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Sammy Watkins Dreams Of NBA-Sized Contracts In NFL

Jul 3, 2017 9:14 AM

Sammy Watkins wants to see NFL players receive bigger paydays after the start of free agency in the NBA resulted in a series of contracts worth more than $100 million.

In May, the Buffalo Bills declined Watkins' fifth-year option for 2018 that would have paid their top receiver $13.3 million. Watkins is now scheduled for unrestricted free agency after the 2017 season.

Watkins also retweeted NFL player promoter Jake Steinberg, who wrote, "NFL players have the right to be pissed. They get the smallest piece of the pie. NFL has $12B in annual revenue; NBA has $5B."

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Karlos Williams Suspended For At Least One Year

Jun 29, 2017 8:04 AM

Karlos Williams, who was cut by the Buffalo Bills before the 2016 season following a promising rookie campaign, has been suspended by the NFL for a period of at least one year after a third substance-abuse violation, according to a league source.

Williams already had one game left on a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

He is a free agent after being waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.

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James Hardy's Body Found In Indiana River

Jun 9, 2017 7:50 AM

Former NFL wide receiver James Hardy III's body was found in the Maumee River on Wednesday, according to the Allen County (Indiana) Coroner's Office.

Hardy's cause of death has not yet been determined. His mother reported him missing on May 30. He was 31.

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Fred Jackson 'Not Ready To Hang 'Em Up'

Jun 6, 2017 9:04 AM

Fred Jackson hasn't filed his retirement paperwork with the NFL because the 36-year-old believes he can still play despite going unsigned last season.

"I want to play, but it's one of those things where we'll see what happens," Jackson said. "Training camps are around the corner. Some teams lose a back or two and maybe they give me a call. We'll see what happens. I'm not ready to hang 'em up yet, but I do know that I'm 36 and a lot of teams are scared of that."

Jackson was one of the NFL's slowest running backs in 2015, which limited him to pass protection and checkdowns with the Seattle Seahawks.

John Riggins and Marcus Allen are the only running backs in NFL history to rush for 300 yards in a season at age 36 or older.

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LeSean McCoy Recruiting Jeremy Maclin To Bills

Jun 5, 2017 8:34 AM

LeSean McCoy wants Jeremy Maclin to sign with the Buffalo Bills.

McCoy has been recruiting his former teammate to sign as a free agent.

"I know he could help us out tremendously," McCoy said at his charity softball game. "I've been doing my recruiting already, and don't be surprised if it happens."

The Kansas City Chiefs released Maclin last week after two seasons, saving them $10 million in salary-cap space.

McCoy and Maclin were teammates with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2009 through 2014.

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LeSean McCoy Excited To Catch Passes In New Offensive System

May 26, 2017 11:33 AM

The Buffalo Bills are implementing a new offense and LeSean McCoy is excited to catch more passes.

"The running backs getting the ball in the passing game," McCoy said. "That's something I've been a part of, but it's been a while since I've actually got the ball a lot in the air -- we do a lot of that. [Rick Dennison is] big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that's been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I'm a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air."

McCoy's best season as a pass-catcher came in 2010 with the Philadelphia Eagles when he hauled in 78 receptions.

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Bills Hire Joe Schoen As Assistant General Manager

May 15, 2017 8:08 AM

The Buffalo Bills have hired Joe Schoen as assistant general manager.

Schoen served as director of player personnel for the Miami Dolphins from 2014-2017.

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Brandon Beane Will Have Control Over Buffalo's Roster

May 12, 2017 2:53 PM

Brandon Beane will have control over the 53-man roster of the Buffalo Bills, owner Terry Pegula says.

Beane emphasized that he and head coach Sean McDermott will take a collaborative approach on personnel decisions.

"It's going to be very similar to what Sean and I were used to Carolina," Beane said. "I'm going to be over the football side. Sean's going to be over the coaches. But there's not a czar around here. Sean's not a czar. I'm not a czar. Every decision is going to be collaborative, together.

