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Chris Kelsay to announce Bills' second-round pick tonight

By Jay Skurski

Former Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay, who retired earlier this offseason, will make the team's second-round pick in the NFL Draft tonight at Radio City Music Hall.

The NFL is having 32 notable alumni make the announcement of their former team's second- or third-round picks (for those teams without second rounders), a tradition the league started two seasons ago. Former Bills receiver Andre Reed made the announcement of Texas cornerback Aaron Williams in 2011, while Phil Hansen announced Cordy Glenn's selection in 2012.

A second-round pick out of Nebraska in 2003, Kelsay was a three-time Bills defensive captain during his 10 seasons. He became a starter in his second season, and from 2005 through 2011 started all 105 games in which he played. He recorded 32.5 sacks, ranking ninth in team history.

The complete list of who will be making tonight's picks, courtesy of the NFL. 

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Kevin Kolb dismisses idea he's a QB who gets sacked too much

By Tim Graham

Sometimes, quarterbacks get slapped with a label that can doom them.

He gets sacked too much.

Buffalo Bills fans are familiar with Drew Bledsoe and Rob Johnson. Daunte Culpepper and David Carr are two of the more prominent recent examples.

Kevin Kolb insisted he shouldn't be known as one of those guys.

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Is Buffalo's front office allowing itself to get out-leveraged?

By Tim Graham

I've wondered out loud how a team can miss 13 straight postseasons and claim to rebuild through the draft yet fail to re-sign the players who develop just as they hoped they would when drafting them.

I asked Andrew Brandt, an ESPN business analyst who handled player contracts and the salary cap for the Green Bay Packers, how the moribund Bills could connect on a second-round draft pick such as left guard Andy Levitre and not be able to re-sign him.

The problem, Brandt explained, is that the Bills should have addressed Levitre's future a long time ago.

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Comings and goings: Buffalo Bills offseason moves so far

By Tim Graham

And on the seventh day of free agency, the Press Coverage blog reviewed the Buffalo Bills' offseason personnel moves to date ...

Players who have re-signed

  • • Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson
  • • Linebacker Bryan Scott
  • • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin

Players whose rights were retained

  • • Tight end Mike Caussin
  • • Tight end Dorin Dickerson
  • • Safety Jairus Byrd

Players who have joined

  • • Linebacker Manny Lawson

Players who have departed

  • • Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tennessee Titans)
  • • Wide receiver Donald Jones (New England Patriots)
  • • Wide receiver David Nelson
  • • Guard Andy Levitre (Tennessee Titans)
  • • Guard Chad Rinehart (San Diego Chargers)
  • • Defensive end Chris Kelsay (retired)
  • • Defensive end Shawne Merriman (retired)
  • • Linebacker Nick Barnett
  • • Cornerback Terrence McGee
  • • Safety George Wilson (Tennessee Titans)

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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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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