Buffalo Bills news, 3/13: Corey Graham, Keith Rivers, Chris Williams sign as free agents

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Here's your news roundup from Wednesday's trio of Bills free agent signings.

Chris Williams

OL Chris Williams signs with Bills - BuffaloBills.com
"With the offense being second in rushing that’s exciting for any o-lineman to come into and hopefully we can continue that and be first in rushing," he said. "I feel like the team is a dangerous team, very talented and it’s a team that’s going to win a lot of football games and I just want to be a part of that."

March blizzard embraced by new Bills OL Williams - BuffaloBills.com
Williams: "Come playoff time, hosting home games, that is what you want. It will be cold and snowing and it’s hard for teams to come up here and win games," he said.

Inside The Bills | 3 game look at Williams encouraging
"Against all three NFC West opponents in Weeks 1, 4 and 8, Williams more than held his own. He had a lot of one-on-one assignments." Chris Brown breaks the newbie down.

Inside The Bills | Whaley pleased to plug Williams in on Bills OL
"We’re excited about this start to free agency and our plans moving forward," said Whaley. "With the signing of Chris Williams, I am particularly excited about the direction our offensive line is moving in because we wanted to address this position and we feel like we filled the need with a very good player."

Inside The Bills | Marrone key in Williams decision to sign
Williams: "I’ve never played for a head coach who was an offensive lineman and that was super exciting for me. I’m just excited to have to end up with two offensive line coaches on staff and both of them will help me with my game. You’ve got to love that."

Bills looking at Rams' Chris Williams for glaring left-guard need - BN Blitz
"He played good, he was solid," Fisher said after the season. "When you don’t hear his name, you don’t talk about him."

Chris Williams thinks he has hit his stride after stint in St. Louis - BN Blitz
"I think it helped a lot," Williams said of his Rams tenure. "Working with my coach, coach Paul Boudreau down there, he helped me develop my game as a guard. Coming here with coach Marrone and coach Morris, I’m just really excited about it and to continue to develop my game. I’m always trying to work to get better. I think it’s a great opportunity here to do that."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Sign Guard Chris Williams
"Bills head coach Doug Marrone has often made the comment that he wants the Bills to get bigger along the offensive line, and the newly signed guard provides exactly that. Williams, 28, is listed at 6-foot-6 and 326-pounds."

Triple Coverage: Buffalo Bills sign Chris Williams - ESPN
"ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak, ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner, and ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson discuss the signing:"

Buffalo Bills taking odd risk in signing Chris Williams - ESPN
"But to "upgrade" doesn't mean to "overpay," and that's what the Bills are doing with Williams. The Bills are trying to correct one mistake with another. It comes off as an overreaction."

Chris Williams signs with Buffalo Bills - ESPN
"I can't say I knew how to be a pro coming into the league when I did," Williams said. "Everything that happened in Chicago happened. But now I'm excited to move on. Getting cut is the most humbling experience anybody can have, much less a former first-round pick. But I learned from all those experiences."

Former Bears 1st round pick Chris Williams signs 4-year contract with Bills - Windy City Gridiron
Bears fans are laughing at the Bills' front office.

Bills don’t let Chris Williams get out of town | ProFootballTalk
"It may not be the safest of bets given Williams’ history as a first-round washout in Chicago and a player who failed to distinguish himself in Buffalo, but it’s never been easy to get free agents to come to Buffalo without paying a bit of a premium."

Chris Williams, Buffalo Bills strike four-year contract - NFL.com
"It's an underwhelming signing and Williams arguably has been overpaid, but Buffalo believes it can squeeze production out of a player the Rams didn't fight to keep."

Bills sign Williams to fill need at guard - Sports - The Buffalo News
"The top guard on the market, Zane Beadles, got $6 million a year from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The next best deal went to Jon Asamoah, who got $4.5 million from Atlanta. On the lower tier, San Diego gave ex-Bill Chad Rinehart $3 million a year. Williams is a better athlete than Rinehart."

