Buffalo Bills news, 3/28: relocation on many columnists' minds

Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

Now that the remembrances have come and gone, the news cycle has shifted to "what next" - and for a lot of folks, that means discussing relocation.

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Relocation and new ownership

Will Bills franchise remain in Wilson’s family? - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"Five other NFL cities have faced similar questions in the past eight years. In four of those instances, controlling interest in the team was passed on to surviving family members. In the other, a minority owner exercised an option to purchase controlling interest."

Sen. Charles Schumer says losing Bills is 'not even an alternative I want to face' - BN Blitz
"There's no better way to honor Ralph Wilson's legacy than by keeping the Bills in Buffalo," Schumer told me from his office in Washington. "I spoke to him at length about his passion to keep the team here."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Read The Buffalo Bills Non-Relocation Agreement
Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted a link to the non relocation agreement. Read it here. Also hear Poloncarz on the Bills' future.

Relocating Buffalo Bills would be difficult task - ESPN
"Whether it is "ironclad" or just "very difficult" for a new ownership group to move the team prior to 2020, the main takeaway from Poloncarz's Twitter comments Thursday is that there is a separate agreement, outside of the lease, that protects the team from relocation."

Window opens for Bills to move after 2019 season | ProFootballTalk
"Until the Wilson family or a new buyer provides Buffalo fans with certainty, there will be none.  Beyond, that is, the team remaining in Buffalo for the next six or nine seasons."

Wilson must be kept in perspective - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"But a little perspective. I understand the inclination to paint a rose-tinged picture after anyone’s passing. But Ralph Wilson was a public figure. There is a point where heartfelt reminiscences cross the line into revisionist history."

Losing the Buffalo Bills would hurt local business - Democrat and Chronicle
"The studies I have seen have failed to show that the Bills have a major economic impact on this region," Kent Gardner, chief economist at the Rochester-based Center for Governmental Research, said. "But the Bills do give this region visibility on the national stage. Similarly, losing the Bills likely would have a negative effect."

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NFL world offers support for Jim Kelly - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
Mike Rodak collects social media posting in support of Jim Kelly for your viewing and reading.

Kenny Britt still evaluating his options | ProFootballTalk
"Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Britt is still evaluating his options.  The source says that the Rams are 'certainly' in the hunt."

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