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NFL Offseason Gets Underway

NFL Offseason: The offseason in the National Football League is a long one and a busy one as well. It got underway this past week with the Senior Bowl practices and game last night. We have put the important offseason dates to remember on the right side of our homepage to keep you updated on what is coming up!

Friday January 23, 2009

Senior Bowl Week: This week coaches from every team in the NFL has gathered in Mobile Alabama for the Senior Bowl practices to get a first hand look at the latest crop of rookies. The week culminates with the Senior Bowl game tomorrow. The entire coaching staff of the Bills are on hand and it probably gives Dick Jauron a chance to talk to possible candidates for the vacant defensive line coach position.

Wednesday January 21, 2009

Kollar Talks Took A Week: The Bills didn't initially give the Texans permission to talk to Bill Kollar as Ralph Wilson reportedly did not want to let Kollar go. He eventually spoke to Dick Jauron and Kollar and let the Texans take him when Jauron said it was ok. The whole process took about a week. Kollar told reporters that Jauron has always said he wouldn't stand in a coach's way if he wanted to leave and didn't in this case. Jauron released a statement saying he wishes Kollar the best. Kollar probably got a significant raise as he was also given the title of assistant head coach.

Peters Bows Out: For the second straight year Jason Peters will not play in the Pro Bowl. He was voted in as a starter to this year's game. No reason was give why he bowed out but it may have to do with the knee injury that caused him to miss the last two games of the season. Miami rookie Jake Long replaces him on the squad. The Bills now have no players in the game that will be played on February 8th.

Tuesday January 20, 2009

Ticket Prices Remain The Same: The Bills announced today that ticket prices for the 2009 season will be the same as they were in 2008. The average per game price will be $51.24 but there will be one more game this year since the team does not play a preseason game in Toronto. The Bills will remain the lowest ticket prices in the league at about $20 less than the league average. This move seemed to be necessary as the fans are outraged over the retention of Dick Jauron and the team maintaining the status quo despite nine straight seasons out of the playoffs.

Kollar Leaves: The Bills will be searching for a new defensive coach. Line coach Bill Kollar has left the team after three seasons to take the same position with the Houston Texans. He has 19 years coaching experience and was one of two people interviewed for the Houston job. Kollar still had a year left on his contract with the Bills so they could have blocked the move since it wasn't a promotion. Sources say they did decide to let him leave.

Bills Took Shot: If the sweepstakes over the best pass rusher in Canada is any indication, then the Bills may be active in free agency this year. Cameron Wake unfortunately signed with the Dolphins although he did say the Bills put a great package together and did a wonderful job recruiting him. He is a tweener defensive end/linebacker and may be a better fit for a 3-4 defense. That may be the reason he went with Miami instead of three other teams including Buffalo. He signed what is believed to be the richest contract ever for a CFLer going to the NFL.

Monday January 19, 2009

Bills Cost More: Figures released show that the Bills cost the taxpayers more money than they have in the past per game. Figures for the 2009 season that consists of two preseason and seven regular season games shows that taxpayers will have to pay roughly $817,000 a game. The county will likely shell out $4.2 Million for operating and game day expenses. $2.9 Million in annual upgrade money that was negotiated in the lease agreement and $240,000 for security during games.

Friday January 16, 2009

Edwards Won't Need Surgery: Sources told the Buffalo News that Trent Edwards won't need surgery on his ailing shoulder. He reported soreness in the shoulder at the end of the season and saw several doctors who deemed the injury not serious. Edwards had problems with his shoulder throughout his collegiate career. Injury Page.

Thursday January 15, 2009

Bills Add 7: The Bills did some housekeeping today by adding all seven players that ended last season on the practice squad to the roster. Felton Huggins, Vince Hall, Mike Jefferson, Marcus Smith, Chris Denman, Brandon Rodd, and C.J. Hawthorne were signed to future free agent contracts and will be on the team's roster through the OTAs and into training camp. Hawthorne, Huggins, and Jefferson are all wide receivers who will benefit from extra reps while James Hardy recovers from a torn ACL. Denman and Rodd are offensive linemen that may get extra reps with three linemen due to become free agents.

Tuesday January 13, 2009

50th Anniversary Year: Plans are beginning to take shape for the Bills to celebrate their 50th year of existence in 2009. The marketing department has lined up Labatts as one of their sponsors for the celebration. Details have not been released yet but they are going to have events during the draft, training camp, and the first home game of the season. Fans will also been given the opportunity to vote for the all-time Bills team. There also will be a special 50th anniversary logo and patch this season.

Monday January 12, 2009

Hardy Surgery Today: A Ft. Wayne newspaper is reporting that James Hardy will undergo surgery today to repair his torn ACL. He hurt his knee in the December loss to the Jets while blocking on a play. He will have to be off his feet for a week and then start the long rehabilitation process that can take seven to nine months. That means he likely won't be counted on to produce much in the 2009 season if at all. He'll likely be able to take the field in the season but with no OTAs and no, or little, training camp it is hard to believe Hardy will be a contributor to the Bills this coming season. Injury Page.

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