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NEWS ARCHIVES - APR 13TH - APR 19TH, 2009 PREVIOUS WEEK

Peters Trade highlights Busy Week

Peters Says Contract Situation Affected His Play: Jason Peters was introduced as the newest member of the Philadelphia Eagles at a press conference this morning. He said he didn't know if the Bills would go through with trading them. He called sitting out last offseason a family thing that he had to do. When asked about the recorded 11½ sacks he gave up last year, Peters said that is the first he heard of that. He said if he gives that amount again he's only human but he'll give 100% every play. He felt last year was ok but he could have had a better year. He felt his contract situation may have affected his play last year as he was thinking about it sometimes after he was beaten on a play. He said it blew his mind that the Bills traded him but he's happy to be an Eagle.

Rhodes Expects Playing Time: Dominic Rhodes spoke to Sirius NFL radio and said the team expects him to receive a lot of playing time this year. He said he was told by the team he may start on opening day with Marshawn Lynch out because of his suspension. Either the Bills were telling Rhodes what he wanted to here or they are frustrated with Fred Jackson complaining about his contract. In either case, it could be a nice battle for the backup running back spot, which is the starting spot for the first three games.

Parrish Rumors Rampant: Rumors continue to persist that the Bills are looking to trade Roscoe Parrish. The Pittsburgh Sports Examiner reports that an NFL source says the Steelers may be looking into dealing for the wide receiver. The Redskins have also been reported as a landing spot. A trade of Parrish makes sense since the Bills are loaded at the wide receiver position and it is thought that Leodis McKelvin could make for a smooth transition as the premier punt returner. Parrish would likely fetch anywhere from a 4th to 6th round pick.


Saturday April 18, 2009

Bills Make Rhodes Signing Official: The Bills officially announced the signing of Dominic Rhodes this morning. As we reported last night, Rhodes signed a reported incentive-laden two year deal. He will presumably backup Fred Jackson the first three weeks of the season while Marshawn Lynch serves his suspension. It will be interesting to see if the Bills still work hard to give Fred Jackson his new deal now that Rhodes is on board or if they have gained some negotiating leverage.

Peters Deal Done: The Jason Peters deal is all done. Peters passesd his physical and has agreed to a six year deal with the Eagles. Both teams announced the deal on their websites. There will be a press conference in Philadelphia reportedly set for Sunday morning. ESPN is reporting the deal is worth $60 Million and includes $53 Million of new money. The Eagles also confirmed the Bills get the 28th overall pick in the draft, a 4th round pick, and a late round pick next year. That pick is believed to be a sixth rounder.

How Does The OL Shape Up Now? Now that Jason Peters is gone it will be interesting to see how the offensive line shakes out as the Bills have many options. One option is to immediately replace Peters by drafting a left tackle with the 11th pick in the draft. Many experts are speculating that the Bills will hold off and use the 11th pick as planned on the defensive side of the ball. It appears they may be leaning towards moving Langston Walker to left tackle. He played there in training camp and opening day last year when Peters was holding out. If they do that, they can play Kirk Chambers at right tackle (or flip flop the two like they did at the end of last year). The problem is Chambers is penciled in at left guard right now. They may use the pick they got from Philadelphia for a right tackle and take a defensive end or linebacker with their own first round pick. They also have recently signed Seth McKinney in the mix at guard if they want to keep Chambers at tackle. They also have last year's 7th round pick Demetrius Bell and young vet Jonathan Scott at tackle. It will be the most interesting area of the team to watch in the OTAs, minicamps, and training camp to see how it comes together. Depth Chart.


Friday April 17, 2009

Bills Add Rhodes: NFL.com is reporting that the Bills have agreed to a two year deal with free agent RB Dominic Rhodes. The former Colt ran for 538 yards last year. His signing gives them needed depth to get through Marshawn Lynch's three game suspension to start the year. It also sends a message to Fred Jackson who is unhappy with his contract situation. The deal reportedly is very incentive-laden. The Bills attempted to sign Rhodes in 2007 when he was on the market but failed as he signed with the Raiders.

Peters Deal Can Go Through Anytime: Pro Football Talk is reporting that Jason Peters passed his physical in Philadelphia. The only thing standing in the way of the trade is getting a new deal done. ESPN.com is reporting that talks are going very well. A deal wasn't expected before Sunday but it reportedly could become official at anytime. What is known is the Bills get the 28th overall pick in the draft. They also get the Eagles only 4th round pick the 121st overall. It is unknown exactly what the conditional pick they get is in 2010. It is reported to be a sixth round pick at most.

Bills Looking To Trade Kelsay? The Buffalo News is citing a league source that says the Bills are floating Chris Kelsay's name in a possible trade as they still may be targeting a defensive end with one of their two first round picks. The team may be looking to stockpile draft picks as they are now up to nine assuming the Jason Peters trade goes through ok. Besides Kelsay we reported last week that Roscoe Parrish could be on the trading block because of a logjam at wide receiver. Stay tuned to Bills Daily as it promised to be a busy week heading into the draft next weekend.

