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Packers Cut Tramon Williams


The Green Bay Packers have cut veteran CB Tramon Williams. Set to earn $7.5 million in 2014, Williams has failed to live up to the big contract given to him during his breakout year in 2010. The move leaves Davon House currently pencilled in as the teams starting cornerback opposite Casey Hayward, however Ted Thompson could still yet resign Sam Shields or improve the position through free agency or the draft.

Tramon spoke highly of his time in Green Bay and thanked Ted Thompson for giving him a chance almost 8 years ago, "I loved it in Green Bay; I still do. The Packers will always be in my heart. They gave me a chance and I will forever be grateful for that. It's a special organisation"

The Packers have also cut several other players, including OG Greg Van Roten, WR Kevin Dorsey, TE Jake Stoneburner, CB James Nixon and LB Chase Thomas. Overall the cuts save the Packers a total of $12 million.
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BILLS TO TAKE A "WAIT AND SEE APPROACH" TO FREE AGENCY

Tomorrow is the big day for free agency for the 2014 front office of the Buffalo Bills. At the new year luncheon a multitude of questions were posed to general manager Gonzo1105.

Among the topics being discussed were the status of Jairus Byrd the all pro safety. "Well as all of you know Jairus is a little upset with the organization and has requested a trade". "We have talked to a number of teams to accommodate Jairus but at the present time teams are not willing to accept the terms of a trade". Most inside sources believe that the price is a 2nd rounder at minimum but it appears like Buffalo is requesting two picks for the all pro safety.

In other news, the dawn of free agency begins tomorrow and as usual the Bills brass was questioned on their upcoming game plan. "You know, we have quite a bit of money to spend, but we are not going to go wild and overspend on players that are over their worth." "If there is a player that we highly covet we'll let the market set first and then come in with an offer that we feel would benefit the ball club and the player." We are going to be looking for guys who slip through the cracks and we feel could present good value in filling the needs of this ball club.

Speaking of needs, the Bills look like they have quite a few upgrades that are needed. The biggest needs for the Bills are the LG position which is held by incumbent Doug Legursky, RT which is now Chris Hairston's to lose, TE which is led by the oft-injured Tony Moeaki, and the MLB spot next to rookie sensation Kiko Alonso.

The Bills will have 28.9 million dollars to spend in Free Agency.
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Giants look to make big splash in FA market

Numerous reports are confirming that the Giants have made a fairly lucrative offer to Browns center Alex Mack. Looking to rebuild the OL, the Giants are taking a familiar route, going after another Browns center via free agency as it worked quite well with Shaun O'Hara.

The Giants feel with the rebuilding of the offensive line, they can get back to their super bowl contender days after a down season. Mack would anchor the offensive line and be a great fit to work with Eli Manning and incumbent Ot's Justin Pugh and Will Beatty.

While the Giants have some cap room, there are rumors of cuts to be coming to free up even MORE space. Giants are not afraid to make big moves and spend this offseason. We'll see what it brings, but we can be sure of this: there will be plenty of overhaul for big blue this summer
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Chiefs are looking to move down from 23 to grab an extra pick or 2. PM me best offer
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Young stud pass rusher available for a 2nd round pick. Whitney Mercilus. Can fit a 4-3 at RE or 3-4 at OLB.
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Chiefs also willing to listen on tamba halj but will only move if price is right
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BYRD FINDS FREEDOM: FLIES OFF IN TRADE TO EAGLES

For two long years, Jairus Byrd has been slapped with the franchise tag by the Buffalo Bills. In a weird case of DeJa Vu, Byrd is going to the same place the last disgruntled Bills player, Jason Peters, went to. The common person in all of this is agent Eugene Parker who also represents Peters, Byrd, and Bills DE FA Alex Carrington.

During the Bills press conference, Gonzo1105 went into detail about how the trade came down. "We received a couple of different inquiries. Obviously Jairus is a top notch player, but he made it really clear that he didn't want to be here. We felt we got the best deal we could and we sent him to a team in the NFC. Philadelphia approached us about the deal and it allowed up to keep all of our picks, give us a future 3rd round pick, and move up higher into this draft. I mean if you look at it, we basically got the # 22 overall pick for Jairus Byrd. That was even better than we were hoping for."

The details of the trade are the Bills receive #22, #53,and a 2015 3rd rounder while Philly will drop back to pick 41, receive pick 73, and Byrd.

