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Report: Nathan Beaulieu made a trade request

By Brandon J. Koch

The western Canada trip gets a bit more interesting for the Buffalo Sabres.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA sports reports that defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has made a trade request to Sabres management.

John Vogl of the Athletic says general manager Jason Botterill has no comment at this time on the report.

Beaulieu was acquired by Buffalo in June of 2017 from Montreal for a 3rd round pick.

It’s simple why Beaulieu requested a trade. As Lavoie reported, there’s too many defenseman on the Sabres roster right now.

With Nelson injured, the Sabres have 9 total defenseman.

Has Beaulieu played well enough to get consistent ice time? In my opinion, it’s not even close. He just hasn’t played well. In 26 games this season, the 26 year-old has 7 points.

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Lorenzo: Next year we can make a run

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By Brandon J. Koch

In his conference call with the Buffalo media after the announcement of a contract extension, Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is excited about next year.

On 2019: “We have a great opportunity. We have a young football team. We are going to add some pieces…. There’s no reason we can’t find ourselves in the playoffs…we are closer than what people think. Next year, we can really make a run.”

On the team and leadership: “The team wanted me back. They feel I’m an important part of the team from a leadership role….and for me it was important to get something done early….to know where I was going to be, my kids in school.”

Is next year the last? “If you ask me today, yeah, this is my last year.”

On McDermott: “Having Sean as the head coach made this decision easier.”

The soon to be 36 year-old is expecting big things in 2019 and loves where this franchise is headed.

Bills re-signed Lorenzo Alexander to a one-year deal

By Brandon J. Koch

The Bills resign one of their own in linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to a one-year deal.

Alexander, 35, finished arguably his best season of his career in 2018. His desire to stay in Buffalo and ending his career in WNY has been fulfilled.

What Alexander has done for this community, with his foundation called “ACES,” has been tremendous for the inner city and all around WNY.

Alexander had 74 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 2 interceptions this past season.

Report: Heath Farwell is the Bills new ST coordinator

By Brandon J. Koch

Looks like the Bills have a special teams coordinator.

Joudan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observe reports that Carolina Panthers assistant special teams coach Heath Farwell has been hired as the Bills ST coordinator.

Here’s more on Farwell’s background:

10 seasons in the NFL (2005-14) with Vikings and Seahawks.

Coaching assistant with Seattle from 2016-17 before spending one season with Carolina in 2018.

Bills interview former Packers interim coach Joe Philbin

By Brandon J. Koch

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, the Bills have interviewed former Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin.

This has to be for the offensive line coaching vacancy. Philbin was head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2012-2015 and was the Indianapolis Colts’ assistant head coach and offensive line coach from 2016-2017.

We all know head coach Sean McDermott looks for experience in his coaches, something that Philbin brings to a unit that desperately needs improvement.

Report: Bills national scout leaving to become Dolphins assistant GM

The Bills are losing one of their National scouts, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Marvin Allen is leaving the Bills to become the assistant GM with the Miami Dolphins.

Allen has over 30 years of scouting experience, and was hired after Brandon Beane was named general manager.

Would you trade a 2nd round pick for Antonio Brown

This is what NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said on what it would take to get Antonio Brown:

“The consensus is they could probably get a second-rounder-plus, maybe a second-rounder and third-rounder, probably not the [first-round pick] that the Cowboys got for Amari Cooper, but this is one of the best players in the NFL, so at the very least they should be able to get significant return.”

Would you give up a 2nd round pick plus something else for Antonio Brown? Vote here

Beane should go after John Brown again

By Brandon J. Koch

After not being able to sign wide receiver John Brown last offseason, general manager Brandon Beane should go back after him in March.

In a podcast earlier this season, Brown said the 2018 offseason came down to him signing with the Oakland Raiders or the Buffalo Bills until the Ravens came in last minute with a one-year, $5 million dollar deal.

Although Brown did say at the end of the season he would like to be back in Baltimore, remember that things change. The 28 year-old mentioned he wants more than a one-year deal, if you back to last offseason, Buffalo offered Brown a 2-year contract.

John Brown is exactly what the Bills desperately need, a fast, stretch the field, slot receiver. A safe, reliable weapon for Josh Allen and a receiver that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll can line up all around the line of scrimmage.

This would be exactly what Beane talked about in his season ending press conference:

“That’s why it’s important to be judicious and not just go spend it. To be selective, be smart, bring in some added competition to both sides of the ball and special teams.”

Spotrac has Brown’s market value as a 2-year deal with $12.2 total.

That’s selective and smart to help the Bills offense.

Buffalo a possible destination for Antonio Brown?

By Brandon J. Koch

In a new article at Spotrac, Michael Ginnitti wrote about wide receiver Antonio Brown’s contract and possible trade destinations.

He has Buffalo on the list:

“Outside of Sammy Watkins, who was hampered by injuries much of his career in Buffalo, the Bills haven’t had a bonafide WR1 in years. While they’re likely to address the position both in free agency and in the draft, bringing in a player of Brown’s capabilities would be a big step forward – though his recent antics would be a major red flag, as the current Bills’ organization has taken drastic measures to change the culture of the team of late.”

Ginnitti talks about Brown’s traded contact and here’s what it says:

“If traded prior to March 17th, the deal will be 3 years, $38.9M, including cash & cap figures of $15.125M, $11.3M, & $12.5M through 2021.

If traded after March 17th, the deal will be 3 years, $36.425M, including cash & cap figures of $12.625M, $11.3M, & $12.5M through 2021.”

Here’s the article

In a article at Forbes, Bills Williamson says the Bills make sense as a team to trade for Antonio Brown.

Williamson says, “The Bills have $87 million in cap room. Brown would help second-year quarterback Josh Allen like he would Rosen in Arizona. The Steelers probably would get  a chuckle out of sending Brown all the way up to Buffalo as well.”

I don’t know if that’s a shot at Buffalo?

I’ll have my own opinion and analysis this weekend on why the Bills won’t even touch Brown.

Josh Allen sends Pardon My Take a jumpsuit to represent BillsMafia

By Brandon J. Koch

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen sent his best friends at Barstool a jumpsuit so they can represent the Mafia during jumpsuit January.

The question fans are asking is, were can we get one?

Josh Allen has been featured on Barstool, BigCat and PFT many times since being drafted last year.