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Clay Signs $38 Million Offer Sheet with Buffalo Bills

Clay Signs $38 Million Offer Sheet with Buffalo Bills

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills have extended an offer sheet to Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay worth $38 million.

The Miami Dolphins assigned the transition tag to Clay before free agency began, which allows them the right to match any offer that another team would make to him.

The Bills offer includes $20 million in guaranteed money and schedules Clay to earn over $24 million in the first two seasons of the five-year contract. 

After signing Ndamukong Suh to a $114 million contract at the beginning of free agency, Miami is left with a little over $9 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.  

As Miami began to see multiple teams interests in Clay grow, the team signed former Browns tight end Jordan Cameron to a two-year, $15 million contract.

Last season, Clay, 26, caught 58 passes for 605 yards.

Miami has five days to match Buffalo's offer.

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Percy Harvin Set To Join Rex Ryan in Buffalo

Percy Harvin Set To Join Rex Ryan in Buffalo

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(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- After half a season with Rex Ryan as a member of the New York Jets, Percy Harvin will be shuffling off to Buffalo.

Harvin has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for about $6 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

Last season in a split-season with the Seahawks and Jets, Harvin caught 51 passes for 483 yards and one touchdown.  He also ran 33 times for 202 yards and one touchdown.

Harvin, 26, was a first-round selection of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 NFL draft. He has found it hard maintaining long-term tenure with a team since being traded from Minnesota to Seattle in 2013.

After spending much of 2013 rehabbing a hip injury with Seattle, Harvin was traded to the Jets in 2014 just eight games into the season.

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Saints Sign Running Back C.J. Spiller, Trade Wide Reciever Kenny Stills

Saints Sign Running Back C.J. Spiller, Trade Wide Reciever Kenny Stills

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) -- The New Orleans Saints continued their offseason makeover as they've agreed to terms on a contract with former Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller and trading wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins.

Spiller's deal with the Saints will be four-year contract worth $18 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

A former first round pick, Spiller is a dynamic talent, but has had trouble producing on a consistent basis since the Bills selected him ninth overall in the 2010 draft.

In 2014, Spiller was limited to just nine games and had 425 total yards of offense while scoring just one touchdown.

The Saints dealt Stills to the Dolphins in exchange for a third round draft pick as well as linebacker Dannell Elerbe .

Stills is a promising receiver who in his second NFL season caught 63 passes for 931 yards and three touchdowns.

The Saints have also added cornerback Brandon Browner and Max Unger, traded tight end Jimmy Graham, and cut linebacker Curtis Lofton and running back Pierre Thomas this offseason.

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ESPN: Bills Agree to Deal with Defensive End Jerry Hughes

ESPN: Bills Agree to Deal with Defensive End Jerry Hughes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Coming off two of the best seasons of his career with the Bills, defensive end Jerry Hughes is staying in Buffalo.

ESPN is reporting that the Bills and Hughes have agreed on a five-year deal worth more than $45 million.

A first-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2010, Hughes recorded a total of just five sacks during his time with the Colts. He started just seven games over his three seasons with the team.

Then Hughes signed with the Bills prior to the start of the 2013 season and became one of the most productive defensive ends in the NFL.

In two seasons with the Bills, the 26-year-old Hughes has recorded 19.5 sacks, while recording 99 tackles and forcing five forced fumbles.

Buffalo had the fourth-best ranked defense in 2014.

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Report: Bills Sign Guard Richie Incognito

Report: Bills Sign Guard Richie Incognito

National Football League(NEW YORK) -- Richie Incognito is back in the NFL.

According to various reports, the former Miami Dolphins guard has agreed on a deal to play for the Buffalo Bills this upcoming season.

At his introductory press conference, new Bills head coach Rex Ryan stated he wanted to build a bully in Buffalo. It appears he's taken that philosophy quite literally.

Incognito has been out of the NFL since he was the central figure of the bullying scandal that rocked the Dolphins and the NFL during the middle of the 2013 season.

Fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin felt compelled to leave the team mid-season as a result of the torment inflicted by Incognito and others.

Attitude aside, the addition of Incognito is actually a boost to the offensive line unit for the Bills. Pro Football Focus rated Bills' guards Kraig Urbik, Cyril Richardson, and Erik Pears among the bottom-third in the NFL this past season.

The 31-year-old Incognito is an eight-year NFL veteran who has played for the St. Louis Rams and Dolphins during his career.

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Former Bully Richie Incognito Close to Deal with Bills

Former Bully Richie Incognito Close to Deal with Bills

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is close to a deal with the Rex Ryan led Buffalo Bills, ESPN reports.

Incognito was involved in a bullying scandal along with former teammates John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, who harassed Johnathan Martin during the 2013 season.  Martin was then traded to San Francisco.

Incognito will visit with the Dolphins Saturday and take a physical, according to the report.

Following the bullying investigation, Incognito was suspended the final eight games of the 2013 season.

After being cleared to play all football activities, Incognito met with the Broncos and Buccaneers last year, but did not get signed.

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Bills Welcome Rex Ryan to Buffalo

Bills Welcome Rex Ryan to Buffalo

dehooks/iStock/Thinkstock(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills introduced Rex Ryan as their new head coach on Wednesday. He's replacing Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract on New Year’s Eve.

“We are going to be tough,” Ryan said at a news conference. “We are going to be loyal to our fans as they are to us. We are going to earn that loyalty and that trust. One thing you are going to see come September, this team will be ready, period."

Ryan signed a five-year deal with an average salary of $5.5 million per year on Monday. He spent the last six seasons roaming the sidelines of the New York Jets. During his tenure, he compiled a record of 46-50, leading Gang Green to two appearances in the AFC Championship Game.

The Jets fired Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Dec. 29 after they finished the 2014 campaign with a 4-12 record.  It was fourth straight year New York has failed to make the postseason.

Ryan will take over a Bills defense that led the NFL with 54 sacks this past season.

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Doug Marrone “Stormed Out” over Watkins Trade

Doug Marrone “Stormed Out” over Watkins Trade

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone was reportedly so upset about the Bills trading up for Sammy Watkins in last April's NFL draft that he stormed out of the team's war room.

Multiple accounts surfaced Sunday revealing more of the discord that went on behind the scenes in Orchard Park between Marrone and the Bills front office.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Marrone was unhappy about a trade that involved such high draft picks for a non-quarterback.

Marrone opted out of his contract with the Bills last week, after a contractual clause allowed him to leave in the event of a change of ownership.  The founder of the team, Ralph Wilson Jr. passed away in March and the team was sold to former Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula in October.

In a September practice, Marrone had a loud verbal altercation with Buffalo player personnel director Jim Monos in front of players and media. The two had to be separated by General Manager Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon.

The Bills traded the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft -- as well as a 2015 first-round pick and 2015 fourth-round pick -- to the Cleveland Browns in order to select Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 pick.

 

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Manziel Enters As Bills Bully Browns

Manziel Enters As Bills Bully Browns

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The Buffalo Bills beat up on the Cleveland Browns to the point that they forced Brian Hoyer to the bench.

Sunday, the Bills witnessed what could be the start of the Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland as they defeated the Browns 26-10. Manziel came in to relieve Hoyer with 12:01 left in the fourth quarter.

Buffalo's defense rattled Hoyer all game, forcing two interceptions and sacking the Browns signal caller twice. 

Manziel entered and the impact was immediate. Trailing by 17, Manziel marched the Browns 80 yards on eight plays and scored a touchdown from 10 yards out to cut Buffalo's lead to 20-10. 

"It felt great," Manziel said. "Anytime you can drive 80 yards on a defense like that, with a defensive front like that and make a couple plays."

