Terry Pegula is on the short list of billionaires with local ties who could purchase the Buffalo Bills.
Pegula and his camp, however, have been coy about their intentions. "It's too early to say," is the general sentiment when anybody tries to learn how interested Pegula might be.
Pegula has myriad business reasons to be reserved at this juncture. There are strategic benefits to waiting in the weeds. Besides, the trust overseeing the Bills' sale isn't yet ready to entertain applications anyway.
But with the draft two days away, there's one particular reason to consider keeping quiet.
Many have forgotten that shortly after Pegula bought the Buffalo Sabres he acquired an NFL player agency. Pegula merged Todd France's prominent France AllPro Athlete Management with the Ayrault Sports Agency, headed by Orchard Park High grad Brian Ayrault.
The firm, now called Five Star Athlete Management, represents eight players in this year's draft class:
- Brandon Coleman, Rutgers receiver
- Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh defensive tackle
- A.J. McCarron, Alabama quarterback
- Louis Nix, Notre Dame defensive tackle
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington tight end
- Marcus Smith, Louisville defensive end
- Brent Urban, Virginia defensive end
- Lavelle Westbrooks, Georgia Southern cornerback
Imagine the conflict of interest created if -- before the draft -- Pegula made a declaration such as the one Donald Trump made regarding his intention to make a run at the Bills.
What would go through Bills General Manager Doug Whaley's mind when he's on the clock and trying to decide between a prospect represented possibly by Whaley's next boss and some other prospect?
Perhaps Whaley would be able to block that out, but I'm quite certain the NFL is grateful it won't have to worry about ethical questions.
For the record, Pegula would have to sell his player agency if he wanted to buy the Bills.