Buffalo Bills news, 3/6: Toronto deal postponed, Aaron Williams contract extension

Tom Szczerbowski

The Buffalo Bills have postponed the Toronto deal and signed Aaron Williams. They also hosted a free agent visit on Wednesday. Crazy links today.

Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams: "I’m very blessed to have a great opportunity to be with a team like this"
"Aaron Williams speaks to the media about signing a long-term contract extension with the Bills."

Bills sign Aaron Williams to a multi-year extension - BuffaloBills.com
"Aaron Williams is a versatile player who has grown into a key playmaker for our defense in recent years," said Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. "He had an extremely productive season for our defense in 2013. Aaron is the type of young, core player we targeted early in the process to retain for years to come and this will be our philosophy moving forward. By building on his improved play in 2013, we expect Aaron to continue to grow into a key contributor for the Bills organization."

Bills Focus: Aaron Williams 1-on-1 Interview - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Chris Brown catches up with Bills safety Aaron Williams to talk about staying in Buffalo, taking on a leadership role on defense, and the chemistry in the secondary."

Bills address free-safety future by signing Aaron Williams for four years - BN Blitz
"Bills President and Chief Executive Officer Russ Brandon said the Williams deal was "completely independent" of the talks with Byrd. But the reality is Byrd has waited five years to hit unrestricted free agency, and he is very likely to sign with another club."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Sign Aaron Williams Through 2018 Season
"The contract extension does not begin in the 2014 season, however. Williams still has one year remaining on his rookie contract that he will play under. His cap hit for this year will remain at $1,673,365. Williams will be paid his signing bonus for the recently announced extension, but the proration of that amount for the salary cap won't begin until 2015."

Bills Extend S Aaron Williams - ESPN Video - ESPN
"Jeff Saturday discusses why he is shocked that the Bills inked S Aaron Williams to a four-year contract extension."

Aaron Williams signs extension with Bills | ProFootballTalk
"There is $14.625 million guaranteed, although it is unclear how much of that is fully guaranteed beyond a $6.5 million signing bonus."

Toronto postponement

‘Postponement’ of Buffalo Bills’ Toronto game? Stay of execution more like it: Kelly | Toronto Star
"Rogers rowed the corpse of the Bills in Toronto Series out into the middle of Lake Ontario, tied a cinder block to its feet and tipped it over the side of the boat."

Buffalo Bills & Rogers Media postpone Toronto series for 2014 - BuffaloBills.com
"We are committed to continuing our partnership and have secured a robust sponsorship agreement for the 2014 season that will bring Canadian NFL fans visibility and access to the Bills. The sponsorship includes ticketing, merchandising, media exposure, and a newly created Canada House, near Ralph Wilson Stadium, that will serve as the official pre-game Canadian tailgate zone for all Bills home games."

Russ Brandon: "We'll have a full slate of games at Ralph Wilson Stadium" - BuffaloBills.com
Some of Russ Brandon's press conference comments are telling, folk. Make sure to check them out. Video also available.

Inside The Bills | Atlanta game impacted move to postpone
"I think that’s a fair comment," Brandon said. "Obviously we’re trying to build a fan base north of the border and this year I would say it was a neutral crowd. Some of that had to do with how we played over the last six years has really not been conducive to building a lot of fans that were NFL fans, but we’re trying to make them Bills fans."

Bills pulling out of Toronto a hopeful sign of front office's commitment to winning - BN Blitz
"A source with knowledge of the negotiations told The Buffalo News that skipping a game in Toronto was not an easy sell for everyone at One Bills Drive, but team President Russ Brandon and coach Doug Marrone won them over."

Bills Won't Play In Toronto In 2014 - ESPN Video - ESPN
"Field Yates discusses why the Buffalo Bills aren't scheduling a Rogers Centre game in Toronto in 2014."

Bills bagging Toronto must end blame game - ESPN
Mike Rodak says Bills fans need to step up to the plate and buy the extra tickets that come with canceling the Toronto Series game.

Bills announce postponement of Toronto series | ProFootballTalk
"While fans didn’t like the effort to create a regional footprint for the team, owner Ralph Wilson realized that expanding the fan base would be the best way to keep the team in Buffalo.  If that doesn’t work, there’s little chance that the highest bidder for the Bills, which will be sold after the 95-year-old owner passes, will be able to keep the team in Buffalo."

Leo Roth Buffalo Bills Toronto Series postponed - Democrat and Chronicle
Leo Roth has opinions.

More clicks

ILB Jameel McClain makes free agent visit with Bills - BuffaloBills.com
"A three-year starter for Baltimore, McClain could put Buffalo in position to move Kiko Alonso from middle linebacker to the weak side should the two sides progress to contract negotiations. McClain is open to playing the middle or weak side linebacker, but got indications the Bills see him as a ‘mike’ (middle) linebacker though nothing is set in stone."

Free agency preview: Tight End - BuffaloBills.com
"A preview of potential free agent targets at tight end."

Inside The Bills | McClain to also visit with Giants
"This is the first visit and then I go to the Giants," said McClain. "I’ve got more scheduled, but I tell my agent to tell me the day before. I don’t want to be wrapping my mind around too many ideas. I’m more like a get the information and go guy."

Bills hosting LB Jameel McClain at facility - ESPN
"The Syracuse product has played his entire career for the Ravens after going undrafted in 2008. His best season came in 2011, when he started all 16 games, notching 84 tackles, one sack, one interception, and four passes defensed."

NFL Nation Buzz: Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
"ESPN.com Bills reporter Mike Rodak discusses why the Bills playing in the Hall of Fame Game might put quarterback EJ Manuel at risk for injury."

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