Trump Speculation: Tim Graham of the Buffalo News spoke directly to Donald Trump yesterday who said his interest in the Bills is real and serious. He re-iterated that if he bought the team he would keep them in Buffalo. He admitted part of the reason for that is selfish since it's an hour plane ride from his home in New York City. Trump said he is known for winning bidding wars but did say he will keep his bid for the team in reason and could be outbid by a ridiculous offer. He said he has spoken to Russ Brandon twice and doesn't feel like the owners will hold a grudge from his days as a USFL owner 30 years ago. He also said his casino dealing are not an issue since he only has a small investment in publicly hold casinos that has his name on them. He said he can get rid of those investments very quickly. Another ownership rumor from yesterday, Mike Schopp of WGR reports and Jeff Russo of WKBW confirms that groups interested in buying the team are looking to Thurman Thomas to help with those efforts. He is considered close to Mary Wilson.
Jacobs Statement: Jeremy Jacobs St. released a statement through his company Delaware North regarding the Bills ownership speculation. The statement says, “several reports have listed Jeremy Jacobs as potentially interested in buying the Buffalo Bills. Mr. Jacobs owns the Boston Bruins and has no intention of selling the Bruins in order to purchase the Buffalo Bills. His focus is on ensuring the Boston Bruins continue to be a successful and winning franchise for the City of Boston and New England. He is a strong supporter of the Buffalo Bills as a storied franchise that has seen great success under Ralph Wilson. Mr. Jacobs would certainly be a strong supporter of any effort to keep the Bills in Western New York and is a big fan of the franchise and its leadership.”
Ownership Speculation: Future ownership speculation is at a fever pitch with Jon Bon Jovi looking to head a Toronto group to buy the Bills. He reportedly would be the front man but doesn't have enough money to be the majority owner. It was reported in November he was interested which he denied at the time. Now with Ralph Wilson's passing he now admits to being passionate about owning an NFL team. He reportedly will team up the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment for a bid. It can be assumed if they got the team they would move it up North permanently in 2020. They would still need a new stadium there. The NFL usually doesn't like a group buying a team, they prefer an individual owner. 24 of the 31 owners would have to approve a sale. Boston Bruins president Cam Neely said that Jeremy Jacobs is not interested in buying the team despite an article in Sunday's Buffalo News. He said Jacobs is committed to the Bruins and he would not be able to own both under NFL ownership rules. Neely didn't know if his sons would be interested in the Bills or if interests in the Bruins could be moved to allow the family to own both. Erie Co. Executive Mark Polancarz says 8-10 people are interested in buying the team with half of them having local ties.
Preseason Dates And Times: A day after the preseason schedule was released the Bills announced the dates and time of the four games after the Hall of Fame game. They will play Carolina on Fri. Aug 8th at 7:30. The Steelers game will be on Sat. Aug. 16th at 7:30. They will come home to play the Buccaneers in the annual kids game at the Ralph on Sat. Aug. 23rd, the time is still to be determined. The preseason final against Detroit will be on Thu. Aug. 28th at 7:00.
Bills To The Falls? John Warrow of the Associated Press reports that when the New Stadium Working Group met they discussed the possibility of building a new stadium in Niagara Falls. The group also discussed moving the team's headquarter to the campus of UB in Amherst. They also looked at the possibility of UB and the Bills sharing a practice facility.
Brown Released: The Bills released DE Courtnei Brown. The signing of Jarius Wynn made Brown more expendable and he may not have been a good fit for Jim Schwartz's defensive scheme. The team hosted three more pre draft visitors today as LSU WR Odell Beckham, Cumberlands RB Terrance Cobb and Rice CB Phillip Gaines were the latest to visit One Bills Drive. The team now has had 16 players in for a visit, they are allowed 30 out of town player visits. A complete list of who has come to Buffalo is on the right side of our homepage.
Preseason Schedule Released: The NFL released their preseason schedule today and the Bills got their request to play their final two games at home so they can finish the renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium early in the preseason. The Bills open up a week earlier than other teams as they play the Giants in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday Aug. 3rd at 8pm as previously reported. They will travel to Carolina to play the Panthers in week 1 of the preseason followed by a trip to Pittsburgh in the 2nd week of the preseason. This will almost certainly be played around the joint practices the two teams are planning. They will open the newly renovated Ralph against Tampa Bay followed by their usual preseason finale opponent Detroit.
Bills Sign Punter: The Bills added another leg for training camp as they signed Harvard punter Jake Dombrowski. He punted for Harvard from 2009 to 2012 and was First Team All-Ivy league as a senior. He will give Brian Moorman some competition but is likely not much more than camp fodder. Depth Chart.