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Buffalo Bills News, 3/14: Manny Lawson Agrees To Contract

The Buffalo Bills have signed their first free agent of 2013. Local and national writers follow the story and give their perspective.

Patrick McDermott

Manny Lawson

OLB Lawson signs with Buffalo -
"The addition of Lawson addresses a major positional need for Buffalo this offseason. The Bills needed reinforcements at both inside and outside linebacker and the signing of Lawson effectively addresses the perimeter linebacker spot."

Lawson: "I am coming here to change things" -
"Bills LB Manny Lawson comments on signing with Buffalo." There are also several videos at the Bills website where Lawson towers over Chris Brown to answers questions.

Lawson signing to enhance Mario effect -
"(I) definitely would like to rush the passer more and talking to Mike (Pettine) with the packages he has for us I’ll get a chance to," Lawson said.

Inside The Bills | Lawson eager for matchup with Gronk
"I think I match up well against him, I really would like that challenge," Lawson said. "I think he weighs a little bit more. He can’t out-run me. It’s whether or not Brady can put the ball to where I can’t catch it, and where he can. You can’t just throw the ball over my head and he can get it. You gotta throw it really, if I extend my arms, it’s probably nine feet straight up."

Inside The Bills | What Lawson add means for Bradham
"While Lawson is a solid coverage defender in the pass game, so too is Bradham, which probably makes him a very good candidate for the weak side where Nick Barnett used to line up."

Manny Lawson signing suggests Bills want 3-4 component - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"His signing is a further indication of the Bills' desire to have a 3-4 as a key element of their defensive scheme. Lawson, 6-foot-5, has prototypical size for a stand-up outside linebacker -- one reason he was a first-round pick."

Lawson a free agent of change for Bills - The Buffalo News
"This team really wanted me here," said Lawson, who arrived in Buffalo on Tuesday night, the opening of free agency, "and that was just enough for me to come here."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Sign LB Manny Lawson
"The signing of Lawson completes the Buffalo triumverate of NC State defensive linemen that were drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. All three men (Lawson, Mario Williams and John McCargo) are currently or have at one time been a member of the organization."

Buffalo Bills sign free-agent linebacker Manny Lawson | Democrat and Chronicle
"I see myself fitting in where I always see myself fitting in — making plays," said Lawson... "I look at myself as also being a hybrid. I am a defensive end in a linebacker’s body or mentality as you want to put it. I can drop into coverage, I can rush the passer and I think I fit well in this scheme."

Buffalo Bills wasted no time in wooing Manny Lawson | Toronto Sun
Buffalo called Manny Lawson one minute into the free agent signing period and flew him in as soon as they could.

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Assembly Democrats seek tougher penalties if Bills break lease - The Buffalo News
"And if the Bills violate the memorandum of understanding and the nonrelocation agreement, the franchise must "refund the full amount" of state money the team received for the stadium renovation as well as operating expenses in the coming years, the Assembly Democrats propose."

Inside The Bills | Fitz wants a fit for him and his family
"Fitzpatrick characterized the last 24 hours as "interesting," saying he and his agent have already talked with a few different teams. And he said as far as playing, his number one priority would be finding a team that would let hin compete for a starting spot, even though he’s willing to back up."