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Players react to lease agreement

By Jay Skurski

While local, state and team officials were announcing a 10-year lease agreement to the keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York, the team itself was finishing its last practice of the week in preparation for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

As they came off the practice field, coach Chan Gailey and several players weighed in with their thoughts on the agreement.

Chan Gailey

"Well, I think it's great for these great fans, the loyal fans that they are. It's a win-win it looks like to me for everybody."

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

"Being in a season, you're so consumed with everything else, but I think there was a confidence and a faith in everybody working on it that there was something that was going to get done. That was kind of the feeling that we had and kind of what we had been told, and so I think it's great for the new agreement, just to have something set in stone to know that this franchise is going to stay here for years to come. I think it's a great relief for the fans as well.

"I've been here for four years now, so we consider ourselves part of this community now. Just to see the impact the Bills have on everybody -- when we're playing well, the smiles everybody has on their faces, when we're not playing well kind of the drag and the lull -- you feel it in the community. I know the people live and die by how we perform, live and breathe the Buffalo Bills, so this is why this is such a big agreement."

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams

"I am glad to know that's taken care of for the foreseeable future. I think it's great news for the community, our fans. I think it's great news. I enjoy hearing that news. I've been here a while and want to be here a while. That’s exciting.

We do'nt pay much attention to that (rumors of the team moving), but now that all those things are done and we're here for the foreseeable future, this is where we need to be. This is where this franchise needs to be. I think that's good news. ... Honestly, I can't keep up with that (rumors of the franchise moving), to be honest with you. You don't pay attention to the rumors, whatever it might be, California, or wherever people talk about. I think that it's obvious that this region and this community love this football team and this organization. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else."

Cornerback Terrence McGee

"That's good. That's real good for the fans who really want the Bills to be here, definitely. That's good news to me to hear that. ... They're putting in $130 million to improve the stadium, that's definitely a good thing.

"I've been knowing that (how much the Bills mean to Western New York) since I've been here. You run into people on the streets, or wherever, the store, the mall or something like that. People really appreciate the Bills. ... To still have them here for at least seven more years, it's real good for the community.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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