The Daily Links

daily-links-logo5The new league year marked by the start of free agency is almost two months away (March 12th), but it’s never too early to look at the decisions that teams have to make on some of their more notable players whose contracts are about to expire. Fortunately for the Bills there won’t be a lot of decisions for them when it comes to unrestricted free agents. (Bills.com)

Ryan Talbot & Jason DeHart decided to get together and discuss three positions per unit that the Bills need to address. After choosing three areas of need, Ryan and Jason discussed if the team would be better off pursuing talent in the NFL draft or free agency. (BillsMafia.com)

While South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr highlight the 2014 NFL Draft’s “elite” pass rushing prospects, University of Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack elevated himself to the national level after another dominating season in the Mid-American Conference.  ForgedinBuffalo’s Rob Quinn takes a long look at Mack.

In Saturday action, Mikhail Grigorenko notched the game winning goal with 7:30 left to play as Quebec defeated Rouyn-Noranda 5-3. Grigorenko, who parked in front and connected with his only shot on goal of the night, rounded out the first-star effort with a pair of assists and an 83.9 percent efficiency (26/31) at the faceoff circle. As always, Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has an excellent weekend recap of several Sabres prospects.…

Report: Pettine Getting Second Interview With Browns

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ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported Sunday morning that the Cleveland Browns plan to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for a second time in the coming week, making at least the possibility of Pettine landing the job much more realistic than it may have seemed a week ago.

Pettine first interviewed for the job on January 16.

By no means does a second interview for Pettine equate to his appointment as Cleveland’s next head coach a mere formality.   There’s also reported interest in a second interview with Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and the Browns are widely rumored to be interested in Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

Translation— Bills faithful may want to become New England and San Francisco fans today.  Wins by Seattle and/or Denver mean at least two more weeks before Cleveland could speak to Quinn (again) and Case about the opening.…

Thoughts On Kiper’s Bills Mock Selection

robinson-229x300Even though the 2014 NFL draft doesn’t arrive until early May and we sit in the wintry middle of January, water cooler talk formally commenced Wednesday when Mel Kiper released the first of what’s sure to be dozens of first-round NFL mock drafts.  Chatter is sure to be passionate among Buffalo Bills fans, as Kiper tabbed Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the Bills first selection, ninth overall.

Based on plenty of reaction on Twitter and early analysis from a few scribes, including ESPN.com’s Mike Rodrak, it doesn’t appear taking Robinson would be a popular move for Buffalo.

The rationale for cynicism are quite palpable— Buffalo has bigger needs, Cordy Glenn was terrific at left tackle in 2013, quality starters or at least depth can be found in the mid-to-late rounds, and oh—did I mention the Bills have bigger needs?

For what it’s worth, I don’t entirely concur —with the skeptics, that is.

For starters, take a look at who won’t be available and/or who the Bills aren’t going to take. Love or hate E.J. Manuel the Bills are not taking Johnny Football, Teddy Bridgewater or anyone else who throws a football for a living with the ninth pick.…