The Bills quickly put an end to the Manziel Mania. On the Browns' next possession, Manziel fumbled a third down shotgun snap and defensive lineman Kyle Williams forced an incomplete pass. The play was initially ruled a fumble but reversed by the replay official. The Browns would then fail to convert on fourth down.

Both teams now sport a 7-5 record but the Browns face the question of who will start at quarterback for the final month of the season.

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Report: Former Bills Star Contemplated Suicide

Report: Former Bills Star Contemplated Suicide

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- One of the star members of the Buffalo Bills four consecutive AFC Championship teams, Darryl Talley, is suffering from chronic depression and has contemplated suicide.

Talley tells the Buffalo News that he believes the ill effects he is experiencing are a result of incurring numerous severe hits from his playing days as a linebacker. 

Now 54, Talley stated "When you go through the s--- that I’ve gone through, you start to wonder: Is this really worth it? Is it worth being here, worth being tortured anymore?"

He continues to explain that one of the the reasons he continues to fight the depression is the desire to see his grandchildren grow up. 

Talley was one of the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed against the NFL which claimed that the league hid evidence that playing the game posed risks to players’ mental health.

The NFL initially settled the lawsuit for $675 million over 65 years.  A federal judge later removed the cap on the settlement after seeing that the more than 20,000 players could qualify for treatment. 

 

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Bills Will Play in Buffalo on Sunday

Bills Will Play in Buffalo on SundayTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a temporary hiatus from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Buffalo Bills are fully planning on playing in front of their home crowd this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The Bills' scheduled game this past Su...

One Day Later, Bills Dominate Jets

One Day Later, Bills Dominate Jets

om Szczerbowski/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mich.) -- Even though snow stranded members of the team and forced them to play their home game at Detroit's Ford Field a day later, the Buffalo Bills throttled the New York Giants, 38-3 on Monday night.

Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes in the win, despite Buffalo (6-5) having a shortened practice week.

"We probably had the easy part of it, and back home they had the tough part," Orton said. "[We're] excited to get here and get a big win for us, and hopefully this will propel us forward."

With many of their fans still snowed in across Western New York, the Bills put together an impressive showcase in all three phases. Five different players scored touchdowns on offense, including a pair of passes to Robert Woods and Scott Chandler. When Chandler pulled in his catch, the tight end mimicked a shoveling motion for those back in Buffalo.

"It was a little bit of a tribute to the people of Buffalo," Chandler said. "You want to do something special for our fans. They did a great job showing up for us tonight, and for the people back there, we're behind you."

The Bills also dominated on defense, holding the Jets (2-9) to just 218 total yards and only 3-of-15 on third down conversions. Manny Lawson had possibly the biggest play of the game, recovering a blocked punt in the end zone to give Buffalo a 24-3 advantage in the third quarter.

Orton finished the game with two touchdown passes and 230 yards while Michael Vick through for just 76 yards and an interception, ultimately leaving the game with an injury.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/24/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 12: Buffalo Bills 38 (6-5) – New York Jets 3 (2-9)

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 113 (8-5) – Charlotte Hornets 92 (4-11)

Cleveland Cavaliers 106 (6-7) – Orlando Magic 74 (6-10)

Portland Trail Blazers 114 (11-3) – Philadelphia 76ers 104 (0-14)

Toronto Raptors 104 (12-2) – Phoenix Suns 100 (9-6)

Houston Rockets 91 (11-3) – New York Knicks 86 (4-11)

Indiana Pacers 111 (6-8) – Dallas Mavericks 100 (10-5)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (14-4-2; 30pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (13-9-1; 27pts) OT

New York Islanders 1 (15-6-0; 30pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 0 (8-9-3; 19pts) SO

Detroit Red Wings 4 (11-5-5; 27pts) – Ottawa Senators 3 (9-7-4; 22pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (12-8-0; 24pts) – Florida Panthers 1 (7-6-6; 20pts)

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NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Due to the extreme blizzard that's hit the Buffalo area, the NFL announced Thursday that the Sunday's Bills game against the New York Jets would be moved to another city.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports the game will be played Monday night in Detroit at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

The Buffalo area has been hammered with at least six feet of snow which has stopped the Bills from holding practice Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Bills' officials, every foot of snow that falls in and around the teams' stadium takes three days to remove. It is estimated that the stadium currently has four feet of snow in it -- and another two feet is expected to fall before it's all over.

