Speculation abounds whether there will be a new stadium in the Bills future. The current lease on aging New Era Field expires in a few years. The NFL wants the club to replace the antiquated facility. Any new arena should be located in downtown Buffalo. The 40 year experiment in suburban Orchard Park was a mistake. OWNERS TERRY AND KIM PEGULA MUST TAKE THE LEAD. THEIR PRIVATE MONEY WILL LIKELY BE SUPPLEMENTED BY GOVERNMENT FUNDS. A SIGNATURE STADIUM WILL BE THE LYNCHPIN OF DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT. LOOKING FOR PUBLIC-PRIVATE COOPERATION TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
EJ Manuel has joined the Raiders. The former Buffalo quarterback was a colossal disappointment. He went 6 – 11 in 17 starts over 4 seasons. He was the Bills first round pick in the disastrous 2013 draft. MANUALS DEPARTURE SIGNALS YET ANOTHER FAILED CHAPTER IN CLUB HISTORY. MANAGEMENT HAS AGAIN MISCALCULATED BY GOING WITH TYROD TAYLOR. WEARY WITH ALL THE STRATEGIC BLUNDERS, WE REGROUP AS 1BUFFALO.
The Bills are in the midst of yet another mediocre Off-Season. The arrival of new head coach Sean McDermott has not given much hope for improvement. Dysfunction continues to dominate the front office. The glaring blunder of keeping marginal quarterback Tyrod Taylor insures another year of incompetence on offense. The signings of low profile free agents continues all the wrong strategic moves. THE ONLY HOPE FOR TURNAROUND IS WITH THE UPCOMING DRAFT. BUFFALO NEEDS TO USE ITS 10th ROUND PICK TO TAKE A FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK. OTHERWISE THE PLAYOFF DROUGHT WILL CONTINUE AS THE TEAM IS AGAIN RELEGATED TO THE CELLAR OF THE AFC EAST. STYMIED AND DISHEARTENED, WE STRUGGLE TO REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have signed free agent wide receiver Andre Holmes. The 3 year deal is worth a reported $6.5 million. Holmes spent the past 4 seasons with the Raiders. He has 102 career receptions for 12 touchdowns and 1,462 yards. At 6-4, 210 pounds he has the size that has been lacking among Buffalo wideouts. HOLMES IS THE HIGHEST PROFILE FREE AGENT THE BILLS HAVE THUS FAR SIGNED. HE BRINGS DEPTH TO THE THIN RANKS OF WIDE RECEIVERS. LOOKING FOR HIM TO CONTRIBUTE ON OFFENSE, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
Rex Ryan will join ESPN. The former Bills head coach has signed a contract to appear on Sunday NFL Countdown. Ryan is moving on after having been fired by the Bills late last season. He is pulling up stakes and leaving the area. His home in Orchard Park has reportedly been sold. COACH RYAN’S DYNAMIC PERSONALITY IS LIKELY TO MAKE FOR PROVOCATIVE ON-AIR COMMENTARY. GAMEDAY WILL NEVER BE DULL. WISHING ALL THE BEST TO REX AND BROTHER ROB, WE ARE 1BUFFALO.
Michael Gainer is the principal of Reuse Action, Western New York’s largest supplier of used, surplus, and reclaimed building material. The company operates from a central city location at 980 Northampton Street in Buffalo. Reuse Action acquires and sells reclaimed and surplus materials and contracts for green demolitions, gutting, salvage, and cleanouts. It provides consultation services for reclamation, recycling, and reuse. The scope of its mission is outlined in its website, www.reuseaction.com. WE SALUTE MICHAEL GAINER AND REUSE ACTION FOR THEIR CIVIC CONSCIENCE. LIKE TERRY AND KIM PEGULA, OWNERS OF THE NFL BILLS AND NHL SABRES, THEY ARE COMMITTED TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY. PROUD OF SUCH BUSINESS LEADERS, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
Cornerback DeShawn Shead will be visiting the Bills. The free agent played 4 seasons for Seattle. He was injured in the Seahawks playoff game versus Atlanta. At 6’2″, 212 pounds, Shead has the size coach McDermott is looking for. He would add depth to the cornerback corps. SHEAD IS UNLIKELY TO SEE ACTION RIGHT AWAY AS HE NURSES HIS TORN ACL. HE BRINGS VERSATILITY TO THE DEFENSE, HAVING ALSO PLAYED SAFETY AND NICKEL. QUESTIONING THE WISDOM OF THIS EXPERIMENT, WE REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
Tyrod Taylor is taking a $10 million pay cut under his restructured contract. He now will receive a combined total of $30.5 million in 2017 and 2018. He had been due a total of $40.5 million under the old deal. Only $15.5 million is guaranteed. He will become a free agent 5 days after the Super Bowl in 2019. Taylor and his agent evidently realized he could not command bigger money in the open market. The Bills were expected to release him had they not come to terms. BUFFALO ERRED IN KEEPING TAYLOR. THEY HAD BEEN IN TALKS WITH BRIAN HOYER WHO LATER JOINED THE 49ers. TAYLOR IS A MEDIOCRE QUARTERBACK, LEADING THE BILLS TO A 14 – 14 RECORD IN HIS 2 SEASONS HERE. MAKING THE BEST OF THE SITUATION, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have signed free agent Ryan Davis. The defensive end spent last season with the Cowboys. Earlier he was with the Jaguars. His signing adds depth at defensive end. Coach McDermott is transitioning to a 4 – 3 defense and away from the 3 – 4 favored by Rex Ryan. DAVIS STRUGGLED LAST YEAR IN DALLAS AFTER A PROMISING START IN JACKSONVILLE. HOPING HE CAN PLAY TO HIS POTENTIAL, WE REMAIN 1BUFFALO.
The Bills have signed wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown. The free agent spent the last 3 years with Carolina. He is the second Panther to be tapped by head coach Sean McDermott, former defensive coordinator for Carolina. Last week he signed fullback Mike Tolbert. McDERMOTT IS GOING WITH TALENT HE KNOWS. BOTH BROWN AND TOLBERT HAVE PROVEN TRACK RECORDS. HOPING THEY CONTRIBUTE HERE WITH THE BILLS, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.