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Buffalo Bills news, 4/12: potential owners battling in headlines

Potential owners rumored to be interested in the Bills are releasing statements (or not releasing statements) and battling in today's headlines.

Bruce Bennett

Buffalo Bills fans dealing with emotional issues including future of franchise - ESPN

"Buffalo Bills fans are dealing with the emotional tolls of Ralph Wilson's death, the Bills' future and Jim Kelly's fight against cancer." This is an extensive write-up featuring in-depth quotes from Erie County Executive and Stadium Committee co-chair Mark Poloncarz.

Potential owners

Speculation of Bills’ new owner grows as team studies value - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"Cohen said he understands that the family of late Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. and Bills executives are interviewing five investment banking firms that will put together a portfolio on the team’s assets, which then would be studied by prospective owners."

FAQ: Potential Bills suitors must have portfolios that meet NFL specs - BN Blitz
Here's a good look from Tim Graham on some rules governing ownership.

Keeping it in the family: Jacobs statement missing a money quote - BN Blitz
"Several reports have listed Jeremy Jacobs as potentially interested in buying the Buffalo Bills. Mr. Jacobs owns the Boston Bruins and has no intention of selling the Bruins in order to purchase the Buffalo Bills. His focus is on ensuring the Boston Bruins continue to be a successful and winning franchise for the City of Boston and New England."

Future Of The Bills In Buffalo - ESPN Video - ESPN
"ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates discusses the Bills' uncertain future in Buffalo following the death of owner Ralph Wilson."

2014 NFL Draft

Mock Draft Watch 8.0 -
"The eighth edition of Mock Draft Watch – a rundown of the latest mock drafts compiled by via local and national NFL reporters."

RB Hyde, TE Seferian-Jenkins headline Friday visits -
"The Bills welcomed in a couple of top flight draft prospects at their respective positions as three more players made pre-draft visits to Buffalo." Walt Aikens rounded out the trio.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Host TE Seferian-Jenkins, RB And CB On Visits
"Seferian-Jenkins is the third tight end that has gone through Orchard Park for a visit and came into the 2013 season as one of the most highly-touted prospects at his position."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Draft Outlook: Defensive End
"The problem, though, is the pass rushing group isn’t particularly deep in 2014 and that could push some options for the Bills to be drafted ahead of their second-round pick. If they have a chance to select a player with that skill set on the second day, whether it be the second or third round, it would be a welcomed addition to a roster in need of more edge rushers."

Buffalo Bills draft preview: Wide receiver - ESPN
"Beyond Johnson and Williams, the Bills have used a second-round pick (in 2013, for Woods) and a two-round picks (in 2012, for Graham and in 2013, for Goodwin) and may have enough young talent to justify not drafting another receiver."

More clicks

Lions claim Kourtnei Brown off waivers | ProFootballTalk
"The Lions have claimed Brown off of waivers and added him to their roster. That means they’ll be the next team that Brown hopes to impress enough to get a spot on the 46-man roster for a regular season game."

Where would EJ Manuel rank in 2014 draft? - Buffalo Bills Blog - ESPN
"He is someone you develop three or four years down the road," McShay said last year. "Personally, when I look at this pick, I think it's one of those you look at as a waste. Because there was opportunity to do something really good with this draft pick, and not even at the quarterback position. There were plenty of other positions they needed to draft to get better in certain areas. ... EJ Manuel is not a first-round draft pick at the quarterback position. I think it's going to be a big mistake for this organization."

Evan Silva's Critique of EJ Manuel - AUDIO -
"Evan Silva of joins The John Murphy Show. Silva is very critical of Bills QB EJ Manuel but feels the Bills are a 10-win team. Also discussed are the Bills needs in the upcoming NFL Draft."