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Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

Tannehill Stays Poised, Dolphins Top Bills

(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did just fine against the league's best pass rush.Tannehill, who was playing behind an offensive line that was missing left tackle Branden Albert, completed 26 of 34 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead the Dolphins to a crucial 22-9 win over the Buffalo Bills Thursday night.The win puts Miami (6-4) in sole possession of second place in the AFC East and evens their season's series with Buffalo at a game apiece.It was a game of field goals in the first half. Dan Carpenter's second field goal, with 3:26 remaining in the second quarter, gave Buffalo a 6-3 lead which it took into halftime.After Carpenter hit a field goal to put the Bills up six in the third quarter, the Dolphins scored 19 unanswered points, 12 of them coming off Tannehill touchdown passes to win the game.Lamar Miller had 15 carries for 86 yards in the win.While the Bills' pass rush couldn't force Tannehill to throw a pick, they did come up with five sacks, 3.5 of those coming thanks to Mario Williams.The Bills (5-5) will look to get back on track next week when they host the New York Jets. Meanwhile, the Dolphins will be in Denver to take on the Broncos in Week 12.

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Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Jets Commit Six Turnovers, Turn To Vick

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With a three-and-out and three interceptions to open the game the Geno Smith era in New York may soon be over.

As the clock ticked under five minutes to go in the first quarter the Jets handed the reigns to Mike Vick.  That would still not be enough as New York lost to the Bills 43-23 and committed six turnovers on the day.

"I made the move to go to Mike and I think we responded," Rex Ryan said. "There was a lot of good things we did with Mike in there."

With Vick under center New York pulled close as Nick Folk hit a 55-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 24-17.

Turnovers continued to haunt the Jets throughout the day. Vick commited three turnovers of his own that killed any momentum New York had built.

"We have to take care of the football better," Ryan stated.

Buffalo stormed away in the second half though as Kyle Orton tossed a pair of touchdowns to Scott Chandler and rookie wideout Sammy Watkins.  Orton finished the day completing 10 of 17 passes with four touchdowns - the first time in his career he had done so.

When asked who would start next week for the Jets when they travel to Kansas City, Ryan deferred only saying, "we'll look at that later."

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Bills Score in Final Seconds, Defeat Vikings

Bills Score in Final Seconds, Defeat Vikings

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Sammy Watkins caught a game-winning touchdown pass from Kyle Orton with one second left on the clock as the Buffalo Bills (4-3) snuck past the Minnesota Vikings (2-5), 17-16 on Sunday. 

Orton, a 10-year veteran, led an 80-yard drive in the final quarter to cap off an improbable victory for the Bills who turned the ball over four times. Buffalo also lost a pair of running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to injury.

That did not deter the quarterback who overcame a lost fumble and interception of his own. The rookie Watkins finished the day with nine catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Orton kept the drive alive by converting a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler. Two plays later, he found Watkins to convert on third-and-12.

"Any time you get a chance to go on a game-winning drive, it's awesome," Orton said. "We hung in there, made some mistakes, but in the end we got the win, and that was our goal."

