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Buffalo Bills Links, 6/19: Bills planning on new stadium in Orchard Park

Plus, Cole Beasley is in the news again...

When it comes to the future home of the Buffalo Bills, there has been much discussion about whether the Bills will build a new stadium in downtown Buffalo, or choose to renovate their existing stadium. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we break down the reports that Buffalo’s new stadium will be built in Orchard Park, and will be an outdoor stadium.

We also hear from wide receiver Cole Beasley on why he disagrees with the NFL Players’ Association’s recent COVID-19 and why those COVID-19 protocols could force him into retirement, recap the lessons we’ve learned about the Bills this offseason, discuss why cornerback Tre’Davious White, linebacker Matt Milano and Buffalo’s defense dominated the offense during the recently-concluded mandatory minicamp, hear why free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders decided to sign with the Bills, power rank Buffalo’s 2022 free agents like Jerry Hughes, Levi Wallace, and Taron Johnson, and much more!


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Bills’ Stadium plans won’t include major differences, per report - Buffalo Rumblings
Staying in Orchard Park? Sounds like it.

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Jerry Hughes, Levi Wallace, Taron Johnson, and more!

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The former UDFA had a breakout year in his first extended action.

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The free-agent acquisition turned out to be a solid contributor throughout the year.

Additional Bills news from around the web

Bills want to build new stadium in Orchard Park

Bills to build new stadium in Orchard Park (report) - newyorkupstate.com
The project is expected to take three to five years.

Report: Bills planning for open-air stadium in Orchard Park - WGR 550
“An agency co-owned by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has reportedly been hired by the Bills to represent the team in efforts to build a new stadium,” writes Tom Puckett of WBEN.

Sources: Bills would prefer to build new stadium over more renovations | wgrz.com
“The Bills are under contract to remain at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park through at least 2023. The stadium opened its doors in 1973.”

Bills hope to build new outdoor stadium in Orchard Park | News 4 Buffalo
Stadium could be ready to go as soon as 2025.

Report: Buffalo Bills, PSE consulting with Legends Global Planning about potential new stadium - WKBW
The Bills and Pegula Sports and Entertainment are consulting with Legends Global Planning.

Cole Beasley’s COVID-19 remarks cause a stir

Bills WR Cole Beasley vows to live ‘life like I want’ amid backlash to anti-vaccine remarks - ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
“Bills receiver Cole Beasley released a statement on Twitter on Friday in response to the sharp backlash he has received on social media, in which he disclosed that he is not vaccinated and pledged to ‘live my one life like I want to regardless,’” writes Marcel Louis-Jacques.

Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley on league’s new COVID-19 protocols - NFLPA ‘a joke’ - ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
“Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is not happy with the NFL and NFLPA’s newly agreed-to COVID-19 protocols for training camp and the preseason, and he aired his concerns Thursday on Twitter,” writes Marcel Louis-Jacques.

Bills receiver Cole Beasley says Covid-19 protocols may force him into retirement | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Bills receiver Cole Beasley, who has generated plenty of headlines this offseason with his questioning of the Covid-19 vaccine, took to Twitter again Thursday, this time to call the NFL Players’ Association a “joke.”

Cole Beasley: “If I’m forced into retirement, so be it.” - WKBW
“After Thursday’s tweets regarding the NFL’s new COVID-19 and vaccine protocols, Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley used Twitter to issue his own statement on the COVID-19 vaccine and why he’s choosing to not receive it,” writes Adam Unger.

Bills’ Cole Beasley says NFLPA ‘is a joke,’ speaks out against updated COVID-19 protocols - newyorkupstate.com
Beasley is not happy with the updated protocols that were approved by the NFLPA.

What we’ve learned about the Bills so far

7 things we’ve learned about the Bills so far this offseason- Democrat & Chronicle
Expectations are high entering the 2021 NFL season.

Bills defense dominates at mandatory minicamp

The Bills’ final day of minicamp was a big win for the defense – The Athletic
Sean McDermott felt strong enough about the work the Bills got done in two days on the field that he canceled Thursday’s final practice. (Subscription required).

Defense shines as Bills wrap-up minicamp - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills defense was flying around the field and made plenty of plays on Wednesday when the team held their second - and final - mandatory minicamp, this time on the Highmark Stadium turf at One Bills Drive,” writes Sal Capaccio.

With every key starter returning, Matt Milano says Bills’ defense is ‘ahead of the game’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Milano is entering year five on the Bills with Jerry Hughes, Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer and Tre’Davious White.

Emmanuel Sanders eying a Super Bowl title with Buffalo

Emmanuel Sanders tells Bills teammates he came here to win the Super Bowl | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Sanders and former Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky rate among the Bills’ most high-profile free-agent acquisitions this offseason.

Odds and ends

Erie County: If you want to see a Bills game in person, you still need to be vaccinated | Local News | buffalonews.com
“Right now I do not have any change to report in our position on the Bills’ fan attendance issue,” said County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s spokesman Peter Anderson.

Kyle Williams, John Beilein among 12 new members of Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame | High School | buffalonews.com
“The 2021 class will be the 31st to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1991 and brings total membership to 364,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Bills Today | Kyle Williams headlines the 2021 class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Friday, June 18.

Bills’ Stefon Diggs the favorite to break this NFL record, says ESPN Insider - newyorkupstate.com
Diggs exceeded all expectations in his first year with the Bills. Could his second season be even better?

Barnwell: Diggs favorite to break receiving yards record - WGR 550
ESPN senior writer Bill Barnwell thinks that in a 17-game season, Diggs should be seen as the favorite to rewrite history.

Bills Today | Dion Dawkins heaps praise on Bills front office - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Thursday, June 17.