The Bills are hosting FA TE Dennis Pitta and ILB's D'Qwell Jackson and Donald Butler
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Rumors from around the league:

RB Darren McFadden has received a one-year offer from the New York Jets, but is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal...WR Julian Edelman hasn't received an offer from the New England Patriots yet, but has two on the table, one from the Philadelphia Eagles and one from the Denver Broncos...WR Hakeem Nicks is unhappy with the offers he's received so far, which pale in comparison to those received by other targets such as Eric Decker, who's reportedly deciding between two contracts worth $40 million or more...Various offers have been submitted to TE Dennis Pitta, but he and OT Eugene Monroe are waiting to hear what Baltimore has in mind...another player who has received significant interest is OC Alex Mack, who has three five-year contracts and one four-year contract on the table. Cleveland has been involved in the bidding...DT Paul Soliai thought he had two substantial offers on the table, each worth over $35 million, but currently has just one option, a $15 million deal with Tennessee...pass rushers Michael Bennett, Michael Johnson, and Brian Orakpo all appear set to cash in, while Tennessee is currently trying to lure OB Jason Worilds away from Pittsburgh...IB Brandon Spikes and CB Aqib Talib both appear likely to leave New England, but the two defenders are reportedly hoping to be paid like Donald Butler and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie just were. So far, no teams have stepped up...LeGarrette Blount, Jordan Gross, David Stewart, Matt Slauson, Jason Hatcher, Tyson Jackson, Arthur Jones, Daryl Smith, and Champ Bailey are among the veterans without offers.
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Titans thrilled with FA Haul

The Tennessee Titans finished a first-wave FA haul that included WR James Jones, RT Anthony Collins, DE Jason Hatcher, ILB Donald Butler and OLB Jason Worilds.

James Jones is a big physical WR with run after the catch ability that will help free up things for slotman extraordinaire - Kendall Wright and deep threat Justin Hunter. Said Coach Ken Whisenhunt: "A big physical WR was a target of ours heading into FA. I compare James to Anquan Boldin - a guy I coach in Arizona - he's big, physical, run blocks well and gives his all on every play. He's going to be a big part of what we do on offense, we're thrilled to have him."

Anthony Collins was secretly one of the Titans most desired players in this class. He filled in at RT and LT for the Bengals, and rated out as PFFs 4th best OT hitting FA this season. He will start at RT in place for the departed David Stewart. The Titans feel this is a big upgrade in the rushing game and Collins has the potential to move to LT when Michael Roos retires.

Jason Hatcher was a target for the Titans due to his length and pass rush ability. Hatcher came at a steal of a price and is said to be the favorite to start at the LE 5-technique position in the Titans new defense. Ray Horton will play him like he did Calais Campbell in Arizona.

Donald Butler was a favorite of Coach Ken Whisenhunt, "I saw Donald everyday in practice flying around and making plays. The Titans had a hole at ILB in our new 3-4 defense, Ray and I agreed that Donald was a perfect fit for this system with his strength and speed. We're glad to have him for the next 5 years."

Jason Worilds was a big target of the Titans as well, said DC Ray Horton: "You just don't get many OLBs with Jason's ability. He comes from Pittsburgh, and that's the type of defense we're trying to build here. He's only 25 years old, and the sky is the limit."

When asked if they were done with FA, Ruston Webster replied with "No Comment" with a grin on his face.
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Patriots release Connolly, two others

The New England Patriots announced today that they have released starting right guard Dan Connolly, along with defensive backs Justin Green and Ka'Norris Davis. The moves will save New England a combined $4 million.
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BILLS GO ZANEY: SNATCH BEADLES AND PITTA IN THE OPENING DAYS OF FREE AGENCY

In the first week of free agency, the Buffalo Bills have added two key pieces at two need areas in free agency. Earlier in the week at the Bills luncheon, general manager Gonzo1105 stated that the Bills would take a "wait and see approach" to free agency.

The Bills add Guard Zane Beadles from the Denver Broncos where he helped anchor in both the pass and run game for hall of fame QB Peyton Manning. The Bills hope he will bring that same production for young quarterback E.J. Manuel. Beadles a pro bowl alternate that last two years signed a 5 years 20 million dollar deal that will average 4 million a year over the length of the contract.

The Bills were not done after signing the pro bowl guard. On the first day of free agency, the Bills hosted TE Dennis Pitta of the Baltimore Ravens. Pitta had a nice visit to the Bills before taking visits to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans. Despite visiting the other clubs, it was Pitta's first visit that won him over with the Bills organization. "The Bills made a big impression on me. Gonzo1105 assured me that this was going to be a first class organization that brings in first class talent." Pitta agreed to a 4 year deal worth 23 million dollars making Pitta amongst the highest paid TE's in the league.

