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Bills Links, 3/18: Free agency frenzy in Buffalo!

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Have you recovered from a frantic 48 hours, Buffalo Bills fans? What a busy last two days it has been for general manager Brandon Beane and the Bills staff. The blockbuster trade for star wideout Stefon Diggs and free agency deals for Mario Addison, Quinton Jefferson, Vernon Butler, A.J. Klein, and Tyler Matakevich. The news that Tom Brady is leaving the Evil Empire of New England. A contract extension for safety Jordan Poyer. Need to catch up on any of the free agency story lines you might have missed? We’ve got you covered in today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills’ daily links!


CAPACCIO: Thoughts on a wild 24 hours from the Bills | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Check out Sal Capaccio’s thoughts on the Buffalo Bills’ first couple of days with free agency activity and more.

Questions and answers: Discussing the Bills’ blockbuster move for Stefon Diggs – The Athletic
The Athletic’s Bills writers teamed up on what the Diggs trades means for the Bills in the short- and long-term. (Subscription required).

What a day for Bills fans | WGR 550 SportsRadio
With Stefon Diggs coming and Tom Brady going, let’s talk about an AFC East title.

Believe in Beane | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Buffalo Bills finally look like one of the most well run front offices in the NFL.

Analyst: Bills have top wide receiver group in NFL – and here’s why – The Buffalo News
In Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley, Josh Allen has a great trio of weapons at his disposal.

Stefon Diggs finally gives Brian Daboll, Bills’ offense enough answers – The Buffalo News
Bills offensive coordinator should have that big-time playmaker to make Buffalo’s offense a lot harder to defend.

By trading for Stefon Diggs, Bills remove all barriers to success for Josh Allen – The Athletic
The Bills wanted help now because they have a quarterback entering his third season and they need to know whether he’s the answer. (Subscription required).

Report: Bills acquire wide receiver Stefon Diggs | WGR 550 SportsRadio
According to multiple reports, the Buffalo Bills have acquired wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings.

5 things to know about new Buffalo Bills WR Stefon Diggs - newyorkupstate.com
Stefon Diggs is Buffalo bound following a late night trade on Monday.

What the Bills are getting in ‘The Stefon Diggs Show’ – The Athletic
Diggs’ tumultuous 2019 season with the Vikings raises the question of how he’ll fit in with the Bills, who pride themselves on culture. (Subscription required).

Let’s Get It: Stefon Diggs reacts to joining Buffalo Bills - newyorkupstate.com
Diggs is getting the fresh start he hoped for in Buffalo.

Buffalo Bills pull off blockbuster trade for Vikings WR Stefon Diggs: 5 thoughts and a grade - newyorkupstate.com
Diggs, 26, has 4 years left on 5-year, $72 million deal he signed in 2018 that went into effect before 2019 season.

Grading the trade: Bills get the receiver help they have sought in Stefon Diggs – The Athletic
The Bills parted with a significant draft haul to land a No. 1 target for Josh Allen. (Subscription required).

Josh Allen reacts to Buffalo Bills adding Stefon Diggs via trade - newyorkupstate.com
It’s safe to say that Josh Allen is excited about his new wide receiver.

Buffalo Bills acquire WR Stefon Diggs in a trade with Minnesota Vikings (report) - newyorkupstate.com
Diggs had his second straight 1,000-yard season in 2019, finishing with 6 touchdowns for the Vikings.

Details emerge on how Bills-Vikings trade for Stefon Diggs materialized - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills sent a 1st, 5th, 6th in 2020 and a 2021 4th for Diggs on Monday night in blockbuster trade.

Stefon Diggs reacts to viral video of Bills Mafia dad breaking news of trade to son (Watch) - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills traded four draft picks to the Minnesota Vikings for star receiver Stefon Diggs on Monday.

Buffalo Bills to sign Panthers free agent DE Mario Addison (report) - newyorkupstate.com
Addison has had at least nine sacks in each of the last four seasons.

Bills agree to terms with defensive end Mario Addison | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms with defensive end Mario Addison.

5 thoughts and a grade on Bills signing EDGE Mario Addison - newyorkupstate.com
Addison, 32, has had at least 9 sacks in the last four seasons in Carolina.

6 things to know about new Buffalo Bills EDGE Mario Addison - newyorkupstate.com
Addison has been among the most consistent pass rushers in the league at getting after the QB over the last four seasons.

Buffalo Bills to sign Panthers DT Vernon Butler, Seahawks DL Quinton Jefferson (report) - newyorkupstate.com
Jefferson and Butler will both help to replace Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips, who left Bills in free agency.

4 things to know about new Buffalo Bills DL Vernon Butler - newyorkupstate.com
Vernon Butler is another player with a Carolina connection.

Reports: Bills to sign DL Vernon Butler, Quinton Jefferson | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Buffalo Bills have reportedly added two defensive lineman via free agency.

4 things to know about new Buffalo Bills DL Quinton Jefferson - newyorkupstate.com
Quinton Jefferson collects something unique...

Buffalo Bills to sign Steelers’ special teams ace Tyler Matakevich to 2-year deal (report) - newyorkupstate.com
Matakevich, 27, played first four seasons in Pittsburgh and is a former seventh-round draft pick.

5 thoughts and a grade on Buffalo Bills signing LB Tyler Matakevich - newyorkupstate.com
Matakevich should help bolster Buffalo’s special teams unit.

Bills agree to terms with LB A.J. Klein on 3-year deal (report) - newyorkupstate.com
Klein, 28, played three seasons under Bills coach Sean McDermott in Carolina.

