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Buffalo Bills offseason 2014: coaching changes, free agency & roster moves

Track every coaching staff and personnel decision that the Buffalo Bills make with an eye toward the 2014 season right here in this StoryStream.

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Seantrel Henderson added in Round 7

Once a top college recruit, Henderson was drafted where he deserved to be drafted, but offers major upside as a low-risk seventh-round pick for the Bills.

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Round 5: one pick traded; Cyril Richardson drafted

Bills GM Doug Whaley continues to wheel and deal, but pressed pause on the trade front to draft Baylor guard Cyril Richardson in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Bills trade for RB Bryce Brown

Bills GM Doug Whaley has traded another future draft pick to help bolster his team's running back depth for the 2014 season - and probably beyond.

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Bills' Round 3 pick: LB Preston Brown

Brandon Spikes is only on a one-year deal with the Bills, and Brown profiles as a potential two-down middle linebacker replacement next season, and should contribute on special teams as well.

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Bills trade down, nab Cyrus Kouandjio

The Bills recouped a mid-round pick they lost in a trade for Mike Williams, then drafted a likely starting right tackle in the second round in Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio.

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Stevie traded to SF

After drafting Sammy Watkins, the Bills have traded Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers, netting a 2015 conditional Round 4 pick in return.

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Bills trade up, pick Sammy Watkins

EJ Manuel has a new No. 1 wide receiver to throw to: Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins. They traded the No. 9 overall pick, a 2015 Round 1 pick and a 2015 Round 4 pick to get him.

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Bills pick up Year 5 option on Dareus

Dareus is now under contract through the 2015 season, and will make in the vicinity of $8 million in the final, option year of his rookie contract.

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Bills sign DL Jarius Wynn

The Bills need depth at 4-3 defensive end, and addressed it Tuesday by signing free agent end Jarius Wynn (6'3", 285).

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Bills land Mike Williams via trade

In exchange for Williams (and his six-year, $40 million contract), the Bills are sending a 2014 sixth-round pick to the Buccaneers, pending a physical.

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Danny Crossman on Easley, Graham & more

Many Bills fans wanted Danny Crossman fired after the 2013 season; instead, the Bills signed him some new core special teams players, and he spoke glowingly about them earlier this week.

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Marrone updates Chris Hairston's status

Could the Bills' 2011 fourth-round pick return after a year off and compete for the starting right tackle job? He'll need to pass a physical first.

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Moats signs one-year deal with Steelers

Moats had lost his starting job for Mike Pettine, and after the Brandon Spikes and Keith Rivers signings, his departure was inevitable.

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Buffalo Rumblings Live: free agency recap

Brent Axe of Syracuse.com joined Matt Warren in this week's episode of Buffalo Rumblings Live, where they discussed the busy first week-plus of Bills free agency. The show's over, but you can re-watch the evening's events right here.

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Bills, Spikes agree to 1-year deal

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly roped in a new linebacker, and you'll recognize the name: Brandon Spikes, formerly of New England.

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RB Anthony Dixon signs with Bills

In Dixon, the Bills pick up another core special teams player that can also contribute in the team's short-yardage and goal line packages.

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Alonso moving to WLB, Lawson's role changing

The Bills are reorganizing their linebackers as they transition to a new defense. GM Doug Whaley commented on upcoming role changes for Kiko Alonso and Manny Lawson, plus more.

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Chandler re-signs for two years

Chandler will be back on his third straight two-year deal in Buffalo, and is more likely than not to be the team's starting tight end for a fourth straight season.

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LB Keith Rivers signs two-year deal

The Buffalo Bills added another former first-round pick in free agency, adding Keith Rivers to the team's linebacker depth.

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CB Corey Graham signs with hometown Bills

Graham, a Buffalo native, is returning to his home city on a four-year deal, where he could compete for a starting job with the Bills.

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OG Chris Williams signs, is likely new LG

The Bills shelled out $13.5 million for Williams - $5.5 million guaranteed - which almost certainly means that he's the team's new starting left guard.

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Saints snag Byrd for $28 million guaranteed

The Buffalo Bills now have a gaping hole at free safety after Jairus Byrd signed a six-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

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Bills re-sign K Dan Carpenter

In their first move of the 2014 NFL league year, the Buffalo Bills have re-signed kicker Dan Carpenter to an undisclosed deal.

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Bills release Kolb after failed physical

Buffalo's decision to release Kolb will save them in the vicinity of $3.1 million against the 2014 salary cap.

