Friday, February 28, 2014
What did we learn about Bills in February?
By Mike Rodak
The snow may still be flying, but February -- the second month of the offseason -- is coming to a close today.
Four weeks ago, we asked what we would learn about the Buffalo Bills this month.
Here are the answers to most of those questions, along with some other developments:
Andre Reed is the latest member of the Bills to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Reed elected to Hall of Fame: After eight consecutive years as a finalist, former Bills receiver Andre Reed was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this month and will be inducted on Aug. 2. He becomes the 10th Bills player, coach, or contributor to be enshrined in Canton, and the first since owner Ralph Wilson and defensive end Bruce Smith were inducted in 2009. Reed will be presented by former coach and fellow Hall of Famer Marv Levy. The current Bills will be in town for the festivities, beginning their preseason against the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame game.
New York State forms committee: Included in the Bills' 10-year lease with Erie County is a provision to form a 21-member committee that will explore options for a new stadium. Earlier this month, New York State named the first five members to the group, but the Bills or the county have yet to announce any appointments. The Bills released a statement saying that they were "appreciative" of the state's efforts but that their focus remained on a major renovation to Ralph Wilson Stadium. There are concerns if building a new, modern NFL stadium is viable in Buffalo -- one of the NFL's smallest markets -- while the uncertain future of Bills ownership could stall any efforts of the committee.
No cuts, yet: All NFL teams could begin releasing players the Monday after the Super Bowl. The Bills are one of many teams that have yet to make any moves. In terms of cap space, the Bills should be comfortable; they have one of the NFL's highest carry-overs of unused cap space from last season. The future of quarterback Kevin Kolb remains something to watch as the new league year approaches in mid-March.
Coaching staff set: The Bills rounded out their coaching staff this month, hiring Rob Moore as wide receivers coach and promoting Jason Rebrovich to assistant defensive line coach. Both were assistants for Doug Marrone at Syracuse. The Bills don't have any vacancies remaining among position coaches, but could still add quality-control coaches to their staff later this spring.
No ROY for Kiko: Linebacker Kiko Alonso finished second in voting for the Associated Press' Defensive Player of the Year Award, which was announced on Feb. 1. The honor instead went to New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Alonso still took home the Pro Football Writers of America's version of the award in January, becoming the first Bills rookie defender honored since Shane Conlan in 1987.