductory press conference.

Tuesday February 28, 2017

No Tag for Gilmore: The Buffalo News is reporting that the team has decided not to put the franchise tag on Stephon Gilmore. The team has until tomorrow to use the tag and it would cost them around $15 Million on the cap if they did. At this point the have roughly $21 Million so it wouldn't make sense to use it especially if they plan on picking up the option on Tyrod Taylor.

Jackson Wants To Retire A Bill Fred Jackson spoke out about his career and his desire to retire as a Bill at an appearance with his former indoor football team at the Sioux City Bandits season opener. He was out of football last year but hopes to catch on with another team this year for at least training camp. He did say he would like to sign a one day contract to retire as a Bill when it is time to hang things up.

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