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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Bills Sign Kickoff Specialist Jordan Gay to Contract Extension

March 9th, 2015
The Bills are keeping Jordan Gay—and the kickoff specialist role—around for 2015. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

The Bills are keeping Jordan Gay—and the kickoff specialist role—around for 2015. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Fans of the Buffalo Bills often bemoaned the fact that the team used one of the spots on their 53-man roster last season to keep Jordan Gay employed as a kickoff specialist. The Bills themselves, however, apparently continue to see value in the role, as they announced the re-signing of Gay to a contract extension Monday.

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Reports: Jerry Hughes Re-Signed by Buffalo Bills to Five-Year Deal

March 9th, 2015
Jerry Hughes is coming back to sack quarterbacks for the Bills. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Jerry Hughes is coming back to sack quarterbacks for the Bills. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have already made a big splash this offseason by signing Richie Incognito and trading for LeSean McCoy and Matt Cassel, but the move that always should have been at the top of their list was re-signing unrestricted free agent pass-rusher Jerry Hughes. The Bills reportedly made that move happen Monday morning, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News.

Hughes and the Bills have agreed to terms on a five-year contract, per Carucci, who first reported the news of the signing. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Hughes’ deal is worth at least $45 million, while ESPN’s Josina Anderson has reported that the guaranteed portion of Hughes’ deal is more than $22 million.

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New Buffalo Bills Running Back LeSean McCoy Has a New Contract

March 8th, 2015
LeSean McCoy is coming to Buffalo with no shortage of financial security. (Photo: Matt Kartozian — USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy is coming to Buffalo with no shortage of financial security. (Photo: Matt Kartozian — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It was presumed when the Buffalo Bills acquired running back LeSean McCoy from the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, that they would quickly sign him to a contract extension. They did so on Monday, according to multiple reports, which gives the Bills more salary cap flexibility for 2015 and McCoy a massive uptick in guaranteed money.

As first reported by Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, McCoy has reportedly signed a five-year deal with the Bills worth a total of $40 million, which includes $16 million in the first year and $26.5 million in total guarantees.

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Five Free Agents the Buffalo Bills Could Sign

March 7th, 2015
A Pro Bowler following the 2013 season, Jordan Cameron would give the Bills an upgraded weapon at tight end. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

A Pro Bowler following the 2013 season, Jordan Cameron would give the Bills an upgraded weapon at tight end. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

With the recent trades for running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Matt Cassel to Buffalo, the Bills added $15 million in cap hits for the 2015 season, according to Spotrac’s salary cap numbers. As a result, the Bills are down to “roughly $13 [million] in cap space,” according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak, which will force GM Doug Whaley to be creative in trying to make improvements through free agency without spending big money.

It has been reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that McCoy’s contract will be restructured, which should free up more cap space this year in exchanging for giving McCoy more guaranteed money in later years. But while this may give the Bills more flexibility, it still won’t be enough for them make many more major acquisitions. That said, the Bills might able to land the following five-pack of signings and re-signings if they are smart with how they negotiate their contracts.

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