Player News - Bills

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Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News believes it's "only a matter of time" until the Bills fire GM Doug Whaley.

Whaley has been at odds with new coach Sean McDermott seemingly since the day McDermott was hired. Sullivan believes Whaley has already lost the power struggle, with McDermott emerging as the team's "voice." We saw this play out early in the month when Buffalo kept Tyrod Taylor on a restructured deal, a decision that was heavily influenced by McDermott. Sullivan believes Whaley's exodus could occur after the draft. At that point, McDermott would likely bring in a GM of his choosing. Sullivan mentioned Panthers director of player personnel Don Gregory as a possible replacement for Whaley.
Mar 26 - 8:37 AM

Bills re-signed WR/KR Brandon Tate.

A hyped prospect early in his career with New England, Tate never did quite learn how to play wide receiver. Tate has settled in as a special teams dynamo, and last year averaged a career-best 11.6 yards on 26 punt returns.
Mar 20 - 3:41 PM

Bills signed WR Andre Holmes a three-year, $6.5 million contract.

It's $2 million higher than the deal reported earlier this week. Holmes is coming off consecutive nondescript seasons as Oakland's No. 4 receiver behind Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Seth Roberts. He lands in a good spot with Buffalo as a veteran flyer. Holmes adds depth in a red-zone/deep threat role.
Mar 18 - 2:14 PM

Bills signed CB Leonard Johnson, formerly of the Panthers.

Johnson logged 436 underwhelming snaps for the Panthers in 2016. The Bills' secondary has been gutted following the losses of Stephon Gilmore (signed with New England) and Nickell Robey-Coleman (released). New Bills coach Sean McDermott was Johnson's defensive coordinator in Carolina last season.
Mar 17 - 4:23 PM

Bills signed WR Corey Washington.

Washington spent a month on the Bills' practice squad last season. The Bills don't have much receiver depth but the 25-year-old is probably just a camp body.
Mar 17 - 4:18 PM

Bills signed RB Joe Banyard, formerly of the Jaguars.

Banyard appeared in one game for Jacksonville last season, recording two carries for seven yards. With LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee hogging most of the carries in Buffalo, there won't be much work for Banyard if he makes the team.
Mar 17 - 4:15 PM

Bills signed G/C Ryan Groy to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Groy was a restricted free agent. The Bills matched an offer sheet from the Rams. Los Angeles was interested in Groy as its starting center. ESPN's Mike Rodak expects Groy to return as the Bills' "top interior backup lineman." There's been speculation Groy could replace 33-year-old LG Richie Incognito in 2018. Groy is excellent insurance on 31-year-old C Eric Wood, who broke his leg last season.
Mar 16 - 4:42 PM

The Bills have offered WR Andre Holmes a three-year, $4.5 million contract.

The deal was reported as done, but it's not official yet. Holmes should sign with Buffalo unless another team offers him more money. The Bills would be a nice landing spot with a wide open depth chart behind Sammy Watkins. Holmes is coming off a nondescript 2016, but he is a solid flyer on a cheap contract.
Mar 15 - 4:09 PM

Bills restricted free agent G/C Ryan Groy has officially signed his two-year, $5 million offer sheet with the Rams.

The Bills now have five days to match. If they decline, they will receive no draft pick compensation, as Groy is a former undrafted free agent tendered at the original-round level. Groy would presumably replace the recently-released Tim Barnes as the Rams' starting center.
Mar 14 - 1:53 PM

Tyrod Taylor's restructured two-year contract contains just $1 million guaranteed after 2017.

Taylor is slated to make $14.5 million in 2017, but the Bills will have another decision to make after this season. Just $1 million of his base salary in 2018 is guaranteed, and a $6-million roster bonus which likely is due early in the league year will force them to commit or not commit to Tyrod early next offseason. Even if they pay the roster bonus, Taylor is now scheduled to hit free agency after the 2018 season. With that level of uncertainty about Tyrod's future, the Bills should still be looking hard at quarterbacks early in the draft.
Mar 14 - 9:51 AM

Rams signed restricted free agent C Ryan Groy to a two-year offer sheet.

Groy is expected to sign the sheet on Tuesday, and the Bills will then have five days to match it or let him walk. A 2014 UDFA out of Wisconsin, Groy has played all five positions on the offensive line since entering the pros. He made seven starts at center for Buffalo last season, receiving plus marks from Pro Football Focus for both his run and pass blocking. After the Rams released C Tim Barnes last week, Groy would likely take over there in L.A. His offensive line coach in Buffalo, Aaron Kromer, was hired by the Rams earlier this offseason.
Mar 14 - 2:30 AM

Bills signed WR Jeremy Butler, formerly of the Chargers, to a one-year contract.

A journeyman former UDFA, 31 of Butler's 33 career receptions came in 2015 with the Ravens. He'll compete for one of the Bills' final roster spots.
Mar 13 - 3:59 PM

Bills signed DE Ryan Davis, formerly of the Cowboys, on a two-year contract.

Released by the Jaguars at final cuts last season, Davis appeared in nine games for the Cowboys. He is a nice depth addition for Buffalo.
Mar 13 - 10:31 AM

Bills signed WR Corey "Philly" Brown, formerly of the Panthers.

25-year-old Brown is familiar with new coach Sean McDermott, whose defense had to cover him in practice in Carolina. Not fast enough (4.51) to profile as a dangerous deep threat or big enough (5'11/173) to win with his body, Brown is a No. 4 receiver type. In Buffalo, he will have an opportunity for immediate playing time. At present, Walt Powell, Dezmin Lewis, and Kolby Listenbee are the Bills' only other wideouts under contract behind Sammy Watkins.
Mar 12 - 4:30 PM

Bills re-signed RT Jordan Mills to a two-year, $4 million contract.

Mills is coming off a down year, grading as a bottom-15 tackle at PFF. He's returning for slightly over the veteran minimum. Re-signing Mills won't prevent Buffalo from upgrading on him as their starter.
Mar 11 - 4:58 PM


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