Player News - Bills

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The Buffalo News doesn’t expect the Bills to re-sign free agent E.J. Manuel.

The Bills are expected to move on from both Manuel and Tyrod Taylor. Manuel was a bust as a first-round pick but shouldn't struggle for offers as a backup. Cardale Jones is the only other Bills quarterback under contract.
Feb 17 - 6:10 PM

Bleacher Report's Ty Dunne guesses the Bills will part ways with Tyrod Taylor and "roll with a low-cost veteran" at quarterback.

Dunne's opinion is noteworthy because he is a former Buffalo reporter. Dunne expects the Bills to be "patient," sign a veteran, and perhaps draft a quarterback in 2017 or wait for 2018 to select their signal caller of the future. The free agent quarterback market is poor, as usual. After Kirk Cousins, top names include Mike Glennon, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Geno Smith.
Feb 17 - 2:43 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio reports free agent CB Stephon Gilmore is looking for top-five cornerback money.

Josh Norman is the league's highest-paid corner at $15 million per year, while Darrelle Revis landed a position-best 55.6 percent ($39 million) guaranteed when he returned to the Jets. Last summer it was reported Gilmore wanted Norman money, and it sounds like he's still aiming for that with the inflation of the salary cap. The franchise tag is expected to come in at around $14.31 million. The Bills would have to clear some cap room to tag Gilmore.
Feb 17 - 9:49 AM

Bills re-signed LB Ramon Humber.

Humber is a core special teamer, appearing in all 16 2016 contests. He turns 30 in August.
Feb 16 - 2:38 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo believes the Bills will look to re-sign free agent ILB Zach Brown.

Brown and free agent Lorenzo Alexander are coming off huge seasons, but are questionable fits under new coach Sean McDermott. The Bills are also deep at linebacker and have one less starting spot moving to a 4-3 defense. Brown is a better investment than 33-year-old Alexander, but would likely have to move outside with Reggie Ragland returning from ACL surgery.
Feb 15 - 6:29 PM

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, new Browns QBs coach David Lee likes Tyrod Taylor "a lot" after the two worked together in Buffalo the past two seasons.

Cabot says Lee "would welcome the opportunity to continue working with [Taylor]" if the Browns were to acquire him. Coach Hue Jackson reportedly wants a veteran quarterback for 2017, and Taylor would be a great get for his offense. The Browns have plenty of ammo to swing a trade or make a signing. They have a whopping $105 million in cap space and five top-65 draft picks.
Feb 14 - 8:29 PM

Free agent James Ihedigbo wants to re-sign with the Bills.

Ihedigbo started 3-of-4 games after signing with Buffalo in Week 11. He finished the year on IR with an ankle injury but should be fine for OTAs. Ihedigbo won't be counted on as more than veteran depth.
Feb 11 - 6:35 PM

According to the Buffalo News, the idea of starting Cardale Jones at quarterback is "appealing" to GM Doug Whaley.

The fourth-round pick out of Ohio State attempted just 11 passes as a rookie. Jones is a major project, but with Buffalo on the fence about Tyrod Taylor, Jones is an alternative they may have to consider. Taking a quarterback 10th overall would probably be a reach, while the free agent market is even more sparse. In the end, the Bills may decide that Taylor is their best option.
Feb 11 - 12:01 PM

According to the Buffalo News' Vic Carucci, it "remains to be seen" if 2016 second-round LB Reggie Ragland fits in new coach Sean McDermott's defensive scheme.

The Bills traded up to select Ragland last year only to see him tear his ACL and miss his entire rookie season. He was projected to be a terrific fit in ex-coach Rex Ryan's 3-4 as an inside thumper, but Ragland's future is now unclear. At 6'2/252, there may only be room for either Ragland or Preston Brown (6'1/251) at middle linebacker. In Carolina, both of McDermott's outside linebackers -- Thomas Davis (6'1/231) and Shaq Thompson (6'1/220) -- were speedy and athletic. Ragland isn't cut from that same cloth.
Feb 10 - 12:01 PM

According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, Tyrod Taylor is not open to a contract restructure.

Taylor feels he's worth every penny of the six-year, $92 million deal he inked last August. He'll be due $30.5 million guaranteed in 2017 if the Bills pick up his option. The Bills would like to avoid paying that, but in a thin free agent market, keeping Tyrod might be their best bet. 2016 fourth-round pick Cardale Jones isn't an option, and none of this year's rookie quarterbacks are ready to play. The Bills have until March 11 to exercise Taylor's option.
Feb 9 - 8:34 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia ultimately expects impending free agent Robert Woods to price himself out of the Bills' range.

The Bills have a ton of free agents (23 to be exact) to make decisions on, and they're obviously not going to be able to re-sign everybody. On top of that, Buffalo is currently in the bottom 25 percent of the league in available cap space. Woods hasn't been all that productive since being a 2013 second-round pick, yet he's likely to command $7-8 million per year on a new deal due to inflation of the salary cap. The Bills need weapons, but they should aim higher than Woods.
Feb 7 - 8:59 PM

WGR 550's Sal Capaccio reports the Bills have yet to make a decision on Tyrod Taylor.

Capaccio reports new coach Sean McDermott and his staff have been looking at the tape and discussing whether they think Tyrod should be the starter in 2017. Even if they settle on yes, Buffalo could try to renegotiate the almost $31 million in guarantees Taylor is owed as soon as his option is picked up. The Bills have until March 11 to pick up the option, so they will likely wait to see what is available on the free agent and trade markets before making their final decision.
Feb 7 - 9:20 AM

Impending free agent Lorenzo Alexander said the Bills' quarterback situation will be a "factor" in whether he decides to re-sign with Buffalo.

Alexander is putting his full support behind Tyrod Taylor. It's doubtful Alexander would make his decision solely on who the quarterback is, but he's obviously a big fan of Tyrod and hopes the Bills feel the same way. In response to questions about whether he'd be a fit for new coach Sean McDermott's 4-3 defense, Alexander said, "I'm a football player. I fit in any scheme." The 33-year-old enjoyed a career year in 2016, leading the Bills with 12.5 sacks.
Feb 3 - 2:28 PM

Tyrod Taylor admitted he isn't sure what the future holds for him in Buffalo.

Taylor prefers to stay with the Bills but is still waiting for word from "management" about his status for next season. In the meantime, he's been busy with his rehab after undergoing groin surgery about a month ago. "If I didn't have to rehab, I'd probably be thinking about [my future] all the time," said Taylor. Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Thursday that the Bills were still holding out hope of bringing Taylor back on a lesser contract, but that's probably a pipe dream.
Feb 3 - 1:13 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Bills "haven't give up hope on retaining" Tyrod Taylor with a "lesser contract."

La Canfora considers it "wishful thinking." It is, as Taylor will almost certainly make the reasonable gamble he can get more on the open market following his release. Not only that, he could be with a team that actually wants him. La Canfora has also reported the Bills have "significant interest" in Tony Romo, and that Taylor could be an option for the Cardinals if Carson Palmer retires.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 2 - 3:38 PM


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