Corey Graham

DB Corey Graham agrees to terms with Buffalo - BuffaloBIlls.com
"Early in the free agency process, we identified Corey Graham as a player who would help our football team," said Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. "Graham is a smart, physical and tough cornerback who has had success with both the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens. He is playmaker defensively and on special teams. We believe he will help the Buffalo Bills improve in both areas in the years to come."

Corey Graham returns to his Buffalo roots - BuffaloBills.com
"It's an all-time dream of mine to play back in Buffalo," Graham said. "Just to come back and play in front of my family and people that never got to see me play so far in the NFL, it's a big thing."

Doug Whaley: Bills targeted cornerback Corey Graham right away - BN Blitz
"Graham is a smart, physical and tough cornerback who has had success with both the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens. He is playmaker defensively and on special teams. We believe he will help the Buffalo Bills improve in both areas in the years to come."

Corey Graham's agent announces veteran cornerback is coming home to Buffalo - BN Blitz
"Graham went to the Pro Bowl as a special-teamer for the Chicago Bears in 2011."

Buffalo Bills agree with cornerback Corey Graham - ESPN
"Top cornerback Stephon Gilmore was hampered by a broken wrist last season, while the Bills were impressed by the work of undrafted rookie Nickell Robey as a slot cornerback last season. Robey's playing time could be most impacted by Graham's signing."

Corey Graham signs with the Buffalo Bills - Baltimore Beat Down
"His impact will be missed in Baltimore. But as the saying goes, it's now the next man up."

Graham leaves Ravens for Buffalo - baltimoresun.com
"In two seasons with the Ravens, Graham played in all 32 games and started at cornerback in 13 of them."

It’s a homecoming for Graham - Sports - The Buffalo News
"The Bills had Miami free-agent cornerback Nolan Carroll in town Wednesday, but his visit essentially was voided when the Graham deal was closed."

Keith Rivers

Bills agree to terms with LB Keith Rivers - BuffaloBills.com
"He has 262 tackles (171 solo) and three sacks in 62 NFL career games (47 starts)."

Bills add defensive depth with LB Keith Rivers | BN Blitz
"The Bills announced they have signed linebacker Keith Rivers. A source informed me it's a two-year contract worth about $5 million, half of it guaranteed."

Thoughts on Corey Graham, Keith Rivers signings - ESPN
"There are plenty of moving parts to be sorted out, but Rivers' best shot at landing a starting job would be at strongside linebacker. That's a spot where the Bills could use help -- Manny Lawson may not be a good fit in a 4-3 scheme -- and Rivers is one option to fill that gap."

Keith Rivers signs with Buffalo Bills - Cincy Jungle
"Rivers hasn't exactly been durable with the Giants either, so the Bills probably will be suing him in ore of a backup role." I don't know what that typo means.

Bills sign Keith Rivers | ProFootballTalk
"Rivers joins a linebacker group that may lose Arthur Moats to free agency and a defense that may incorporate more 4-3 elements under coordinator Jim Schwartz. Rivers played in such schemes in both of his previous stops."

More clicks

Jairus Byrd contract breakdown: Saints safety due nearly $28M in three years - BN Blitz
"The total money is $54 million, with $27.9 million in guarantees. His signing bonus, which gets prorated for salary-cap purposes, was for $11 million."

'Winning culture' attracted Jairus Byrd to New Orleans Saints - ESPN
"The winning culture. What coach [Sean] Payton has done and what Drew Brees has done here," Byrd said when asked why he chose the Saints during a conference call with the New Orleans media on Wednesday.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Carpenter's Contract With Bills: 4 Years, $9.95M
"Carpenter's cap hits per season are as follows: $1,812,500 in 2014, $2,362,500 in 2015, $2,837,500 in 2016 and $2,937,500 in 2017."

Bills sign three more free agents - Sports - MPNnow - Canandaigua, NY
"A blizzard didn't stop the Buffalo Bills from being active on the second day of free agency on Wednesday. The team addressed needs at three different positions, signing offensive lineman Chris Williams, cornerback Corey Graham and linebacker Keith Rivers."

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