As the Bills wrapped up their final camp practice Thursday, the question loomed about the expiring contract agreement between the club and training camp host St. John Fisher. Bills CEO Russ Brandon addressed that question immediately after the practice session.
"We've had a lot of discussions over the last month and the long and short of it is I think we're closing in on an agreement for St. John Fisher to be the summer home of the Bills for many, many years to come," he said.
This was the 12th summer that the Bills prepared for the NFL regular season at the Pittsford campus, but there was a new development that made for a less than ideal situation concerning practice fields. With the construction of a new all weather track by the college, it significantly reduced the green space on campus where two full length grass practice fields once were.
Chan Gailey and his staff were left with a pair of 50-yard grass fields, which were lined inside the track and the turf field. The Bills head coach called it "cramped" and "not ideal." Brandon indicated that this issue has also been addressed by both parties.
"Fisher has been incredibly accommodating and we've been talking about that and working through the field conditions that we had," said Brandon. "We made it work. It was not ideal. We think we have a solution moving forward and at the appropriate time we'll talk to everybody about that. We feel very comfortable that we'll be here for many, many years to come."