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April is one of the best sports months of the year. The start of baseball, the Masters, the start of the NBA and NHL playoffs (remember those, Sabres fans?) and, of course, the NFL draft. Naturally at this time of year, that topic dominates this week's mailbag. Let's get right to it ... I’Don’tTrustTheProcess asks: What is the likelihood the Bills take a flier in the…

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This is the third installment of a position-by-position preview of the 2019 NFL draft. Part one: Running back. | Part two: Wide receiver. It’s a good year to need a tight end in the NFL draft. From first-round talents to mid-round bargains all the way down to late-round fliers, there is a surplus at the position that’s rarely seen. How good is the talent this year at…

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The next time Buffalo Bills fans see the team’s new tight end, they may want to say thank you. Without Tyler Kroft, after all, the team would be on an 18-year playoff drought. The heroics of Andy Dalton and Tyler Boyd in the Cincinnati Bengals’ victory over the Baltimore Ravens on the final week of the 2017 season are well remembered. The result of that game, of course,…

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The Buffalo Bills checked off a major need Monday, reportedly agreeing to a three-year contract with tight end Tyler Kroft. That's according to the player's agent, Mike McCartney, via a tweet. The deal is worth $18.75 million, according to multiple reports, and carries a maximum value of $21 million. The contract can not be made official until the start of the NF…

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Jason Croom was both melancholy and motivated when the Buffalo Bills released veteran Charles Clay last month. “He’s a great dude. One of my favorite people. It’s sad to see him go,” Croom said last week during a phone interview with The Buffalo News. “We understand it’s business, but that’s got nothing to do with us. We still have a good relationship outside of that.” …

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INDIANAPOLIS – Sean McDermott jokingly asked a reporter last week if he would be able to play tight end for the Buffalo Bills. At least, we think the team’s head coach was joking. The truth is, his team could use the help right about now – no matter who it comes from. The Bills currently have just one tight end under contract for the 2019 season – making it a certain…

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Tight end Charles Clay, released Friday by the Bills, has a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Clay's deal is worth up to $3.25 million with a $350,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Last season, Clay, who turned 30 last week, caught only 21 passes for 184 yards and no touchdowns. His total receptions ranked 42nd among tight ends in the …

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As the Bills entered the 2018 season, just 12 players remained from the 2016 roster, built by former General Manager Doug Whaley and ex-coach Rex Ryan. Just three players from the years 2010 to 2016 who were "drafted by Whaley" while he was GM or the right-hand man to Buddy Nix were still on the team at the start of 2018 – John Miller, Shaq Lawson and Adolphus Washington. …

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The first dominoes of the Buffalo Bills’ offseason have started to fall. The addition of offensive lineman Spencer Long follows a pattern established last year by General Manager Brandon Beane of pursuing players released by their former team ahead of the official start of free agency. The release of tight end Charles Clay also was an expected move – one that freed u…

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With the Friday release of Charles Clay, the Bills will have more flexibility to decide how to handle the position going forward. The free-agent class is headlined by Oakland’s Jared Cook, who set career highs with 68 catches for 896 yards and six touchdowns. He’s older at 31, but is still productive. Cook is coming off a two-year, $10.6 million deal that included $5…

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In a move that hardly came as a surprise, the Buffalo Bills released tight end Charles Clay on Friday. His departure gives the team $4.5 million in salary cap savings. The Bills will have $4.5 million in dead-cap money from Clay’s original $9 million cap figure, but will save $4.5 million by not having to pay his base salary. At roughly $79.5 million, the Bills have …

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There’s good news and bad news when it comes to injuries for the Buffalo Bills in 2018. The good news is, for the second straight year, the team enjoyed good health. The bad news, of course, is that fact didn’t matter much in a 6-10 season. Bills starters lost a total of 30 games to injuries in 2018. That’s an improvement over the 39 games lost during the 2017 season and…

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The Buffalo Bills don’t have a hole at their starting tight end position – yet. Charles Clay and his $9 million salary still occupies that spot, but that’s not expected to be the case for long. If Clay is released, the Bills would save $4.5 million against the 2019 salary cap, a move that looks like a no-brainer after the veteran finished with just 21 catches for 184 ya…

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Brandon Beane’s perfect world involves re-signing his own free agents. We live in an imperfect world, though, so it remains to be seen whether the Buffalo Bills’ third-year general manager stands by that between now and March. The Bills have eight pending unrestricted free agents, which is a big change from last year, when Beane had 18 pending unrestricted free agent…

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A good sign of just how much Josh Allen has won over Buffalo came at Thursday night’s Sabres game. When Allen was shown on the Jumbotron – wearing a Tre White Goalie Academy sweatshirt – the crowd inside KeyBank Center cheered as loud as it did all night. Allen took in the applause with a smile and a wave. He could be on a beach somewhere, so it was somewhat surprising …