Player News - Bills

Date: Team: Pos:

A source informed ESPN's Josina Anderson that LeSean McCoy is "frustrated" over being traded to the Bills and is "not going to make it easy, that's for sure."

"Of course he's not happy," added the source. "It'll be interesting to see how this process plays itself out because he's an interesting individual. ... He was like 'why me?'" Some are leaving the door open to McCoy possibly refusing to go to Buffalo, leading to the Bills possibly pulling out of the trade prior to it officially going through when the new league year opens March 10. But in all likelihood, the Bills will hand McCoy a new contract with more guaranteed money through 2015 and 2016 and let coach Rex Ryan work his magic as a coach with the ability to convince his players to "buy in." Ryan's the ultimate players coach.
Mar 4 - 10:02 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Cardinals, Jets, Dolphins, and 49ers are "potential suitors [with] considerable interest" in free agent C.J. Spiller.

We'd add the LeSean McCoy-less Eagles after they reportedly tried to trade for Spiller last March before acquiring Darren Sproles. The Cardinals weren't prepared when Andre Ellington got hurt last year, while the Jets have been dubbed the favorites for Spiller. San Francisco needs a return man and COP runner to Carlos Hyde if free agent Frank Gore skips town. Miami is in the market for an upgrade on free agent Daniel Thomas next to Lamar Miller. Spiller is going to have a hot market despite injury concerns coming off a down 2014. He's our No. 2 available back behind DeMarco Murray.
Mar 3 - 11:11 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini doesn't believe the Jets "will be chasing" free agent C.J. Spiller.

Cimini expects the Jets to be more interested in re-signing Bilal Powell as their do-it-all backup. Powell shouldn't stand in the way of anyone as an average-to-below average back on a team desperate for playmakers. And if Spiller qualifies as anything, it's that he's a playmaker. Spiller-to-the-Jets has had legs ever since Chan Gailey was hired as coach Todd Bowles' OC. With the Eagles trading LeSean McCoy and their rumored interest in Spiller last March, they're now a contender for him. Spiller's landing spot will be key for his fantasy outlook.
Mar 3 - 10:53 PM

The Bills have informed free agent C.J. Spiller he will not be re-signed.

This qualifies as "duh" following Tuesday's stunning acquisition of LeSean McCoy. All signs now point toward Spiller reuniting with ex-Bills coach/new Jets OC Chan Gailey in New York, but the money will have to be right. Spiller has yet to be credibly linked to a team other than Gang Green.
Mar 3 - 7:21 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports new Bills RB LeSean McCoy is expected to "make noise about wanting an extension," and could even threaten to decline to report to training camp.

Per La Canfora, the Bills are "bracing for that already." A trade is a perfect time to angle for a new deal, but already due at least $6.9 million each of the next four seasons, Shady isn't going to get it. McCoy will likely/understandably be sour about the deal for some time, but he's going to work for one of the league's great salesmen in Rex Ryan. By the time camp rolls around, Shady should be hungry to prove he's still one of the game's best offensive players.
Mar 3 - 7:13 PM

Bills acquired RB LeSean McCoy from the Eagles in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso.

It's a stunning trade in a league bereft of them. The move gives new Bills coach Rex Ryan a centerpiece for his "ground-and-pound" offense, and reunites Alonso with his college coach in Chip Kelly. The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Domowitch reported late last month that the Eagles were unlikely to keep Shady at his $11.95 million cap number. McCoy is coming off a year where he averaged just 4.2 yards per carry and was eased off goal-line duties, but remains one of the league's premier runners. He is still only 27 (in July). From a fantasy perspective, he remains a clear RB1 on what will be one of the NFL's highest-volume rushing teams. As for the Eagles, they now have a gaping hole at running back. For better or worse, Kelly is proving more than ready to exercise his absolute control of the Eagles' roster.
Mar 3 - 6:35 PM

Speaking on NFL Network, free agent C.J. Spiller says E.J. Manuel is too "buddy-buddy" with his teammates and needs to be more assertive.