The Vikings led 13-10 at halftime on a pair of Blair Walsh field goals sandwiched around a Cordarelle Patterson touchdown catch. The lead ballooned to six on Walsh's third field goal of the game in the fourth quarter after Minnesota had a first-and-goal on the seven.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Division Series: Baltimore Orioles 2 - Detroit Tigers 1 (Orioles win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

Kansas City Royals 8 - Los Angeles Angels 3 (Royals win series, 3-0, Advance to ALCS)

NFL: New England Patriots 43 (3-2) - Cincinnati Bengals 17 (3-1)

Carolina Panthers 31 (3-2) - Chicago Bears 24 (2-3)

Cleveland Browns 29 (2-2) - Tennessee Titans 28 (1-4)

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (4-1) - St. Louis Rams 28 (1-3)

New York Giants 30 (3-2) - Atlanta Falcons 20 (2-3)

New Orleans Saints 37 (2-3) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 (1-4) - Overtime

Dallas Cowboys 20 (4-1) - Houston Texans 17 (3-2) - Overtime

Buffalo Bills 17 (3-2) - Detroit Lions 14 (3-2)

Indianapolis Colts 20 (3-2) - Baltimore Ravens 13 (3-2)

Pittsburgh Steelers 17 (3-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 9 (0-5)

Denver Broncos 41 (3-1) - Arizona Cardinals 20 (3-1)

San Francisco 49ers 22 (3-2) - Kansas City Chiefs 17 (2-3)

San Diego Chargers 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 0 (1-4)

NASCAR: Joey Logano won at Kansas Speedway.

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Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers (1-1) have a tough task at hand on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills (2-0).

San Diego is coming off a big win against the Seattle Seahawks in week 2 and quarterback Philip Rivers understands this will be another challenge in a long season.

"It's going to be tough," Rivers said. "[They're] not a team we're overly familiar with and they've won two in a row. We got to go play good."

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is doing everything he can to prepare his defense for stand-out rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

"He's on his first go-around with each defensive back," McCoy said of the rookie.  "He plays it for a little bit and as the game goes on he learns a few more things about the technique that guys trying to play. He's got so much to learn, but he's done a nice job the first couple weeks of the season, very explosive player."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Miami Dolphins 33 (1-0) - New England Patriots 20 (0-1) 

Carolina Panthers 20 (1-0) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-1) 

Houston Texans 17 (1-0) - Washington Redskins 6 (0-1) 

Tennessee Titans 26 (1-0) - Kansas City Chiefs 10 (0-1) 

Cincinnati Bengals 23 (1-0) - Baltimore Ravens 16 (0-1) 

Buffalo Bills 23 (1-0) - Chicago Bears 20 (0-1) - OT

New York Jets 19 (1-0) - Oakland Raiders 14 (0-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (1-0) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-1) 

Minnesota Vikings 34 (1-0) - St. Louis Rams 6 (0-1)

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (1-0) - Cleveland Browns 27 (0-1) 

Atlanta Falcons 37 (1-0) - New Orleans Saints 34 (0-1) - OT

Denver Broncos 31 (1-0) - Indianapolis Colts 24 (0-1)

MLB: Houston Astros 4 (63-80) - Oakland Athletics 3 (80-62) 

Texas Rangers 1 (54-89) - Seattle Mariners 0 (78-64) 

Colorado Rockies 6 (59-84) - San Diego Padres 0 (66-76) 

Los Angeles Angels 14 (87-55) - Minnesota Twins 4 (61-82) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (81-62) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-84) 

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (74-68) - Chicago Cubs 4 (64-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 7 (83-59) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (69-75) - 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (79-64) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (74-69) 

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (73-69) - Boston Red Sox 1 (63-80) 

Washington Nationals 3 (80-61) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (66-76) 

Kansas City Royals 2 (79-62) - New York Yankees 0 (73-68) 

Cleveland Indians 2 (74-67) - Chicago White Sox 0 (63-79)

Miami Marlins 4 (69-72) - Atlanta Braves 0 (74-69) 

New York Mets 4 (68-75) - Cincinnati Reds 3 (67-76) 

Detroit Tigers 6 (78-65) - San Francisco Giants 1 (78-65)

Tennis: (1) Serena Williams defeats (10) Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open

PGA: Billy Horschel wins the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills

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