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March 15, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The Buffalo Bills have landed a prized free agent -- and it's not Peyton Manning. The Bills have scheduled a news conference today to announce they have signed Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams, Houston's No. 1 overall pick in 2006. The story was first reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Williams reportedly is getting a six-year deal that will make him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. That comes on the heels of Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson signing the league's biggest-ever deal: eight years, $132 million.
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April 23, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Give me a two! Give me a four! Give me an eight! Now add some zeroes at the end and a dollar sign in front! That's the cheer that five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders may be using in New York State Supreme Court after they sued the team on Tuesday because they say they were underpaid. The suit alleges that the cheerleaders, the Buffalo Jills, are wrongly classified as independent contractors and are subjected to policies that violate the state's $8 per hour minimum wage law. The five women said they worked hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments.
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August 20, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Buffalo Bills have released defensive end Shawne Merriman, who had one year remaining on the two-year, $10.5-million deal he signed in 2011. Merriman, 28, had surgery to repair his Achilles tendon in 2011 and has only one sack in the last two seasons after having 39.5 sacks in his first three seasons in the league. Merriman has spent most of his career as a 3-4 outside linebacker. The Bills switched to a 4-3 defense last season. Possible landing sports for Merriman include the New York Jets, Dallas and Baltimore.
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April 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
As if the organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics needed more bad news, angry residents have clashed with police in a slum not far from the planned site of the Games' swimming events. Violence erupted in the Pavao-Pavaozinho neighborhood after the death of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, a dancer on a popular TV show. "The police beat my friend to death, just like they've tortured and killed in other communities," Johanas Mesquita, a 23-year-old resident of Pavao-Pavaozinho, told the Associated Press.
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April 23, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Give me a two! Give me a four! Give me an eight! Now add some zeroes at the end and a dollar sign in front! That's the cheer that five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders may be using in New York State Supreme Court after they sued the team on Tuesday because they say they were underpaid. The suit alleges that the cheerleaders, the Buffalo Jills, are wrongly classified as independent contractors and are subjected to policies that violate the state's $8 per hour minimum wage law. The five women said they worked hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping and sexual comments.
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March 5, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
The Buffalo Bills will be playing all eight of their home games at home this year. That may sound redundant, but it's not for a team that has played one "home" game a season in Toronto the last several years. The Bills and Toronto partner Rogers Communications announced Wednesday that they were suspending the series, which is supposed to run through 2017, for the upcoming season to allow both sides to figure out ways to enhance future games. For the Bills, that means figuring out how to actually win games in Canada.
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March 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is expected to undergo surgery after a recurrence of oral cancer. The legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback is likely to be operated on later this week or early next week, according to brother Dan Kelly. Last year Kelly had some teeth and part of his jaw removed due to oral cancer. Kelly's wife, Jill, wrote on her personal blog last week that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " Family friend Dennis DiPaolo told WIVB-4 in Buffalo that Kelly is weak and in a lot of pain but is keeping his spirits up. “He's like, 'Come on, don't hang your heads,' " DiPaolo said.
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November 25, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Is rocker Jon Bon Jovi angling to be an NFL owner? According to a report by CBS' Jason La Canfora, Bon Jovi is "consumed" with buying an NFL team and is positioned to make a play for the Buffalo Bills when they eventually are up for sale. Bills owner Ralph Wilson, 95, has said the team will not remain in his family after his death. The CBS report, citing unnamed source, said Rogers Communications in Toronto is the "prime suitor" for the franchise, but that Bon Jovi "has spent considerable time in the area getting to know politicians and power brokers and even added a [concert]
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April 15, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
When Donald Trump announced a couple of weeks ago he wanted to buy the Buffalo Bills, many dismissed it as a typical publicity ploy by The Donald. Not true, he says. "I'm going to give it a heavy shot," Trump told the Buffalo News on Monday. "I would love to do it, and if I can do it, I'm keeping it in Buffalo. I live in New York, and it's easier for me to go to Buffalo than any other place. " Trump says the only thing that could get in his way is for someone to come in with an overpriced bid. "I have a track record that's pretty much unparalleled," Trump said, "but that doesn't mean that I pay stupid prices.