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Bills keep four pending free agents around

Four pending Bills free agents are all back in the fold after a series of roster moves on Thursday.

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Bills sign Williams to $26M extension

Jairus Byrd is about to hit the free agent market, but his running mate, Aaron Williams, just signed a lucrative contract extension with the Buffalo Bills.

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Doug Whaley explains the Byrd decision

Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley spoke with reporters about the decision to not franchise tag Jairus Byrd - and echoed many of those same thoughts in a separate interview on The John Murphy Show.

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It's official: no franchise tag for Byrd

Now free of the franchise tag after a year-long contract standoff with the Bills, Byrd will be able to cash in on the open market in eight short days.

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Bills will carry $17.8 million from 2013 to 2014

The Bills are bringing a lot of money from their 2013 books into 2014, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll have gobs of cash to spend on the free agent market.

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Rob Moore hired as Bills WR coach

Rob Moore, a former NFL wide receiver who worked for Doug Marrone at Syracuse, is the Buffalo Bills' new receivers coach.

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New LB coach: Fred Pagac

Doug Marrone continues to re-build his defensive coaching staff, adding veteran coach Fred Pagac as the team's new linebackers coach.

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Pepper Johnson named Bills D-Line coach

Former New England Patriots assistant coach Pepper Johnson has signed on to become the next defensive line coach of the Buffalo Bills.

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Marrone adds Jim Hostler to coaching staff

Within the past week, the Bills have hired a new quarterbacks coach (Todd Downing) and a senior offensive assistant (Jim Hostler) to bolster their offensive coaching ranks.

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Hafley, Fleury and (probably) Weaver headed to CLE

As expected, several Bills assistant coaches are following Mike Pettine to Cleveland. Doug Marrone gave a status update on his defensive coaching staff at a Monday press conference introducing new coordinator Jim Schwartz.

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Browns name O'Neil defensive coordinator

The Bills gave the Browns permission to interview Jim O'Neil on Monday morning. By Monday evening, O'Neil had been announced as Cleveland's new defensive coordinator.

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Todd Downing named Bills QB coach

The Buffalo Bills didn't just sign the former Detroit Lions head coach to run their defense. They hired Jim Schwartz's old quarterbacks coach, too.

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Bills replace Pettine with Schwartz

Doug Marrone moved swiftly to fill his vacant defensive coordinator slot, requiring a little over 24 hours to replace Mike Pettine with Jim Schwartz.

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Pettine named Browns head coach

The Cleveland Browns named Mike Pettine their newest head coach on Thursday, and the Bills will have a fourth defensive coordinator in as many seasons in 2014 as a result.

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WR Barden headlines Bills reserve/future signings

The Buffalo Bills have been very busy signing players to reserve/future contracts this month. They're at 15 such signings and counting, with five more announced Thursday evening.

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ILB coach Driesbach fired

Kiko Alonso and the Buffalo Bills' inside linebackers will have a new position coach for the 2014 season.

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Moorman inks one-year deal

Veteran punter and fan favorite Brian Moorman will be back with the Buffalo Bills in 2014, vying for the team's punting job once more.

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Bills have decision to make on Dareus' contract

Marcell Dareus is currently playing under a four-year rookie contract, but the Buffalo Bills now have the option to pick up a fifth year thanks to the 2011 CBA.

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Whaley: Bills will try to keep Carpenter, Moorman

Bills GM Doug Whaley told reporters on Monday that the team will be working to re-sign both of their kicking specialists, Dan Carpenter and Brian Moorman.

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Ike Hilliard out as WR coach

Doug Marrone will be making at least one coaching staff change in his first full off-season with the Buffalo Bills.

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Buffalo's 2014 free agents are...

Here's your full list of 2014 Buffalo Bills free agents, which includes four starters and both of their kicking specialists.

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Bills re-sign DL Alan Branch

The Buffalo Bills took a step to solidify the front seven of their improving defense heading into 2014, re-signing veteran lineman Alan Branch.

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Bills sign TE Tony Moeaki

In 2010, the Bills added Scott Chandler late in the season, and Chandler became the team's starting tight end in 2011. With Chandler a pending free agent, is Tony Moeaki - a former college teammate of Chandler - about to do the same thing in Buffalo?

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Wood signs new four-year deal

Wood, 27, has emerged as a team leader and is arguably the best lineman on the team despite struggling with injuries in his first four seasons.

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