The Buffalo News reports that Jim Kelly is involved with a group that is likely one of the eight set to present to the Ralph Wilson Estate this week and next. Kelly had long been rumored to be involved with an effort to keep the Bills in Buffalo, but with Terry Pegula dominating the headlines with the rumored amount of his bid dwarfing that of any other report, he had taken a back seat for some time in the team’s ongoing sale drama. It appears Kelly is back in the spotlight though.
Two sources have told The News that Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is involved with one of the undisclosed bidders and meeting with the Bills’ trust today. The News previously reported Jeffrey Gundlach, the bond investor from East Amherst, had approached Kelly about joining forces.
Gundlach had been previously rumored to be interested in buying the Bills, but no reports surfaced tying him to the list of those who submitted a bid by the July 29th deadline, which as it turns out wasn’t really a deadline at all. If Gundlach and Kelly are involved with a bid, then that’s better numbers for Western New York as it gives the region a better chance of the sale going to an owner who will keep the team in Buffalo.
That still leaves us with four more groups than we thought we had in this Bills bidding process, but plenty of names have surfaced in addition to the usual suspects. Those include a Twinkie tycoon, former Sabres owner Tom Golisano, and any number of unnamed bidders to this point. It seems that the more the sale process moves along, the less anyone knows about it. For now, we’ll keep passing along the reports as they surface.