The State Of The Bills

March 28, 2011 Updated Mar 29, 2011 at 8:02 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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March 28, 2011 Updated Mar 29, 2011 at 8:02 AM EDT

2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will be in town tomorrow for a visit to One Bills Drive...team officials are moving ahead with plans for next season...despite the current lockout. On the eve of that meeting...the team held a special event for some of its biggest fans. A few hundred Buffalo Bills season ticket holders crowded into the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo. It's their annual chance to hear about the upcoming season right from the mouths of the coach and general manager. The NFL college draft is only a month away.

"We got four picks in the top 100. We got three that are really early picks...two in the top 34...nine picks...we want to make them all count," announced Buddy Nix, Bills general manager.
Fans on hand liked the winning attitude they felt coming from the team's management. "Well, it's encouraging. After all these years, we haven't had nothing much since the 90's. I made all four Super Bowls and I'm getting old and I want to go to see one more," said Calvin Braum a Buffalo Bills fan.

"It's very exciting. They've got a young team. They play hard. The have good character. It's very exciting...a good draft they are going to pick up three or four more starters and I can't wait,' said fan Tom Shanahan. But, do fans think there will be a 2011 season...since NFL teams and the players have yet to come together on a labor agreement? Fan David Paoletta stated, "Between the needs of the players, the league and the TV networks, I think there is too much money at stake not to have a season." Fan Carol Seymour has high hopes for the coming season, "It's been a long time since the Bills and they been working hard...they are going to do it again. I just know it."