Talks Going Nowhere Fast Between Bills and CB Stephon Gilmore

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Contract talks between the Bills and contract-year cornerback Stephon Gilmore “haven’t progressed” and he is likely to play out the final season of his rookie deal according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Gilmore is said to be seeking Josh Norman-type money in the vicinity of $15 million a year and the Bills are not willing to go that high, particularly since the talented corner has stayed fully healthy for only one season in his four-year NFL career and is coming off shoulder surgery. Originally the No.10-overall pick in the 2012 draft out of South Carolina, Gilmore is a rising star but is not yet considered one of the truly elite corners in the league.

The 25-year-old hinted earlier this offseason that he would consider holding out of training camp without a new deal but that would make him subject to hefty fines. He is expected to report on time when camp starts next week. Gilmore will be a candidate for the franchise tag in 2017.

Bills Reportedly Set to Offer RB Reggie Bush a Deal

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With their backfield facing a plethora of questions following off-field incidents this offseason, the Bills are looking to add a veteran, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Bills have targeted Reggie Bush to fill the void during Karlos Williams’ four-game suspension, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

The Bills put out an offer to Bush, but the running back is weighing his options and is in no rush to make decision, added Rapoport.

Williams’ four-game suspension was announced on Friday. Rookie running back Jonathan Williams was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated last week — while he could be subject to the personal conduct policy, those cases generally aren’t resolved until the subsequent season.

Bush, 31, would add insurance behind starter LeSean McCoy while the team waits out Williams’ suspension. Bush played in just five games in 2015 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Bush’s injury history is a concern in itself. In 10 NFL seasons, the veteran has played a full 16-game slate twice.

Bills DT Marcell Dareus Upset Patriots QB Tom Brady will Miss Week Four Matchup

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Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus would prefer to face the New England Patriots in Week 4 with Tom Brady rather than having the quarterback be suspended, ESPN reports.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Wednesday issued a one-sentence rejection of requests by the NFLPA and Brady to reconsider an April decision that found that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acted within his powers by suspending the star quarterback for four games for his role in Deflategate.

The Bills visit the Patriots in Week 4. Barring an appeal by Brady to the Supreme Court, the Patriots’ starting quarterback for the first four games will likely be Jimmy Garoppolo.

“I hate that Brady’s not going to be there,” Dareus told NFL Network on Wednesday. “When he come back … it’s on.

“For him not to be out there just kind of tears me up a little bit, but the second time I see him, like, we going to be excited to play against him. That’s the win we want.”

Bills Rookie Running Back Jonathan Williams and Charged with DWI

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Bills running back Jonathan Williams was arrested and charged with DWI Thursday morning, KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas reports.

Williams was reportedly taken into custody and booked around 3:20 a.m. by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday morning at 10:30.

Williams was drafted in May to the Buffalo Bills. He played for the Razorbacks from 2012 to 2015.

The Bills released a statement on the arrest as well:

Bills rookie RB Jonathan Williams was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of DUI in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Buffalo Bills have released the following statement in the wake of the incident.

“We are aware of the report and are in the process of gathering information. We have notified the league office of the report under the rules of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.”

Williams was Buffalo’s fifth-round pick in last spring’s NFL draft.

What if the Bills Logo Went Pokémon Style?

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Ever wonder what would happen if the NFL went Pokémon style with their logos?

Well, with the new sensation Pokémon Go hitting the market, Daily Snark put out all the NFL teams if their logos were done in the style of Pokémon – with the Bills instead of being the Bills being known as the Buffalo Bouffalants.

Here’s the complete list of teams at the link HERE

Status of Bills CB Stephon Gilmore Still Up in the Air as Camp Gets Closer

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Stephon Gilmore voiced the not-so-subtle threat during the Bills’ mandatory minicamp last month.

He just might not be there when training camp opens on July 29.