"I think that's the only way. I've seen it both ways, and the success I've had is when we're both seeing eye to eye. [Co-owner] Kim [Pegula] and Terry, me involved, we're going to do this together. Other people in the building. This is not a one-person approach."

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Bills Hire Brandon Beane As New GM

May 10, 2017 12:49 AM

The Buffalo Bills hired Brandon Beane as general manager Tuesday, the team announced, ending their search to replace Doug Whaley after he was fired April 30.

Beane, 40, had served as the Carolina Panthers' assistant GM since 2015. He joined the Panthers in 1998 and was named director of football operations in 2008.

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Bills Decline Fifth-Year Option On Sammy Watkins

May 2, 2017 3:32 PM

The Buffalo Bills have declined their fifth-year option on Sammy Watkins.

Sean McDermott explained the decision in a team statement.

“Sammy and I have had good conversations about this decision,” McDermott said. “There is no question that Sammy is a very good football player and has worked very hard during his rehab this offseason. We look forward to seeing a healthy Sammy Watkins on the field in 2017.”

The former first-round pick will enter 2017 in the last year of his rookie contract.

Watkins is currently not cleared to participate fully in the team’s offseason conditioning program and is not expected to participate in the OTA practice sessions coming up in a couple of weeks.

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Bills Fire Doug Whaley As General Manager
The Bills were 30-34 in Doug Whaley's four seasons as general manager as they continue their 17-year playoff drought.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

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Bills Decline To Match Patriots' Offer For Mike Gillislee
Mike Gillislee will join the Patriots after the Bills decided not to match a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet on Monday.

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Percy Harvin Retires From NFL Again
Percy Harvin retired in April 2016 but returned to the Bills last November after Buffalo suffered injuries to several of its wide receivers.

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Tyrod Taylor Takes $10M Pay Cut In Restructured Deal With Bills
Tyrod Taylor will be fully guaranteed only $15.5 million under the terms of his restructured deal.

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Bills Expected To Sign Steven Hauschka
The Bills are expected to sign Steven Hauschka to a four-year deal, according to sources.

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Bills Restructure Contract Of Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Taylor was owed $27.5 million in 2017 with another $3 million of his 2018 salary fully guaranteed if he didn't restructure his contract.

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Bills Could Start Cardale Jones If Tyrod Taylor Leaves
If the Buffalo Bills let Tyrod Taylor walk as a free agent, they could turn to Cardale Jones as their starting quarterback.

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LeSean McCoy Gives Each Of His Blockers $10,000 Watches
LeSean McCoy was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time in his career after rushing for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season.

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Bills Hire Sean McDermott As Head Coach
Sean McDermott most recently was defensive coordinator of the Panthers.

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Bills Reportedly 'Zeroed In' On Sean McDermott As New Coach
The Bills have reportedly "zeroed in" on Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as their next head coach, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News.

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Anthony Lynn Set To Interview With Bills On Thursday
Anthony Lynn will have a formal interview with the Bills for their vacant head coaching job on Thursday.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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Bills Owner Fired Rex Ryan When Pressed On Future
Terry Pegula decided to fire Rex Ryan when the coach asked about his future beyond this season heading into the team's season finale.

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Sammy Watkins Wants Buffalo's New Coach To Be Hard On Team
The Bills have moved on from Rex Ryan and Sammy Watkins believes the team needs a coach that will be harder on them.

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Tyrod Taylor Could Undergo Sports Hernia Surgery, Cost Bills $30.5M
Tyrod Taylor will be seen by Dr. William Meyers for a severe groin injury to determine if he needs surgery.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Anthony Lynn: Starting EJ Manuel 'A Business Decision'
EJ Manuel, a former first-round pick, has struggled and the decision has left some confused.

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Reggie Bush Nearing Dubious NFL Rushing Record
Reggie Bush is closing in on one of the worst rushing seasons in NFL history.

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Rex Ryan Fired By Bills As Head Coach
Rex Ryan was hired by the Bills before the 2015 season.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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