Headlining today's Bills links: David Nelson thinks his knee injury cost him both the 2012 and 2013 seasons with Buffalo.
"It’s tough for me because I feel in my heart – and this is just me – the only reason it’s happening is because of the injury," Nelson told The Buffalo News in his first interview since the Bills informed him of their decision. "I feel if I was able to play last year, things would be different 100 percent. For me that’s the reason why; they’re not sure if I’ll be the same player I’ve been."
He's probably right. Nelson is running routes now and should be signed somewhere before training camp starts. It's another unfortunate reality of those that work incredibly hard for a (relative to their counterparts) pittance.
"In essence Reserve/PUP put his contract on hold for a year. So now Caussin will enter the final year of his current deal in 2013 and if he makes the team and gets credit for an accrued season he’ll be a restricted free agent at this time next year."
The Bills now have a few depth options at tight end. They will likely still address the need in the draft as starter Scott Chandler is also coming off a knee injury.
Throwback Thursday: Where is Kawika Mitchell now? - BuffaloBills.com
"I’m a simple man," Mitchell said. "Opening a gym is something I’ve always wanted to do and saw myself doing after I retired. I like helping people." Mitchell also talked to The John Murphy Show this week, saying he let down Bills fans.
LB Scott re-signs with Bills - BuffaloBills.com
"His newest contract is the fifth he’s had with Buffalo, but he admitted waiting for an offer from the team this year was different."
Buffalo Bills state of the franchise - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson sits down with NFL Total Access to discuss the state of the Bills and gives his pitch to potential free agents."
Inside The Bills | Nix at SU pro day
"That according to Syracuse.com’s Brent Axe. He also reported that Nix is reportedly trying to set up a private workout for Nassib with the Bills in early April. Nassib only threw at Syracuse pro day today, choosing to stand on his Combine numbers."
Titans Free Agent Rumors: Andy Levitre a target? - Music City Miracles
Go read what the Titans fans are saying about the report. I can't comment over there because I refuse to join that poorly-named community.
Stevie Johnson adds free agent Gibson to call list - AFC East Daily
"I talked to my boy Brandon Gibson, who is in St. Louis," Johnson said. "He’s a stud, and Dashon Goldson, I talk to him a lot. Anybody is good enough to come to Buffalo and turn things around because we’ve got guys in place."
NFL free agency primers: Biggest needs for all 32 teams in 2013 - NFL.com
"Buffalo Bills: Linebacking corps needs a significant upgrade." Yes. Yes it does.
Free agency primer: Ranking the top offensive linemen - NFL.com
Andy Levitre is ranked high on the list of guards.
Free-agency preview: Bills - CBS Sports
A quick overview of Buffalo's 2012 season and how to improve in 2013. The only glaring problem is a "return of David Nelson" line. Calling the Bills "a couple seasons away from being a playoff team," they say with a "defesne that could figure out how to stop opposing backs" that they could be in a playoff run. So that's confusing.