Player News - Bills

Date: Team: Pos:

Impending free agent Robert Woods said he is content with the No. 2 role in Buffalo.

"Sammy [Watkins] deserves being the number one," Woods said. "As long as we are progressing, moving the ball down the field and making plays, I have no problem with that." The comments suggest he is open to re-signing with the Bills, who have no receiving talent behind Watkins and Woods. The former second rounder has averaged 51 catches for 613 yards and three touchdowns his four years in Buffalo.
Feb 25 - 9:10 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci considers DT Kyle Williams' roster spot "extremely vulnerable."

Especially if the Bills keep Tyrod Taylor, they will have to make some cap-saving moves. Turning 34 in June, Williams carries an $8.3 million cap number and would save the Bills $6.8 million if released. Williams would make a lot of sense in Philadelphia as a replacement for impending free agent NT Bennie Logan. Williams had a monster year under Eagles DC Jim Schwartz with Buffalo in 2014, dominating as both an interior pass rusher and run defender.
Feb 24 - 4:57 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer wrote his "sense" is new Bills OC Rick Dennison wants to keep Tyrod Taylor.

Dennison was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2014, Taylor's final year in Baltimore, so he knows the quarterback well. Despite Dennison's desire to keep Tyrod, Breer correctly points out "cash will be the deciding factor." Taylor is due $30.75 million guaranteed over two years if the Bills pick up his option.
Source: MMQB
Feb 23 - 12:12 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tyrod Taylor has been medically cleared from groin surgery.

Taylor underwent sports hernia surgery shortly after the season. A 4-6 week recovery, Taylor's rehab was right on track. He has a $15.5 million option bonus due on March 11. Most beat writers expect the Bills to dump Taylor. Nick Foles and Tony Romo have been loosely linked to Buffalo as replacement options.
Feb 22 - 8:27 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there is a "better chance" the Bills keep Tyrod Taylor than not.

Rapoport made the comment while talking about potential landing spots for Tony Romo. Bleacher Report's Ty Dunne, who is a former Buffalo reporter, guessed the Bills would move on last week, so this situation seems to be truly up in the air. Buffalo will commit to $30.75 million guaranteed over two years to Taylor if they pick up his option.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 12:56 PM

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


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