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Buffalo Bills news, 4/10: Kevin Kolb contract details

Kevin Kolb's contract numbers "scream backup," according to one national writer.

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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.

Leo Roth: Little enthusiasm for Kevin Kolb signing | Democrat and Chronicle

"With the official signing of quarterback Kevin Kolb this week, the Buffalo Bills off-season officially shifted into neutral. Neutral as in the color beige, vanilla ice cream served in a white bowl."

Leo Roth laments the Bills' lack of a big free agent signing, saying the team has "given up" on generating fan interest because of their lack of moves in free agency. He doesn't think the Bills have done enough to overhaul their roster from a season ago - and while he acknowledges that the draft is still to come, it doesn't sound like he's too interested in discussing how that might help the Bills.

Kolb’s deal worth $3 million this year - The Buffalo News

"In short, the Bills signed Kolb for less than they would have paid to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bills also were offering Fitzpatrick a $3 million per year deal, plus significant incentives. But they were offering Fitzpatrick a four-year contract. Fitzpatrick wound up signing a two-year, $6.5 million deal with Tennessee."

I really like Mark Gaughan's take here: Buffalo signed Kevin Kolb for virtually the same contract Ryan Fitzpatrick turned down over the next two years but they also offered Fitz two additional years. It indicates the difference they see in the two quarterbacks. Perhaps they saw more value in Fitzpatrick as a mentor for a drafted quarterback than they they see in Kolb. It could also be as simple as they know and trust Fitz and didn't know Kolb as well.

More clicks

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Deal With Kolb: $6.1m Base Over Two Years
"However, the point to take away is that it's a low-risk deal for Buffalo that they can walk away from without receiving a large hit to their salary cap. By no means does signing Kolb, due to the contract numbers, rule out Buffalo from selecting a quarterback early in the 2013 NFL Draft."

PFT on NBC Sports Network: Kevin Kolb | ProFootballTalk
Did anyone watch his appearance on NBC Sports Network last night? Let us know in the comments.

Bills best and worst draft picks, from Tom Cousineau to Jim Kelly - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
Tim Graham has legitimate concerns over's list of the best and worst draft picks in Buffalo Bills franchise history. Check out the list and his problems here.

CJ Spiller on Hackett and Wheatley - YNN
"I had a chance to sit down with Coach (Nathaniel) Hackett and he is very excited. He is a guy that is going to bring positive energy to the offensive unit. Of course, I had a great conversation with Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley. He is a guy that has played this position and knows what we go through. It is definitely fun when you have guys that actually played your position and know what you are going through professionally and personally," Spiller said.

David Nelson inks 1 year deal with the Browns - Dawgs By Nature
"Today, the Cleveland Browns signed a one year deal with Wide Receiver David Nelson." Read Browns fans' reactions and comment yourself.

Inside The Bills | Talk of up tempo style appeals to Kolb
"My wife always goes crazy saying, ‘I don’t know why they don’t do it all the time. You just look so comfortable when they let you do your no huddle thing.’ So I was looking for some of that (in free agency)."

Bills' draft clicks

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Host Three More Pre-draft Visits, Including A QB
"The group was highlighted by LSU pass rusher Barkevious Mingo, who is expected to be a Top-20 selection on April 25. One Bills Drive also played host to Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter and Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel."

QB, WR on pre-draft visits with Bills -
"Buffalo continued their parade of draft prospect visitors at One Bills Drive as they welcomed Arizona QB Matt Scott and Tennessee WR Zach Rogers to the team facility Tuesday."

Would Bills still draft a first-round QB? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Unless the Bills have truly fallen in love with Smith or Barkley during the pre-draft process, it does not make sense at this point for Buffalo to reach and take a first-round quarterback."

Draft war room: Buffalo Bills - NFL Videos
"04:12 – Will the Buffalo Bills use their first pick on West Viriginia quarterback Geno Smith, or has signing Kevin Kolb taken them out of the market for a signal caller? Go inside the Bills' war room to find out."

Breaking Down Bills QB Draft Possibilities : Buffalo Sports Daily
Pat Moran takes a run down the quarterback prospects early in the draft, and gives his prediction for who the Bills will take.