Buffalo Bills news, 3/12: free agency underway with pair of signings, pair of vistiors

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The Buffalo Bills signed two players, released one, and are hosting two more in the first 24 hours of free agency. Recaps inside.

Regaining a home game improves Bills already - Sports - The Buffalo News

"As far as I’m concerned, NFL free agency got underway a week ago, when the Bills’ eighth home game got the heck out of Toronto and returned to Ralph Wilson Stadium where it belongs. I’m not sure of the particulars, but I know one thing: The Bills got better." Jerry Sullivan is back from the Olympics.

Carpenter re-signs

K Dan Carpenter re-signed by Bills - BuffaloBills.com
"Carpenter matched a Bills record for field goals made in a season with 33 in 2013 and established a personal best 131 points - third most by a Bill in a season. He converted 33-of-36 field goal attempts and each of his 32 extra point tries to rank sixth in the AFC with 131 points on the year."

Carpenter and family feel home in Buffalo - BuffaloBills.com
Carpenter is a country boy at heart and with his new family, Buffalo made sense. Read the article to hear them talk about it.

Dan Carpenter on Re-Signing With Buffalo - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Kick Dan Carpenter meets the media and talks about re-signing with the Bills."

Inside The Bills | Notes on K Dan Carpenter
"Here’s some notes on Dan Carpenter’s first season in Buffalo:"

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Re-sign K Dan Carpenter To 4-year Deal
"The two sides agreed on a four-year contract to keep him in Buffalo."

Bills re-sign Dan Carpenter | ProFootballTalk
"The Bills drafted Dustin Hopkins in the sixth round last year, but he got injured to open the door to Carpenter. Hopkins should be back to compete this offseason, but the Carpenter deal may make the youngster a decided underdog in that fight."

Caussin re-signs

TE Mike Caussin re-signed - BuffaloBills.com
"He has five catches for 41 yards in six games with two starts."

Buffalo Bills re-sign TE Mike Caussin - ESPN
"Since Caussin was a restricted free agent, the Bills had the option to tender Caussin a contract worth at least $1.3 million. By re-signing Caussin instead of tendering him, the Bills likely brought him back at a reduced cost. "

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Re-sign TE Caussin
"Even though his past two seasons were lost to injury, the Buffalo Bills are paying to get another look at tight end Mike Caussin."

Visitors today

Inside The Bills | Report: FA CB Carroll to visit Bills
"LaCanfora also mentioned that Carroll has other visits on his agenda. Carroll would represent a valuable depth corner who could step in for Stephon Gilmore or Leodis McKelvin in the event of injury."

Nolan Carroll would bolster CB corps for Bills | BN Blitz
"The Dolphins have told him to shop around, even though they have a ton of money to spend under the salary cap. But Carroll appears to be "an ascending player," coming off his best pro season in 2013. He had 12 starts for the Dolphins and made three interceptions."

Nolan Carroll, Chris Williams visiting Bills | ProFootballTalk
"Carroll, 27, recorded 47 tackles, 11 passes defended and three interceptions in 2013. He appeared in 16 games, making 12 starts. The 6-1, 205-pound Carroll is on the taller side for the position."

More clicks

Bills release QB Kevin Kolb - BuffaloBills.com
"It was a decision that was a long time in the making, but 11 months after he was signed as a free agent by the Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb is again a free agent. It’s the second straight offseason that the veteran signal caller has been released by a club. Last April the Arizona Cardinals made him a salary cap casualty."

Inside The Bills | Winter storm may impact Bills FA plan
"With looking at the weather you try to get him in here as soon as possible," he said in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. "And knowing guys have a lot of dance cards we don’t want to get them skipped over if we can’t get them in. So it’s a tricky situation and we’re going to try to do the best we can. We’ve got faith in the Buffalo airport that they’ll stay open at least for a little while, or don’t cancel flights the whole day. So we’ll work as diligently as possible to get these guys in."

Buffalo Bills do not tender OT Thomas Welch - ESPN
"Welch could still return to the team at a reduced cost. In order to retain his rights as a restricted free agent, the Bills would have needed to tender Welch a deal worth at least $1.3 million."

Vick will take his time, look for the right fit | ProFootballTalk

If Vick is looking for an assurance of being the starter, I don't know why the Bills are even on the list. They've committed to EJ Manuel in 2014.

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