Bills Trade Cardale Jones on Eve of Training Camp

The Bills traded Cardale Jones to the Los Angeles Chargers on the eve of training camp.  The Bills received a conditional seventh round pick in the trade.  Drafted in the fourth round in 2016, Jones was a holdover from the Doug Whaley era.  Since taking the helm Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane are clearing out the Whaley legacies, putting their own imprint on the team.  JONES WAS ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN FOLLOWING THE OFFSEASON MOVES FOR TJ YATES AND NATHAN PETERMAN.  BOTH WILL HAVE BETTER OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVE THEMSELVES IN CAMP.  EXCITED THAT THE DAY HAS ARRIVED, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills signed 3 free agents yesterday in advance of training camp.  Offensive guard Karim Barton, linebacker Sam Barrington, and safety Bacarri Rambo joined the roster.  To make room for them, the Bills released linebacker Anthony Harrell and center Patrick Lewis.  THE ROSTER NOW STANDS AT 90 WITH TRAINING CAMP OPENING TOMORROW.  ALL THE OFF-SEASON PERSONNEL MOVES NOW COME INTO FOCUS.  THE SPOTLIGHT IS ON ROOKIE HEAD COACH SEAN McDERMOTT AND HIS SQUAD.  EVER OPTIMISTIC AS THE REAL ACTION BEGINS, WE UNITE AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills hosted 3 free agent defensive linemen yesterday.  Lezer Douzable, Devon Still, and Roy Miller worked out at the stadium.  The veterans are vying for a roster berth just days before the opening of training camp.  THE TRIO WOULD LEND DEPTH TO THE DEFENSIVE LINE BEHIND MARCELL DAREUS AND KYLE WILLIAMS. TACKLE ADOLPHUS WASHINGTON’S FUTURE IS IN DOUBT FOLLOWING HIS RECENT ARREST IN OHIO.  WITH ANTICIPATION BUILDING IN ADVANCE OF CAMP, WE FOLLOW THESE DEVELOPMENTS AS 1BUFFALO.

NFL revenue sharing totals $244 million for each of the 32 teams.  That was revealed by the financial filing of the Packers, the only publicly held team in the league.  The bulk of that money comes from the national television contracts.  A lesser amount is from sales of licensed merchandise.  It is supplemented by locally generated revenues from ticket sales, sponsors, and concessions.  LAST YEAR THE BILLS SPENT $159 MILLION ON PLAYER SALARIES.  THERE CLEARLY IS A MARGIN, THOUGH THE TEAM’S OPERATING PROFIT WAS LOWEST IN THE LEAGUE.  GRATEFUL THAT THE FRANCHISE OPERATES IN THE BLACK, WE ARE RELIEVED AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills will open training camp this week on July 27th.  The annual rite of summer gets underway at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester.  All eyes will be on new head coach Sean McDermott who takes over a team that lost 4 of its last 5 games.  With an entirely revamped coaching staff it is unrealistic to expect miracles.  A 500 year would be a credible performance for the new regime.  OWNER TERRY PEGULA MUST GIVE McDERMOTT TIME TO START THE REBUILDING.  A WILDCARD BERTH IS LIKELY ELUSIVE THIS YEAR.  RALLYING AROUND THE COACH AND HIS SQUAD, WE SHOW SUPPORT AS 1BUFFALO.

The Bills are reportedly interested in veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin.  ESPN reports he will visit the team next week.  Boldin had 67 receptions for 584 yards and 8 touchdowns for Detroit last season.  AT 36 BOLDIN HAS THE SIZE AND DOMINANCE TO STILL PLAY.  THE BILLS NEED DEPTH AT RECEIVER BEHIND THE INJURY PRONE SAMMY WATKINS AND UNTESTED ROOKIE ZAY JONES.   LOOKING FOR HELP FROM AN EXPERIENCED PRO, WE SEE THE WISDOM OF HIS SIGNING AS 1BUFFALO.

Sean McDermott vows to build a winning culture at One Bills Drive.  He takes over a team that has not won a playoff game since 1995.  He looks to create a positive environment in which players are motivated to come to work.  He and new general manager had success together at Carolina.  The big question mark is whether they can produce similar results here.  THE ENERGETIC AND HUNGRY McDERMOTT WILL GIVE IT HIS ALL.  HE HAS THE BACKING OF OWNERS TERRY AND KIM PEGULA.  WITH TRAINING CAMP SET TO OPEN NEXT WEEK THE MOMENT IS AT HAND.  LOOKING FOR INSPIRED COACHING LEADERSHIP, WE OPTIMISTICALLY AWAIT RESULTS AS 1BUFFALO.

Former Bills wide receiver James Hardy’s death was ruled a suicide.  The Allen County, Indiana coroner’s office said the cause of death was asphyxia due to drowning.  He reportedly had a history of mental health issues.  Hardy was drafted in 2008 and played 2 years for the Bills.  He was later released by the Ravens in 2011.  THE BILLS COMMUNITY EXTENDS ITS SYMPATHY TO THE HARDY FAMILY.  THE TRAGEDY HIGHLIGHTS THE DIFFICULTIES MANY PLAYERS ENCOUNTER UPON LEAVING THE GAME.  SADDENED AND SHAKEN, WE COME TOGETHER AS 1BUFFALO.

Betting on the Floyd Mayweather – Conor McGregor fight is expected to eclipse that wagered on the Super Bowl.  The oddsmakers give the advantage to Mayweather at 1 – 5.  The line on McGregor is 4 – 1.  The bout will take place August 26th in Las Vegas.  THE SUPER BOWL IS HISTORICALLY THE MOST HEAVILY WAGERED SPORTING EVENT IN THE U.S.  THAT A BOXING MATCH MAY SURPASS THE AMOUNT BET IS SURPRISING. FOLLOWING THE PROMOTIONAL TOUR WITH GREAT INTEREST, WE ARE ALL 1BUFFALO.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano sees the Bills as a wildcard contender.  He predicts the 17 year playoff drought, the longest in professional sports, will end by 2020.  He terms new head coach Sean McDermott to be hungry and energetic.  Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is seen as better than people give credit.  With Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy healthy, the drought may end this season.  THE BILLS FACE AN UPHILL BATTLE AS NEW ENGLAND WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE DIVISION.  WITH LUCK AND ABSENCE OF INJURIES THE TEAM MAY PULL OFF A WILD CARD BERTH.   HEARTENED BY ESPN’S ANALYSIS, WE ARE HOPEFUL  AS 1BUFFALO.

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