Bills Deal Peters: The Bills have agreed to a trade with the Eagles this afternoon. They will send Jason Peters to Philly for a 1st round pick and a 4th round pick this year along with a conditional pick next year reported to be a sixth rounder. The Eagles possessed 12 picks in the draft and desperately needed a tackle. The 1st round pick they gave Buffalo is the 2nd of their two opening round picks, the 28th overall. ESPN.com reports that the Bills could have received the 1 and a three this year but they held out for an extra pick. The deal will likely not be finalized today as it is contingent on Peters passing a physical and agreeing on a new contract. The Giants reportedly also interested in Peters. The deal reportedly got done last night after the Eagles contacted the Bills about Peters. Negotiaions on a new contract have already begun in Philadelphia and are expected to be finished quickly. What do you think of the deal? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know what you think.

Adding Games In Toronto Part Of Plan: The organizers of the Bills Toronto series confirmed to a Toronto newspaper yesterday that adding more games in Toronto is part of the plan and not just a hypothetical question asked in a survey a couple of months ago. Rogers Communications VP Phil Lind says that the Bills organization joins them in hoping for more games in Toronto. He said it is unknown now where and when it will happen. In amendment to the initial five year deal is possible.

Jackson's Agent Speaks Out: The agent for running back Fred Jackson spoke out in a statement to the Buffalo News yesterday. He was responding to comments made by Russ Brandon during the pre-draft luncheon on Wednesday. Brandon spoke about how the team really values high character guys. Jerry Douglas said in his statement, "we find the organization's comments regarding the importance of character very interesting given their position on Fred Jackson. I think it's a fair statement to say that during his three years with the Bills, Fred has demonstrated his high character and that he is second to none in that department, to say nothing of his on-the-field contributions. Yet the organization is not making a concerted effort to lock in Fred as part of the team's long-term future. Public statements are great as long as you mean what you say." Jackson is participating in the offseason conditioning program after staying away for the first couple of weeks. The going rate for a quality backup running back is around $2.5 Million a year.


Thursday April 16, 2009

Sapp Scheduled To Visit Today: As we reported last week, FB Cecil Sapp has been scheduled to visit this week. Reports now say he is in town today. The Bills only have one fullback on the roster in Corey McIntyre.

No Peters News: Russ Brandon and Tom Modrak held their annual pre-draft luncheon yesterday. The subject quickly turned to the Jason Peters contract situation and there really was nothing new to report. Brandon said they value Peters highly and they would like to have him on the team but they will have to see where it goes. He says they will continue to work with him and his agent towards a resolution and they expect him to remain a member of the team. There is a chance the team will get fed up with Peters and trade him before the draft. What do you think the Bills should do with Peters? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know what you think.


Wednesday April 15, 2009

April Honored: Bobby April was honored as the Special Teams Coach of the Year for the 2nd time in five seasons. The Bills special teams were ranked number one for the third time in five years. The award is given by Professional Kicking Services. He spread the honor around when accepting it saying he takes the award for the entire team.

Rhodes Visit? The Bills continue to look at their backup running back situation. Fox Sports is reporting that Dominic Rhodes was in town visiting the facilities yesterday. Rhodes rushed for over 500 yards including four starts for the Colts last year.


Tuesday April 14, 2009

Schedule Released: The NFL released the schedule this evening. As we already knew the Bills open up at on the road on Monday Night Sept. 14th against New England. They have only one other scheduled prime time game, it's a Thursday night battle on NFL Network against the Jets on December 3rd. A quirk in the schedule shows the Bills playing at 1pm only once in the first seven games. They are scheduled to play at 1pm seven of the last eight games. Times are subject to change under flex scheduling late in the season. The Bills host Tampa Bay in their home opener week 2. It's the first time the Bucs will ever play in Buffalo. They also host the Saints on week 3. They close the season at home against the Colts. The Bills have the sixth strongest schedule this year based on last year's results their opponents were 146-110. They only play at Ralph Wilson Stadium once between Nov. 1st and Dec. 20th. The bye falls exactly at the halfway point of the season after eight games. Let us know what you think of the schedule. Take our poll on our homepage. Schedule Page.

Schedule To Be Released Today: The NFL is releasing the schedule today so it's time to make those fall plans for football fans. For the first time ever it will be released at night as it will become available on the internet and TV at7pm. NFL Network has it's usual schedule show and ESPN2 will also have a show at 7 followed by a show at 8pm on ESPN. We will have the Bills schedule on the right side of our homepage and on our schedule page shortly after it is released.


Monday April 13, 2009

Whitner Officially Charged: A Cleveland police spokesman says charges have been officially filed against Donte Whitner. He is being charged with aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest for his role in a melee outside a Cleveland nightclub early Saturday morning. He was arrested then and spent a good part of the day in jail on Saturday. He was released when a prosecutor couldn't be found to file charges. His initial court date is scheduled for April 28th. The report says Whitner was trying to get outside to help his cousin who was involved in the fight and he was worried that some people had guns.

Toronto Tickets Price Drop: Rogers Communications announced that they are dropping ticket prices for the Bills game in Toronto this year. The average price will fall 17% as officials cite the poor economy for the reason they are dropping tickets. 11,000 of the 54,000 seats will now sell for under $100. Last year only 4,700 sold for that little. The top ticket price this year will be $275. The opponent and date will be announced tomorrow night at 7pm when the NFL schedule is released.



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