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No talks with Jairus Byrd, Andy Levitre while staff evaluates roster

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- In the past month, the Buffalo Bills have fired their head coach, hired a new one, filled out an entire coaching staff, made progress in finalizing the stadium lease agreement and extended their agreement to play games in Toronto.

So now what?

Bills president Russ Brandon told The Buffalo News today at the Super Bowl XLVII media center that new head coach Doug Marrone and his assistants will "spend a majority of this month evaluating our roster, now that they're on the ground and going full speed ahead."

Brandon indicated the Bills have not held substantial talks with their free agents yet. The group includes Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd and left guard Andy Levitre.

"The timeline is we need to sit down as a group personnel-wise and put our game plan together on how we're going to approach things," Brandon said.

"As far as talks are concerned, there’s nothing at this point that’s concrete. We would love to have both guys back."

Brandon said General Manager Buddy Nix will make the calls on roster moves in free agency and in the upcoming draft.

"I will provide leadership to the organization within every element of our operation," Brandon said. "But no different than you hire a director of ticket operations to run the ticket department, you hire football people to run the football department.

"When it comes to those decisions, Buddy will make the final decision on how we move forward in the draft in free agency. We'll obviously work together in all that with Coach Marrone."


2013 draft | Andy Levitre | Buddy Nix | Doug Marrone | Jairus Byrd | Russ Brandon | Super Bowl XLVII
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Tim Graham

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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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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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