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Buffalo Bills: Things We Know This Week

No getting the band back together. More like “Kept” the band together? Band of Brothers? The band is not Oasis. Liam and Noel Gallagher can not be within six yards of each other. Not because of the coronavirus but simply because they would kill each other.



Not the Tom Hank’s written HBO series from earlier this century.  The show Band of Brothers would have to be a reboot. It has been complete for many years, so sustaining it to proclaim “Kept” such together is not appropriate. Television that was ahead by a Century?  If the programming was your niche, maybe one could declare that. Can you digg it?

Personally the only fitting use of “Ahead By A Century” is the classic song by legendary Canadian band, The Tragically Hip. 1984 through 2016.  Frontman, Gord Downie,  passed away in 2016 after a farewell tour while suffering from a brain tumor.  The pride of Kingston, Ontario. It is the home of superstar comedian, Dan Aykroyd.

The Sabres late iconic play-by-play TV announcer Ted Darling was from Kingston. He broadcast a game stuck at home (due to the snow) over the phone while watching on TV. This was well before remote broadcasting was the big thing. Working from home was not common in the 70s and early 80s. Kingston? Legend Bob Marley. No. No. No. Silly Rabbit. That is Kingston, Jamaica.

I will clear up what I am going in circles with in a “Who’s On First” type Bermuda Triangle trap. When attributing the “band,” it was not literal. I was talking about the Buffalo Bills offensive line. They just completed the onus by signing Quinton Spain to a new contract. They have managed to keep the starting offensive line unit intact: Spain, Cody Ford, Mitch Morse, Jon Feliciano, and Dion Dawkins. Brandon Beane, after a total offensive line overhaul last off-season, has kept the band together for an encore presentation. I must say that I did a sumptuous job focusing on the topic at hand and quickly getting directly to the point. If you disagree please do not chime in.  You know the drill. Digress-do-I.

Things we know this week about the Buffalo Bills:

  • To Bills Mafia’s delight, Brandon Beane and crew have traded a first round pick and a myriad of middle-rounders to the Vikings for the services of WR Stefon Diggs.
  • A.J. Klien, Linebacker, was also signed. He has experience in the middle but was probably signed to play the Zo role.
  • Beane also signed Defensive End, Mario Addison, recently of the Carolina Panthers. The Carolina Connection continues it seems.
  • Quinton Spain has been locked up as mentioned above, to a three year contract. Last year the Bills basically gave him a try-out one year contract while plugging a hole. Brandon Beane is the master in the trending Art-of-the-one-year-deal.
  • The Bills have restructured Tight End Tyler Kroft’s contract reducing it by one year and restructuring the money so it reduces the salary cap hit. This may be some security to Kroft potentially reducing the chances of him just being cut by the team. Last season he played in only 11 games after a pre-season injury. He did not jump right in to being a popular target only catching six balls totalling 71 yards. He did score a beautiful touchdown catching a perfectly thrown Josh Allen laser.
  • The Coronavirus has been impacting many things all over the world. The sports world is no exception as several sports have made huge decisions cancelling tournaments or suspending seasons until further notice. The Buffalo Bills and several other teams have called scouts and coaches back home from the road. It will certainly be a unique unprecedented free agency period as well as draft preparation.
  • Ian Rapoport reported that  Christian Kirksey had been on the Bills’ radar with a scheduled visit to One Bills drive. The former Cleveland Brown’s linebacker who was recently cut, had been traveling around on a free-agent tour before the Coronavirus implications, but he has signed elsewhere.

I am semi-retired leaving my enjoyable 24 year management career due to multiple health issues. My dad retired from The Buffalo News after 49 years. I have been an avid fan for quite some time. Got that Marv Levy Fight Song In My Head for absolutely no reason.