Tag:Buddy Nix
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:57 am

Bills GM Nix: 'We want to extend Fred' Jackson

Fred-Ex could be in line for a big contract from Buffalo. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Buffalo Bills were a surprise team for the early part of 2011 and much of that success had to do with perennially unappreciated running back Fred Jackson, who ran for 934 yards in the team's first 10 games. That includes Week 10's 35-8 loss to Miami where Jackson suffered the injury.

In other words, he was having a monster year before going down. And the Bills, according to general manager Buddy Nix, are prepared to reward Jackson, who'll be a free agent after 2012, with a new contract.

"We want to extend Fred," Nix said his recent press conference. "I’d like for Fred to finish his career as a Bill. He’s meant a lot to us. I’ve got great respect for him. I tell him that. We’re going to try to get something done. Does it matter if we do it or if we do it next week or a month from now? As long as we get it done before the season starts it’s all the same, really, seems to me. And it’s not like he’s going to get hurt playing now.

"But we do want Fred back and we do intend to try to workout a deal with him. I’ve told him that and I’m going to tell him again this week before I leave here."

Jackson was, as Clark Judge pointed out, having an MVP-type season before his injury. Having signed a four-year, $7.5 million deal before the 2009 season, Jackson hasn't really hit a monster payday yet.

What'll be interesting is how much the Bills are willing to invest in Jackson. He's only got 817 career carries (topping out at 237 in 2009), but he is on the wrong side of 30.

Additionally, C.J. Spiller came on strong at the end of 2011, rushing for 446 yards in Buffalo's final six games, and averaging over 100 yards from scrimmage and 5.19 yards per carry during that span. He also scored six touchdowns and because he was the Bills first-round pick in 2010, there has to be some commitment to making him a bigger part of the offense.

Jackson's the steadier presence on the ground, however and could form a potentially dynamic combination with Spiller if the Bills line can stay healthy. And if the Bills are willing to pay him. Otherwise he might be running for a new deal in 2012.

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Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:56 pm

Fred Jackson confident about getting deal done


Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Aside from Chicago’s Matt Forte -- who feels like the Bears are grinding him to a pulp -- the running back who’s most deserving of a raise is Buffalo’s Fred Jackson.

Forte is making a paltry $600,000 and is a free agent after this season, though a prime suspect to be franchised by Chicago, and he’s the league leader with 1,091 yards from scrimmage. Jackson, meanwhile, makes $1.75 million this year and is slated to earn $1.83 million in 2012, and he has accumulated 1,074 all-purpose yards.

It’s clear Forte is underpaid, but so is Jackson, and while the former gets nowhere in negotiations with his squad, the latter has apparently received assurances from his organization that it’ll make Jackson happy with a new deal.

According to 550 WGR radio, Jackson and Bills general manager Buddy Nix had a meeting three weeks ago, and now Jackson expresses his belief that a deal will get done eventually.

“He let me know that he was thinking about me, but they just had some other stuff that they had to take care of first,” Jackson said. “I've got a lot of faith in him and that's what I'll continue to do. Just put my faith in him and see what happens."

First, the Bills -- who already have re-signed Ryan Fitzpatrick for six years and $59 million -- have to take care of Rian Lindell and offensive tackle Erik Pears. They’ll also have to decide if they want to re-sign receiver Stevie Johnson, who’s a free agent after this season.

But as we talked about Wednesday on the CBSSports.com experts chat (and Pete Prisco was outspoken about the issue), is it really worth it to pay running backs top-notch money? Our consensus: probably not.

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Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:09 pm

Bills Shawne Merriman placed on injured reserve

Posted by Will Brinson

Shawne Merriman's 2011 season is over as he was placed on injured reserve with an Achilles tendon injury, the Bills announced on Tuesday.

Merriman, signed by Buffalo this offseason on a two-year, $10.5 million deal, injured his Achilles tendon again before Week 6's loss to the Giants and didn't play.

"Shawne has worked extremely hard, but unfortunately, his Achilles flared back up and it doesn't appear that he will be able to return to the field anytime soon," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said in a statement released by the team. "So we felt it was in the best interest of our team and for Shawne to put him on IR."

Merriman played in just three games with the Bills in 2010 (Buffalo claimed him off of waivers after the Chargers decided to release him last November) before suffering the same Achilles injury and missing the remainder of the year.

His career's been rocky from the start with Buffalo, as Merriman was injured in his first practice as a Bill and the former superstar only has one sack since switching teams.

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 11:09 pm

Why did the Bills even draft Aaron Maybin?

