Posts Tagged ‘Free Agency’

Former Bills Offensive Tackle Chris Hairston Signing with Chargers

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Former Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston is headed to the San Diego Chargers for 2015. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

Former Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston is headed to the San Diego Chargers for 2015. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

More than a month after the start of free agency, former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston announced Wednesday, via his Twitter account, that he will be signing with the San Diego Chargers. (Update: The Chargers officially announced the signing of Hairston on Wednesday night.)

Selected by the Bills in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft, Hairston appeared in 41 games for Buffalo over the course of four seasons. He started seven games as a rookie and eight games in 2012, but spent the entire 2013 season on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list, then played just 38 snaps this past season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Buffalo Bills Sign Tight End Charles Clay

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Unless the Miami Dolphins change their minds and match Buffalo's offer, Charles Clay will be the Bills' new tight end. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

Unless the Miami Dolphins change their minds and match Buffalo’s offer, Charles Clay will be the Bills’ new tight end. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

After a days-long impasse that spawned hashtags (#ClayWatch) and even Twitter handles (@HasClaySigned), the Buffalo Bills finally submitted their offer sheet for transition-tagged Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay on Tuesday evening, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News.

(UPDATE, Thursday p.m.: Clay’s signing has been officially announced by the Bills, as the Dolphins have elected not to re-sign him.)

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Buffalo Bills Taking a Chance on Enigmatic Playmaker Percy Harvin

Friday, 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 Release Scott Chandler; Will Charles Clay Replace Him at Tight End?

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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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