Tag:Buffalo Bills
Posted on: August 6, 2010 2:20 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 2:46 pm

AFC East Preview, Podcast Style

Posted by Will Brinson

Is there a spicier division than the AFC East?

That's what Andy Benoit and I set out to answer in Friday's edition of the Podcast Preview.

Well, that and plenty of other questions too: Are the Jets sufficiently over-hyped and overrated at this point? Do the Patriots have enough smarts and gameplanning ability to mask certain deficiencies and win a very tough division? Why are people sleeping on the suddenly very talented Miami Dolphins? And is it possible for Buffalo to finish fifth in a four-team division?

That's, right: all that and more, all for the low, low price of clicking a play button. Got a question you want answered on the show? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL ) or email will.brinson [at] cbs [dot] com .

We'll be running out a few of these a week, so there's plenty of time. Oh, and also, be a friend and subscribe either by RSS or iTunes below.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:25 am
Edited on: August 6, 2010 12:15 pm

Report: Bills, Spiller reach deal

Posted by Will Brinson

According to a report from ESPN's John Clayton, the Buffalo Bills and rookie running back C.J. Spiller have reached an agreement on a deal that will get Spiller into camp as early as Friday, while also making him wealthy individual. (And making Russell Okung the only unsigned rookie from the 2010 first round remaining.)

Clayton originally reported on the radio this morning that it was "likely" Spiller would sign Friday, and if his source is correct, that has happened.

The deal is reportedly a five-year contract worth $25 million total, with $20.8 million guaranteed (last year's No. 9 overall, B.J. Raji received a five-year deal worth $28.5 million overall/$18 million guaranteed).

For further context, Tyson Alualu -- the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft -- received $28 million total and $18 million guaranteed from the Jaguars, while Rolando McClain -- the 8th overall pick  -- received a five-year, $40 million overall/$23 million guaranteed deal from the Raiders.

In other words, Spiller took a little less total money while opting for more guaranteed money (provided, again, that the report is true).

Which makes him the complete opposite of the freshly-paid Andre Johnson.

The Bills should have a release on the news soon, and we'll keep you updated -- it would also seem logical that Spiller, because of his versatility, has a slew of incentives in his contract, relating to total yards gained, etc., etc.

Update (12:10): Looks like the "incentives" portion we mentioned above is a strong likelihood -- the AP is now reporting that Spiller's contract has a maximum value of $37.5 million, which is a pretty solid raise from the original report of $25 million.

However, the Bills, according to Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak , didn't comment about the Spiller signing following early practice. Chan Gailey is scheduled to address the media following the evening session, though, so we should hear something relatively soon.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 9:52 am

Report: Bills 'likely' to sign Spiller Friday?

Posted by Will Brinson

Russell Okung and C.J. Spiller are the only remaining unsigned first-round draft picks from the 2010 class.

According to John Clayton on ESPN Radio (via Michael David Smith at PFT ), Spiller and the Bills made a lot of progress Thursday in contract discussions and there's a strong chance that the rookie running back will sign with Buffalo on Friday and proceed to join the team in training camp.

That would be a huge boon for a Bills team that, um, just needs some help.

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 7:43 pm

Bills make their dumb move with Schobel official

THIS is why the Buffalo Bills haven’t reached the playoffs since 1999. The Associated Press is reporting that the Bills have officially released defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Schobel. The Bills grew tired of Schobel’s waffling on retirement. Instead of staying patient, they took a hard stance and went public with their intentions to move on without the veteran. A. Schobel (US Presswire)

This was foolish both on the surface (Buffalo desperately needs Schobel’s pass-rushing prowess), and beneath it (had they not spoken publicly, the Bills likely could have traded Schobel for at least a late-to-mid-round pick). Now, Schobel is a free agent. If he doesn’t wind up in Houston (his current hometown), he could wind up in New England, where he’d aid a thin Patriots pass-rush and, oh yeah, face the Bills twice in 2010.

"If he chooses to retire, he will do so as a Buffalo Bill," Bills GM Buddy Nix said. "This move allows him the opportunity to play somewhere else if he so choses. And we felt that was a fair thing to do for a guy who has played hard for us the past nine seasons."

It’s possible Schobel told the Bills he’d only play in 2010 if it were for another team. But if that’s the case, why wouldn’t Buffalo call his bluff? Why would they potentially strengthen another AFC team like that?

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 2, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: August 2, 2010 1:00 pm

What is Buffalo thinking?!

