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Buffalo Bills are not Being Shy This Offseason

March 5th, 2015 at 10:01 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

For fans of the Buffalo Bills, the offseason usually means one or two veterans are signed under a budget to keep pace with third place in the AFC East.

Now that Terry Pegula and his wife Kim are calling the shots, Doug Whaley has plenty of freedom to be aggressive, and he's already started making his mark.

Like his moves or hate them, one has to respect Whaley's boldness. The Bills traded Kiko Alonso, coming off of a second ACL surgery, for LeSean McCoy, who has plenty in the tank. The deal sent shockwaves through the NFL. McCoy to the Bills? That didn't seem to sit well with anyone not involving Buffalo when the news first hit.

The Bills made a smaller move the following day, acquiring Matt Cassel from the Minnesota Vikings. Rumors have it, however, that the Bills aren't done yet.

There have been reports tying the Bills to interest in Vernon Davis and Mike Iupati, both from the San Francisco 49ers. Iupati is a solid offensive lineman, which the Bills desperately need, and Davis is a star tight end that may have worn out his welcome in San Francisco.

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Buffalo Bills Trade Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia Eagles for LeSean McCoy

March 3rd, 2015 at 7:22 PM
By Marc Deschamps

ESPN's Adam Shefter is reporting that the Buffalo Bills have traded linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles for running back LeSean McCoy. The trade is apparently a one-for-one swap between the two teams.

Kiko Alonso quickly became a fan favorite during his rookie season in Buffalo with 159 tackles, including nine in his debut game against the New England Patriots. Despite the strong start, a torn ACL in the off-season caused Alonso to miss the entire 2014 season. Alonso reportedly wanted out of his contract with the team.

LeSean McCoy is expected to serve a critical role for the Buffalo Bills moving forward. The three-time Pro-Bowler had 1,319 rushing yards last season, and five touchdowns.

The deal also comes a year after the Bills acquired McCoy's backup, Bryce Brown, who played in relief of injured C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson last season. The two will reportedly be reunited in Buffalo.

The trade will not be finalized until March 10, when the NFL League year officially starts.

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Buffalo Bills Don’t Use Franchise Tag on Jerry Hughes

March 3rd, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills decided not to use the franchise tag on Jerry Hughes yesterday, allowing him to test free agency if he does not sign a contract with the team.

Hughes could still sign a contract offered to him before March 10, when the free agency period begins. The Bills reportedly offered Hughes a contract worth $10 million a year and Doug Whaley had expressed that he was confident the two sides could get a deal done.

Whaley's confidence is on full display now that the comfort of the franchise tag is gone. Whaley could have put the tag on Hughes, securing him for next season, while continuing to negotiate a contract. Instead, he opted to give himself a deadline of March 10 to get a deal done before 31 other teams have a shot to land the pass rusher.

Hughes has told the media that he wants to stay in Buffalo, but of course the money has to be right. The report of Buffalo's offer suggests the Bills are serious about keeping him, and will probably match many of the offers he would get if he tests the open market.

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Study: Buffalo Bills Have Had Schedule Disadvantage, but That Can Be Reconciled

February 28th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Any Buffalo Bills fans who have complained that the team has had an unfair schedule in recent years now have math backing them up.

Researchers at the University of Buffalo recently completed a paper, "Alleviating Competitive Imbalances in NFL Schedules: An Integer-Programming Approach." The paper's authors concluded that there is, in fact, a disparity in NFL schedules.

The study found that the Bills played more games against rested opponents – those coming off a bye or Thursday game – than any other team between 2002-14, having played 26 such games. The Atlanta Falcons played the most games against teams coming off a bye between 2003-13, having played in that scenario 17 times.

Researchers drew up a mathematical model that took up fairness at the expense of TV ratings and other matters. In running that model over the past three seasons, they found that bye week disadvantages could be eliminated, and that teams having to play Thursdays could reasonably kept from disadvantages like long-distance travel on short weeks. They were able to limit every team to two or fewer games against rested opponents.

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Report: Buffalo Bills Close to Deal with Josh McCown

February 26th, 2015 at 1:41 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Bills have apparently made up their mind about which veteran quarterback will compete with EJ Manuel, and that appears to be Josh McCown.

Multiple reports have surfaced regarding contract negotiations between the Bills and McCown, despite the Cleveland Browns expressing interest in the veteran signal caller.

If he signs with the Bills, McCown will take Kyle Orton's place on the roster, while Manuel will have a chance to impress Rex Ryan and his coaching staff. Quarterback is one of Buffalo's weakest positions, and McCown won't change that drastically. The journeyman has bounced around the NFL some, and figures to be about as productive as Orton was last year, though the Bills expect to have a better offensive line this season.

For Ryan, he will be faced with a challenge he is all too familiar with. A veteran quarterback who is nearing the end of his career will compete with a young quarterback who has struggled so far, and has already been benched once. The battle is very similar to the Geno Smith and Michael Vick debacle with the New York Jets last season. That didn't end very well.

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