Kelly group in talks with Trump about buying Bills

May 5, 2014 Updated May 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM EDT

By Allen Leight
By Jeff Russo


Kelly group in talks with Trump about buying Bills

May 5, 2014 Updated May 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Representatives of Jim Kelly recently met with real-estate mogul and billionaire Donald Trump to discuss the possibility of the Hall of Fame quarterback joining Trump to make a bid on the Buffalo Bills.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the talks have confirmed with Eyewitness Sports Director Jeff Russo that representatives from the two sides, including Kelly's lawyer met "about a week ago" and have had "multiple" phone conversations since that meeting.

Sources also say that Kelly has been approached by a number of other groups about the possibility of joining them in a bid for the NFL franchise.

Kelly, who is undergoing cancer treatment in Buffalo has been vocal about his desire to help keep the team here. Trump has also said publicly that he would keep the Bills in Buffalo if he were to be the successful bidder.

Kelly and Trump are long-time friends and Kelly recently stayed at one of Trump's properties while undergoing cancer treatment in New York City.

News of the meeting comes on the heels of a Buffalo News report over the weekend the Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon met with billionaire and former Buffalo Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano and former Managing Partner of the Sabres Larry Quinn.

At a news conference Monday in Buffalo, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said he spoke this morning with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell , a native of Western New York, saying Goodell told him that he is, "totally on our side."

"There is a lot of interest," said Schumer Monday about the Bills ownership situation. "There are many different people who want to buy the Bills."

"I have one litmus test," added Schumer. "Who is going to keep the Bills here in Western New York for a generation. Not just for seven years, not just for ten years, but for a generation, and that will be far and away my number one criteria."

The Wilson estate has yet to announce an investment bank that would oversee the sale and transition of the team.

The Bills are currently in year two of a ten year lease with Erie County that would make it difficult for a new owner to move the franchise prior to the 2020 season.

Eyewitness Sports reported last month that Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas has also been approached about being involved in a potential bid to keep the team in Buffalo.

Sources also continue to say that the Jacobs family remains interested in being a part of a group to potentially bid on the team with the thought of keep them in Western New York.

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