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Raiders shareholder David Abrams signed Bills NDA; Bon Jovi's plane was in Detroit


As long as the Buffalo Bills' trust has more face-to-face meetings scheduled than known bidders, we'll keep digging to discover who else signed those nondisclosure agreements.

The Buffalo News has learned the identity of someone else who has expressed interest in buying the team. Oakland Raiders minority stakeholder David Abrams was among the 20 or so parties to sign and return the nondisclosure agreement.

Abrams led a group that seven years ago bought 20 percent of the Raiders from founder Al Davis for $150 million.

Abrams might not be in pursuit of the Bills anymore. Multiple calls to his investment firm, Abrams Capital in Boston, weren't returned. The Raiders declined to comment.

But anybody interested in meeting with the trust must have signed the nondisclosure agreement.

Meetings began last week in Detroit with billionaire developer Donald Trump on Wednesday. Bond manager Jeffrey Gundlach and legendary quarterback Jim Kelly were there Thursday.

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula and his wife, Kim, are scheduled to hear the trust's presentation this week in Manhattan. The group led by rock star Jon Bon Jovi reportedly was to meet with the trust this week, too.

Bon Jovi's private plane was in Detroit on Sunday and departed Monday night.

Ralph Wilson Enterprises is located in suburban Grosse Point Farms, Mich.

  • George Winston III

    David Abrams possibly bidding on the Bills? You can be certain he would have his eye on the LA market! He could make a lot of people wish for Bon Jovi!!!

    • Rick C

      Hmm, I'm guessing he's just as close to buying the Bills as Jim Kelly is.

  • UncleBluck

    Bid, and then bid again, and then bid again. Its fun to watch a group of 1% ers working over a bunch of other 1% ers as they try to remove as much money from their pocket books as possible. Always thought this was something 1% ers reserved for the middle class?

  • Alan Baumgardner

    Gee, I guess the fact that we KNOW all these things means the (iron-clad?) non-disclosure agreement isn't worth the parchment it's written on, huh.

  • Paul Kawalerski

    I guess there's nothing better to write on than these fringe bidders. Nothing has changed Pergula is still the highest bidder with intentions to keep the Bills in Buffalo. He has the history here and the means as was demonstrated by his initial bid. He isn't playing catchup, he is setting the tone. I like that in an owner.

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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.

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