Bills Deny They Are Shopping RB C.J. Spiller

C.J. Spiller

C.J. Spiller, 27, is entering the final season of his contract. The Bills have three other running backs under contract for next season after extending Fred Jackson this summer.

General manager Doug Whaley on Wednesday, however, shot down any talk of a trade, Mike Rodak of reports.

“Definitively, we have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller,” Whaley said. “These rumors are news to me.

“It’s exciting for you [reporters] because I guess it gives you something to fill the newspaper with. But I’ll tell you guys, and you know I’m a straight shooter, we have not been contacted by any teams.”

Whaley acknowledged that some ingredients do exist for a trade.

“I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don’t have depth,” Whaley said. “But again, no one has talked to us.”

Jon Bon Jovi Vows Commitment to Buffalo In Letter To Fans

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Jon Bon Jovi, facing credibility issues over his intentions for the Bills, has emerged to declare his group’s commitment to keeping the team in Western New York, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports.

The rock star broke his silence in a letter provided exclusively to The Buffalo News. The purpose of the letter was “to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo,” Bon Jovi wrote.

Bon Jovi is the frontman of a Toronto-anchored group that includes Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment executive Larry Tanenbaum and Edward Rogers of Canadian telecommunications colossus Rogers Communications.

In the letter, Bon Jovi emphasized that his objective would be to keep the Bills in Western New York by building a “state-of-the-art NFL stadium for the loyal Bills fans” and honoring the legacy of late founder Ralph C. Wilson Jr.

“I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region,” Bon Jovi wrote. “So I want you to hear this from me: I’m not risking it all to let you down.

“If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day.”

Bon Jovi’s group on Tuesday made a non-binding initial bid to buy the Bills. So did Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, as well as developer Donald Trump.

Bon Jovi’s letter, titled “Why We’re Bidding on the Buffalo Bills,” left many questions unanswered while declaring his love for football and his appreciation for Bills fans.

Bon Jovi did not reveal any specifics about his group or indicate how high it can bid before he would need to sacrifice controlling ownership.

The NFL’s constitution and bylaws mandate the principal owner invest at least 30 percent of the team’s purchase price. The Bills are expected to break the NFL’s franchise record of $1.1 billion for the Miami Dolphins in 2009.

Western New York has become a toxic environment for Bon Jovi and his Toronto group.

But he promised a commitment to the Bills and Buffalo.

“My family and I are prepared to make this life-changing commitment to be part of the Bills,” Bon Jovi wrote. “This is not a hobby or an acquisition. Building a winner on and off the field will be job one and I intend to spend as much time on the ground in Buffalo as needed to accomplish that goal.”

Jon Bon Jovi Won’t Move Bills If He Buys Team Says Jaworski

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi is apparently serious about making a bid for ownership of the Bills, but when he joined a group from Toronto that will vie for the franchise, the whispers were that he’d help move the team to Canada (which ignited some creative protests in Buffalo).

Charles Curtis of the Newark Star Ledger reports that’s not the case, says ex-Eagles quarterback and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski — the Toronto Sun’s John Kryk reported Jaworski told a radio station that “the rocker has no plans to relocate the Bills from Buffalo, should he wind up buying the team, but that he never has.”

Kryk, who wrote a story earlier this year that said Bon Jovi’s group wanted to move the Bills to Toronto, stood by his report.

“Jaworski’s comments carry weight. He and Bon Jovi from 2004-08 were among the original owners of the Arena Football League’s franchise in Philadelphia, the Soul,” Kryk noted. “So who better than a respected former NFLer originally from the Buffalo area to begin dispersing the message that Bon Jovi and his Toronto group actually intend to keep the team right where it is?”

People Who Want To Buy The Bills Contacted


A person familiar with the Bills’ sale process has told John Wawrow of the Associated Press a law firm representing late owner Ralph Wilson’s estate has started contacting prospective ownership groups.

The person said Thursday that prospective owners began receiving a seven-page non-disclosure agreement, and a brief outline of background material on the Bills franchise. The documents were distributed by Proskauer Rose, the legal firm overseeing the sale.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sale process has not been made public.

The next step is for prospective owners to sign the non-disclosure agreement, the person said. That would then provide groups full access to the Bills’ financial data in order to begin formulating bids.

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Bills Come To Terms With Second-Round Pick Cyrus Kouandjio

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The Bills have signed second-round offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to a four-year contract, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

Kouandjio was selected 44th overall.

He was projected as a first-round draft pick at one time before questions about his knees dropped his draft stock.

Kouandjio played in 35 career games at Alabama and started each of his final 27 games played. The 6-foot-7, 322-pounder All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection last season.

Bills Trade With Cleveland; Take WR Sammy Watkins With 4th Pick In NFL Draft

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The aggressive Bills moved up in a move with the Browns, and took WR Sammy Watkins with the 3rd pick in the NFL Draft.

In return for the fourth pick, the Browns received Buffalo’s No. 9 pick in addition to a first- and fourth-round pick in 2015.

Previewing The 2014 Buffalo Bills Schedule Release


The Buffalo Bills will enter year two of the E.J. Manuel experiment in 2014, and just how much progress their young quarterback can make might be the difference between making the playoffs or not. The Bills have otherwise put together a stout defense and a rushing attack that should be productive, having them inch closer to a long awaited return to post-season play.

The trip back to the playoffs could be hard, though, as the Buffalo Bills schedule for 2014 is anything but easy. It’s specifically tough on the road, where they have to take on a likely rebounding Houston Texans team, the explosive Denver Broncos, as well as dates with the Raiders, Bears and Lions. With Oakland being their only non-division game that is a win on paper, Buffalo could be truly tested on the road.

At home, the Bills shouldn’t have too tough of a time with the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings, but may have their work cut out for them when the Chiefs, Chargers and Packers come to town. With a pretty tough schedule on the docket for 2014, Buffalo will surely need running back C.J. Spiller to rebound from a so-so 2013 campaign.

All 2014 Bills Opponents

Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings

Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions

For a look at all 32 NFL team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.