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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 3/20

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Bills re-sign WR Hagan -
"Hagan (6’2" 215) began last season with the Raiders and played against the Bills in Week 2, before later signing with Buffalo on Nov. 22nd following a midseason release. He appeared in four games for Buffalo making his only start in the season finale against New England where he posted a season-high seven catches for 89 yards. His only touchdown reception for the Bills came against the team that originally drafted him, Miami on Dec. 18."

Bills enjoying the Mario 'bump' -
"Bills new defensive end Mario Williams does not a trademark sack dance with a name. If he did however, his new team might want to label it the ‘Mario bump.’ The free agent defensive end’s impact at the Bills’ ticket window, fan following and team merchandise has provided an eye-opening boost for the franchise."

Does Williams signing change draft approach? -
"We could bring in some guys that could plug in some holes, but I think the big thing it does for us is it frees us up in the draft," he said. "We weren’t going to reach anyway, but we’re not going to be tempted to reach. We’re not going to reach for a pass rusher that may not be a 10th pick guy that we don’t have graded that high. We relieved that some. Now that’s not to say we won’t take a pass rusher at that point. We will if he’s the best player on the board."

Buddy Nix basks in the post-Mario glow | ProFootballTalk
"The Bills made the biggest move of the week, pursuing — and landing — defensive end Mario Williams. After thee long days of recruitment and, eventually, victory, Nix joined PFT Live to discuss the landing of the hottest defensive free agent since Reggie White."

PFT Live: Russert beaming over Mario Williams signing | ProFootballTalk
"Luke Russert of NBC News says it’s a "beautiful day in America" as the Buffalo Bills signed top defensive free agent Mario Williams. Russert predicts this addition will change the market in upstate New York, and the organization will become playoff contenders this season."

Inside The Bills | Mario’s sacks by QB
"Courtesy of the Houston Texans media relations department here’s the rundown of QBs sacked by Mario Williams in his career, how many times he sacked them and the total yards lost."

Mario's signing leaves Bills with draft options - The Buffalo News
"We have the 10th pick in the draft," Kelly said. "This changes it a little bit. You have so many different options now. This is something I'm sure Buddy [Nix] and the scouting department ... they're licking their chops because there's a lot of different options now. I'm excited about it."

Things are looking up for newsroom Bills fans | Erie Times-News
"E-mails flew fast and furious that day among us Bills fans. When Williams officially signed that afternoon, you couldn't wipe the grins off our faces with a Terrible Towel. I don't expect Erie to turn into a mini-Buffalo. There are far too many fans of the Black and Gold to ever let that happen. But our numbers are growing, both inside our newsroom and out."

Russ Brandon on Ticket Sales, Stadium Upgrades |
"We've had over 1,400 new season ticket holders sign up, and we've renewed over 4,000 season ticket holders over the last two days, so it's been very active in the ticket office," said Bills CEO Russ Brandon.

Mario Williams' value not worth price paid by Buffalo Bills |
"Which brings us to Mario Williams. The Jaguars need another pass rusher. But giving an above-average player the richest contract of any defensive player in NFL history, as the Buffalo Bills did, is not just bad value. It’s bad decision-making."

Buffalo Bills’ Mario Williams Struts his Home Theater Stuff - Electronic House
This is a huge "nerd-alert" article and gets very technical, but it's neat.

Inside The Bills | Bills WR count
"The Bills now have nine wide receivers on the roster and that’s not counting versatile swingman Brad Smith. Here’s the rundown."

Buddy Nix suggests No. 1 tailback job is wide open | ProFootballTalk
"So who will be the No. 1 tailback at camp, Jackson or C.J. Spiller? "Well, that’s gonna be for them to decide," Nix said.

Jackson's value to Bills' offense can't be overlooked - AFC East Daily
"Entering Week 11, Jackson was averaging 101.9 rushing yards a game, he had six touchdowns in the nine games and was gaining 43.6 yards a game via receptions. Based on those numbers, Jackson was on pace for 1,630 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns and 697 receiving yards."

Bills re-sign WR Derek Hagan - The Buffalo News
"Hagan is a talent who never has been able to put it all together in the NFL. He has good size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds), and he was a third-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 2006. But he was bounced out of Miami's revolving door early in the 2008 season. The coach who drafted him (Nick Saban) left after his rookie year. The Fish's '07 coach (Cam Cameron) lasted just one year. Tony Sparano took over in '08."

Source: Morrison's 2-year Deal Worth $2.5m - WGR 550
"The Bills re-signed unrestricted free agent Kirk Morrison to a two-year contract, with it being worth a total of $2.5 million according to a league source. Morrison received a $500,000 signing bonus on that contract."

Rams should look hard at Bills' RFA OG's - Turf Show Times
"In particular, there are two young OG's that the Buffalo Bills currently have on a RFA tender. They are Kraig Urbik and Chad Rinehart. Both are younger guys, at 26 years old, but both are incredibly underrated and just coming into their primes."

Stars aligned, and Hootie Monday After the Masters event sold out -
"LPGA legend Sorenstam is making her third appearance and first in 2009, Conway native and LPGA member Kristy McPherson is participating for the third consecutive year, Buffalo Bills and former Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen will participate for the second consecutive year, and Jim Furyk and his caddie Mike "Fluff" Cowan are returning for the third straight year."