Bills News and Notes

Buffalo may not be finished upgrading its defense. Safety Marlon McCree visited Buffalo Tuesday and may sign a deal by the end of the week.

The Bills may have new blood at every level on the defense by the end of the week. San Diego safety Marlon McCree visited One Bills Drive today, according to buffalobills.com.

McCree will visit Denver tomorrow and said he'll probably make a decision by Thursday or Friday. Buffalo's drawing card is that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell coached McCree when the cornerback was in Jacksonville. McCree said this familiarity overrides the offer he received from Cincinnati.

"I know the defense," said McCree on buffalobills.com. "I know the way he teaches," McCree said. "I know what his expectations are. I think with that history he and I have, I think it would go a long way to help this secondary."

In Buffalo's defense, McCree would probably line up as the strong safety, moving Donte Whitner to the free spot. The eight-year pro enjoyed a solid season on a defense that carried San Diego to the AFC Championship game last year. McCree made 67 tackles and had three interceptions in 16 games. He would provide a veteran presence to a very green crop of safeties.

McCree was released by San Diego two years into his five-year, $16 million deal.

Converted tackle sticks

Buffalo re-signed TE-turned-OT Matt Murphy Tuesday. The six-year pro was switched to offensive tackle during last season and played two games, but was placed on injured reserve Nov. 14, after tearing his left calf muscle during practice.

Murphy was drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 draft by Detroit, and he played three seasons in Houston, before coming to Buffalo. His re-signing adds depth to the Bills' offensive line.

Tyler Dunne is the Editor-in-Chief of the Buffalo Football Report. Contact him at thdunne@gmail.com