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Update: The owners unanimously approved the new catch rule Tuesday. The story below was originally published March 23. * * * The NFL Competition Committee thinks it has come up with a way to simplify the answer to the maddening question: What is a catch? The league will put its new definition to the test this week when the top executives from each team gather in Or…

The Buffalo Bills are open to offering sanctuary for players with checkered pasts. That's something to keep in mind after the Philadelphia Eagles released three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson today. Jackson is a vested veteran and can be signed by any team immediately. He doesn't need to go through waivers. Less than hour before the Eagles released him this aftern…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills have lined up a practice partner for training camp. Although the NFL must sign off, the Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to joint practice sessions that both sides hope will be an annual occurrence. Three workouts would happen this year at the Steelers' camp in Latrobe, Pa. They would meet at St. John Fisher College next summer…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Every Monday like clockwork, Doug Marrone got on the phone with Ralph Wilson and talked football. As the Buffalo Bills' head coach for only one season so far, Marrone didn't get to know Wilson like many other at One Bills Drive. But prolonged exposure to Wilson's passion for the Bills and for football wasn't required for Marrone to develop a deep appreci…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- At 2:02 p.m. today, the NFL owners and their executive assistants were being informed about a fan-conduct survey. Buffalo Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon's cell phone buzzed. Ralph Wilson's wife, Mary, was calling. That's a call Brandon had to pick up, and he knew what might be on the other line. Brandon excused himself from the Ritz Carlton Orlando…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills are all set at quarterback, thank you. General Manager Doug Whaley knows the Bills need to get better at the position, and he knows many fans want the Bills to sign an experienced veteran to mentor and perhaps challenge EJ Manuel. Whaley, however, suggested everybody should get used to how the depth chart looks now. This is how the Bil…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills signed Corey Graham for his versatility. We didn't know how much versatility they saw. Graham has been a Pro Bowl special-teams player, a respected slot cornerback and good enough to start at regular cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl. We were aware of all that. This morning, Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed the Tu…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills will deploy a more traditional linebacker unit this year under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Bills coach Doug Marrone provided some insight this morning at the NFL's annual owners meetings. Last year under coordinator Mike Pettine, the Bills had Kiko Alonso at middle linebacker and Arthur Moats or Nigel Bradham at weak-side li…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Doug Marrone has no illusions about the Buffalo Bills' offense. "We have a lot of work ahead of us on offense. We really do," Marrone said this morning over breakfast at the annual NFL owners meetings. "Coming together and putting everyone in and being more productive, we're not close to where we want to be right now." In Marrone's first season as head c…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As expected, the NFL didn't give the Buffalo Bills any extra draft picks this year. The league announced its 2014 compensatory draft selections today at the annual owners meetings. Thirteen teams received 32 picks that cannot be traded. The Houston Texans will get Mr. Irrelevant (the last player picked each year) with the 224th overall selection. The com…

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NFL has been dealing with a bullying scandal, Washington's slur nickname and the first openly gay NFL player. That's why the NFL's theme for 2014 is about paying respect. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this morning delivered the opening address for the annual owners meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. The meetings run here through Wedne…