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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