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Bills Links, 4/7: Assessing Buffalo’s four defensive free agents

Plus learn how fans can get rewarded for supporting COVID-19 charitable efforts in WNY.

In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we break down what the Bills have in free-agent defensive players Mario Addison, Quinton Jefferson, Vernon Butler and A.J. Klein, explore what a virtual NFL Draft format would look like for Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane, and analyze which defensive ends and defensive tackles could be targets for the Bills. We also take a look at a sweepstakes started by Beane to encourage fans to raise funds and awareness for the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund, established to help reduce the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.


What can the Bills expect from their 4 new defenders? We break down the film – The Athletic
After making noise with the Diggs trade, the Bills leaned into defense by signing Addison, Butler, Klein and Jefferson in free agency. (Subscription required).

Fully virtual format means Brandon Beane, other NFL GMs will draft from home – The Buffalo News
Brandon Beane said last week he was prepared to draft in his car if it got to that point.

NFL draft preview: Auburn’s Derrick Brown tops another solid crop of DTs – The Buffalo News
Drafting a defensive tackle on the third day is not a priority but a possibility for the Bills.

NFL draft preview: Talented defensive ends available early, but not a lot of depth – The Buffalo News
Top heavy is the best description for the 2020 NFL defensive end draft class.

Bills Today: How the Bills are overcoming absence of pre-draft visits - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Tuesday, April 7.

Bills to award draft prizes, tours for coronavirus fund donors - Democrat & Chronicle
Bills fans can enter for a chance to win draft-related prizes as they donate to WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

Brandon Beane joins COVID-19 relief efforts by creating unique donation opportunity with United Way - BuffaloBills.com
Bills general manager Brandon Beane has teamed up with the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Here’s everything you need to know about the program.

Bills GM Brandon Beane collaborates on contest to encourage Covid-19 donations – The Buffalo News
Beane is donating $20,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts in Western New York while hoping to encourage others to follow suit.

Buffalo Bills GM donates $20k to COVID-19 relief efforts; launches fun contest for Bills Mafia - newyorkupstate.com
Top contest prize is for one Bills fan to be on the phone with Brandon Beane when he calls in second-round draft pick on April 24.

Post-free agency playoff predictions | WGR 550 SportsRadio
A way-too-early prediction for the new seven-team playoff format in the NFL.

Beane: Trading for Diggs was the right move for us | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane joined Howard and Jeremy on Monday to discuss the busy offseason that the team has had so far.

Buffalo Bills’ trade for Stefon Diggs among 10 worst moves of offseason, says CBS Sports - newyorkupstate.com
CBS Sports' argument has some serious holes in it.

Stephon Gilmore seems to believe covering Buffalo Bills’ Stefon Diggs will be ‘light work’ - newyorkupstate.com
Some offseason bulletin board material?

Gronk, Mack, 4 ex-Bills make 2010 NFL All-Decade team – The Buffalo News
Williamsville native Rob Gronkowski and University at Buffalo alumnus Khalil Mack were named to the NFL All-Decade team for the 2010s, it was announced Monday.

Bills not pursuing former Panthers QB Cam Newton – The Buffalo News
Scratch quarterback Cam Newton from the list of potential passengers on that free-agent train from the Carolina Panthers to the Buffalo Bills.

Creating the Bills’ perfect season via NFL Game Pass | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Creating the Buffalo Bills’ perfect 16-0 season using games available via NFL Game Pass.

Brandon Spoon, the rookie spectacle and the Bills career that could have been – The Athletic
Spoon looked to be on his way to a long NFL career after putting up big numbers for the Bills in 2001, but that season would be his last. (Subscription required).

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2020 NFL Draft: Where is the sweet spot for a Buffalo Bills second-round trade up? - Buffalo Rumblings
General manager Brandon Beane has not been shy about getting his guy.

2020 NFL Draft: It would cost a fortune for the Buffalo Bills to get into the first round - Buffalo Rumblings
This is pretty unlikely.

Buffalo Bills plan to observe, not participate in, the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft - Buffalo Rumblings
Stefon Diggs is Buffalo’s first-round pick.

Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Monday: Hybrid defenders become a popular option at pick 54 - Buffalo Rumblings
Jeremy Chinn and Kyle Dugger are two players to keep an eye on.

2020 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills meet with Jeremy Chinn, Chris Orr, John Simpson - Buffalo Rumblings
The team has reportedly met with three more prospects.

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane believes Stefon Diggs “ready to roll” before NFL Draft options - Buffalo Rumblings
Unless the team managed to move "way up," it sounds like Beane didn’t love the wide receiver class.

Q&A mailbag: Stefon Digg’s impact on other Buffalo Bills playmakers, Josh Allen’s jump - Buffalo Rumblings
Lots to chat about in this week’s episode.

Buffalo Bills Brandon Beane donates money, offers fan experiences to aide COVID-19 response - Buffalo Rumblings
Beane and the Bills are partnering with the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to help raise awareness for the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

Circling the Wagons: Brandon Beane’s Press Conference, Coronavirus (Covid-19) & The Bills Season - Buffalo Rumblings
Brandon Beane really thought out the coronavirus during free agency.

Several former Buffalo Bills running backs included on NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2010s - Buffalo Rumblings
Four former Buffalo Bills have been named to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 2010s.