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With free agency having slowed to a trickle in the NFL these days, attention has shifted to the last remaining way for teams to improve their roster in a big way before September. That would be through the NFL Draft, which will be conducted April 27-29 in Philadelphia. With spending season in the books, a clearer picture of team needs has emerged. For the Buffalo Bil…

With a new coach in Sean McDermott, the Buffalo Bills are afforded a bit of a head start. The NFL grants teams with new head coaches the ability to begin their offseason workout program April 3, which is two full weeks before those teams with returning head coaches. The Bills announced Thursday that their offseason program will indeed start that day. The rest of the …

Every bit of available evidence since Sean McDermott arrived would suggest he’s the man running the show for the Buffalo Bills. Despite saying at his introductory press conference that General Manager Doug Whaley would maintain control over the 90-man roster, it has been the coach serving as the “one voice” for every decision the team has made, including the drawn…

Leonard Johnson got an up-close look at how Sean McDermott went to work last season when he played for the Buffalo Bills' new head coach in Carolina. What he saw is a big reason why Johnson followed McDermott to Western New York. "The way he carried himself throughout the building, being in meetings with the defense and then sitting in on specific meetings ... it was…

As the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, The Buffalo News will keep you updated on what the media -- both locally and nationally -- is projecting to happen when the Bills make their first pick, at No. 10 overall. Here is our second mock draft roundup of 2017: • Todd McShay, ESPN.com: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan. Reasoning: "The departure of Stephon Gilmore makes…

Ryan Groy’s professional future was up in the air last week. The Buffalo Bills’ offensive lineman had signed a contract offer with the Los Angeles Rams as a restricted free agent. The Bills were then given five days to decide whether they wanted to match the deal, or allow Groy to head west, without any compensation in return. They didn’t need nearly that long,…

1. A full roundup of recent mock draft picks for the Bills will be available later Wednesday here, but one pick that has gained steam lately is Alabama tight end O.J. Howard. On Tuesday, I advocated the idea of the Bills drafting a wide receiver in the first round, so adding an offensive weapon like Howard would seem to make sense on the surface. However, I'm not sure a…

Zach Brown was in Buffalo on Wednesday, reduced to peddling his services to his old team. Some people are surprised that Brown hasn't gotten a big contract in free agency. He's not pleased. He recently changed agents. But why would it be a shock that a Bills linebacker wasn't seen as some free-agent treasure? Over the final 10 weeks last season, the Bills played six eve…

The Buffalo Bills bought three acres of property where the team wants to construct an outdoor practice field. But the team doesn't want to pay taxes on the land. Instead, the football club wants the property rolled into the 197-acre stadium complex already owned by Erie County, which includes New Era Field, the Bills' Field House and other practice facilities. Erie C…

Andre Holmes was watching "The Office" last week when his phone started going crazy. Text messages and Twitter notifications began buzzing left and right, welcoming the former Oakland Raiders' wide receiver to Buffalo. The only problem was, Holmes had yet to sign a contract with the Buffalo Bills. "I know my agent was kind of discussing some terms with the Bills' per…

Why has Zach Brown not signed yet? It seems like the former Buffalo Bills linebacker is wondering that himself now almost two weeks into NFL free agency. The curious case took another twist Tuesday when Brown found new representation to aid in his search for a home, hiring CSE Football after previously employing agent Carl Carey. #CSEFootball announces Michael Katz a…

1. Despite a flurry of additions at the position over the last week or so, the Buffalo Bills still have a big need at wide receiver. In addition to Brandon Tate re-signing Monday, the team has also added Andre Holmes, Philly Brown, Jeremy Butler and Corey Washington since free agency started. None of those players figures to be the No. 2 option at the position behind Sammy…

The Buffalo Bills could be saying hello to one linebacker and goodbye to another soon. The team reportedly hosted linebacker Keenan Robinson on a free-agent visit, according to ESPN's Field Yates. LB Keenan Robinson had a visit with the Bills, per league source. He posted 83 tackles for the Giants in 2016. — Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 20, 2017 Robinson, …

The Buffalo Bills brought back another one of their own Monday. The team announced it has re-signed wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Tate. Length and terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed. Tate, 29, joined the Bills shortly before the start of the 2016 season and quickly solidified the return game. He ranked fifth in the NFL in average punt return (…

EJ Manuel's departure from the Buffalo Bills became official Monday when the quarterback signed with the Oakland Raiders. Manuel will go down in history as one of the Bills' biggest draft busts. The former first-round draft pick started just 17 games over four seasons, with a 6-11 record. He threw for 3,502 yards, 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 27 total appearanc…