Buffalo Bills Reach Lease Agreement for Ralph Wilson Stadium, More AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IDecember 21, 2012

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Between questions around general manager Buddy Nix, head coach Chan Gailey, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick or even owner Ralph Wilson, there's enough uncertainty around the future of the Buffalo Bills to create unease among more than a few fans.

Rest easy, Bills nation. While the future success of the team is not guaranteed, the future location is, at least for another 10 years. The Bills have reached an agreement with the state of New York and Erie County to keep the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium for another 10 years. As is always the case with a lease agreement, it's never that easy.

Here are some bullet points for the lease agreement, as presented by Tim Graham of The Buffalo News:

  • 10 years in length
  • Bills must pay a $400 million relocation penalty if they leave with one exception
  • Bills have a one-time option to leave after the seventh year without penalty
  • $130 million will be spent on stadium renovations
  • Bills will contribute $35 million to the renovations
  • State and county to split $95 million on renovations

Bills fans are among the most passionate in the NFL, and are every bit as deserving of an NFL franchise as any other city. There have been concerns that the Bills could relocate if taken over by new ownership, and the team has played one game a year in Toronto for the past five years, further giving credence to the idea that they could move.

Unless whatever new owner comes along is willing to fork over an extra $400 million to move the team, it looks like the Bills will be in Buffalo for at least another seven years.

Here's some more news, updates and analysis from around the AFC East.

New England Patriots

Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist Oliver Thomas says Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is silencing critics with his play.

Christopher Price of WEEI.com separates fact from fiction heading into the Patriots game against the Jaguars on Sunday.

Matt Chatham of The Boston Herald explains why the Patriots should be taking the Jaguars seriously.


Miami Dolphins

Greg Stoda of The Palm Beach Post thinks that the Dolphins won't truly know whether quarterback Ryan Tannehill is their guy until next season.

Adam H. Beasley of The Miami Herald says the Dolphins will be fielding an untested trio of wide receivers, with both Davone Bess and Brian Hartline injured.


Buffalo Bills

Howard Simon of WGR 550 SportsRadio explains why the Bills shouldn't "stay the course," as general manager Buddy Nix has suggested.

According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, the Bills have placed cornerback/punt returner Leodis McKelvin on injured reserve.


New York Jets

Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com lists some of the things he'd like to see in the Jets' final two games, including more playing time for young defensive players and an increased workload for running back Joe McKnight.

Jane McManus of ESPN New York wonders whether Sunday's home game against the Chargers could be the last home game in the Jets career of defensive end Mike Devito.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.