Bills hire 3 more assistants, including Hilliard

Bills hire 3 more assistants, including Hilliard

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Doug Marrone has hired three more assistants to his new Buffalo Bills staff, including Ike Hilliard taking over as receivers coach.

Hilliard comes to Buffalo after spending the past two seasons coaching receivers with the Washington Redskins. He's a former NFL receiver who split 12 seasons between the New York Giants and Tampa Bay.

The Bills also hired John Anselmo to work as a special teams assistant. He previously worked under Marrone at Syracuse.

Hal Luther, also from Syracuse, was hired as assistant strength and conditioning coach.

The team announced Thursday that offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will also double as quarterbacks coach.

Including Hackett, the Bills staff now features seven of Marrone's former assistants at Syracuse, where he went 25-25 over four seasons.

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Redskins sign Matt Ioannidis to three-year extension, per report

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Redskins sign Matt Ioannidis to three-year extension, per report

Matt Ioannidis is staying in Washington.

The Redskins are signing the defensive end to a three-year contract extension, according to sources of NFL Network's Mike Garafolo

The extension comes with a base value of $21.75 million with another $3 million in incentives.

Drafted in the fifth round by the Redskins in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Temple, Ioannidis started nine games for the Burgundy and Gold in 2018, posting a career-high 7.5 sacks, 31 combined tackles, 23 solo tackles, eight assist and six tackles for a loss. 

"It doesn't surprise me," head coach Jay Gruden said on the Redskins Talk podcast back in November. "I know it surprises a lot of people, but he's a good player."


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Why Mike Rizzo is optimistic he'll get a deal done with Anthony Rendon


Why Mike Rizzo is optimistic he'll get a deal done with Anthony Rendon

Reports and speculation that suggested the Nationals had halted contract extension talks with soon-to-be free agent Anthony Rendon were put to rest earlier this week. 

General manager Mike Rizzo and managing principal owner Mark Lerner met with their 28-year-old third baseman prior to Tuesday's game against the Giants, NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas confirmed

Rizzo joined The Junkies Wednesday morning to give a glimpse into Tuesday's talk, plus share some of his thoughts about what might develop between the two parties. 

We go way back together and we were kind of reminiscing a little bit about where we've been and the next step in our relationship.  

The question becomes, what could that next 'step' be? 

Rendon has said he wants to remain a National, but as we all observed this past offseason, there are a number of factors that go into reaching a deal. 

"It takes two to tango and hopefully both sides want to get something done and we can get a deal done with one of my favorite guys that I've ever drafted in Anthony." 

Rizzo has known Rendon since his high school days in Texas, and followed him closely at Rice University before drafting him with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. 

"We recognize what we have in Anthony, he recognizes what we've meant to him. Hopefully we can come to some sort of agreement." 

Rendon is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now having reached safely in a career-best 15 straight games.