Brown Re-signed: The Bills took care of some housekeeping by re-signing RB Dante Brown to a one year deal worth $380,000. He was an exclusive rights free agent and was coming back anyway.
Schedule Released: The Bills will open the season at home for the sixth straight year when Houston comes to town. They also have two primetime games. A Sunday nighter in New England on Oct. 30th and a Saturday night game at home against Denver on Dec. 17th. It is their first primetime home game since 2000. The bye week falls perfectly at the midway point of the season. They will close the season with two road games. Complete Schedule.
Offensive Line Setup: In his pre-draft luncheon, Tom Donahoe hinted at what the offensive line makeup will be this year. He thinks his two free agent acquisitions will man the left side of the line. Mike Gandy is penciled in as the starting left tackle, with Bennie Anderson playing next to him at left guard. Trey Teague remains at center with Chris Villarial at right guard and Mike Williams at right tackle. Donahoe did not rule out moving Teague to left tackle and placing Ross Tucker at center. This can also change as a result of what happens on draft day. The team may feel that L.J. Shelton is not good enough to start for them, which is one of the reasons they aren't doing a straight up trade for Travis Henry. They may use their second round pick on a lineman that could come in and challenge for a job also.
Schedule To Be Released: The NFL will release the schedule today at 2pm. It will be released during a two hour show on the NFL Network and NFL.com. We will have the Bills schedule on our homepage and our schedule page shortly afterwards.
Tuesday April 12, 2005
Date Set: The date and time has been set for one of the four preseason games. The Bills will play the Bears in Chicago on Fri. Aug. 26th at 8pm. That is the third preseason game for the Bills. They play in Indianapolis and host Green Bay the first two weeks. They close out the preseason against the Lions at home. Dates and times for those preseason games have yet to be announced.
Shelton Deal Dead? Tom Donahoe held a media luncheon yesterday and spoke about a myriad of subjects. He told reporters that the Travis Henry for L.J. Shelton deal remains dead. He said Arizona would have to sweeten the pot before a deal was made.
1st Round Move Not Probable: Tom Donahoe said this might be the year the team develops patience on draft day. He feels the Bills first round pick is already on the roster, with the selection of J.P. Losman last year with the Dallas trade. He feels he's better than any QB in this year's draft making it a good move. There is always a chance that they will move back into the first round if a player is there that they covet and a deal can be worked out. He said there has been some offers but nothing substantial at this time.
Vanden Bosch Goes Elsewhere: One of three free agent visitors from last week has signed elsewhere. Kyle Vanden Bosch signed a deal with the Titans. The Bills were looking at him for possible depth at defensive end.
Monday April 11, 2005
Thompson Helps In Win: Bills allocated QB Kevin Thompson led his Cologne Centurions to their second win in as many games. He ran for two touchdowns and had 30 yards on six carries. Through the air he only completed 9 of 21 passes for 95 yards. He had no touchdowns and no interceptions. LB Kevin Brantley had one tackle for Frankfurt. Mike Gomez led the way for Amsterdam with four catches for 55 yards.
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