The Bills later held a press conference with Gonzo1105, Doug Marrone, and Russ Brandon the CEO of the Buffalo Bills:

"Opening Comments from Gonzo1105"

"Obviously its an exciting day to be a Buffalo Bill, to be apart of a great organization, and to have the fans of Buffalo believing that management is going to do whatever it takes to bring a championship finally home to Buffalo. We feel that adding Zane(Beadles) and Dennis(Pitta) to our organization is a big step in that direction. We couldn't be more pleased with the two young men that we have brought into this organization"

The fans were obviously disappointed by the trade of Jairus Byrd, and you could kind of get the feel that the city was thinking Same old Bills, can you comment on that

"We would have loved to have kept Jairus. He is one hell of a player. The fact of the matter is, he didn't want to be in Buffalo. While its a big loss on the surface, the trade of Byrd does a number of things for us. It allows us to be more flexible in the draft with 3 top 50ish selections, it allows us to add other pieces to this organization with cap flexibility, and it allows our locker room to be one again. This organization is committed to winning football games".

Can you take us through the process of signing Dennis Pitta?

'Dennis was our #1 priority in this free agent market. He was the first guy we called at midnight to bring in for a visit and we met with him on the very first day of free agency. We offered Dennis a lucrative deal and he was very interested. He knew he was the guy we really wanted. He decided to take other trips but then his agent called us back and we met and worked out the contract. We feel we got a guy who can be dynamic in the pass game, while also is a good run blocker at the point of attack. We feel he is a complete Tight End".

What about Zane interested you in bringing him to Buffalo?

"We feel Zane was the best Guard on the market. We like his ability as a complete player much like Dennis. He can anchor in the run game and he is an excellent pass protector. We met with Zane on the 2nd day of Free Agency, and he knew how interested we were in making him apart of this ball club. He visited with the Jaguars and we were worried about that but he later told us he turned down more money with the Jags to come here. I think that tells you how we presented ourselves to him and vice versa. Obviously very happy with that."

Are there any more moves in Free Agency that you are going to look at

"Well, I think your always trying to improve your ball club. I think i'd be lying to sit here and tell you that were not going to look at all options. We know we can still make our club better and we'll meet with some other guys on visits and see if we can make something happen. Trust me we still have a list of guys we would like to meet with."

Any news on the draft and how you might go about it

"You guys crack me up you know that. We aren't gonna go off spilling our draft board to you guys. I'll say this. We have evaluated our guys via the senior bowl and the combine and we have given ourselves the flexibility to go best player available in this draft. We have given ourselves a chance to get some really good players in this draft and we plan on doing that."
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PATRIOTS ACQUIRE KLUG FROM TITANS



The New England Patriots have made their first addition of the offseason, trading a seventh-round pick to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for defensive lineman Karl Klug.

Klug, who will turn twenty-six shortly before the draft, has spent the past three seasons with the Titans after being selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. Over the course of his career, he has recorded 12.5 sacks in a rotational role, starting five of forty-eight games played.

Speaking on the acquisition, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said "Karl's a good player, obviously well-coached by Kirk (Ferentz) and his staff in school, then working with Mike Munchak, Jerry Gray, those guys in Tennessee over the past few years. He's a little smaller than your usual tackle but has been successful rushing the passer, can also play some end. We're always interested in adding guys who we think will help our team."
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BILLS ADD FORMER PATRIOT LB BRANDON SPIKES, AGREE TO TERMS WITH STEWART

The Bills put the finishing touches on their Free Agent haul adding two more very important pieces to the 2014 Buffalo Bills. First, Buffalo came to terms with a player from an archrival. Brandon Spikes essentially will fill the same roles as he did with New England in the Bills base 3-4 defense. GM Gonzo1105 chimed in on the acquisition of Spikes.

" We knew after watching the tape from last year that there were some deficiencies in our run defense. Sometimes we would look like the best in the league and other times we looked like we were lost. Brandon is coming here to man the middle with Kiko and I feel the blend could not be better. Kiko is more of a sideline to sideline guy with good coverage skills while Brandon comes in as the run stuffing thumper who will punish you if you run in the A gaps.

Spikes will be locked into Buffalo with a 3 year 12.6 million dollar deal that averages 4.2 million dollars a year.

The Bills also added RT David Stewart who was released by the Tennessee Titans earlier this offseason. Stewart was once known as one of the better Right Tackles in the league until high salary and injuries caught up to him. He will come to Buffalo trying to help boost his stock agreeing to a modest 1 year 2.5 million dollar deal.

