Report: Jim Kelly joins one of eight potential Bills buyers

Jim Kelly reportedly joined a potential Bills ownership group.
Jim Kelly reportedly joined a potential Bills ownership group. (USATSI)

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Two of the biggest off-field stories in the NFL right now -- Jim Kelly's emotional battle against cancer and the sale of the Buffalo Bills -- became even more intertwined in recent days according to a report.

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that Kelly joined forces with one of the eight bidders for the Bills franchise. Graham doesn't specifically name which bidder, though he previously reported Kelly was approached by Jeffery Gundlach, a bond investor from East Amherst.

Per Graham, the Bills are making "in-home" visits with "as many as eight" potential buyers in the coming weeks.

Initially it was believed three bidders were in on the team; rocker/businessman Bon Jovi, billionaire hairpiece Donald Trump and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. Those three submitted bids by the July 29 deadline, but apparently the race isn't quite so cut and dry.

It is a competitive race, though. Bon Jovi's group was reportedly asked to resubmit their "uncompetitively low" bid of around $900 million; it's believed the Bills will certainly fetch north of $1 billion.

Money talks more than anything when it comes to the NFL, but bringing in Kelly -- one of the greatest players in Bills franchise history and last seen winging Hall of Fame passes to Andre Reed -- as a member of an ownership group would certainly appeal to both the current Bills ownership and the fanbase. 

The biggest concern for Buffalo is keeping the team in the area. It's unfathomable to imagine Kelly being a part of a group that would move the team. 

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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