Ritcher Makes Wall Of Fame
Ritcher On Wall: The Bills have announced that Jim Ritcher will be the 2004 inductee on to the Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The former college outland trophy winner for best collegiate offensive lineman played left guard for the Bills from 1980 - 1993 and played in more than 200 games. He was with four Super Bowl teams and was a major cog in the K-Gun attack of the late 80's and early 90's. The game that he will go up on the wall has yet to be determined.
Saturday May 8, 2004
Bledsoe Contract Details: We now know the numbers behind the new contract Drew Bledsoe recently signed. ESPN.com says the three year deal is worth $18.5 Million and saves $4.18 on the salary cap. He received a $6.5 Million signing bonus and has roster bonuses of just over $1 Million next year and in 2006. His cap figure will rise to $6.5 Million next year and $8.316 Million in 2006. This is still far less than it was under the old contract. Contract Details.
Friday May 7, 2004
Graham At Strong Safety: UB standout defensive back Mark Graham is one of the 19 longshot undrafted free agents trying to make the team. He may have a slightly better shot since he played strong safety in the recently completed mini camp. He played cornerback his first two years at UB, then finished his career at free safety. There is more room on the depth chart at strong safety so his switch may help his quest to make the team.
Thursday May 6, 2004
Shafer Gets Honors: Bills kicker Mike Shafer got NFL Europe Special Teams Player Of The Week honors for his kicking this weekend. He hit field goals from 41, 45, and 48 yards for the Rhein Fire in their 13-12 loss.
Wednesday May 5, 2004
Stewart Waiting For Call: Kordell Stewart is hoping to have his football future decided in a few days he told SI.com. He is waiting for a call from a team. The two frontrunners for his services are the Bills and Broncos. The Bills however, seem willing to wait and see if they actually need an experienced backup or not.
Edwards Signs Tender: Ron Edwards became the last restricted free agent to sign his tender offer. He has a one year deal worth $628,000. With the deal, the Bills kept all six restricted or exclusive rights free agents. Four of them signed tenders and two of them received longer term contracts.
Tuesday May 4, 2004
All Preseason Games Televised: All Buffalo Bills and other NFL preseason games will be televised nationally for the first time this year. The fledging NFL Network will broadcast all but 11 preseason games. Those games will be nationally televised by one of the league's broadcast partners. Many games will be shown on tape delay. The programming schedule has yet to be released by the network.
Monday May 3, 2004
Veteran QB Not Needed Now: The Bills are not going to be bringing in a veteran quarterback anytime soon. Coach Mularkey said they are staying with the status quo for now but may revisit the idea later on. As we reported yesterday, Mularkey is impressed with the play of Travis Brown and his command in the huddle. Because of his play there is no need to look outside the organization for another QB for the depth chart. Tom Donahoe had said after the draft that it is up to Mularkey if he wants him to bring in another quarterback or not.
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