Buffalo Bills news, 3/25: Doug Whaley talks from NFL owners' meetings

Doug Whaley made several interesting comments from the NFL owners' meetings on Monday. John Kryk (Toronto Sun) has the scoop.

Q&A with Doug Whaley from Owners' Meetings - Toronto Sun

"Whaley talked to me about his team's wide-receiver position, whether the team tried to woo QB Michael Vick, whether he's still looking to land a free-agent safety to help replace Jairus Byrd, that linebackers Keith Rivers and Brandon Spikes were "at the top" of his free-agent lists, that their addition gives the Bills potentially a 'very good' linebacker corps (potentially the best since he's been with the team, 2010). Whaley also discussed Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans, whether a prospect's stinky pro day really matters, and he confirmed what I reported last week, that the Bills are meeting this week with McGill University's Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an offensive-tackle prospect gaining buzz."

Bills Focus: Doug Whaley at NFL Owners Meeting - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com

"Bills General Manager Doug Whaley is in Orlando, Florida at the annual NFL Owner Meetings. Whaley discusses possible rule changes, the offseason Free Agent acquisitions, and what's ahead come May's NFL Draft."

Arthur Moats

Arthur Moats signs with Pittsburgh Steelers - ESPN
"However, he wasn't considered an impact player on defense, creating an opportunity for the Bills to upgrade at the position. Moats recently hired well-known agent Drew Rosenhaus and was expected to find a starting job on the open market."

Arthur Moats' Steelers contract - Behind the Steel Curtain
Moats will receive $730,000 in salary with a signing bonus of $65,000.

Arthur Moats described as 'back-up outside linebacker' by team site - Behind the Steel Curtain
"Along with being a 'core' special teams player, Steelers.com is describing the newest Steelers free agent signing as a 'back-up outside linebacker' who 'also can play inside linebacker.'"

Jim Kelly

Thousands rally in support of Jim Kelly in his cancer battle - Sports - The Buffalo News
"The Kellys have been buoyed by thousands of messages of support on social media. Fans have expressed their support on Twitter by using the hashtag 'PrayersForJK' and on a Facebook page titled 'Prayfor JimKelly.'"

John Elway on 1983 classmate Jim Kelly: 'Words don't describe the sadness' - BN Blitz
"It's sad to me to hear what's taken place since two weeks ago," Elway, the Denver Broncos' executive vice president of football operations, said today at the NFL's annual owners meetings. "From what I understand it's not a good report."

John Elway: Jim Kelly "represents toughness" - BuffaloBills.com
"Denver Broncos GM VP of Football Operations John Elway says Jim Kelly embodies toughness - a quality that has him well-equipped to battle cancer." See the video here.

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Inside The Bills | As expected no compensatories for Bills
"The NFL handed out their compensatory picks at the league meetings Monday in Orlando. As we mentioned last month the Bills were not expected to receive an additional draft choice, and they did not."

Bills not among 13 NFL teams to get compensatory draft choices - BN Blitz
"Buffalo didn't have a net loss with free agents last year. They lost offensive linemen Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart, but signed defensive lineman Alan Branch and linebacker Manny Lawson."

Inside The Bills | Bills 11th in TV ratings in NFL
"Eight of the 10 teams that finished ahead of them with better rankings made the playoffs in 2013. Here is the list of the top 10 ahead of Buffalo."

What's next for the Buffalo Bills at tight end? - ESPN
"Much of that hinges on Tony Moeaki, who didn't play an offensive snap last season after being signed in December. If Moeaki can regain his form from before his most recent injury, the Bills will have some more punch at the position. If not, it's a bland group."

Former Bill Troy Vincent named NFL executive VP of football operations - BuffaloBills.com
"Vincent, the head of NFL Player Engagement since 2010, will oversee all aspects of football operations in the league office with a focus on quality and innovation. His responsibilities will include officiating, integrity of the game, on-field discipline, game operations, player personnel, and college relations."

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