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County exec: Bills lease negotiations progressing

County exec: Bills lease negotiations progressing

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Wednesday that progress is being made in lease negotiations between the county, state and Buffalo Bills to keep the team at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The talks, the latest of which took place Tuesday, have picked up in recent weeks, Poloncarz said, after slowing while state officials dealt with the preparation and aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated parts of the East Coast in October.

``We've made plenty of progress. It's a very complicated deal,'' Poloncarz said. He declined to discuss details or say when an agreement might be reached.

The Bills' current lease expires July 31.

The Bills and county officials earlier this year raised the idea of extending the current agreement by one year amid concerns about the pace of negotiations. Poloncarz initially said he hoped a deal in principal would be reached by the time the Bills opened training camp this past July.

``We are certainly talking about everything but I think we all agree it makes more sense to get a long-term deal done than negotiate a one-year deal and then in six months have to pick it back up again,'' he said by phone Wednesday.

Buffalo Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold declined to comment on the talks. Earlier Wednesday, Chief Executive Russ Brandon told WGR radio that ``we're making progress.''

The latest talks were first reported by the Buffalo News.

Though the franchise's future in Buffalo is uncertain once 94-year-old owner Ralph Wilson dies, team officials have maintained their commitment to staying in Buffalo and continuing to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

The biggest obstacle in negotiations has been determining how to divide up the costs for $200 million in renovations and upgrades the Bills are seeking to have done to the 39-year-old facility.

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AP Sports Writer John Wawrow contributed to this report.

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Redskins scouts make it to Colin Kaepernick’s workout despite venue change

Redskins scouts make it to Colin Kaepernick’s workout despite venue change

Colin Kaepernick was given an opportunity by the NFL to work out in front of NFL scouts, but decided to change locations after his camp determined the league didn’t create “a transparent and open process.”

The Redskins, who sent a scout to attend the league-organized practice, made it to the other facility in time to watch him play, according to USA TODAY.

The NFL released a statement shortly after, expressing disappointment in Kaepernick’s decision.

Some scouts had already arrived at the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility where the workout was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. when Kaepernick’s lawyers announced the venue change. Instead, the session was held at Charles Drew High School, which is about an hour away from the Falcons’ facility.

At least one Redskins scout made the trip anyway. Washington’s quarterback situation is muddled with rookie Dwayne Haskins making just his second career start Sunday while Alex Smith continues rehabbing from a leg injury that may never allow him to play football again.

Nevertheless, the team did its due diligence and is in Atlanta to see what Kaepernick still has in the tank.

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Redskins move Cam Sims to active roster ahead of Week 11 matchup with Jets

Redskins move Cam Sims to active roster ahead of Week 11 matchup with Jets

Once again Cam Sims has been brought onto the Redskins active roster from the practice squad ahead of Week 11.

The Redskins made the move to bring back the wide receiver a day before their home contest against the New York Jets. The 23-year-old had been on the practice squad since Oct. 22 after he was waived earlier in the year. 

Sims, one of the many Alabama products on the Redskins, joins the 53-man roster for the second time in 2019. He played two snaps in the Redskins' Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots. 

A miraculous debut in the 2018 preseason instantly made Sims a fan-favorite. Yet that success has not translated at all in games that matter. Three snaps are all the young WR has garnered in his two years with the Redskins. He's had more transaction shuffling between the practice squad, the injured reserve and the active roster than on the field. 

However, three total snaps are not nearly enough to judge the potential upside of Sims. Washington's receiving corps has struggled this season and are looking for answers for the remainder of this season and beyond.  

In a corresponding move, the Redskins released linebacker Tanner Vallejo.

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