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Buffalo Bills News, 3/6: Stevie Johnson Responds To Workout Critics

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson responds to critics who questioned his work ethic after a Super Bowl week interview. That and more in today's daily links.

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Buffalo Bills still mulling futures of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andy Levitre - ESPN

"I don't know," Nix told The Associated Press when asked if the team had reached any decisions regarding Levitre and Fitzpatrick. "We're still in the process of working on it."

Stevie Johnson claims workout comments 'way overblown' - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News

"I didn't hear from nobody about it except for C.J. Spiller, who told me, 'They're blowing up back in Buffalo about the workout comments,'" Johnson said. "I went, 'What workout comments?'"

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Shawne Merriman announces retirement -
"But knee and Achilles injuries struck soon after robbing Merriman of his trademark burst off the line. The pass rusher fought through the next five seasons, but never reached his previous production level. He logged just six sacks in his last four NFL seasons."

Inside The Bills | Report: Bills invite DT to April minicamp
"According to, DT Randy Colling has accepted the invitation to participate in the Bills minicamp next month. Colling is a Division II product out of Gannon University. Colling (6’4″ 307) has worked out for a handful of teams over they past calendar year and was in minicamps with the Giants and Jets last year as a tryout player."

Bills’ Merriman pulls plug on career - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Shawne Merriman made it on the field for just 15 games over the past 2½ seasons for the Buffalo Bills. He managed two sacks. He was paid $8.75 million."

Breaking down Bills free agency and draft with Keith Sims - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Among the focal points: the best way to handle Ryan Fitzpatrick, what Buffalo might do in free agency after last year's disappointing payoff, the prime holes to fill in free agency, how the Bills might use the eighth overall draft pick and two markets dealing with prolonged mediocrity since their Hall of Fame quarterbacks retired."

Will new Bills coach Doug Marrone go fourth and conquer? - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
There are some really interesting stats here on Chan Gailey, who went for it a lot on fourth down early in his career with the Bills but got more conservative in his third season. Tim Graham also breaks down how many times Doug Marrone went for it on fourth down as Syracuse head coach.

‘Draft Day’ becomes another bust for Buffalo - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"At the end of the day, it was a money thing. I think Mr. [Ivan] Reitman really wanted to shoot here, but it just came down to the cost factor. What we were told is that the Cleveland incentives were better," Clark said.

Bills won’t say if they’ve asked Fitzpatrick to restructure his contract | ProFootballTalk
"Any talking, I’ll do with him," Nix said, via the Associated Press.

Vince Young to work amid NFL scouts at Texas pro day -
"VY will work out at the University of Texas pro day on March 26, according to's Stewart Mandel. Texas coach Mack Brown revealed the news about his former prized pupil. Young is back on the Texas campus finishing up his degree."