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NEWS ARCHIVES - MAR 5TH - MAR 11TH, 2007 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Trade McGahee To Ravens For Three Picks

AP Photo - Willis McGahee Bills Under Cash To Cap Figure: The Buffalo News did a nice job of breaking down the Bills money situation for this year. Despite the lavish spending on day one of free agency on three offensive linemen, the Bills remain just below the salary cap figure in real dollars. The league raised the cap to $112 Million, which means the Bills would spend that much in real dollars this year. The News figures the team has spend $103 Million, that leaves them $9 Million in real dollars to spend but at least $5 Million will be used on rookies. The team could free up more space by releasing players, Takeo Spikes continues to get mentioned. The team is well below the cap as they are about $17 Million under, so if they wish they can break their rule and still be under the cap. Salary Cap Page.


Saturday March 10, 2007

McGahee Takes Low Road: In his introduction press conference with the Ravens, Willis McGahee said he "thanks god" for getting 990 yards playing in a bad situation in Buffalo last year. He alluded to coming to a good situation with a good quarterback, good offensive line, and good receivers to take the load off of him. He basically said he was the lone option last year and was constantly going against nine in the box. He also said he will stay in Baltimore for the offseason program, that is something he refused to do with the Bills.


Friday March 9, 2007

Rhodes Off The Block: Dominic Rhodes is now off the block as he has signed with the Raiders today. He visited with the Bills on Tuesday and has been called the best back left on the free agent market. It is doubtful the Bills would have made a run at him anyway because he's had a couple of questionable off the field problems. Marv Levy only wants players with very high character and he may not have fit the Bill.

Dillon Visit Cancelled: The Bills confirmed yesterday that a scheduled visit by Corey Dillon was cancelled yesterday. Both sides do seem interested in getting together and a visit may be rescheduled for next week.

McGahee's Deal: Hours after completing a trade for Willis McGahee the Ravens reached a new long term deal for the player. He signed a seven year deal worth $40.12 Million. The last two years are option years, without those the deal is for five years and is worth $26.42 Million. It's a heavily backloaded deal but does include a $7.5 Million signing bonus and another $7.5 Million in guaranteed money, $6 Million next year and $1.5 Million in 2009. McGahee said he's looking forward to a fresh start in Baltimore.


Thursday March 8, 2007

Levy On Trade: Marv Levy discussed the trade of Willis McGahee on the team's website today. He said they talked to several teams and several were interested in him. They made the deal that was in their best interest and he feels both teams got what they want. He also wished Willis well. There was an agreement to move on at the running back position but they weren't going to do it without getting proper value for McGahee and he feels they got a really meaningful return by getting three picks. He feels having four picks in the first 100 gives the team some flexibility on draft day. The coach is hopeful in retaining the services of Anthony Thomas. He also thinks Shaud Williams is a good change of pace back and the coaches are high on Fred Jackson who was on the practice squad last year. He also said they are looking in to bringing someone else in from free agency and/or the draft.

Safety In For Visit: The Bills had a visitor from the defensive side of the ball today for the first time in the free agency period. Panthers free agent free safety Kevin McCadam was in town today. He's a six year veteran and a former fifth round draft pick by Atlanta where he played four seasons. He's a quick player and is considered a valuable special teamer.

Bills Want Two Back System: Dick Jauron was on Sirius NFL Radio today and had many interesting tidbits. He feels the Willis McGahee trade is one that works for both teams and he's happy about it and wishes Willis well. He spoke of the fact that the Bills want to go in the direction of using two running backs in their offense. This is the latest fad in the league and it has been very successful. With Shaud Williams the lone back left on the roster chances are the Bills will sign one of the veteran free agents and draft a running back in day one of the draft. He spoke highly of Dominic Rhodes, saying he has an engaging personality and is a powerful, fast runner. He also had nice things to say about Corey Dillon, who he views as an experienced, solid back. The visit with Chris Brown went well according to the coach.

Crowell Likely To Move Inside: In the Sirius radio interview Jauron also said that a decision on where Angelo Crowell will play hasn't been finalized yet but a move to the inside to replace London Fletcher is a very good possibility since he can play all three backer positions, and play them well. Also on the LB front, Jauron said that Takeo Spikes' status has not changed, he remains a starting outside linebacker on the depth chart. He did qualify it saying that you don't know what will happen and he doesn't feel Spikes ever made it back 100% last year but he may make it back in the future.

Whittle To Start? The popular assessment of the signing of Jason Whittle was that he would fight Duke Preston at left guard. In his interview with Sirius NFL radio, Dick Jauron sounded like he has Whittle penciled in as a starter and Preston as a backup along with the three linemen drafted last year.

