Buffalo Bills news, 3/15: Brandon Spikes, Anthony Dixon latest to sign in train of free agents

Jared Wickerham

The Buffalo Bills are spending some dollar bills this offseason. Head inside for the latest on the two newest members of the team.

Jim Kelly’s oral cancer returns - City & Region - The Buffalo News

"The recurrence was found this week, during a follow-up visit Kelly made to his doctors at the Erie County Medical Center."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 3-14

Jim Schwartz plans to keep a lot of the defensive calls the same. That and answers on questions about Schwartz's tenure, Todd Downing's background, the term "The 12th man," setting the draft board at the top, and how division opponents alter your offseason strategy.

Brandon Spikes

Bills add Spikes, introduce Rivers in LB overhaul - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Spikes, 26, agreed to terms on a one-year deal, a source told The News, confirming an Associated Press report. It’s worth $3.25 million, according to ESPN. He’s a significant addition in the Bills’ quest to improve a defense that ranked 28th against the run last season."

Fred Smerlas gives fair warning on Brandon Spikes, questions character and commitment - BN Blitz
Smerlas: "When you have a young team like the Bills, I don't know that I'd want him. I want good guys. I want guys that believe in the Buffalo Bills, and it's very important for them that football and winning is important." The outspoken former Bill is not a fan.

Bills hated Brandon Spikes as a Patriot, would love him on their side - BN Blitz
"Spikes is a physical player," Wood told me a few days before the Bills opened their season against the Patriots. "He's kind of an old-school, thumping linebacker, not one of those hybrid guys that you might see nowadays, where maybe he was a converted safety from college. He's a true linebacker. I have a lot of respect for his game."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Land LB Brandon Spikes
"Through those four seasons, the linebacker had 286 tackles in 39 starts. Spikes was a consistent tackler, but hasn't offered much, statistically speaking, to the playmaking side of defense. In his career, he has only one sack, two interceptions and five forced fumbles, with all five occurring in 2012."

Brandon Spikes agrees with Buffalo Bills on 1-year deal - ESPN
"Buffalo allowed 150 or more yards on the ground seven times last season. That was a glaring weakness for a defense that was solid in other areas with a franchise-record 57 sacks and that finished 10th in the NFL in yards allowed, Buffalo's best finish since ranking second in 2004."

Following up on Brandon Spikes - ESPN
"I covered Spikes from 2010-12 in New England. On the field, he brought a physical presence to the Patriots that they missed when he wasn't in the lineup. Off the field, Spikes drew attention for often the wrong reasons."

Anthony Dixon

NFL free agency news: Anthony Dixon signing with Buffalo Bills - Niners Nation
"Dixon's departure is not surprising, but it still kind of sucks. He was never the best player on the 49ers, let alone the best running back, but he was a ball of energy that brought 100 percent to special teams. He wanted more opportunities as a running back, and I'm curious to see how much of a rushing opportunity he gets in Buffalo."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Dixon Agrees To Deal With Bills
"Dixon, 26, has spent each of the past four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and turned himself into a special teams asset over that time. As a runner, he's got 458 yards on 148 carries and eight touchdowns."

Free Agency Roundup

LB Brandon Spikes, RB Anthony Dixon agree to terms with Bills - BuffaloBills.com
"The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms on contracts with LB Brandon Spikes and RB Anthony Dixon. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed."

Bills welcome FA RB Dixon, LB Spikes for visits - BuffaloBills.com
"The free agent visitor stickers were being handed out at One Bills Drive Friday as one free agent from each side of the ball were visiting with Bills coaches and front office staff. Buffalo welcomed free agent RB Anthony Dixon and LB Brandon Spikes to the facility."

Corey Graham Press Conference - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"WNY Native and newest Buffalo Bill Corey Graham talks about the excitement of joining his hometown team."

Keith Rivers Press Conference - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Keith Rivers, who agreed to terms with the Bills, explains why he felt the Bills were the best fit for him."

Bills Focus: Graham's First Look at His Locker - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Cornerback Corey Graham makes his first visit to the Buffalo locker room and shares his thoughts on his excitement, talks about growing up a Bills fan, plus meets his favorite Bills growing up."

Inside The Bills | With Chandler back Whaley liking TE group
Whaley: "We’ve got the gamut covered so we think we’re pretty solid, but that doesn’t prohibit us from getting anybody that we think might be an upgrade."

Inside The Bills | Whaley: Adding another QB not likely
Whaley: "Comfortable, very comfortable and then you throw Dennis Dixon in," he said. "All those guys are going to be another year in the system, so if you bring someone else in they’ll be new in the system. So we’re comfortable with where we are with the quarterback position."

Breaking down Keith Rivers' deal - ESPN
Mike Rodak has Keith Rivers' deal at 2 years, $4 million and not the $5 million previously reported. Perhaps the other million is for incentives, which Rivers agent may have leaked as the contract parameters.

One more click

Fred Smerlas calls to defend Bills trainer Bud Carpenter: 'That guy helps you' - BN Blitz
"Smerlas began today's phone call with a wisecrack, as is his custom for pretty much every conversation. But he called for a serious reason: to defend Carpenter after reading my story from a couple weeks ago in The Buffalo News."

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