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Whaley hoping to re-sign Bills free agents

Posted Mar 11, 2014

In the salary cap era Bills GM Doug Whaley knows it's rare that you're able to keep all of your own free agents, but that doesn't mean he and the Bills aren't going to try.

Bills impending free agent Jairus Byrd has been the headliner for most of the offseason when it comes to Buffalo’s players who are set to hit the free agent market. There are a handful of others however, that the Bills are also trying to return to the fold for 2014 and beyond.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, just three hours before the opening of free agency, Whaley confirmed that there are offers out to all of their unrestricted players.

Concerning where things stand with Byrd, Whaley said there is nothing new.

“Status quo,” he said. “The lines of communication are open and we still have until four until we’re the exclusive signing people, but we’ll see. The clock is ticking.”

Whaley reiterated as he did last week that the contract extension handed to fellow safety Aaron Williams will not have any impact on Byrd or any of their other free agents they’re trying to sign.

The organization has maintained that they’d like to re-sign kicker Dan Carpenter and tight end Scott Chandler. Whaley said they’ve been working on both players diligently.

“We’ve been aggressive with both of those guys,” Whaley said. “They have some offers on the table and we hope to hear back from them. We hope to sign both of those guys.”

Whaley also confirmed that the Bills have offers on the table for free agent DL Alex Carrington and free agent LB Arthur Moats, though there are reports Moats is also talking with the Cleveland Browns.

“The ball is in their court,” said Whaley. “We’re waiting to hear back from those guys and hopefully we hear back from them before 4 pm.”

Kolb situation unchanged

The Bills also have a decision to make on QB Kevin Kolb. After missing all of last season on injured reserve following a preseason concussion, Kolb is due a roster bonus this week.

Buffalo may have to make a decision as to whether the relationship between the Bills and Kolb will continue, but Whaley made it clear they want to wait on the medical evaluation.

“Still status quo,” he said. “We haven’t heard anything from the medical staff so that’s what we have to wait on.”