Report: Bills agree to terms with linebacker A.J. Klein | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Buffalo Bills have reportedly agreed to terms with veteran linebacker A.J. Klein.

5 thoughts and a grade on Buffalo Bills signing LB A.J. Klein - newyorkupstate.com
Klein, 28, played first three seasons under Sean McDermott when he was DC in Carolina.

4 things to know about new Buffalo Bills LB A.J. Klein - newyorkupstate.com
You’ll never guess where Klein once played...

Roundtable: AFC East beat writers on impact of Tom Brady leaving the Patriots – The Athletic
Our Bills, Dolphins and Jets reporters dish on how their teams will be affected by Brady’s departure. Is the division up for grabs? (Subscription required).

Tom Brady is not returning to the Patriots | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Longtime New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced on Tuesday that he will not return to the organization where he won six Super Bowls.

Where do Bills stand in odds to win AFC East after Tom Brady’s departure? – The Buffalo News
The AFC East landscape has dramatically shifted with Tom Brady’s departure from the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady’s exit from Patriots opens door for Bills to win AFC East – The Buffalo News
Now that Brady said goodbye to the Pats, it’s absolutely fair to conclude the Bills are hands-down favorites for the division title.

Buffalo mayor tells Bills Mafia to celebrate Tom Brady’s departure at home responsibly (watch) - newyorkupstate.com
Safety first, Bills fans.

Bills and Jordan Poyer agree to 2-year contract extension – The Buffalo News
Buffalo’s top two safeties are signed through the end of the 2021 season.

Report: The Bills extend Jordan Poyer for two more years | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Safety Jordan Poyer is sticking around with the Buffalo Bills through 2022.

Buffalo Bills sign S Jordan Poyer to 2-year extension (report) - newyorkupstate.com
Poyer is now under contract with the Bills through the 2022 season.

In defensive end Shaq Lawson, here’s what the Dolphins can expect – The Athletic
The Dolphins paid a fair price for Lawson, a nice piece who will bring plenty of effort off the edge and strength to the run defense. (Subscription required).

Shaq Lawson pens heartfelt goodbye letter to Bills Mafia: ‘Buffalo will always have special place in my heart’ - newyorkupstate.com
Lawson signed a three-year, $30 million deal with AFC East rivals Miami Dolphins on Monday.

Shaq Lawson says going to AFC East rival Dolphins is ‘right decision’ – The Buffalo News
Shaq Lawson called it a tough decision to leave the only NFL franchise hes ever known. Why did he opt to bring his talents to South Beach?

NFL Draft 2020: How many picks do Buffalo Bills have following Stefon Diggs trade? - newyorkupstate.com
Here's a breakdown of the Bills' 2020 draft picks.

McGinn: NFL scouts size up their top prospects on offense – The Athletic
Following interviews with a selection of executives in personnel before and after the NFL combine, here are 29 offensive prospects to watch. (Subscription required).

Passing the time | WGR 550 SportsRadio
No NCAA tournaments or spring sports, no NBA or NHL playoffs, no baseball season, no Masters golf, etc., etc. 2020, a year unlike any other. How do sports fans adjust to the silence?

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All-22 highlights: Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs, the newest Buffalo Bills receiver - Buffalo Rumblings
Sure it’s a highlight reel, but did I really need to convince you he’s good?

What the Stefon Diggs trade means for Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
A bonafide number-one receiver has come to town.

How the Buffalo Bills’ trade for Stefon Diggs came together - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills were reportedly one of three teams inquiring about the receiver’s services.

Q&A: Buffalo Bills add Stefon Diggs, glut of free agents - Buffalo Rumblings
A whole lotta info this week.

Instant reaction: Bills add Stefon Diggs, Mario Addison, A.J. Klein - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills added three and Bruce Nolan tackled them all.

Are the Buffalo Bills trying to change or maintain their defense? - Buffalo Rumblings
Sure, sure. Free Agency is barely begun but let’s not let that stop us from guessing stuff.

Buffalo Bills sign contract extension with safety Jordan Poyer - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills locked Poyer up through 2022.

Full contract details of Jordan Poyer’s 2020 Buffalo Bills extension - Buffalo Rumblings
GET THAT BAG!

Report: Buffalo Bills sign defensive end Mario Addison - Buffalo Rumblings
Yes, he’s also a former Panther.

Buffalo Bills signing DL Quinton Jefferson to 2-year deal, per report - Buffalo Rumblings
They found their replacement for Jordan Phillips.

Report: Buffalo Bills add DT Vernon Butler on two year deal - Buffalo Rumblings
The Panther Parade continues.

Report: Buffalo Bills agree to terms with LB A.J. Klein - Buffalo Rumblings
Yes, he’s a former Panther.

Tom Brady announces he won’t be re-signing with New England - Buffalo Rumblings
The AFC East got a lot more interesting.

AFC Roundup: Same face, same place - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills and Patriots were able to sign some of their own before the start of free agency.

Report: Arizona Cardinals sign former Buffalo Bills DT Jordan Phillips - Buffalo Rumblings
The contract is a three-year pact, per reports.

Report: Denver Broncos targeting Buffalo Bills free agent cornerback Kevin Johnson - Buffalo Rumblings
The talented veteran has ostensibly been replaced by Josh Norman in Buffalo.

Report: Buffalo Bills interested in Carolina Panthers guard Greg Van Roten - Buffalo Rumblings
It’s so surprising to see Buffalo in pursuit of a Panther.