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Pat Williams didn't know StarCaps was banned - SI.com
"Pat Williams, a 13-year veteran, testified Wednesday he first took StarCaps when he was with the Buffalo Bills, where a trainer told him it was a legal supplement. Williams also said he checked out StarCaps online and "everything looked legal.""

Texans sign Wade Smith | ProFootballTalk.com
"Wade really enjoyed his other visits to Arizona and Buffalo, but Houston was the first team we heard from after midnight Friday," Parker told Marvez.  "He felt it was the right fit for him." Per Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com, it's a four-year, $12 million contract, with $6.25 million in guaranteed money.

Report: Seahawks want McNabb or Kolb, no one wants Vick | ProFootballTalk.com
"ESPN's Sal Paolantonio says that he now firmly believes that McNabb will be traded by the Eagles at some point in the offseason. Meanwhile, Paolantonio also said that the well has gone dry on Mike Vick, and that no one is interested in trading for him. "St. Louis has dried up," Paolantonio said. "Buffalo, dried up.""

Free Agency
Winners and losers in NFL Free Agency - Vic Carucci - NFL.com

"Losers - 1. Buffalo  Bills: It's true that the Bills have far too many needs than can be fixed in one offseason, but they are conspicuous by their relative inactivity beyond signing not-so-special, free-agent offensive tackle Cornell Green. Green could be a starter for the Bills, but that's less a reflection of how good he is than a sign of how desperate the Bills are for offensive line help. This team clearly seems focused on keeping its costs down -- which every team is able to do without a spending floor in place -- and doing everything it can to get better through the draft." Et tu, Vic?

Report: DT Jimmy Kennedy to visit the Bills - Inside the Bills
"The 30-year old appeared in 13 games for the Vikings last season as a rotational player behind Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. At 6′5″ 320, Kennedy is likely considered a nose tackle candidate for the team’s new 3-4 defense."

Free Agent Files: Jimmy Kennedy - Buffalo Sports Daily
Kennedy was the first potential signing highlighted by Patrick Moran back in mid-February.  He told me on twitter he, "REALLY want to sign this guy."

Bills bringing DT Kennedy in for a visit - Buffalo News
"Playing mostly on passing downs, Kennedy was an effective interior pass rusher. He finished with 18 tackles (four for lost yardage), three sacks and seven quarterback pressures."

Bills host Vikings DT Jimmy Kennedy - ESPN AFC East blog
Kennedy was the primary backup in 2009 and, as NFC blogger Kevin Seifert writes, "made more plays than you would think, but probably had something to do with at least one Williams and Jared Allen usually being on the field with him."

For time being, Owens remains unemployed : Buffalo Sports Daily
"It looks like for the time being, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens will remain unemployed. Owens visited the Cincinnati Bengals last night, but today the team went with Antonio Bryant."

Twitter / Adam Schefter
QB Derek Anderson out of Cleveland, and he might not be alone. Browns have discussed dealing QB Brady Quinn with other teams.

2010 NFL Draft
Report: Bills GM watches Okung – Inside The Bills

"Among those in attendance at the Oklahoma State pro day where top flight OT Russell Okung performed was none other than Bills GM Buddy Nix. That according to the Associated Press. Nix reportedly spoke briefly with Okung at the conclusion of his workout."

Report: Skelton to visit with Bills – Inside The Bills
"Fordham QB John Skelton had his pro day on Tuesday and did well. Bills QBs coach George Cortez was reportedly in attendance. TFY Draft Insider is reporting that Skelton will visit with Buffalo on Sunday. NFL teams only have 60 personal interviews."

NT Cody loses more weight - Inside the Bills
"Terrence Cody, who played his last season of college ball at about 373 was down to 354 at the NFL Combine late last month.  At Alabama’s pro day today (Wednesday) he weighed in at 348.  It’s important for Cody to improve his stamina if he wants to improve his draft stock. Often times he didn’t last much more than 25 plays per game in college."

QB Wonderlic Scores - Inside the Bills
A few of the QB prospects scores on the Wonderlic test from the combine have leaked out.  Bradford scored a 36 out of 50.  Colt McCoy had a 25.  Jimmy Clausen had a 23.  Tim Tebow had a 22.

Compensatory forecast - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"None. They signed two qualifying free agents (quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, center Geoff Hangartner) and lost two (cornerback Jabari Greer, linebacker Angelo Crowell). AdamJT13 adds the Bills could get a compensatory pick at the end of the seventh round based on net value of the players lost, depending on the evaluations."

Mock 'em, sock 'em draftniks - AFC East Blog - ESPN
No. 9 Buffalo Bills * Kiper's pick: Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams * McShay's pick: Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen

Draft Watch: Recent History - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"It's a safe bet their objective won't be to draft defensive backs. The Bills have many shortcomings, but their secondary isn't among them. Thanks to former head coach Dick Jauron's obsession with defensive backs, the Bills have a glut there. Of the 18 players they selected the past two drafts, a third of them played cornerback or safety. The Bills are bleak at offensive tackle because they've chosen one, seventh-round project Demetrius Bell, in the past three years. In fact, you'd have to search back to 2002 to find a tackle they selected before the fifth round. The Bills are switching to a 3-4 defense this year, so it might be enlightening to know they haven't selected any defensive tackles -- let alone one who would be an effective NFL nose tackle -- three draft classes in a row."

Mock draft 2.0 - Pat Kirwan - NFL.com
9. Buffalo Bills - Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee The Bills have lots of needs, especially at offensive tackle, but they can't really build a 3-4 defense without a nose tackle. Williams is very quick for a 327-pound guy.

Rob Gronkowski NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking the Draft
Mocking the Draft profiles the Buffalo native, TE Rob Gronkowski of Arizona

Maurkice Pouncey NFL Draft scouting report- Mocking the Draft
MTD profiles the Florida center prospect.

Other Bills News
Tackle stats say Bell was the ultimate safety - AFC East - ESPN

"Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner ranked 10th with a 6.38 TIR (44 solos, three misses), but pleasant surprise George Wilson was 14th with a 7.46 TIR (62 solos, five misses). Monson notes George Wilson finished second among safeties in a stat ProFootballFocus.com calls "stops," tackles that result in an offensive failure such as denying a third-down conversion.  Bills rookie Jairus Byrd, who tied for the league lead with nine interceptions, had 31 solos and four misses for a below-average 11.43 TIR" For all of you lamenting the loss of Jim Leonhard, he was near the bottom of the pack.

A Bills tie to 'The Blind Side' - BuffaloBills.com
Buffalo Bills strength and conditioning coach Eric Ciano helped the Blind Side actor Quinton Aaron into shape to play Michael Oher.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Columnists - Koshan: That's two QBs for Argos!
Hamdan probably could have taken more money to remain in the U.S., but he did not want to sit on the bench anymore. "I don’t want to toil on a roster with no role. That became difficult."

'Poz' at head of the class : Latest Local News : The Buffalo News
First, Paul Posluszny cut off his long, flowing mane of hair. Now that that's out of the way, Poz visited a Depew middle school student and rode with him to school in a limo after the boy's grandfather bought Pepsi at Tops. Poz also took part in an assembly at school with some good answers you can find through the link.

NFL’s Wilson expanding programs for area youth - Paducah Sun
" George Wilson is no stranger to giving back to his community. The Buffalo Bills safety supports his hometown of Paducah (Kentucky) by hosting a sports camp for kids, giving away Bills’ tickets and creating a leadership retreat for Paducah Middle School students — just to name a few ways."