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NEWS ARCHIVES - MARCH 21ST - MARCH 27TH, 2005 PREVIOUS WEEK

Off Season Conditioning Program Begins

Trade Talks Heat Up? ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli is reporting that trade talks between the Bills and Cardinals heated up again at the Owners meeting. Some sort of Travis Henry for L.J. Shelton deal has a chance at happening around draft time. The Bills are on record as saying they want more than just a player for player deal but Henry's value may have diminished with his recent comments that he will not report if he's not traded. The report states that the Bills will do the deal if Arizona agrees to swap 2nd round picks as well. That would move the Bills up 11 spots from 55 overall to 44 overall. That would be ideal since they don't have a first round pick. So far the Cardinals have balked at that provision but they remain hot for Henry so they don't have to use their first round pick on a running back.


Friday March 25, 2005

Haslett Creates Steroids Controversy: Jim Haslett told the media at the Owners meeting that he used steroids briefly in his NFL career before it was illegal. He also indicated most of the Bills in the mid 80s used them. He didn't mention names but he described a USFL player that came over and gained weight using steroids to make the team. The only player that fit that description was Kent Hull. He denied using steroids and said he may call Haslett to talk about the allegations. The two were teammates very briefly. Haslett later apologized to the Steelers organization for saying they had an unfair advantage in their Super Bowl years because of the steroids.

Green Still Wants Henry: Arizona Coach Dennis Green praised Travis Henry at the owners meeting and all indications point to the player for player trade of L.J. Shelton for Henry may still be on the table. Coach Mularkey acknowledged at the meetings that the Bills would want more for Henry than just Shelton. He expects Henry to report to training camp and the mini camps if he's still on the team. The agent for Henry said that it is a fair deal and this situation has the chance of getting much uglier.


Thursday March 24, 2005

Bills Motivated By Playoff Close Call: The Bills are in the midst of the first week of the offseason workout program. Chris Kelsay said it appears that more people are in attendance then last year. He thinks it's a good time to build chemistry and relationships. Terrence McGee said it's a motivating factor that they came so close to the playoffs but didn't get in. He feels more pressure this year because he has a lot of expectations for himself going into next season. He hopes to become a more consistent corner while still being the team's primary kick returner. He said it helps keep him motivated by being able to workout with his teammates during the conditioning program. Lee Evans said it is fun to get back to work and see the guys. He knows the team has to rally around J.P. Losman and get the job done. Evans has great expectations for himself and he thinks he'll be fine as he is light years ahead of last year when he was a rookie. Shaud Williams agreed that he is very far ahead of last year and because of that he has more confidence. He has added more weight with help of the coaches to help him out.

Bills Vote Against NYC Super Bowl: An NFL official told the New York Times that the Bills were the lone opponent to New York City getting the 2010 Super Bowl. The city will only get the big game if they build the retractable dome that has created controversy in the area.


Wednesday March 23, 2005

No Browns Scrimmage: The Bills will not hold a scrimmage with the Browns this year. New Browns head coach Romeo Crennel wants to use the extra time to install his system. The Bills and Browns have scrimmaged each other in training camp the past four years. If the Bills still want to do a scrimmage the weekend before the preseason schedule starts they may turn to the N.Y. Giants for a partner.


Tuesday March 22, 2005

No Comp Picks: The NFL awarded 32 compensatory draft picks to 14 teams today. The Bills did not receive any extra picks however. Teams are eligible to receive picks if they lose more or better players than they gain through free agency in a given year.

Henry Won't Report: Travis Henry fired the latest bullet in what will eventually be a messy divorce from the Bills. He told AP that he will not report to the Bills for any of the off season conditioning program that began yesterday or for any of the mini camps or training camp. He said he can't understand why Tom Donahoe did not pull the trigger on the trade with Arizona. He confirmed that the deal for L.J. Shelton straight up was on the table and the Cardinals were very interested but the Bills did not make the deal. He said he's very willing to play for Arizona and is very frustrated. Henry also said he doesn't understand why the team would grant Drew Bledsoe his release after refusing to be a backup and won't grant his request to move on. He does understand that they want to get something back for him but can't see why Donahoe is taking his time in getting a deal done, especially with offensive line help on the table. Henry's comments may just hurt his trade value as team's now know the Bills may be forced to deal the disgruntled running back even if the deal isn't good enough. What do you think? Take our poll on the homepage.


Monday March 21, 2005

Burns Signing Official: The Bills made it official today, they have re-signed Joe Burns. We reported the deal on Saturday. ESPN.com is reporting that it is a one year deal worth $455,000. Burns is a valuable player who is a special teams standout who can play running back or fullback.



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