Posts Tagged ‘2014 NFL free agency’

Brandon Spikes Could Be the Answer to Buffalo Bills’ Problems on Run Defense

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Former New England Patriots run-stopper Brandon Spikes is set to become the Buffalo Bills’ middle linebacker. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills continued to bulk up their defensive front seven Friday by signing former New England Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes. The deal, which was first reported by This Given Sunday’s Chris Trapasso Friday afternoon and confirmed by the team early Saturday morning, is a one-year deal worth $3.25 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The new addition could be the missing piece for Buffalo’s talented-yet-flawed front seven.

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Buffalo Bills 2014 NFL Free Agency Tracker

Friday, March 14th, 2014

After four years with the San Francisco 49ers, running back Anthony Dixon is joining the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

The new NFL league year has begun, which means that the 2014 NFL free agency period is underway! Throughout the month of March, teams will begin to reshuffle their rosters by adding veteran players who can address needs and/or fill roles on depth charts.

Here at Buffalo Bills Draft, we will track every signing the Buffalo Bills make this off-season.

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Jairus Byrd Signed To Record-Breaking Contract By New Orleans Saints

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Jairus Byrd’s departure from Buffalo became official Tuesday when the former Bills safety was signed to a six-year contract by the New Orleans Saints. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills haven’t added any new talent through the first seven hours of free agency, but they’ve already lost their marquee free agent from their 2013 roster. Jairus Byrd, a three-time Pro Bowl free safety who the Bills opted against franchise tagging for a second consecutive year, has been signed to a six-year contract by the New Orleans Saints.

According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Byrd’s contract is worth $54 million total with $28 million guaranteed. While the year-to-year structure of the deal remained unreported as of midnight Wednesday, his total contract value, guaranteed money and per-year salary all rank highest among all NFL safeties (and as such, are all-time records for the position), according to Spotrac. His signing bonus is reportedly $11 million, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, which would be the second-highest among NFL safeties, per Spotrac.

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Pre-Free Agency Buffalo Bills Draft Hangout

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

With the opening of free agency less than 48 hours away, Buffalo Bills Draft editors Dan Hope, Ryan Talbot and Joe Marino met to discuss what the Buffalo Bills should look to accomplish in free agency, who they could look to target and how that could affect their plans for this year’s NFL draft.


Replacing Jairus Byrd: Options on Buffalo Bills Roster, In Free Agency and In Draft

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Second-year safety Duke Williams could be the answer for filling the void opened by Jairus Byrd’s departure. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

After Aaron Williams signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday, every arrow is pointing in the direction of Jairus Byrd not being retained by the Buffalo Bills. With one safety locked up through 2018, the focus shifts to who will fill the shoes of the three-time Pro Bowler, who the team decided to leave untagged earlier this week.

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