Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 3/14

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26: Defensive end Mario Williams stetches during pre-game warm ups before playing the Dallas Cowboys at Reliant Stadium on September 26 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Chargers try to rebound, add Meachem - AFC West Blog - ESPN
"With Jackson and several other receivers off the market quickly Tuesday, the San Diego Chargers - who NFL.com reports showed late interest in Pierre Garcon before he signed with the Redskins - went from showing no interest in Meachem early in free agency to becoming his most ardent pursuer. In addition to Buffalo, the Chargers blew away two other teams with a huge offer for Meachem."

Bills intensely courting Mario Williams - The Buffalo News
"The Bills' aim was to prevent Williams, the top defensive player available in free agency, from leaving town to visit another team. However, he may decide he needs to take some time to consider his options."

Bills have pair of primary FA targets - BuffaloBills.com
"You can’t go crazy. Most of the overpaying done on free agents is done on the first day or the first week. We have to assess what the value will be for us. What will it do for us? If it will get us over the hump and to the next level it’s worth doing."

Bills Roundup: Williams and Meachem Visit Buffalo - BuffaloBills.com
This video was posted while the two players were still meeting with Buffalo representatives.

Bills Focus: Buddy Nix Talks Free Agency - BuffaloBills.com
In this interview taped Tuesday morning, Buddy Nix discusses the Bills plans for free agency.

Inside The Bills | Bills free agents now on market
"Here’s the list of Bills players that are now on the free agent market after not being re-signed by Buffalo prior to the deadline."

Inside The Bills | Resources will not be an issue
"Our philosophy is to draft, develop and retain and add key pieces to the organization that we feel can make a big impact," said Brandon. "We plan on being aggressive and resources will not be an issue whatsoever. And we will be out there trying to do our best to bring players into Buffalo that are the right fit. It takes two to tango and we’ll see how it all comes out.

Inside The Bills | Nix a fan of FA player recruitment
"I love it. I think it’s great if you’ve got guys that care enough about your team to try and recruit. " said Nix in an interview with Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Tuesday morning. "We don’t let them decide who we’re going after, but to know that they would try to sell and believe in our program and they want good players here, I think that’s great."

Inside The Bills | Report on Bills cap space
Per La Canfora’s report, the Bills have $23 million in cap space. That ranks as eighth-most.

Williams And Meachem Visiting Buffalo; Bills Expect To Sign Both - WGR 550
"Coveted free agent defensive end Mario Williams as well as receiver Robert Meachem are in town to visit the Buffalo Bills. Our own Joe Buscaglia has a league source who says the Bills fully intend to sign both players within 24 hours." Note the way Joe wrote the story...

Nix Wants To Address Needs In Free Agency - WGR 550
From his interview Tuesday morning: "Bills' GM Buddy Nix talked with Joe Buscaglia and Tim Graham about the forthcoming Free Agent signing period. Hear his thoughts on addressing needs in Free Agency vs. the Draft, the time frame for good signings, and more by listening here..."

Gailey Happy With Re-signings, Looking To Improve - WGR 550
From Tuesday morning: "Bills head coach Chan Gailey sat down with Joe Buscaglia and Time Graham prior to the opening of Free Agency season. He commended Buddy Nix and the front office for bringing back so many players already, and also indicated his interest in adding a difference maker at left tackle. Listen to the whole interview right here!"

Brandon: "Resources Will Not Be An Issue." - WGR 550
One more from Tuesday morning: "Bills' CEO Russ Brandon had some interesting things to say with Joe Buscaglia and Tim Graham including how the team approaches the NFL's salary cap. Listen right here:"

Bills Free Agents 2012 - SBNation.com
Keep it locked to SB Nation's news feed on Bills free agency for updates.

Bills lose out on Meachem
FA WR Meachem latest to appear in Buffalo - BuffaloBills.com

"Much like the Bills sent GM Buddy Nix and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt to lure Williams back to Buffalo by private jet, the club did the same with Meachem dispatching offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins and receivers coach Bob Bicknell to meet face-to-face with the free agent receiver and escort him back to the Queen City. The receiver agreed to fly back to Buffalo with the two Bills coaches arriving in town early Tuesday evening."

Chargers swipe Meachem away - The Buffalo News
"Meachem's deal is for $29 million over four years, with $14 million guaranteed, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. That's a per-year average of $7.25 million, the same as the Bills gave to Stevie Johnson. Johnson's deal is much better overall. He got $24 million the first three years and $19.5 million guaranteed. Nevertheless, it's another example of how free-agent bidding gets heated."

Chargers Sign WR Robert Meachem to 4-year Contract - Bolts From The Blue
"The San Diego Chargers have picked up a new Wide Receiver to replace the recently-departed Vincent Jackson, and it's Robert Meachem."

Latest on Mario Williams
Top FA pass rusher Williams arrives in Buffalo - BuffaloBills.com

"Bills GM Buddy Nix and defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt flew to North Carolina Tuesday afternoon to personally escort free agent DE Mario Williams back to Buffalo by private jet. Williams agreed to see what the Bills had to offer and traveled back to Buffalo with Nix and Wannstedt."

NFL.com news: Williams has ability to instantly enhance a defense
"When the Texans opted not to slap the franchise tag on Mario Williams, the free-agent market suddenly received a boost. Bucky Brooks explains what makes the defender so special."

Inside The Bills | What Wannstedt can offer Williams
"First, he has a proven track record as a successful defensive coordinator including a Super Bowl with Dallas. In his time in Miami, he may also want to point to Jason Taylor’s track record playing in the same position that Williams would play with the Bills in Buffalo were he to sign. Here are Taylor’s stats under Wannstedt."

Mario Williams meets with Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"And ex-Bills and Colts general manager Bill Polian, now an analyst for ESPN, said during an appearance Tuesday that one of the reasons he thinks Williams will join the Bills is defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt."

Report: Mario Williams won’t sign tonight, will visit others | ProFootballTalk
"So Williams, this year’s top free agent outside Peyton Manning, will continue to look around. What we don’t know is whether his decision to schedule another visit is an indication that he didn’t like Buffalo’s financial offer, that he didn’t like what he heard from the Bills’ football people, or that he simply wants to take his time and weigh other offers."

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