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August 29, 2013 | Wire reports
Matt Leinart struggled in his debut for the quarterback-depleted Buffalo Bills, who closed the preseason with a 35-13 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thursday night at Orchard Park, N.Y. Looking like someone who had had only three days of practice, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner was three for 10 for 11 yards and two interceptions before being yanked after five possessions. That represents a major concern for Buffalo, which scrambled to sign the 2006 first-round draft pick Sunday after losing its top two quarterbacks to injury.
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April 15, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
When Donald Trump announced a couple of weeks ago he wanted to buy the Buffalo Bills, many dismissed it as a typical publicity ploy by The Donald. Not true, he says. "I'm going to give it a heavy shot," Trump told the Buffalo News on Monday. "I would love to do it, and if I can do it, I'm keeping it in Buffalo. I live in New York, and it's easier for me to go to Buffalo than any other place. " Trump says the only thing that could get in his way is for someone to come in with an overpriced bid. "I have a track record that's pretty much unparalleled," Trump said, "but that doesn't mean that I pay stupid prices.
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April 9, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The San Francisco 49ers will make their 2014 debut at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in an exhibition game against the Denver Broncos. That much was revealed Wednesday as the NFL released its preseason matchups, although dates and times have only been set for nationally televised games. There will be eight nationally televised exhibition games, and they will feature eight playoff teams from last season. The 2014 preseason will kick off Sunday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. PT, when the Buffalo Bills play the New York Giants in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
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March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - The death this week of Ralph Wilson, founder and sole owner of the Buffalo Bills, was but half the heartache of the NFL franchise and its fans. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, found out two weeks ago that the oral cancer he was originally diagnosed with in June has returned. His wife, Jill, wrote on her blog that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " The 54-year-old Kelly, an icon in western New York, is hospitalized in Manhattan, and has been visited by a steady stream of Bills teammates.
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March 25, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The news swept the Internet on Monday after the New York Post reported that former Clippers player Quinton Ross had been found dead, his body stuffed in a garbage bag and buried in a shallow grave in New York. The report was picked up by several news organizations, and was the No. 1 trending story for a while on Google, Yahoo and Facebook. Turns out it wasn't true. Yes, a man named Quinton Ross had been found dead, but it wasn't the Quinton Ross who played in the NBA for seven seasons.
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March 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is expected to undergo surgery after a recurrence of oral cancer. The legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback is likely to be operated on later this week or early next week, according to brother Dan Kelly. Last year Kelly had some teeth and part of his jaw removed due to oral cancer. Kelly's wife, Jill, wrote on her personal blog last week that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " Family friend Dennis DiPaolo told WIVB-4 in Buffalo that Kelly is weak and in a lot of pain but is keeping his spirits up. “He's like, 'Come on, don't hang your heads,' " DiPaolo said.
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March 25, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Ralph Wilson, who founded the Buffalo Bills with a $25,000 investment in 1959 and turned the team into western New York's defining institution, died Tuesday after years of failing health. He was 95. Wilson was surrounded by his family when he died at his home in Grosse Pointe, Mich. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed team owners of the news at the league's annual meetings in Orlando, Fla. Goodell called Wilson "a driving force in developing pro football into America's most popular sport" and "a trusted advisor to his fellow league owners and the commissioner.
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January 1, 2010
Buffalo Bills national scout Buddy Nix has been promoted to general manager in team owner Ralph Wilso n's first move to revamp his front office. Nix was introduced at a news conference Thursday as the Bills (5-10) prepare to close their season by hosting Indianapolis (14-1) on Sunday. Nix fills a void after Marv Levy stepped down as general manager following the 2007 season. Chief Operating Officer Russ Brandon , who had been filling the GM's role, was promoted to chief executive, reporting to Wilson.
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August 30, 2013 | Wire reports
The Buffalo Bills released Matt Leinart on Friday, one day after the former first-round pick from USC struggled in his only exhibition game with the team. The Bills, who remain hopeful that first-round pick EJ Manuel will return from a left knee injury in time to start their Sept. 8, opener, also placed quarterback Kevin Kolb on season-ending injured reserve and re-signed center Eric Wood to a four-year contract extension. Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis appears set to make the opening-day roster.
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March 5, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
The Buffalo Bills will be playing all eight of their home games at home this year. That may sound redundant, but it's not for a team that has played one "home" game a season in Toronto the last several years. The Bills and Toronto partner Rogers Communications announced Wednesday that they were suspending the series, which is supposed to run through 2017, for the upcoming season to allow both sides to figure out ways to enhance future games. For the Bills, that means figuring out how to actually win games in Canada.
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