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Big push by BIlls made Graham cut Washington visit short


The Buffalo Bills had two options going at cornerback when the free-agency signing period began on Tuesday.

They had Miami cornerback Nolan Carroll in town for a visit. They had strong interest in Baltimore free-agent Corey Graham. It's apparent the Bills' interest in Graham was a lot stronger. Carroll signed with Philadelphia for a reported $5.25 million over two years. Graham got $16 million over four from the Bills.

Graham made the Washington Redskins his first visit. He described how his D.C. visit on Wednesday transpired:

"To be honest with you there were several teams that were very interested," Graham said on a conference call from his Baltimore home. "The Bills were interested early on. My agent told me about the Bills. Then I went on a visit. I was on my visit in Washington. I'm meeting with the coaches, and doing everything. They were interested also. ... It's weird because I was in the middle of a film session with the coaches in Washington and someone comes in and says, 'Your agent wants you to call him, like, right now.' I'm in the middle of film session. So I called my agent and he tells me about the situation with Buffalo. They were very serious. It really came down to that. They did their thing. ... Then my agent called me and I was in my hotel room, and I was getting ready to go to dinner with Washington. And he calls me and tells me about the deal and everything going down. It was a no-brainer for me to sign the deal, to have an opportunity to go back home and play for the Buffalo Bills and in my hometown. ... So I ended up basically going to the deal and not even going to dinner with the Washington Redskins' coaches or anything. I had to cancel everything."

  • Dave

    Unfortunately for the Bills and their fans, there aren't many other NFL players with hometown ties to Buffalo.

  • Andrew

    Sounds like the kind of thing that would usually be done to us, not by us. Nice to be on the giving end of this cutthroat business for a change.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.