Coach Would Like Kiwaukee Back: Dick Jauron also said in his Sirius interview that he would like to get Kiwaukee Thomas. He's an unrestricted free agent that wants to play closer to home down south. He is visiting with the Detroit Lions this week. Jauron said he's happy to have Jabari Greer back and the look for him to step up at the cornerback position. He also feel Ashton Youboty is very young and still needs time to grow into the position.

Bills Trade McGahee: The Bills and Ravens have completed a deal that sends Willis McGahee to Baltimore. The Bills get Baltimore's third and seventh round picks this year and a third round pick next year. The Ravens and McGahee are negotiating a new contract and the Titans were also reportedly interested in McGahee. The running back fell out of favor with the Bills this offseason and the trade was a preemptive strike against losing him for nothing at all next year when he is due to become a free agent. It also avoids a potential holdout in training camp. The Bills will now turn their attention towards signing at least one veteran running back. Three of them have been in Buffalo this week for visits.

More On McGahee To Ravens Talk: Reports out of Baltimore say that the Ravens are trying to reach an agreement on a contract extension with Willis McGahee. That appears to be an important cog in a trade being reached as McGahee is in the final year of his contract with the Bills. Reports also speculate that a deal may be done by the end of the week and that the Bills may have the upper hand in negotiations. With Jamal Lewis signing with the Browns, the Ravens have lost some leverage in trade talks. It is thought that a third round pick may get McGahee before, but it may cost a 2nd rounder at this point. Stay tuned, we will be on top of this story right here on Bills Daily.


Wednesday March 7, 2007

McGahee To Ravens? The visit of three veteran running backs shows that the Bills are serious in replacing Willis McGahee at running back. John Clayton reports for ESPN that their is a new suitor for McGahee's services. The report says that talks are heating up between the Bills and Ravens and that a trade may happen sooner rather then later. The Ravens need a back after losing Jamal Lewis, who signed with the Browns today.

Dillon To Visit Tomorrow: Along with Brown, the Bills tour for RBs continue with a reported visit from Corey Dillon. John Clayton from ESPN reports that Dillon will be in town tomorrow. He will be the third veteran running back to visit as the Bills look to upgrade the position. This will be Dillon's first free agent visit as the Bills have shown more interest in him then other teams.

Brown's Visit Delayed: Chris Brown visited with the Bills as expected today but he will most likely hang out into tomorrow. Brown's flight from Philadelphia got him to Buffalo three hours late meaning he may stay and finish his visit on Thursday.

New Coach Signed: The Bills have added a new coach. Kenne Pitts has been named as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. He interned with the Bills last summer in training camp.


Tuesday February 6, 2007

Bills Release Reyes: In a move that surprised nobody the Bills have released guard Tutan Reyes. The signing of three free agent offensive linemen on Friday made him very expendable. Reyes signed as a free agent last offseason and was the starter at left guard at the beginning of the season. He lost his starting job in a midseason shuffle and was inactive for the final 10 games of the season.

Bills Confirm Rhodes Visit: Dominic Rhodes did visit with the Bills today as he became the first player of the week in town to talk with the Bills. Rhodes has been a change of pace back his whole career but is looking to be a starter and looking for starter money. That may not happen if they don't trade Willis McGahee.

Running Backs On Agenda This Week: The Bills appear serious about looking into upgrading their running back situation which could be another nail in the coffin of Willis McGahee. Dominic Rhodes was in town today and it has been confirmed by his agent that Chris Brown will be in town for a visit tomorrow. Brown lost his starting role in Tennessee to Travis Henry last year and the Titans may want Brown back as well. He may come a bit cheaper then Rhodes. Even if the Bills keep McGahee they may be looking for an upgrade at the backu spot since Anthony Thomas is an unrestricted free agent. It is being reported that they are looking to re-sign him.

Rhodes Visiting? The NFL Network is reporting that the Bills will entertain free agent RB Dominic Rhodes. He has been with the Indianapolis Colts and he played a key role in their Super Bowl victory last month. He ran for 641 yards last year while splitting time with rookie Joseph Addai. He is likely looking to go to someplace that he can start.


Monday March 5, 2007

Henry To Broncos: Former Bills Travis Henry and current Bill Willis McGahee have their NFL careers connected again. The Denver Broncos were thought to be trying to make a trade with the Bills for McGahee. Sources say they were very interested. That interest is most likely totally gone now that they have signed Henry. He was released by the Titans after they did not want to pay him a roster bonus despite a 1,000 yard season last year.



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