Buffalo Bills Taking a Chance on Enigmatic Playmaker Percy Harvin

March 13th, 2015
Looking to add some much-needed sparks to their offense, the Buffalo Bills have decided to take a chance on Percy Harvin. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

Looking to add some much-needed sparks to their offense, the Buffalo Bills have decided to take a chance on Percy Harvin. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills hired Rex Ryan in January, one thing was for sure: the Bills weren’t going to play it safe with their acquisitions this offseason. That certainly hasn’t been the case so far—especially Friday—when the Bills agreed to terms with former New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

At his best, Harvin can be one of the NFL’s most dynamic playmakers. A 5’11″, 184-pound offensive weapon who ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, Harvin has a combination of speed and agility that makes him a big-play threat as not only a pass-catcher, but also as a runner and kickoff returner.

These qualities could make Harvin a big asset to the Bills. As a player who can create yardage for himself with the ball in his hands, Harvin could be highly valuable for an offense that has no great options at the quarterback position, and will therefore struggle to be prolific throwing the ball downfield.

With that being said, Harvin has often been more trouble than he is worth, and certainly qualifies as a high-risk, high-reward type of signing for the Bills.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agency Tracker

March 12th, 2015
Acquired at midseason by the Jets last season, Percy Harvin is reuniting with Rex Ryan in Buffalo. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

Acquired at midseason by the Jets last season, Percy Harvin is reuniting with Rex Ryan in Buffalo. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The free-agency frenzy has officially begun with the opening of the 2015-16 NFL league year. As the Buffalo Bills fill out their 2015 free-agent class, we’ll update their signings here, along with updates of which Bills from last year’s team find new homes.

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Can Tyrod Taylor Be a Factor in Bills’ Starting Quarterback Competition?

March 12th, 2015
Tyrod Taylor did not play much for the Baltimore Ravens, but he is an intriguing athlete who could factor into Buffalo's quarterback competition. (Photo: Mitch Stringer — USA Today Sports)

Tyrod Taylor did not play much for the Baltimore Ravens, but he is an intriguing athlete who could factor into Buffalo’s quarterback competition. (Photo: Mitch Stringer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

One week after acquiring Matt Cassel in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, the Buffalo Bills added another veteran quarterback to the roster on Thursday, when they announced the signing of former Baltimore Ravens backup Tyrod Taylor.

A 2011 sixth-round pick out of Virginia Tech, Taylor never started a game in four seasons with the Ravens. In limited action, Taylor completed just 19 of 35 passing attempts for 199 yards, with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.

That said, Taylor is just 26 years old and brings intriguing athleticism to the position. He is unlikely to ever be a viable starting quarterback in the NFL, but he at least deserves a shot to compete for the Bills’ starting job, given their lack of a sure No. 1 signal-caller.

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Buffalo Bills Release Scott Chandler; Will Charles Clay Replace Him at Tight End?

March 11th, 2015
Scott Chandler's run with the Buffalo Bills came to an end Wednesday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

Scott Chandler’s run with the Buffalo Bills came to an end Wednesday. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Expected to have to make some tough decisions in order to free up salary cap space, the Buffalo Bills made one Wednesday afternoon, releasing tight end Scott Chandler after five seasons with the team.

In five years with the Bills, Chandler caught 182 passes for 2,120 yards and 17 touchdowns. For 2014, his 47 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns ranked him fourth on the team in each category. Releasing him, however, saves the team $2.25 million in cap room this season, according to Spotrac’s contract data.

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Bills Face Uncertainty at Safety as Da’Norris Searcy Signs with Tennessee Titans

March 10th, 2015
The Bills will have to find a replacement for Da'Norris Searcy, who is headed to the Tennessee Titans. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

The Bills will have to find a replacement for Da’Norris Searcy, who is headed to the Tennessee Titans. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

While the Buffalo Bills made a key move to re-sign pass-rusher Jerry Hughes on Monday, they lost another key player from their defense on Tuesday, when safety Da’Norris Searcy reportedly signed with the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky.

The move, which was first reported by Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, gives the Titans a much-needed upgrade at the strong safety position. It leaves the Bills, however, without a clear starter at the position alongside Aaron Williams.

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