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Bills hire talent coach to improve public image

Buffalo has hired former ESPN vice president and talent coach Gerry Matalon as an adviser to Sean McDermott to work with coaches and players on their public image.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have claimed DE Scott Crichton off waivers from the Vikings, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates. Crichton, a third-round pick in 2014, had been a disappointment in three seasons with Minnesota, totaling only 10 tackles and no sacks. He has the size (6-foot-3, 273 pounds) to be a rotational depth player at defensive end for Sean McDermott's 4-3 system in Buffalo; he will carry a $933,081 cap number if he makes the Bills' roster.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

NFL VP Eric Grubman on Bills' stadium future: "Buffalo's fans are legendary, rank right up there with the great fans of the NFL. Ownership there is evaluating their options and those options are very long term in nature. ... I think you can see by virtue of the fact that they're not waiting and have done work on the stadium that they care about their fans and they care about Buffalo."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Roger Goodell, with Mark Davis and Texans' Bob McNair, announces Raiders' move to Las Vegas has been approved "overwhelmingly."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

As activity in free agency slows to a crawl across the NFL, the Bills have $10.129 million in remaining salary-cap space, according to NFLPA records. That number is expected to increase by about $4 million on June 2, when former safety Aaron Williams' contract comes off the books. The Bills have only 61 players under contract; with a league-low six draft picks, that gives them as many as 23 spots on their 90-man roster to fill after the draft between undrafted rookies and veteran free agents.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent LB Zach Brown's agents, Jason and Michael Katz, say their client is "exploring all options" and will make a decision once he completes all visits with teams. Brown visited his former team, the Bills, on Wednesday and previously visited Miami and Oakland. He ranks No. 31 on ESPN's Top 150 free agents.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tying up a loose end on Tyrod Taylor's contract, his $6 million roster bonus will be due on the third day of the 2018 league year. Circle that day on your calendar as the next major deadline looming for the Bills to make a decision on whether Taylor is their long-term starter at QB. They could release him before the $6 million is due and not suffer much in salary-cap consequences.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Lorenzo Alexander's two-year, $5.95 million deal with the Bills includes cap numbers of $2.55 million (2017) and $3.4 million (2018). He received a $1.1 million signing bonus and will be paid base salaries of $2 million (2017, fully guaranteed) and $2.45 million (2018; $300,000 is fully guaranteed and $1 million is guaranteed for injury only). He can earn a $300,000 roster bonus on the third day of the 2018 league year and additional per-game roster bonuses of $6,250 in 2018. He can also earn up to $850,000 (2017) and up to $1.25 million (2018) in playing time and Pro Bowl incentives.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

WR/KR Brandon Tate signed a one-year, minimum salary ($900,000) deal with the Bills.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Leonard Johnson signed a one-year, minimum-salary benefit deal with the Bills that will pay him a $775,000 base salary and a $80,000 roster bonus if he makes the 53-man roster. His cap number will be $695,000 in 2017.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Andre Holmes' three-year, $5.15 million deal with the Bills includes $2.45 million guaranteed and cap numbers of $1.45 million (2017), $1.75 million (2018) and $2 million (2018). He will be paid base salaries of $800,000 (2017, fully guaranteed), $1 million (2018) and $1.25 million (2019), as well as roster bonuses of $150,000 due on the fifth day of the 2018 and 2019 league years. He gets a $1.65 million signing bonus and $50,000 workout bonuses each season. He can earn up to $250,000 in playing-time incentives each season and has base-salary escalators of $200,000 (2018) and $400,000 (2019).

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent linebacker Zach Brown will visit the Bills after his visit to the Dolphins, source confirms NFL Network report. Brown started 16 games for the Bills last season and has remained unsigned despite being No. 31 on ESPN's Top 150 free agents. He changed agents Monday night.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bills LB Zach Brown, who ranks No. 31 on ESPN's top 150 free agents but remains unsigned, changed agents Monday night. Brown hired CSE Football's Jason and Michael Katz, replacing Carl Carey as his representation. Brown made his first Pro Bowl as an alternate last season after posting 149 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. Still on the market after almost two weeks of free agency, clearly there has been a disconnect between teams' valuation of Brown and what he feels he is worth.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills hosted LB Keenan Robinson on a visit, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates. Robinson, 27, started six games last season for the Giants and had a career-high seven passes defensed. The Bills could use linebackers adept in pass coverage in new coach Sean McDermott's defensive scheme. Preston Brown, Reggie Ragland and Lorenzo Alexander are currently projected as starters but overall that group lacks higher-end athleticism.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills announce they've re-signed WR Brandon Tate, who was their main kick returner last season. Tate was named as a second alternate to the 2017 Pro Bowl after finishing seventh in kick return average (22.83). He projects to the same role next season, while perhaps contributing on offense.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Holmes says on conference call Monday that Bills' initial contract proposal had to be sent to NFLPA by agent last week, and it might have been "mishandled paperwork." The Bills' contract offer was filed among completed deals and disseminated internally by NFLPA last Wednesday; Holmes did not officially sign with Buffalo until Saturday. "I'll leave it to NFLPA as to what exactly happened," Holmes said Monday.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have agreed to terms with WR Andre Holmes, the team announced Saturday. At this point, Holmes is the favorite to be the No. 2 receiver for Buffalo this season. A three-year, $4.5 million deal between the two sides was filed with the NFLPA on Wednesday but not initially consummated; the NFLPA declined to comment on why that contract was entered into their database.

Team Stats

Passing Yards189.830th
Rushing Yards164.41st
Points For24.910th
Points Against23.6Tied-16th