Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 7/29

PITTSBURGH, PA - FILE: Brad Smith #16 of the New York Jets runs with the ball against William Gay #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to reports on July 28, 2011 the Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement with Brad Smith on a four-year deal worth $15 million. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Chan's challenge - BuffaloBills.com
"As the Bills open training camp they do so with nine draft choices, a host of undrafted rookies and a handful of veteran free agents that have not executed a page of Buffalo’s playbook on the field. The rookies have not even performed live in front of the Bills coaches other than at their pro days last spring or at the Senior Bowl. Not having spring workouts due to the league’s lockout has kept Buffalo’s coaches and every other NFL staff from developing a firm base of knowledge about each and every player on their roster."

Buffalo Bills hit ground running at camp | Democrat and Chronicle
"However, everyone has to be on campus by late morning because they will be undergoing physicals and partaking in an on-field conditioning workout this afternoon (closed to the public) before having dinner, and then attending the welcoming meeting."

Bills sign Brad Smith
Bills land utility man in Smith - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News

"I liked coach Gailey," Smith told The News. "He was very straightforward. He has a plan for what he wants to get done. And most importantly, his goal is to win a Super Bowl. That's always been my goal. To do it in a great football town like Buffalo would be unbelievable."

Bills reach 4-year, $15 million deal with WR Smith - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"The more he thought about it, the more he thought what a great opportunity this was," Bartelstein said. "It was time for a change and him wanting to be able to control his situation, other than waiting for something he couldn’t control."

Brad Smith Must "Show" Bills Fans | wgrz.com
Ed Kilgore defends the Brad Smith signing, siding with the fellow Missouri alum. Missouri is the Show Me State and Kilgore knows Smith will have to prove himself to skeptical fans.

The Jets Lose Brad Smith to the Bills - NYTimes.com
"Mark Bartelstein, Smith’s agent, said he spoke with the Jets and other clubs, but the Bills had the best plan for featuring Smith. "The Jets were great with Brad, but he was intrigued with how the Bills want to use him," he said."

Jets lose multi-purpose threat Brad Smith to the Buffalo Bills - NY Daily News
"The Jets talked conceptually about deals, but (it was) all contingent on what happened with Nnamdi," Smith told the Daily News.

Jets' Smith lured to Bills - NYPOST.com
"You can bet every time Smith is back to receive a kickoff or lines up behind the center in the Wildcat, the Jets sideline will get a little tense. The Jets have seen what Smith can do with a football in his hands as the team’s multi-faceted threat the past five seasons."

Bills grab Brad Smith from Jets | ProFootballTalk
"The move is a big one for the Bills, who pick up an explosive playmaker on both offense and special teams."

Brad Smith: It's about wins with Bills - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
"I liked Coach Gailey," Smith told The News. "He was very straight-forward. He has a plan for what he wants to get done. And most importantly, his goal is to win a Super Bowl. That’s always been my goal. To do it in a great football town like Buffalo would be unbelievable."

More signings
Bills Focus: Michael Jasper Signs - BuffaloBills.com

See video of the big man at One Bills Drive.

Bills Roundup: Three More Picks Sign - BuffaloBills.com
More draft picks are signing, and BuffaloBills.com caught it all on tape.

Bills ink three more draft choices - BuffaloBills.com
"A busy Thursday for Buffalo’s front office got a whole lot busier come the early evening hours as they came to terms with fourth-round pick Chris Hairston, sixth-round pick Chris White and seventh-round pick Justin Rogers. The signings came just hours after seventh-round pick Mike Jasper was the first Buffalo draft choice to sign."

Bills sign 19 undrafted rookies - BuffaloBills.com
"Here is a brief thumbnail sketch on each of the rookie additions."

Inside The Bills | Parameters for Dareus "
"Miller is signing a 4-yr $21M deal today (Thursday) according to multiple reports, while Green signed a 4-yr $19.6M deal earlier in the week. "

Vancleave's Chris White signs with Buffalo Bills | gulflive.com
"The 6-foot-3, 240-pound White, an all-SEC linebacker at Mississippi State last season, was a sixth-round pick (No. 169 overall) by the Bills in April's NFL draft. He totaled a team-best 110 tackles as a senior, winning the Conerly Trophy as the top college football player in Mississippi."

Nesbitt reunites with coach || OnlineAthens.com
"We just know that every time we put Josh in a position -- whether it was running back or quarterback or we even asked him to kick off -- Josh always found a way to be successful," Milligan said. "We have a feeling that in the NFL he's going to do the same thing."

Free Agency
Clabo deal not 'crazy money' - BillBoard - The Buffalo News

"Make no mistake, Clabo agreed to a good contract with the Falcons Thursday night. He OK'd a five-year, $25 million deal that could rise to $27 million, according to ESPN's John Clayton. That's real money. But that deal doesn't make him close to the top-paid right tackle in the game."

Can Bills find money players? - Mike Harrington - The Buffalo News
"So the Bills report to St. John Fisher on Friday and will be on the field Saturday in this new world of the NFL. But are they really part of it? By all accounts, Buddy Nix is a good football man. But there's a lot of stock being put into Shawne Merriman, who has done basically nothing since 2007. And as for free agency, let's hope the Bills are a work in progress."

More Bills links
Inside The Bills | Troup looking tight "

"After adding 9-10 pounds of lean muscle while shaving off the unwanted weight Troup looks a lot tighter through the midsection."

Inside The Bills | Jasper’s message to Bills fans "
"Get ready," he said. "We’re coming back to glory. The Bills were the team to beat back in the day. And growing up and seeing those great players before me I just want to continue that. It’s a great organization and I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to make my footprint."

Inside The Bills | McGee’s legs are back "
"I feel good," said McGee upon arriving at One Bills Drive. "The lockout gave me a lot of time to rest with the surgeries and everything I had. I believe I am back. We’ll see as far as the conditioning. I’ve been working out, but doing that on your own can be different. As far as my legs feel they’re fine."

Inside The Bills | Don’t sleep on Rogers "
"Just based on the competition he’s played, his temperament, he’s a highly intelligent guy," said Catavolos. "I know from talking to him and seeing him in some of the bowl games he was very competitive so I’m looking for him to be in the mix also."

Bills WR Easley is 'born-again rookie' - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"Born-again rookie," said Easley, who had surgery last summer to repair loose and torn cartilage. "Hopefully I'm on the Blake Griffin plan and I can bounce like he did. ... I know the lockout's been about four months for everybody else, but I've been locked out close to a year now. It's been a long time coming. I'm excited for this year. I'm healthy. I'm stronger mentally, physically and I'm just ready to come out here and compete."

Bruce Smith on the receiving end at Norfolk roast | HamptonRoads.com
"A charity roast at his own expense may have been former NFL defensive end Bruce Smith's idea, but it was under one condition: He didn't have to sit on stage." Marv Levy sent a letter and Jim Kelly sent a videotaped roasting.

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