"We feel that David has the opportunity to upgrade our offensive line at the RT spot. We know he has struggled with some injuries but we feel that is mostly bad luck and feel he can still bring it in this league. This job will not be given to him. He will have to earn it as we fully intend to bring someone else in to compete with him either via Free Agency or the draft. Still we feel David at his salary would be a solid starter or one of the best backups in the NFL at his spot".
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Titans Round Out Draft Picks

The Tennessee Titans announced the following draft selections:

Round 1: WR Mike Evans 6'5" 225 Texas A&M
Round 2: LB Dee Ford 6'2" 243 Auburn
Round 4: CB Victor Hampton 5'10" 202 South Carolina
Round 5: RB James Wilder Jr 6'2" 229 Florida State
Round 6: OT Cornelius Lucas 6'8" 329 Kansas State
Round 7: DL Zach Kerr 6'2" 335 Delaware

GM Ruston Webster spoke with the media regarding the class, here's what he had to say.

On the class as a whole:
"We came into the draft knowing it was going to be a deep class. We left with 6 guys that we expect to make an impact on our team this year."

On their first round pick, Mike Evans:
"Mike's a very talented guy that can stretch the field and make plays. Looking over our roster WR doesn't look like an area of need, we've got James Jones, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter already on the roster, but we couldn't pass on [Mike Evans] ability. We plan on playing more 4 wide this year, so he's a natural fit. We like his ability to create mismatches, so we'll have him inside and out throughout the game depending on what the defense is doing."

On Dee Ford:

"We had Dee as #20 on our big board, so for him to be there in the 2nd round for us was a no-brainer. We plan to get him into camp and put some special packages in for him, much like Ray [Horton] did with Barkevious Mingo last season."

On whether he'll see time at DE or OLB in the new 3-4:
"We're going to leave that to Ray [Horton]. He's the master scientist at that stuff, from our discussion we're going to see a 3-4, 4-3, we'll even see 3-3 and 4-4's at times I'm sure, but Ray will decide all that with what he sees in practice and on film. I'm sure Dee will see plenty of time at both positions though."

On CB Victor Hampton:

"We love Victor and have no clue why he was starring us in the face in the 4th round. He's a fantastic specimen. He's fast, quick and physical. So many teams get caught up in a guy being 6'2" or 6'3" and they forget to see if he can actually play. That's what we liked about Victor, he may have been overlooked because he's 5'10", but he's a football player. We like his nickel back potential with the ability to develop into an outside guy as well. He'll compete for time in a crowded backfield, but we expect him to contribute."

On RB James Wilder, JR:
"James is a very talented runner. He's got a natural ability running the football. If circumstances had been different this season, we think he would have been one of the first RBs off the board."

On Wilder's off the field issues:
"That's something we obviously researched and felt comfortable with moving forward. James was very open and honest with the circumstances and expressed remorse for how things turned out. We did a thorough background check on James, we spoke with James Wilder Sr. who I was around some when I was with Tampa in 88 and 89. Sylvester [Croom] was James Sr's RB Coach from 87-89 and spoke with James Sr, Sylvester stated he felt comfortable with the James Jr. and liked his running style. We spoke with Earl Campbell about being a mentor for James, and he was all for it."

On trading up for him and his role next season:
"James was sitting there and we felt comfortable giving up a 7th to ensure we got him. We'll get him into camp and he can compete for a job. Part of why we felt comfortable with James was his desire and play in big games. On another side though, you've got a guy who comes out and plays special teams, and does it well. That's something we really liked seeing, so we expect him to continue to play special teams for us this season."

On OT Cornelius Lucas:
"There's only so many guys in the NFL that are this big. 36 1/2 inch arms are something special, being 6'8" 329 is also special. We feel like Cornelius has the ability to play RT and fill in at LT like he played in college in a pinch, there's always a lot of value in a guy like that."

On DT Zach Kerr:
"Zach is such a great guy with great ability. He's got a rare combination of size, speed and agility that is hard to find in someone 6'2" 335. He also has great stamina and hustle for a man of his size. You just don't see many nose tackles running down running backs 15 yards downfield, that's something I saw from Zach on a routine basis. There was one play that really summed up Zach's hustle to me, and that was when he ran 45 yards downfield trying to catch a wide receiver on a fly sweep, a teammate eventually shoved him out of bounds, but I'm not so sure Zach wouldn't have caught him in a few more yards if he hadn't."
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