Gilmore firmly believes he’s an “elite cornerback” and is angry the Bills won’t pay him what elite cornerbacks are being paid (i.e., the five-year, $75-million deal Josh Norman received to join the Washington Redskins as a free agent). For now, he just might be mad enough to skip some or all of camp, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.

Common sense suggests that NFL players who are under contract don’t stage lengthy holdouts, because they’re too expensive. Holding out results in a daily fine through camp. Missing regular-season games results in lost wages. Giving up a season means not simply the loss of money (in Gilmore’s case, $11.082 million), but also the squandering of a year of playing that can never be recouped.

But you never know when a player just might dig in his heels and challenge his team to a test of wills. It’s highly unlikely, but far from impossible.

That scenario could very well end up playing out in Denver, where Broncos star outside linebacker Von Miller is unhappy that the club has not made him the kind of offer he’ll accept to replace the franchise tag he is wearing. Despite Miller’s Super Bowl-MVP performance, the Broncos appear to have no inclination to give him the kind of money that would make him the NFL’s top-paid defensive player. Consequently, some people around the league can see Miller holding out not just for all of training camp, but for the entire season.

Hall of Fame Bills QB Jim Kelly Back in Hospital for Biopsy

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All-time Bills great QB and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly returned to New York City for biopsy surgery, James Walker of ESPN.com reports.

Jill Kelly posted a photo of Jim Kelly on social media Thursday explaining that his latest scans were inconclusive, which led to the surgery.

Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, said last week at his annual football camp that he felt good and was cleared to work out. He first announced he had cancer of the jaw in 2013.

2016 Could Be Bills Year

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The Bills current 16-season playoff drought (the longest in the NFL) has been talked about to death. A 9-7 season in 2014 and last year’s 8-8 record are the first time during the 21st century that Buffalo stayed above .500 in back-to-back seasons. Is that reason for hope? Can the Bills realistically think and talk about the playoffs this season? Or will disappointment reign supreme for yet another year in Orchard Park, leaving Bills fans to seek cold winter solace in a hot mix of sports betting and girls as a distraction from their suffering?

There is actually much reason for optimism.

The quarterbacking carousel is over. The J.P. Losman, E.J. Manuel, and Kyle Orton eras, and the losing seasons of Ryan Fitzpatrick, are firmly in the past. Tyrod Taylor has given Buffalo a reliable playmaker at quarterback. He enters training camp in his prime at just 26-years old. And more importantly for Taylor, he enters this season in the final year of his contract. A good season from him, following up on his Pro Bowl season from last year, would result in a meteoric rise in the three-year, $3.35 million dollar contract he’s been playing under.

As top running back LeSean McCoy continues to age, the Bills may not feature a sure-fire 1000-yard rusher this season. But Karlos Williams was strong as a rookie last year, and with the legs of Taylor providing a boost to the ground game, expect Buffalo to have three different runners top 500 yards in 2016. The elusiveness of McCoy combined with the power of Williams also gives the Bills offense versatility to keep defenses from getting too comfortable.

And after two very good seasons from Sammy Watkins, the third year wide receiver from Clemson appears poised to break into the club of the elite. Any sports blog worth a read recognizes the talent of Watkins and his importance to the Bills offense. Watkins is recovering from an April surgery on a stress fracture in his foot, but everyone agrees that he will be healthy and available by week one of the regular season, if not before then.

But most importantly in looking ahead to the Bills 2016 campaign is how they stack up with the rest of the AFC East. The Jets will play six of their first nine games on the road, with three of their first four road trips involving playoff teams from a year ago. Add in New York’s less than settled quarterback situation–a problem that will also plague the Dolphins this season–and most sports blogs agree that the only thing that stands between Buffalo and a division title is the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are indeed still the kings of the division. But Tom Brady’s suspension leaves them short-handed to begin the season and eventually they will lose the division. Will it be this year? And will it be the Bills that do the dethroning? The October 2nd meeting in Foxboro between the two will go a long way toward giving us that answer.