Posted by Ryan Wilson

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m. ET: Via the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta: "Jets have extended a one-year offer to Aaron Maybin, per source. However, about 5-6 other teams have made similar offer. No decision yet."


It took two years, but the Buffalo Bills finally released their 2009 11th-overall pick Aaron Maybin. And if it wasn't for his draft status, the two sides would've parted ways even sooner.

We don't say this so much as knock against Maybin -- by all accounts he was a hard worker, just undersized and lacking a true position -- but as an indictment against the Bills front office for taking him so high in the first place.

Either way, Maybin and his zero sacks and 16 tackles in 27 career games are free to hawk their wares elsewhere; he cleared waivers Tuesday and he can now sign with any team that wants him.

"He put so much into it, but there wasn't any appreciable improvement," coach Chan Gailey said Monday, according to the Associated Press. "It was better to do it now than to do it later."

Maybin's second biggest issue -- after not getting any better -- was that he struggled to keep weight on. The linebacker entered the league listed at 250 pounds but reported to camp last month at 228.

CBSSports.com's Will Brinson joked in May that Maybin apparently "looked like a wide receiver." Turns out, that wasn't far from the truth.

"That's the big thing," general manager Buddy Nix said, referring to Maybin's lack of size. "I saw where somebody said that he didn't fit the scheme. But I don't know what scheme he fits at that size unless you're a strong safety or something."

There is where we point out that Nix returned to the Bills in January 2009 as their National Scout. According to BuffaloBills.com's Chris Brown, the job required Nix "to cover a lot of the major college programs in preparation for the NFL draft."

Presumably, Penn State, Maybin's alma mater, was on Nix's beat. So while saying things like "…I don't know what scheme he fits at that size unless you're a strong safety or something" makes for a good quote, it reflects horribly on the person who played an important role in helping craft the Bills' '09 draft plans. In this case, it just so happens to be the same guy. (Nix was promoted to GM in December 2009 after Russ Brandon was named CEO.)

Exacerbating the problem: Nix falling for the sunk-cost fallacy (explained here) when he tells the AP, "That's the reason we took a little longer. We needed him and we wanted him to come through," Nix said. "He did everything he could do. He practiced hard. He hustled. He did everything you asked of him. It just didn't work out."

This is something you would never hear Bill Belichick admit publicly. It's also part of the reason why the Patriots have had at least 10 victories every season since 2003, and the Bills last had double-digit wins in 1999.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: April 25, 2011 12:24 pm

25 rookies will appear at NFL Draft in New York

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL just announced the specific 25 rookies that will appear at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday when the NFL Draft takes place.
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The number of players for 2011 is an all-time, record high for invitees -- 17 players attended in 2010 and that was the previous record for rookies who showed up at the NFL Draft.

That's fascinating since there's currently a bit of a situation going on with the lockout, but it's understandable, because there's really no clear-cut way in which the draft will shake out come Thursday night, especially because the Panthers hold a top pick that will set of a chain reaction of dominos when they select, and they have yet to tip their hand.

Player Position School
Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
Akeem Ayers LB UCLA
Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa
Randall Cobb WR Kentucky
Marcell Dareus DT Alabama
Nick Fairley DT Auburn
Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
A.J. Green WR Georgia
Mark Herzlich LB Boston College
Mark Ingram RB Alabama
Cameron Jordan DE California
Julio Jones WR Alabama
Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue
Corey Liuget DT Illnois
Von Miller LB Texas A&M
Rahim Moore S UCLA
Cam Newton QB Auburn
Patrick Peterson CB LSU
Mike Pouncey OL Florida
Aldon Smith DE Missouri
Tyron Smith OT USC
Phil Taylor DT Baylor
Danny Watkins OG Baylor
JJ Watt DE Wisconsin
Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech
Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 1:45 pm

Offseason Checkup: Buffalo Bills

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

S. Johnson had some good moments last year for Buffalo (US Presswire).

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Although the Bills went 4-12 last season and were never in contention for any kind of postseason berth, there was reason for optimism at the end of last year. Against all previous indications, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t half-bad, young faces like RB C.J. Spiller and WR Steve Johnson showed potential, and the team took the Steelers, Chiefs and Ravens into overtime before eventually losing.

The head coaching abilities of Chan Gailey – in college or in the NFL – have never been that impressive to me, but I’d be an idiot if I didn’t say that he is making progress in Buffalo. Progress enough to compete with the rest of the AFC East? Not yet. But any kind of progress is good.

