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Solid, but not spectacular would be a good way to describe Charles Clay’s first three seasons in Buffalo. The Bills lured Clay away from the Miami Dolphins after the 2014 season with a five-year contract worth up to $38 million that still ranks eighth in average annual value three years after it was signed. The return on that investment for Buffalo has been only so-so. …

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Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott were largely silent Monday about Richie Incognito. The Buffalo Bills' general manager and coach largely sidestepped any questions about the team's former left guard, who announced his retirement last week. "Um, you know, not going to really get into detail," Beane said. "Richie's on the reserve/retired list, which is not a part of our…

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The Buffalo Bills made official one-year contracts with their four exclusive-rights free agents Monday. Tight ends Nick O'Leary and Logan Thomas, cornerback Lafayette Pitts and defensive end Eddie Yarbrough all signed their offers prior to the start of the team's offseason conditioning program. Exclusive-rights free agents are those whose contracts have expired and w…

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NFL teams and player agents can stop their ruse now. Both sides no longer have to pretend they haven’t been talking about impending free agents for weeks. That’s because the league’s “legal tampering” period is now open. Ignoring the absurdity of that phrase, here’s what that means, directly from the NFL’s official language: “Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter…

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A free agent who's not really "free." In a sentence, that's the best way to describe what an "exclusive rights" free agent is in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills have four players who fall into that category this offseason – tight ends Nick O'Leary and Logan Thomas, cornerback Lafayette Pitts and defensive end Eddie Yarbrough. An exclusive rights free agent is a player who…

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The drought is dead. The Buffalo Bills finally ended a 17-year postseason dry spell, leading to mass celebrations, six-figure charitable donations and hope that, finally, the team is on the right path under the leadership of General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Before attention turns squarely to planning for 2018, though, here is one final look bac…

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The Buffalo Bills started fast and slowed down. The Miami Dolphins started sloppy and got sloppier. Tight end Nick O'Leary took advantage of one of Miami's many mistakes Sunday and got the Bills started on their 22-16 victory Sunday. Miami is the most penalized team in the NFL, averaging 8.5 penalties a game. The Dolphins helped the Bills by committing 14 penalties f…

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A Buffalo Bills victory wasn't enough. Not only did they have to beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, but the Bills also needed help from at least one other team, maybe two, to end the longest active playoff skid in North American big-league sports. In addition, the Baltimore Ravens had to lose. If not that, then the Los Angeles Chargers and the Tennessee Titans had to…

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Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee), cornerback E.J. Gaines (knee), defensive lineman Kyle Williams (groin), tight end Nick O'Leary (back) and John Miller (ankle) are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. Those players -- along with tight end Charles Clay (knee) were limited in practice. Wide receiver Andre Holmes (neck) has not …

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One of Sean McDermott’s stated goals this season is to build a football team that peaks in November and December. The Buffalo Bills’ rookie head coach has failed so far in that regard. After opening with a 3-1 record in the first quarter of the season and sitting at 5-3 at the midway point, the Bills have dropped to 6-6 at the quarter pole. A three-game losing streak ca…

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a patellar tendon contusion in his left knee Sunday during a 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots and is listed as day to day, coach Sean McDermott said. Taylor is still the Bills' starting quarterback when he's healthy, according to McDermott. His availability for the Bills' Week 14 game against the Indianapolis Colts is…

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The scene certainly looked like the end of an era. Tyrod Taylor, a towel draped over his head, was carted off the field Sunday in the fourth quarter of a lopsided loss to the New England Patriots. A short time later, the Buffalo Bills ruled their starting quarterback out for the remainder of the game. Often times when that happens, it portends a long-term injury.…

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The Buffalo Bills will be without No. 2 tight end Nick O'Leary on Sunday against the New England Patriots. O'Leary, who was listed as questionable, will miss the game because of a back injury. That means Logan Thomas, who has been inactive the last two weeks, will dress. Also inactive for the Bills are wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (knee), guard John Miller (ankle), …

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The flight home from Los Angeles provided Sean McDermott and Lorenzo Alexander time for a heart-to-heart talk. The Buffalo Bills’ veteran coach wanted to know from his veteran linebacker how he could be best utilized. “Obviously playing on the edge is one of the things that I've done in the past and I've done the most,” Alexander said Thursday. “Being able to rush th…

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Desperation would seem a plausible reason if times actually were desperate. Outright panic feels like a reasonable explanation. The decision was so surprising, so vexing that self-sabotage could be assumed. The Buffalo Bills this week benched Tyrod Taylor for rookie Nathan Peterman, who will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, an odd …