Marrone Has Cancerous Mole Removed: Late last night Doug Marrone released the following statement, "During a recent doctor's visit, it was discovered that I had a cancerous mole on my skin, which has since been removed. The only follow up required is to have my moles checked every three months and that basically is the end of the story. The recent extraction procedure will have no effect on my ability to coach the team moving forward."
Schedule Release Tonight: Get ready to make your fall plans as the NFL will release the regular schedule tonight at 8pm. Rumors have swirled that the Bills will play the Lions on Thanksgiving and the Packers on a Monday night at the Ralph. Shortly after the schedule is released it will appear on our schedule page and the right side of our homepage.
High Participation In Program: The offseason conditioning program got underway yesterday and Doug Marrone said participation was in the high 90 percent range. He has been in contact with the players that were not there and they are all expected shortly. It is a voluntary program. Newly signed Brandon Spikes was in attendance, something he never did with the Patriots. He said he is pumped to be part of Bills Nation. EJ Manuel said he did everything and he is healthy after offseason knee surgery.
Bills Sign Three: The Bills made a housekeeping move yesterday by officially signing three exclusive rights free agents. They came to terms with WR Chris Hogan, OL Antoine McClain and FB Frank Summers. The three players had to sign since they had no option to play elsewhere.
Evans Visits: Texas A&M WR Mike Evans is perhaps the biggest pre draft visitor to Orchard Park. He arrived last night for his visit today which coincides with the first day of the team's offseason conditioning program. It is voluntary but just about everyone should be in attendance this week. Doug Marrone will address the media late this morning. Also visiting today are USC OL Marcus Martin and Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon. That brings the total of pre draft visitors to 23 of the alloted 30.
Offseason Program Set To Begin: The Bills begin their offseason conditioning program tomorrow. The workouts are voluntary and they will take place four days a week for the next five weeks. The fourth and fifth weeks are wrapped around a three day rookie minicamp from May 17th thru 19th. There will be no on the field workouts the first three weeks with the exception of some passes between quarterbacks and receivers.
Kelly Home: Jim Kelly arrived back in Buffalo this evening and will continue his cancer treatments in Western New York. He still is undergoing radiation five days a week and has two more chemotherapy treatments ahead. He posted a quick video on his wife's instagram where he thanked everyone again for their support and said he would be back. His brother reportedly told the associated press that Kelly still plans on pursuing ownership of the Bills despite his cancer.
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.