Very little elite talent

This obviously is a problem, because, aside from NT Kyle Williams – who’s a top-five interior defensive lineman – the Bills don’t feature any elite players (maybe S Jairus Byrd can get there at some point). With the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, that should change (you’d like to think so at least, if you’re a Bills fan). But remember, Buffalo went with Aaron Maybin with the No. 11 pick in 2009 and Leodis McKelvin with the No. 11 pick in 2008. Apparently, this franchise doesn’t always know how to pick the elite guys.

While Fitzpatrick did a decent enough job at the starting spot last year, after Trent Edwards thoroughly failed at it and Brian Brohm didn’t do enough to win it, Fitzpatrick doesn’t scream, “FUTURE FRANCHISE QB.” Since the Bills have the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft, it makes sense for them to take somebody who could make that claim. Considering GM Buddy Nix said that now is the perfect time to draft a QB, Buffalo might just do it.

Buffalo needs to shore up its 3-4 defense in a big way and procure players who can figure out how to get to the opposing quarterback. The Bills – who were tied for 27th in sacks last year – already have Shawne Merriman and Aaron Maybin at OLB, but it’s unclear if the former can stay healthy and the latter has been a big draft bust thus far in his career. Von Miller’s elite speed certainly would help in the linebacker corps.

The Bills were the worst team in football at stopping the run, so this spot obviously is in need of an upgrade. The line itself seems to be OK with Kyle Williams and Dwan Edwards, but a Da’Quan Bowers pick wouldn’t be shocking (though many experts are predicting Miller).

The Bills are still nowhere near making a bid for the playoffs, but there’s no reason they can’t improve on last year’s record. I think 8-8 would be a stretch – especially if Fitzpatrick is back at the QB spot – but 6-10 or 7-9 wouldn’t be out of the question. And it would be a sign of more progress.

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:45 am

Hot Routes 4.4.11: Rams interested in Rice?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • In this Pro Football Weekly report, sources tell the publication that the Rams could have some interest in Vikings WR Sidney Rice. Considering how lackluster the current crop of St. Louis receivers are, the move would make sense. But the Rams organization apparently also is leery of Rice’s hip injury that cost him much of last season.
  • The Boston Herald wonders how Tom Brady’s image will be affected by the upcoming Brady v NFL case. Apparently, he can expect a hit to his short-term marketability.
  • The creator of the Madden NFL video game is suing EA Sports for many, many millions of dollars. It could even reach into the b illions. And get this: Robin Antonick’s original game was released in 1988, and it was for Commodore 64, MS Dos and Apple II.
  • Further cementing the idea that Da’Quan Bowers could fall out of the top-10 is Peter King of Sports Illustrated reporting that only one head coach (Arizona’s Ken Whisenhunt) and two GMs (Atlanta’s Thomas Dimitroff and Buffalo’s Buddy Nix) were in attendance at his Pro Day last week.

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Posted on: April 2, 2011 3:37 pm

Bill GM Nix: Gabbert 'similar athlete' to Newton

Posted by Will Brinson

The Buffalo Bills, because of Chan Gailey's innovative offensive mind, are widely considered a potential landing spot for former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

But Blaine Gabbert could land there as well -- depending on what the Panthers and Broncos do, of course; worth noting is that our own Clark Judge has him there ahead of Newton. And, if you need proof, how about the strong praise the former Mizzou signal caller drew from Bills' GM Buddy Nix for his athleticism recently?

"People don't realize, they talk about what a good athlete Cam is, which he is, but [Gabbert] is a very similar athlete." Nix said to WEDG Radio, per Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News.

Well, now, that's nice and everything, but -- and no offense to Gabbert -- that might be a stretch, Buddy.

"He's 6-4, and he's 234 pounds and he ran 4.61 (40-yard dash)," Nix told WEDG Radio. "He can jump. He's 10 feet, 3 inches long jump. Athletically he's really a big, fast athlete. He's a smart guy. He's a little like Cam in that he hasn't played a lot. — He played three games his senior year in high school. He didn't play any as a freshman except in a mop-up role and then started two years."

Look, Gabbert's a good athlete. No question about it. But no amount of height or weight or speed is going to make him a "similar" athlete to Newton. That's because Newton is the freaky-deakiest of the freaks when it comes to raw athletes that we've seen in sports, in a pretty long time. If he was more polished as a quarterback and/or there weren't some concerns about his off-field behavior/personal life, there wouldn't be a discussion about who was getting drafted at No. 1 overall.

It would be a slam dunk for Newton and no one would think twice. But there are questions and that's how Gabbert's getting involved in the discussion. So, yeah, it's great for him, but let's not carried away when we start discussing the phrase "athleticism."

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