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TORONTO ON - NOVEMBER 07: The Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears warm up prior to play at the  Rogers Centre on November 7 2010 in Toronto Canada.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
TORONTO ON - NOVEMBER 07: The Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears warm up prior to play at the Rogers Centre on November 7 2010 in Toronto Canada. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Hansen to be next Wall of Famer -
"When I look back I think of my time in Buffalo, I wasn’t a superstar," said Hansen. "I look back at my career and I’d say I was a consistent, dependable and accountable football player. That’s not fancy, but it’s who I was. And with all of the great names around me on the football field, I did my role. I did my job and I did it as well as I could."

Teflon Tom finally pays price for failures - Jerry Sullivan - The Buffalo News
"He was Teflon Tom, an affable man whose repeated draft misses never quite stuck to him. Even Wilson gave him a pass, reminding people that Modrak didn't have the final say on draft picks. It was more convenient to blame someone (Dick Jauron, Tom Donahoe) who was already out the door."

Toronto eyeballs two teams for possible relocation | ProFootballTalk
"That said, the ultimate unspoken goal could be to pressure the Bills to protect their regionalized turf by moving to Toronto in order to keep another NFL team from moving in next door."

Phil Hansen to the Wall of Fame
2011 Wall of Fame Honoree: Phil Hansen -

"Take a look back at some of the highlights from the career of defensive end Phil Hansen, who has been selected as the 27th member of the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame."

Steady Hansen will go on Bills' Wall of Fame - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"Hansen becomes the 27th Wall-of-Fame honoree and the ninth player from the Bills' Super Bowl era to be chosen. He will be inducted at a game to be determined this fall."

Phil Hansen going up on Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame | Democrat and Chronicle
"One of the club's most consistent performers ever who ranks No. 3 in career sacks, Hansen has been voted the Bills 2011 Wall of Fame inductee. He's the 27th Wall member and ninth player to be honored from the Super Bowl Era, along with coach Marv Levy."

Tom Modrak Fired
Bills move on without Modrak - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News

"The firing was not a surprise given the structure of the Bills' scouting operation under Nix, who was promoted to general manager in December 2009. Nix hired Doug Whaley as assistant general manager and director of pro personnel. Whaley scouts top college prospects throughout the year, as does Nix."

Buffalo Bills fire top college scout Tom Modrak | Democrat and Chronicle
"Modrak joined the franchise in June 2001 when he was hired by then-general manager Tom Donahoe. He served as assistant general manager from 2002-2006 before his title was changed to Director of College Scouting in 2007."

Bills fire scouting director Tom Modrak | Democrat and Chronicle
"Modrak built a solid reputation as a talent evaluator during nearly 20 years working for the Pittsburgh Steelers, first as a scout and later as the director of college scouting. He then spent four years as director of football operations for the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Bills in June 2001, hired by his old Pittsburgh boss, Tom Donahoe, who had become Buffalo's GM in January 2001."

Poor Bills' Drafts Up Top Plague Modrak - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Modrak is one of the last remaining links from the Donahoe era. And if there's one thing that Modrak has been synonymous with, it's the poor draft results from the team's early selections."

2011 NFL Draft
Trio of Bills picks from Senior Bowl -

"Bills head coach Chan Gailey made no secret about the edge he felt coaching the Senior Bowl gave his coaching staff in preparation for the 2011 NFL draft. He called it a "tremendous advantage," and Buffalo capitalized on the additional information acquired by being around more than 100 of the best seniors in college football for a week, drafting three of them last weekend."

Inside The Bills | Reed responds to Williams
"Bills second-round pick Aaron Williams showed respect and appreciation that Wall of Famer Andre Reed announced his name as the Bills second pick in the 2011 NFL draft over the weekend on twitter. Reed has now returned the favor."

Post-draft needs: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Football Outsiders explores important offseason questions for every team in the AFC East."

'Boring' draft a success for Bills - Hornell, NY - Hornell Evening Tribune
"GM Buddy Nix and Company were content to sit in place and slowly plug the holes in Buffalo’s roster. Rather than make a splash and reach on a quarterback they weren’t enamored with, the Bills braintrust set about patiently rebuilding a defense in desperate need of a talent infusion."

Bills’ top draft pick has played with a heavy heart - Olean Times Herald: Editorial
MArcell Dareus has overcome some heavy burdens to get where he is today.

More Bills Links
Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas visits Reynolds Elementary |

"Former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas spoke to Reynolds Elementary School students Wednesday about the importance of eating healthy and staying active."

This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Miller's time ends - Sports, Ink - The Buffalo News
"May 5, 1981 -- Terry Miller's career with the Buffalo Bills ended on this day. We're just not particularly sure about the particulars."

Report: Toronto Expansion Will Not Involve Bills? - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"The Score Television Network in Canada has a report that Toronto is getting more aggressive in their pursuit of an NFL team, but according to a Toronto law makers, the Bills are not in the mix."