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Bills to try and fill holes in free agency - BuffaloBills.com
"We can’t do everything in a one-year period," Nix said. "And we can’t do everything through the draft. So we have to plug in some holes according to what’s available. These other guys that are restricted on some other teams, we don’t know what’s going to happen with them yet, but we will try to plug in some holes before the draft."

Bills' Nix declines to uncap his plans : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"Nix was definitive about actively addressing the team's needs when asked about the plan for 2010 at the NFL Scouting Combine last week. He was vague about what the Bills' budget for the coming year will be. The NFL's new year begins Friday with the opening of the free-agent market."

20 questions about the uncapped year - Pro Football Talk
This is an excellent read from PFT's Mike Florio on all the changes regarding the uncapped year including information on a potential 2011 lockout, a union strike, and everything else expected to hinder player movement this off-season.

Free Agency
Report: Cardinals want third for Boldin - Pro Football Talk

Michael Lombardi reported on NFL Network that the Cardinals "only want a third-round pick" for Boldin. That's not too high a price for a starting wide receiver.

2 teams interested in Bears' Olsen - Inside the Bills
NBC in Chicago is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots are two teams that are interested.  Ben Watson is an unrestricted free agent in New England and the Patriots are not expected to do much to bring him back.

Twitter / D&C's Sal Maiorana
Seriously doubt it. He's old, expensive and shot. Bad fit. RT @RegApt12: @salmaiorana Do you think #Bills will go after Orlando Pace?

Bills Focus: Free Agency Preview (2:35) - BuffaloBills.com
BuffaloBills.com takes a look at Bills' free agents as free agency begins Friday.

Where NFL free agents will sign - Don Banks - SI.com
"Kevin Mawae, center -- It might take a while for his market to develop, but someone will have Mawae, who went to the Pro Bowl last season, in camp come July. Buffalo and Seattle have needs up and down their offensive line."

Top 50 players expected to be on the free-agent market - NFL.com
"While free agency will take on a different look this off-season, there is still talent to be had on the open market. Here's a look at the best players expected to be available." Josh Reed made the list at 50 while T.O. is 24.

Culpepper the agent touts credentials of his star client - NFL.com
"In a free-agent class devoid of star power -- young star power in particular -- Daunte Culpepper is the best of a feeble quarterback crop. And he's an anomaly in more ways than one."

Free agency preview: Offensive linemen | ProFootballTalk.com
PFT profiles the best OL prospects. When Mike Gandy is listed seventh, you know it's a dubious list.

Mike and Chuck talk Syracuse basketball, Bills football - 13WHAM.com
"One game remains for the Syracuse Orange before they head to New York City for the Big East tournament, and the Bills are ready for the NFL's free agency period to begin. Will there be any big signings headed to Buffalo? Mike and Chuck spout their opinions on this week's video blog."

Trades
Vick's dream team, and his likely suitors - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports

"Buffalo Bills: A great fit. Maybe the best of all. New head coach Chan Gailey had great success with Tyler Thigpen in Kansas City, running various short shotgun college-type sets as KC's offensive coordinator. The Bills, like the Rams, are short quite a few weapons, and they're always desperate for people who will put butts in the seats. T.O.'s on the way out, which leaves an opening in both categories."

Wilson: Browns looking to trade for a quarterback? | National Football Post
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns are involved in discussions regarding obtaining one or more quarterbacks "on different levels."

2010 NFL Draft
Draft Watch: AFC East - Schemes, themes - AFC East Blog - ESPN

"Buffalo Bills: As if the Bills didn't have enough holes to fill, they've chosen to overhaul their defense. New coach Chan Gailey and defensive coordinator George Edwards are converting a Tampa 2 defense into a 3-4. They're missing the keystone of that scheme, a blocker-absorbing nose tackle. Logic would suggest the Bills draft either a nose tackle or an offensive tackle with the ninth overall pick."

Playing Bills GM- Volume VI (Draft) : Buffalo Sports Daily
From his other off-season wheelings and dealings, Joe Pinzone has 14 picks in the NFL draft to work with as he tries to rebuild Buffalo's roster. He picks OT Anthony Davis at nine and DE Jared Odrik from Penn State at 25 in the first round. (Pick 25 was acquired for trading Lee Evans.)

The Road to the NFL: Jeremy Williams | National Football Post
The Bills met with Tulane WR Jeremy Williams at the combine according to the prospect. Williams battled through much adversity during his career to win Senior Bowl MVP for the South.

Buffalo Targets: How Possible Bills' Selections Fared at the NFL Combine | Bleacher Report
"There were some player performance's worth noting at this year's NFL "job fair" in Indianapolis. Let's examine how the players fared that could realistically land in Buffalo...."

Other Links
WR Hardy helps motivate children to read - BuffaloBills.com

"Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy made a special visit to Country Parkway Elementary School in Williamsville, NY on Tuesday in support of National Reading Month and Read Across America Day. Hardy read Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who! in the Country Parkway Library to all of the kindergarten students and Oh the Places You’ll Go in the second grade classroom. Hardy also took the time to visit with the fourth grade students to stress the importance of reading."

Hunter's Hope ball set | Democrat and Chronicle
"Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, will hold their eighth annual Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball from 6 p.m. to midnight on March 26 at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside."

A look at Butler's decision to retire at 26 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham talks to LeCharles Bentley who walked away from the game despite receiving contract offers after blowing out his knee. He sheds some light on Brad Butler's decision to retire. The now former Bills tackle has declined all interview requests since announcing he was hanging up his cleats.

AFC East (almost) loaded at left tackle - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Bills left tackle Demetrius Bell was dead last in ProFootballFocus.com's PBP rating. In eight games, ProFootballFocus.com charged Bell with five sacks, seven QB hits and 18 pressures. Bell also was one of the most penalized players in the NFL before an injury ended his season at Week 13. As Elsayed points out, Bills fans might be even more frustrated to know the Pro Bowler they traded to the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago, Jason Peters, finished eighth (seven sacks, five QB hits and 14 pressures in 17 games)."

Tweets
Twitter / Rochester D&C's Steve Bradley

Just watched NFL's Top 10 Coaches Who Never Won Title: Of note: 10. Mora Sr., 7. Reid, 6. C. Knox, 4. Marty, 3. Allen, 2. Marv, 1. Bud Grant

Twitter / Aaron Maybin
got 3 workouts lined up today. AM Lift, afternoon cardio, PM kickboxing. building the foundation for greatness. blood sweat and tears!

Twitter / jairus byrd
on the phone checkin in with the family real quick... LOve them to death

Twitter / Nic Harris
Therapy! Getting alot better! These cats this season gonna be too mad!

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