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Report: Kelly joins one of eight potential Bills buyers

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 07 2014 11:23:50 AM MDT
Updated On: Aug 07 2014 11:48:30 AM MDT
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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has joined with one of the undisclosed bidders for the Buffalo Bills and he is meeting with the team's trust Thursday, the Buffalo News reported.

The Bills' trust has begun making in-person presentations to prospective buyers, with as many as eight scheduled over the next three weeks, according to the report.

The newspaper doesn't specifically name which bidder Kelly has joined. Kelly reportedly was approached previously by Jeffery Gundlach, a bond investor from East Amherst, New York.

Initially it was believed three bidders were in on the team: rocker/businessman Bon Jovi, billionaire Donald Trump and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. Those three submitted bids by the July 29 deadline, but that date turned out to be flexible.

Bon Jovi's group was reportedly asked to resubmit their "uncompetitively low" bid of around $900 million.

Kelly is one of the greatest players in Bills franchise history whose emotional battle against cancer has reached a world-wide following.

NFL sources told the Buffalo News that presentations are taking place this week in the Detroit area, where Ralph Wilson Enterprises is located, and next week in Manhattan.

Trump's jet was spotted in Detroit on Wednesday. Trump was the first to listen to the Bills' trust, which is providing more intimate information about the team's sale, according to the report.

Ralph Wilson Jr., the founder and owner of the Bills, died on March 25 at age 95. His widow, Mary Wilson, is now the controlling owner. The Bills announced on April 3 that the franchise will eventually be sold.