Buffalo Bills news, 3/7: season tickets, free agency, and Jairus Byrd

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Lots of news this week from One Bills Drive. Jairus Byrd, Aaron Williams, free agent visits and season ticket pricing have been released, and the team announced a change to the way games would be priced.

Bills prez says GM Whaley sets player negotiation values, not contract negotiator Overdorf | Kryk Slants

Russ Brandon: "Jim Overdorf is the lead negotiator on any and all contracts with his negotiating team, and reports to Doug on anything relative to those negotiations."  Well, that's good.

Ticket prices

Bills introduce variable ticket pricing for 2014 - BuffaloBills.com
"The Buffalo Bills will introduce variable ticket pricing for fans purchasing tickets to 2014 Buffalo Bills home games. The new ticket model will include a tiered-pricing system for preseason and regular season games. Season tickets will list different prices for the home games based on the variable tiers."

Bills raise prices for season tickets - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"The team announced Thursday that prices for a 10-game season-ticket package – two preseason games and eight that count – range from $260 for a seat in the upper deck (300 Level V) to $3,100 for a spot in the Time Warner Cable Business Class Club."

Bills adopt variable ticket pricing | ProFootballTalk
"The Bills struggled last year to sell out Ralph Wilson Stadium.  On multiple occasions, the team purchased unsold non-premium tickets at 34 cents on the dollar to allow the games to be televised locally."

Since renewal, Bills making ‘basically the same’ money off Toronto games as regular home games | Kryk Slants
"Sun Media has confirmed that the Toronto games stopped being a windfall for the NFL team when the five-year series extension was signed a year ago."

UPDATE: Bills-in-Toronto postponed for 2014, but source says will resume as contracted for four more years. At least as it stands now | Kryk Slants
Asked if the Bills approached Rogers after the season to kill the series entirely, Brandon told Sun Media: "We talk to our partners on a continual basis, and took a top-line analysis of where the series was to date, and decided with the leadership at Rogers that we needed to go into an evaluation mode for the year to determine the outgoing years. So we’ll see where that evaluation takes us."

Free Agency

Bills host free agent LB Jasper Brinkley - BuffaloBills.com
"Brinkley (6-1, 252) is a four-year veteran who played for the Cardinals last season appearing in 15 games in a part-time role that included three starts. The 28-year old lined up mainly at inside linebacker in Arizona’s 3-4 front."

Bills retain four free agents - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills have exercised their exclusive rights by tendering offers to WR Chris Hogan, OL Antoine McClain, and FB Frank Summers (pictured) and re-signing DB Brandon Smith. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed."

Free agency preview: Linebacker - BuffaloBills.com
"Buffalo has already had two free agent LBs in for visits. Here's a look at the prospective LB market."

MLB Jasper Brinkley Visited With Vikings Earlier This Week - KFAN
"Sources close to the situation have confirmed that Brinkley was in fact in Minnesota meeting with the Vikings earlier this week likely discussing what could very well be considered a vacant middle linebacker position."

Inside The Bills | Bills plan to be active in free agency
"We’ll be active in free agency," Brandon said. "We have a master plan on everything related to our current roster and going into free agency."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Williams Deal Likely Seals Byrd's Fate With Bills
"In the end, it was Byrd or Williams. When Byrd decided to test his worth on the open market, the decision was clear for Buffalo: Sign the player that wants to be with the organization for the long-term and move on."

Aaron Williams says Jairus Byrd wants to remain in Buffalo | ProFootballTalk
"I know that they’re still negotiating. I don’t want to speak on their situation because I have no say, nor do I know the full story on it, but I know Jairus does want to come back and wants to be a part of something special. Jairus and I have a great friendship. We communicate non-stop," Williams said.

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