Instead of playing the Brett Favre Game with defensive end-turned-outside linebacker Aaron Schobel, the Bills have decided to release the Pro Bowl veteran. The team's website wrote:A. Schobel (US Presswire)

In a statement released to the media Monday morning Bills GM Buddy Nix stated that the team is moving forward without Schobel.

“Aaron has been contemplating retirement for the past seven months, but we are at the point where we are moving forward and have informed his agent of our plans,” Nix said.

“Aaron has been a very good player for the Bills and we wish him and his family the best, but there comes a point where we have to move forward and that point is today. We are focusing on the team’s best interests.”

This move is nothing short of shocking. The Bills are installing a new 3-4 scheme and have minimal pass-rushing options on the edges. They’re hoping Chris Kelsay can transition from defensive lineman to outside linebacker. Even if he does, he’ll be extremely average (reason being, he’s been extremely average his entire career). Buffalo’s other starting outside ‘backer will be Aaron Maybin, a first-round pick last season who has had a tough time acclimating to pro game. In fact, Maybin may not even play ahead of journeyman veteran Reggie Torbor, who is a more natural inside linebacker.

UPDATE: Schobel wants to be released so he can talk with other teams. Doesn't sound like a guy who is at all interested in retiring.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:09 pm

Quick Hit news items from the weekend

--It looks like Dwayne Jarrett will be the No. 2 receiver in Carolina this year .

--Trent Edwards opened training camp as the No. 1 quarterback in Buffalo.

--Pisa Tinoisamoa is battling Nick Roach for a starting strongside linebacker job in Chicago (both would be better on the weak side, but that’s neither here nor there.)

--Sidney Rice’s bum hip has landed him on PUP for now .

--Giants safety Kenny Phillips is also on PUP . Phillips is trying to come back from microfracture surgery that wiped out virtually all of his ’09 season.

--David Tyree and Ike Hilliard both signed contracts with the Giants so that they could retire as members of Big Blue.

--Chester Pitts finally found a home. The longtime Texan and his surgically-repaired knee signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks. Seattle runs a zone-blocking scheme that is very similar to the one Pitts worked in under Gary Kubiak in Houston.

--Derrick Burgess has upset the Patriots by not showing up for training camp. He is leaning towards retirement.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 11:11 pm

After ACL injury, Bills LT Demetrius Bell is a go

Third-year left tackle Demetrius Bell has been cleared to go by the Buffalo Bills. Bell’s ’09 season ended in the ninth game with a torn ACL.

"He’s really doing good, he really is," GM Buddy Nix said, according to the Buffalo News. "Now I tell you we’re going to try to be smart with him and not take him out there and grind him twice a day. But he’s really further along than we hoped at this time."

It’s great to see Bell, a former seventh-round pick, rebound so well. The Bills would have been badly hurting had they had to turn to second-year man Jamon Meredith to fill the position. That said, don’t let Bell’s return fool you: the Bills are still very weak at left tackle. Bell struggled with his quickness in pass protection last season, and he didn’t consistently exert great strength as a run-blocker. Exacerbating matters were his unpolished mechanics.

Equally as important will be the status of right guard Eric Wood, who is attempting to come back from a gruesome broken right leg. Wood surprisingly participated on a limited basis in some of the spring camps. Bills Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak has said no matter how good Wood feels when camp opens Thursday –and at this point, Wood’s status is unknown – the Bills will limit his reps.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 28, 2010 5:56 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 5:58 pm

Schobel eases nerves of Bills brass...sort of

A story that has flown well under the radar all offseason is the planned retirement of Bills Pro Bowl pass-rusher Aaron Schobel. The soon-to-be-33-year-old has battled foot problems in recent years. A. Schobel

Schobel spent the offseason at his home in Texas. He eschewed a $2 million roster bonus in March and said in June that he was likely calling it quits. However, as all great athletes tend to do, he kept himself in decent shape just in case he has a change of heart. Sure enough, yesterday, Schobel told the Buffalo News , "I'm leaning more toward playing than I was a month ago I don't know what the Bills would do or how much time they would give me [to make a decision], but I'm thinking about it."

The Associated Press contacted Schobel today. He didn’t change his tune, but didn’t say he has made up his mind either. "I'm thinking about it, but I'm not ready to make a decision," Schobel said. "I'm not saying yes. I'm not saying no." If Schobel does play, he’ll report in mid-August.

The Bills desperately need Schobel. They’re christening a new 3-4 scheme and have no other bona fide outside rushing linebackers (second-year pro Aaron Maybin should be better in the new scheme, but he’s still unproven; veteran Chris Kelsay is more equipped to play on a four-man defensive line).

In all likelihood, Schobel will play one more season for the Bills.

--Andy Benoit

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