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Bills Daily - Top News Thursday February 16, 2017

Humber Re-Signed: The Bills are now down to 22 unrestricted free agents as they have re-signed Ramon Humber. He was a key member of the special teams last year.

Wednesday February 15, 2017

Tag Period Begins: Today begins the stretch of time where teams can place a franchise or transition tag on pending unrestricted free agents. The period ends on March 1st at 4pm. The only player the Bills would likely consider tagging is Stephon Gilmore who would cost them more than $14 Million which would eat up about two thirds of the available cap space. It seems if they tag Gilmore they will have to move on from Tyrod Taylor and his $16+ Million cap figure. I don't think it's that likely they will tag Gilmore but they may make him a long term offer before the start of free agency.

Monday February 13, 2017

Taylor Restructuring? Vic Carucci reports that Tyrod Taylor will not restructure his contract to take less money. That makes sense considering he would likely get what he is due to get with the option or more on the open market. However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Taylor may be willing to alter the deal for salary cap relief if he doesn't lose any money in the move. Rapoport indicates with the addition of Sean McDermott and Rick Dennison the team may be looking at ways to keep Taylor instead of releasing him. They have to make a decision by March 11th but can't exercise the option before March 9th. The scouting combine later this month will allow both sides to talk to people to posture for position in this business battle. Doug Whaley has indicated that he may be happy with turning to Cardale Jones this year. That would definitely indicate a tank season for the Bills but it could be nothing more than posturing at this point by the embattled GM.

Thursday February 9, 2017

Coaching Staff Complete: Sean McDermott has completed his coaching staff by hiring Jim Salgado and Chad Hall as assistants to the defensive and offensive sides of the ball respectively. He also added Matt Worswick as an asst to the head coach. He retained Laura Young as an assistant to the head coach and the entire five man strength and conditioning staff. He finishes with 26 assistants which is about six fewer than the team had last year under Rex Ryan. Complete Coaching Staff.

Tuesday February 7, 2017

Byrd Hiring Official: The Bills made it official, they have announced the hiring of Gill Byrd as the new defensive backs coach. They have also hired Bobby Babich as the assistant defensive backs coach. Byrd is the father of Jarius Byrd and played with the Chargers for 10 years. He has coached for St. Louis, Chicago, and Tampa Bay. Babich spent two years with Carolina and three with Cleveland. He coached at Florida International last year. He is the son is the team's LB coach Bob Babich. Coaching Staff.

No Decision On Taylor, Gilmore: Sal Cappacio of WGR reports that according to multiple sources the team is still weighing all their options regarding the future of Tyrod Taylor and Stephon Gilmore with the franchise. The team now can release Taylor at any time and it would cost them just shy of $3 Million in dead money on the salary cap. They have until March 11th to decide if they want to pickup the option on their QB. If they do they will guarantee him $30.75 Million and a cap figure of $15.9 Million this year. The team can make their decision at any time but they can't officially pick up the option on the start of the league year on March 9th. Capaccio reports that the team hasn't yet decided if they will use the franchise tag on Gilmore but sources tell him that if they don't, they will likely offer him a deal this month that would come off the table when free agency starts.

Monday February 6, 2017

DB Coach Reportedly Hired: Alex Marvez is reporting that the Bills have their defensive backs coach. Veteran Gill Byrd is reportedly the new man at the position. He has coached with the Rams, Bears, and Buccaneers. He was not in the league last year.

No Price Hike: The Buffalo News reports that the Bills are not hiking season ticket prices in 2017. That was made clear by an email sent to season ticket holders. The email stated, "On behalf of the entire Buffalo Bills organization, thank you for your valued support as a Season Ticket Member. We recognize how fortunate we are to have the best fans in the NFL. We are pleased to announce that season ticket prices will remain flat for the 2017 season."

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