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Trump wants to purchase Bill

Billionaire Donald Trump said if he is able to buy the NFL team, he will keep it in Buffalo.

BILLIONAIRE Donald Trump told the Buffalo News he is committed to buying the Bills and keeping them in western New York.

"I'm going to give it a heavy shot,'' Trump told the newspaper from his office in Manhattan. "I would love to do it, and if I can do it, I'm keeping it in Buffalo.''

Multiple sources confirmed to the newspaper that Trump has had two conversations with Bills president and CEO Russ Brandon.

Trump earlier this month confirmed he was contacted by a group looking to purchase the Bills after the death of longtime owner Ralph Wilson.

Trump has said it would be "catastrophic'' if the team left Buffalo.

"I live in New York, and it's easier for me to go to Buffalo than any other place,'' Trump told the News. "Where am I going to move it, some place on the other side of the country where I have to travel for 5 hours?''

Since the death of Wilson in late March, speculation around the Bills' future in Buffalo has increased.

The team has confirmed that the franchise will eventually be sold.


* Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson visited the New York Jets, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.

Johnson was officially released by the Titans on April 7, three days after the team informed him. The former 2,000-yard rusher met with the team at its facility, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Jets don't make player visits public.

Johnson spent six years at Tennessee and became one of the NFL's most exciting and dangerously fast running backs. The Jets are looking to add another playmaker to their backfield and envision Johnson teaming with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.

Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. But there have been questions about whether he'll ever be the same player who rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009, when he earned his "CJ2K" nickname.

Johnson finished with 1,077 yards - the second-lowest total of his career - and a career-worst 3.9-yard average last season.

* The San Francisco 49ers announced they signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd to a 1-year contract.

San Francisco selected Lloyd in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He was a member of the 49ers from 2003-05, when he caught 105 passes for 1,510 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Lloyd has also played for Washington (2006-07), Chicago (2008), Denver (2009-11), St. Louis (2011) and the New England Patriots (2012) during his career before sitting out last season.

* The Pittsburgh Steelers signed punter Adam Podlesh to a 1-year contract.

The Steelers are looking for a new punter after deciding not to re-sign Mat McBriar, who averaged a career-worst 41.3 yards per punt during the 2013 season.

The 30-year-old Podlesh will compete with Brad Wing when training camp opens in July. Podlesh spent the last three seasons with the Chicago Bears, averaging 40.6 yards per punt in 2013.