OTAs Finish Up
Walker Talks Slow Going: It appears Darwin Walker is prepared to miss at least the beginning of the mandatory minicamp that begins tomorrow because of his contract dispute. His agent told AP today that talks are moving at a snail's pace but they remain cordial and open. Walker is at a wedding in Chicago this weekend and brought his football equipment with him but has not booked a flight to Buffalo. His agent has said his client won't report without a new deal. No word on whether or not the two sides talked today but they did talk yesterday and are far apart. What do you think of this situation? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!
Friday June 8, 2007
Walker Talks Heat Up: The agent for Darwin Walker said that talks continue with the Bills on a new deal for his client. He re-iterated that Walker will not be at the mandatory minicamp next week without a new deal even though he would face fines. The approaching minicamp has pushed the negotiations forward. Agent Albert Irby said his client wants to get a deal done because he wants to be "a Bill in the worst way and sees it as a good opportunity".
Jauron Pleased: Dick Jauron said he is pleased after the Bills finished off their three week organized team activities today. He was very pleased with the attendance at the voluntary workouts but cautioned he wants everyone there for the mandatory minicamp that starts Monday. The one player that missed the entire OTA was Darwin Walker. Jauron says he anticipates he will be in camp on Monday and that he is hopeful that he will play. The coach expects to pick up right where they left off today. He feels the team has made progress a little each day. They have addressed every situation in the OTAs and won't install anything new in the three day minicamp.
OTAs Wrap Today: The Bills will wrap their three week organized team activities today with a workout at the stadium. The offseason program ends next week with a three day minicamp. The OTAs have been successful so far as the team has implemented most of its scheme and playbook. The coaches also got a good look at some of the younger players and are constantly evaluating all the players on the roster.
Wednesday June 6, 2007
Group Sales Begin Saturday: Group ticket sales to individual games go on sale on Saturday at 9am for eight of the team's 10 home games including the two preseason home games. The home opener against Denver and the Monday night contest against Dallas are already sold out. You can only get tickets for those games if you buy season tickets. Group sales are for people who buy 15 or more tickets. Season ticket holders have already gobbled up many tickets for individual games leaving the pickings scarce for other games including the Baltimore, Jets, and Patriots games. Group tickets can't be purchased online. You must go to one of the team's ticket offices or call the ticket hotline, 1-877-BB-Ticks
Polian, Talley Honored: Former Bills and current Colts GM Bill Polian will be inducted into the 2007 class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall Of Fame. 11 members were announced in the class including former Bills LB Darryl Talley. They will be inducted in a ceremony in mid October. Talley was a leader of the defense during the Super Bowl years and Polian was the architect of those teams.
Tuesday June 5, 2007
Kelly Holds Golf Tournament: Jim Kelly held his 21st annual golf tournament for his two main charities, Hunter's Hope and Kelly for Kids foundations. They raised $200,000 in the event that brought out many former teammates and other sports celebrities. Those in attendance included: Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, Thurman Thomas, Kent Hull, Fred Smerlas, Steve Tasker, Phil Hansen, Will Wolford, Frank Reich, Kenneth Davis, Don Beebe, Bill Polian, Dan Marino, Anthony Munoz, Ben Roethlisberger, Alex Van Pelt, Chris Berman, and Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.
OTAs Resume: The organized team activities resume this morning with the first of four workouts in week three of the activities. The team ends the OTAs with a mandatory three day minicamp next week Monday through Wednesday. This week's activities are voluntary like they have been the first two weeks.
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