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Agent: Bills interested in Corey McIntyre, but free agency awaits

By Tim Graham

New coach Doug Marrone's offense apparently will feature a blocking fullback because the Buffalo Bills want veteran fullback and special-teams captain Corey McIntyre to return.

Despite the interest, McIntyre plans to shop his services on the open market in a couple weeks.

"The Bills have made it clear they want Corey back, and obviously he appreciates the opportunities they've given him," McIntyre's agent, Brett Tessler, said today.

"He's established himself as one of the best fullback/special-teamers in the league, and right now it looks like we're going to wait for the start of free agency before making any decisions."

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Russ Brandon: Bills 'haven't been relevant for way too long'

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have an image issue.

You know it. They know it. The NFL community knows it.

The Bills haven't made the playoffs for 13 years. They're ragamuffins on the football landscape. The mainstream media barely notice them. Opposing fans pity them.

The boffo Mario Williams signing notwithstanding, the Bills still are working on re-establishing legitimacy.

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PFF analytics show which Bills provided most, least value in 2012

By Tim Graham

When the Buffalo Bills rebooted their operations in January, a point of emphasis was the creation of an analytics department. While no details have been divulged on how the Bills will implement analytics, a common usage around the league is in determining contract values.

ProFootballFocus.com, one of the most popular analytics sites, has applied its metrics to the Bills' 2012 roster to determine who underperformed and outperformed their salary-cap figures last year.

You can check out PFF for its explanation of each player, but here are the lists:

Undervalued

  • 1. Jairus Byrd, safety
  • 2. C.J. Spiller, running back
  • 3. Andy Levitre, left guard
  • 4. Kyle Williams, defensive tackle
  • 5. Alex Carrington, defensive tackle
  • 6. George Wilson, safety
  • 7. Nick Barnett, linebacker
  • 8. Scott Chandler, tight end
  • 9. Bryan Scott, linebacker
  • 10. Cordy Glenn, left tackle

Overvalued

  • 1. Mario Williams, defensive end
  • 2. Chris Kelsay, defensive end
  • 3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback
  • 4. Brad Smith, wide receiver
  • 5. Terrence McGee, cornerback
  • 6. Spencer Johnson, defensive tackle
  • 7. Mark Anderson, defensive end
  • 8. Tyler Thigpen, quarterback
  • 9. Erik Pears, right tackle
  • 10. Shawne Merriman, defensive end

The Bills already have released two of the PFF's 10 most undervalued players (Barnett and Wilson). Byrd, Levitre and Scott could become unrestricted free agents in a couple weeks.

From the overvalued list, the Bills have dumped McGee. Kelsay announced his retirement Wednesday night. From the free agents on the list, we safely can assume Thigpen won't be back, Merriman's probably a goner and Johnson isn't worth re-signing.

Bills' defensive purge totals eight captaincies, 38 seasons, 500 games

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have parted ways with four veteran defenders in less than three weeks.

Defensive end Chris Kelsay, cornerback Terrence McGee and safety George Wilson didn't play games for any other team. Linebacker Nick Barnett started every game for the Bills the past two seasons after eight years with the Green Bay Packers.

Here is a breakdown of how much experience has been deducted from Buffalo's roster with these four players.

  • • 38 seasons
  • • 500 games
  • • 404 starts
  • • 59.5 sacks
  • • 44 interceptions
  • • 20 forced fumbles
  • • 20 fumble recoveries
  • • 7 defensive touchdowns
  • • 8 seasons as Bills captain

Numbers, of course, don't paint the complete portrait.

Kelsay (neck) and McGee (knee) ended last season on injured reserve. Barnett and Wilson were the Bills' top two tacklers, but they were lacking when it came to game-changing plays.

But the Bills' defensive leadership will have a substantially different composition in 2013.

Chris Kelsay the poster child for Bills' postseason frustrations

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay will walk away from the NFL never having experienced the postseason.

Kelsay played for the Bills from 2003 to 2012, the dark ages.

The Bills are in the NFL's longest active playoff drought, a 13-year dry spell that began three seasons before Kelsay arrived.

Kelsay experienced a winning record only once, his second season. The Bills lost double-digit games six times and went 63-97 in Kelsay's tenure.

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Veteran Bills DE Chris Kelsay announces retirement

By Tim Graham

KelsayMugBuffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay has informed the club he will retire after 10 seasons.

Kelsay, a second-round draft choice in 2003, was a three-time captain who recorded 32.5 sacks, ninth-most in franchise history, but struggled to crack the starting lineup last year.

"I want to thank Mr. Wilson for the opportunity he gave me 10 years ago to be a Buffalo Bill," Kelsay said in comments distributed by the team. "One of my goals was to finish my career with the team that drafted me and that came to fruition. I feel very blessed to say that."

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With 15 draft picks expected, 49ers prime trade partners for Bills

By Tim Graham

If the Buffalo Bills want to trade back into the first round or move up into the second round for a player they want -- perhaps a quarterback -- then the San Francisco 49ers have emerged as obvious candidates to work out a deal.

The Niners reportedly have worked out a trade that will send quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for this year's second-round draft choice (34th overall) and other unrevealed considerations. The Niners also hold the 31st overall selection.

It's no secret the Bills need a quarterback and want to draft one early. They own the eighth and 41st overall picks.

Draft analysts are hesitant to put a high first-round value on a quarterback in this year's class, but the best prospects could be gone by the time the Bills draft in the second round. Thus, the Niners become attractive trade partners.

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Ryan Nassib likes idea of Bills, but Eagles his 'dream come true'

By Tim Graham

A month ago, much was made of Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib's remark that playing for the Buffalo Bills would be "a match made in heaven" because he could continue to play for head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in upstate New York.

Bills fans, more than others, love when a player suggests he wants to play for their team. That doesn't happen very often.

It reminds me of when Bernie Kosar worked the system so my hometown Cleveland Browns could snag him in the supplemental draft -- on purpose!

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'Total package' tight ends appealing in 2013 draft class

By Tim Graham

Even if the Buffalo Bills weren't in the market for a tight end because of Scott Chandler's Week 16 knee injury, they probably ought to have considered drafting one.

All-around tight ends are potent weapons, and the Bills haven't had one who can strike fear in a defense since, well ... Have they ever?

That could change in 2013 if the Bills wanted to.

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Why the Bills should think about drafting another OT early

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills seemed to have found a franchise tackle last year, when they drafted Cordy Glenn in the second round.

But the other tackle spot emerged as a major concern.

What if the Bills were to draft another top-flight tackle in April to give themselves bookends for years to come?

It's an intriguing thought.

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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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