Spiller noted the stark contrast between Manuel's easygoing approach and the style of veteran Kyle Orton, "who demands what he wants out of us." Buffalo struggled with Manuel under center and nearly made the playoffs with Orton, so it's obvious which approach resonated more with teammates. For Manuel to succeed in this league, he'll need to start showing some leadership. He'll also need to greatly improve his on-field performance, which has been borderline unwatchable for the last two seasons.
Mar 3 - 10:27 AM

The Bills opted not to use the franchise or transition tag on free agent DE Jerry Hughes.

With Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul both franchise tagged on Monday, Hughes heads to free agency as this year's premier edge rusher. Hughes and the Bills have been engaged in near-constant talks since the end of the season, but with free agency now only eight days away, there's little reason for Hughes to re-sign unless the Bills knock his socks off.
Mar 2 - 4:10 PM

Sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer the Eagles have not approached LeSean McCoy about restructuring his contract.

McCoy's $11.95M cap charge is steep, but this is a 26-year-old player who is one year removed from a first-team All-Pro campaign. Chip Kelly's run-heavy offense needs McCoy, who certainly had a down year in 2014 but is more than capable of revving it back up in 2015. Perhaps McCoy agrees to a restructure that kicks the salary can down the line, but we'd be surprised if he wasn't an Eagle in 2015.
Mar 2 - 9:13 AM

The Bills plan to move Manny Lawson back to strong-side linebacker.

Lawson played 4-3 end in Jim Schwartz's scheme last year. He saw limited snaps behind Jerry Hughes, but is expected to have an increased role with Buffalo moving to more 3-4 fronts. Lawson had one of his best seasons under former DC Mike Pettine in 2013, grading out as PFF's top linebacker in coverage. Mario Williams will also see time off the line of scrimmage in Rex Ryan's defense.
Feb 28 - 8:04 PM

The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Domowitch said it is 'not likely' the Eagles want to keep LeSean McCoy at his current $11.95 million cap charge.

McCoy has said he is not open to a pay cut, but a restructuring that kicked some guaranteed money down the road could work for both sides. The Eagles could also conceivably cut McCoy, but that seems unlikely at this point. McCoy averaged 4.23 YPC with just five TDs on 312 carries last season. He lost passing-down and short-yardage work to Darren Sproles and Chris Polk.
Feb 28 - 10:45 AM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia said the "safe bet" is free agent C.J. Spiller will not re-sign with the Bills.

Spiller recently said there was a "possibility" he could return to Buffalo, but added "the ball is in their court." Spiller is a questionable fit for new OC Greg Roman's offense, and his best season as a pro came under former Bills HC and current Jets OC Chan Gailey. The most likely outcome remains a reunion with Gailey.
Feb 28 - 9:26 AM

Free agent C.J. Spiller says there's a "possibility" he could re-sign with the Bills.

"The organization knows that I want to be there, so pretty much the ball is in their court," Spiller said Tuesday. "At the same time, we’re going to weigh all our options and see what suits me best. The biggest thing is you want to go somewhere where you’re wanted." In addition to the best offer, Spiller sounds like he's looking for respect from the Bills, something he often didn't receive from the previous coaching staff. Spiller's free agency will come down to a numbers game, quite possibly between the Bills and Jets. Spiller's rep met with the Bills at the Combine.
Feb 24 - 2:37 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said there's "going to be some work that has to be done" if free agent RB C.J. Spiller walks.

This would have been an easy spot for Whaley to talk up Bryce Brown, who was buried behind Fred Jackson and Spiller last year. Instead, Whaley talked up the running back draft class and only said Brown will get a "clean slate." The ex-Eagle has a 36-126-0 line in seven games as a Bill. "We’re excited to see him come in with a clean slate like everybody else and perform like we think he should," Whaley said.
Feb 20 - 12:02 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said an extension for DT Marcell Dareus is currently on the back burner.

"After we get done with all the unrestricted (free agents) and all we have to do this offseason then we would start to broach that subject," said Whaley. Dareus had a career-high 10 sacks in 2014, but there is little hurry to scratch out an extension with Dareus under team control for at least one more season. Dareus has a court date May 19 stemming from a road-racing incident last May.
Feb 19 - 8:11 PM

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