Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 3/13

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Shawne Merriman of the Buffalo Bills celebrates as he enters the stadium during pregame introductions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brody Wheeler/Getty Images)

Players big part of free agent recruiting - BuffaloBills.com
"I think it’s a bigger part than anybody believes," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "They expect to hear the same thing from me and front office people when they’re in here because it’s like recruiting in college. Back when I was recruiting in college I always told the prospects all coaches are going to tell you basically the same thing. They’re going to tell you what you want to hear. They’re selling. Talk to the players when you go out with them at night or you’re with them in the dressing room and they’ll tell you the truth."

Scouting free agents a lengthy process - BuffaloBills.com
A really nice overview of free agent scouting.

Hunter James Kelly Research Institute Opens | WKBW News 7
"The Institute already has a team of doctors in place, to research and study diseases like Hunter's, with the hope of one day finding a cure."

Research center honors Hunter Kelly - The Buffalo News
"This is more than a dream for us," said Jill Kelly. "It’s the culmination of all that we had hoped for future families [of children diagnosed with Krabbe], so that they would never have to experience what we have as a family."

Inside The Bills | Merriman hitting recruiting trail?
"Merriman recently tweeted to his former teammate with the Chargers Vincent Jackson, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday at 4 pm."

Inside The Bills | Stevie pushing for VJax too
"Johnson proceeded to tweet his ideal WR lineup for the Bills for 2012, with a certain free agent WR’s name at the front of the line, along with the hash tag, Bills Do It."

Rinehart, Urbik get Bills' tenders - The Buffalo News
"The Bills' players with four or more years' experience who are set to become unrestricted free agents are: Bell, receivers Roscoe Parrish and Derek Hagan, safety Bryan Scott, running back Tashard Choice, cornerback Reggie Corner and linebackers Andra Davis and Reggie Torbor."

Bulldog: Let's Go Shopping - WGR 550
"It would be mind blowing if the Bills landed one of these whales like Williams or Jackson. Seriously, your brain would fall right out of your head, right? What are the chances our brains fall out of our heads? Slim, I know."

RFAs Urbik, Rinehart Tendered By Bills - WGR 550
"The move puts a specific stipulation to a team looking to ink one of these players on the free agent market. A team that signs one of them to a contract, and if the Bills don't match the offer, would have to send a draft pick to the Bills as compensation. The round of the draft pick is determined by the tender offered to each individual player. The tenders for both Urbik and Rinehart are unknown to this point in time."

Are the Bills ready to spend big? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"But will the Bills be able to land top free agents? Traditionally, Buffalo has struggled to sign top players from other teams. Most recently Buffalo put the full-court press on cornerback Stanford Routt, and he turned the Bills down to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. Was that a sign of things to come?"

Buffalo Bills will watch their wallet in free agency | Democrat and Chronicle
"The Bills will be shopping for a pass rusher (not Mario Williams —way too expensive but maybe Jeremy Mincey), a wide receiver (probably not Vincent Jackson — too expensive — but maybe Pierre Garcon or Robert Meacham), an offensive tackle and maybe a cornerback."

Hall of Fame Running Back Thurman Thomas Joins BidURenergy Team - PR Leap
"Former Buffalo Bills running back and Hall of Famer, Thurman Thomas has joined BidURenergy’s (BUE) ever growing team of energy consultants. The five-time Pro Bowler has chosen to join one of the energy industry’s largest consulting firms."

My Top 5 all-time free agent signings for the Bills | Buffalo Wins
In anticipation of free agency, Michael Necci gives the top five Bills free agents of all time. I'd put Kenneth Davis and Doug Flutie on there myself.

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