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NEWS ARCHIVES - MAY 9TH - MAY 15TH, 2005 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills To Honor Champions

Champions Titans Still Interested In Henry? A report says that the Titans still may have some interest in acquiring Travis Henry from the Bills. The report in the Tennessean says that the two sides spoke about a deal on draft day and have had dialogue since. The Titans reportedly offered the Bills a fifth round pick for Henry during the draft and the Bills balked, wanting a second or third rounder instead. The Titans interest is based on getting him at what they deem a decent price.


Saturday May 14, 2005

Lee Spells End Of Henry? Former Cowboy RB ReShard Lee is expected to sign his two year deal with the Bills tomorrow. He is the backup the Bills have been looking for behind Willis McGahee if they eventually trade Travis Henry. Lee asked the Cowboys to release them after they signed Anthony Thomas who was a player the Bills were interested in also. The desire to sign a quality back shows that the Bills are still actively trying to trade Henry.


Friday May 13, 2005

Bills Add RB? The Fort Worth Star Telegram is reporting that the Bills have signed former Cowboy RB ReShard Lee to a two year deal. That is according to his agent. He ran for 128 yards last year and averaged 23.5 yards per kickoff return. The Bills have yet to confirm the signing.

Lindell On Thin Ice? Bills' brass continue to say they have confidence in their kicker, Rian Lindell. Their actions may show otherwise though. They signed Joe Rheem as an undrafted free agent shortly after the draft giving them three kickers on the depth chart. Owen Pochman is in NFL Europe although currently injured. The team also was reportedly interested in former Jets kicker Doug Brien before he signed with the Bears. It has also been reported that the team may sign undrafted free agent kicker Matt Payne from BYU in the next few weeks. Why would they be stockpiling kickers if they know Lindell is their man? It did appear that Coach Mularkey had no confidence in his kicker from outside the 40 and it may not be a lock that he is the kicker this year.


Thursday May 12, 2005

Bills Announce Event: The Bills officially announced the "Celebration Of Champions" event saying that it is a great way to celebrate the great tradition of Buffalo Bills football. They are also doing this for the fans that don't normally get to the stadium. It will be great for them and the current players to see the old time players and get a feel for the tradition. The throwback jerseys will in no way replace the current jerseys, the team is very happy with them and they sell well in the fan shop. They are in negotiations with several teams to find out which road game they will wear the third jersey but won't specify if it is a throwback jersey or not. As reported earlier, they will wear them for opening day against Houston. The event will also include a preview produced by the Bills and WKBW-TV on June 2nd at 7pm and a one hour special about the tradition of the team on the NFL Network on June 4th at 1pm. Tickets for the comeback game special on the jumbotron on the 3rd at 7pm are $5 and are available from ticketmaster. The money will go to the Make-a-Wish foundation. Tickets for the uniform unveiling and the concert on Sat the 4th at 1pm are free and are also available from ticketmaster.

Throwback Jersey In Opener: The Bills are expected to use their new throwback jersey on opening day and during one unspecified road game this year. The jersey will be unveiled on June 4th, during the Celebrations of Champions festivities. The celebration will honor the 1964-65 AFL Championship teams and the 1990 Super Bowl team. Many former players are expected to attend including Steve Tasker who will host the comeback game showing. Jim Kelly, Jack Kemp, Kent Hull, Andre Reed, and Paul Maguire are also schedule to take part in the event.

Celebrations Of Champions Weekend: The Buffalo News is reporting that this morning's press conference will entail the announcement of a Celebration of Champions week that will run from June 2nd through June 5th. It will entail a carnival on all days in the stadium parking lot. The comeback game will be shown on the stadium scoreboard on the 3rd at 7pm. The annual select-a-seat day will take place on the 4th in the morning followed by a Kim Mitchell concert as part of the unveiling of the throwback jersey. We will have more on this event after the Bills make their official announcement this morning.


Wednesday May 11, 2005

Press Conference Tomorrow: The Bills have announced that they will hold a press conference tomorrow morning at 11am to announce a major event. No word yet on what that announcement will entail. We will have the details of the announcement shortly after they are announced.

Bills To Scrimmage Packers: Just two weeks before Green Bay comes to Buffalo, the Bills will travel to Lambeau field to scrimmage the Packers. The two sides will hook up for two practices before they scrimmage on Friday night August 5th. The joint workouts will take place on Thursday afternoon August 4th, and then again on Friday morning. The Packers play the Bills in a preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 20th. The Bills had been looking for a scrimmage partner since the Cleveland Browns decided not to renew the annual gathering between the two teams this year. Their new head coach Romeo Crennel wanted the extra time to implement his gameplan. Coach Mularkey said a scrimmage is good since it gives the team a chance to practice game type situations at a good speed.


Monday May 9, 2005

Thompson Leads Cologne To Win: Bills allocated QB Kevin Thompson led his Centurions to a 23-17 Europe league win over the Berlin Thunder. Thompson was 11 for 22 for 154 yards with no scores or interceptions. TE Mike Gomez continued his impressive tour of Europe with a team leading six catches for 51 yards including a 14 yard touchdown in Amsterdam's 48-10 rout of Frankfurt. LB Kellen Brantley had only one tackle for Frankfurt in the loss.

Thomas Ceremony Will Be Miami Game: The Bills announced yesterday that Thurman Thomas will go on the wall of fame in a halftime ceremony during the Miami game on October 9th. As we reported yesterday, they gave him two options, the Miami game and the Atlanta game. He wanted to do it against the Dolphins since they was his most hated rival and he excelled in those games. It was ironic that he closed his great career with a final season with the Dolphins before signing a one day contract to retire as a Bill. He said he would do what he can to fire up the team before that game.

Reed Gets Degree: 20 years after leaving Kutztown University, Andre Reed returned to get his bachelor's degree in general studies. He said not having his college degree was unfinished business and he wanted to show his kids how important it was. He left college, after getting drafted by the Bills, 10 credits shy of his degree. He finished school from San Diego.



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