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NFL notebook: Ex-Sabres owner submits bid to buy Bills

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By Wire Reports
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, 8:57 p.m.
 

Former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano entered the running to purchase the Bills.

A person familiar with the sale process confirmed to the Associated Press on Thursday that Golisano submitted a non-binding bid to Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale.

The Bills are on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

Golisano's addition comes at the same time the sale process moved into the next phase after Bills officials began meeting with prospective ownership groups that had already submitted their non-binding bids.

Two other people familiar with the process said New York real estate mogul Donald Trump was first up, by attending a lengthy presentation in the Detroit-area Wednesday.

Current Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and a Toronto-based group fronted by rocker Jon Bon Jovi are also scheduled to attend presentations.

Golisano had first indicated an interest in purchasing the Bills in May. Though Golisano now lives in Florida, he is from western New York and made his fortune establishing the Rochester-based payroll firm, Paychex.

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his brother Dan Kelly, who runs the family's business interests, have also been invited to a presentation. Though the Kellys have expressed interest in purchasing the team, it's unclear if they have submitted a bid or have linked up with another ownership group.

Browns get LeBron visit

LeBron James got his football fix, showing up at the Browns' training camp with his two sons.

James spent nearly an hour on the sideline as the Browns went through a morning workout. It was the NBA superstar's first public appearance since re-signing with the Cavaliers last month.

James spoke with Browns coach Mike Pettine for several minutes and posed for pictures with several players, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. James also chatted with rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.

James declined comment afterward, saying, “I'll see you tomorrow” as he walked off the field holding hands with sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce. James will be welcomed back to Akron in an event Friday night.

Cards cut LB Sims

The Cardinals released linebacker Ernie Sims. The eight-year veteran was signed as a free agent Dec. 24.

Sims was a first-round draft pick — ninth overall — by the Lions in 2006.

Coach Bruce Arians said Sims didn't fit into the Cardinals' defense and that the team owed him the respect as a veteran to give him a chance to catch on with another team.

Texans owner cancer-free

Texans owner Bob McNair said he has gotten a clean bill of health after a 10-month battle with two forms of cancer.

The 77-year-old McNair spoke about his ordeal at a news conference attended by his doctors and family members.

McNair said he has dealt with skin cancer for about 20 years and was diagnosed about six years ago with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a blood disease that weakens the immune system.

University of Minnesota prez won't use Redskins

The University of Minnesota said it's working with the Vikings to keep the Redskins' name from being used when the two teams play on campus in November.

University president Eric Kaler gave the assurances in an Aug. 1 letter to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat who has said using the name would violate school policies on equity and diversity.

Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said the organization is sensitive to the issue, especially given Minnesota's significant Native American population.

Around the league

The Lions signed veteran cornerback Drayton Florence. … Falcons rookie linebacker Marquis Spruill will miss this season after suffering a torn ACL in practice. … Former Pitt and Aliquippa receiver Jon Baldwin cleared waivers and became a free agent.

 

 
 


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