Buffalo Bills Quiet As New League Year Starts


Buffalo Bills fans had their heads spinning around this time just a week ago.  That’s when news broke that the team would be trading linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles for running back Lesean McCoy.  The following days then saw Buffalo trade for quarerback Matt Cassell and most recently re-sign defensive end Jerry Hughes.

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Due to league tampering and other legal nonsense even the NFL doesn’t understand, the Bills couldn’t officially sign any players that were set to become free agents today.  They’ve been able to “chat” with these players since last Saturday but no pen-to-paper action.

Two players many believed to be hot tickets for Buffalo to pursue (especially after the Ndamukong Suh-to-Miami news broke) were guards Mike Iupati and Orlando Franklin.  Both those players, however, have already agreed to deals with the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers, respectively.  There is, however, a guard on the Bills’ radar.

The Bills have also been flirting with the idea of signing Bilal Powell but he’s since re-signed with the New York Jets.  Don’t expect them to address the position this offseason unless Fred Jackson is released.

Next on their list?  Tight end Charles Clay.  After being transition tagged late last week, there were rumors circulating that he wouldn’t be an option for Buffalo anymore but the team is set to make an offer sheet for the former college fullback turned NFL tight end.  But for the Bills to acquire Clay they must offer him more than what Miami did, which was just over $7.1 million.  The Dolphins can then rebuttal and either match Buffalo’s offer or let him go.  It won’t be easy running for Clay’s services though as the Cleveland Browns are also expected to make a move for him.

Times are still young, and moves are sure to still be made.  One that may happen in the coming hours is a reunion for Antonio Cromartie and Rex Ryan; the New York Jets, a likely landing spot for Cromartie, just signed former Browns cornerback Buster Skrine and are the front runners for Darrelle Revis.

If you’re disappointed that Buffalo hasn’t made any blockbuster deals yet like they did last week, just remember; your Buffalo Bills are officially 0-0.

Happy new year, NFL fans.

Update: Per Ian Rapoport, the Buffalo Bills have signed fullback Jerome Felton.

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