The Bills' future in Buffalo remains a concern because Hall of Fame owner and founder, Ralph Wilson, has said he wants his family to sell the franchise once he dies. He just turned 93.
Brandon said it's far too soon to discuss the eventual price of the project, but Erie County executive Chris Collins placed the cost at $40 million to more than $100 million.
"We've heard all kinds of numbers bandied about. I think some of them are on the high end, but it's going to be a substantial investment," Collins said.
Brandon wouldn't say what improvements or fan amenities are being considered. But he all but ruled out adding more club seats or suites, which the Bills did in the 39-year-old stadium's last significant upgrade, in 1997. By the way, that work, which cost about $63 million, was done at the taxpayers' expense.
Tebow can't sell out Miami
It's official: Not even Tim Tebow's return to Florida (for his first NFL start at QB when the Broncos meet Miami on Sunday) is enough for the woeful Dolphins to sell out a game. So, to avert a TV blackout in the Miami area, the team will buy the remaining tickets. The 0-5 Dolphins also bought the unsold tickets for their most recent home game.
Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez needs just four receptions to move into second place all-time on the NFL's receptions list.
Gonzalez ranks fourth with 1,099 catches and could easily pass Cris Carter (1,101) and Marvin Harrison (1,102). But at age 35, he likely doesn't have enough playing time left in the NFL to catch all-time leader Jerry Rice (1,549). The Falcons meet the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.
The New England Patriot's Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are one win away from this esoteric record: the most regular-season victories by any coach and quarterback pair since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The two won their 116th game Sunday to tie the record set by the Miami Dolphins' Don Shula and Dan Marino from 1983 to 1995. Alas, the Patriots have a bye this week.
- Inquirer wire services