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T.O. Fever In Buffalo

Owens Jersey Sales Brisk: Today was the first day you could get a Terrell Owens jersey at the team's store at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Sales were reported brisk by the Buffalo News as dozens of fans were inside the store minutes after it opened at 11am. Even if the team has issues with Owens on the field, there is no denying that he is just what the team needed from a marketing standpoint.

Saturday March 14, 2009

Crowell To Meet With Bills: Reports say that Angelo Crowell will be back in Buffalo on Monday to meet with the Bills. The free agent linebacker was placed on IR just before the start of the season with a knee injury and it appeared there was no way he would return to Buffalo. At the end of the season both sides said a return was possible and Crowell is finding the free agent market fairly bare. He has visited with Tampa Bay and Detroit and has begun preliminary contract discussions with the Bucs. The Eagles are said to also be interested in his services.

Friday March 13, 2009

Bills, Peters $3M Apart: Contract negotiations on an extension for Jason Peters are not going well. A league source told the Buffalo News that the two sides are $3 Million apart on a new deal. Peters wants to be the highest paid offensive lineman in the AFC and wants reportedly more than the $11.5 Million a year last year's top pick Jake Long got from Miami. That probably isn't a great barometer since top picks in the draft are given contracts on a different stratosphere. If the two sides don't close the gap there is a chance the Bills could explore a trade. This week, John Clayton reported on ESPN that the Eagles would be a potential trade partner.

Thursday March 12, 2009

Owens Gets His Number: The Bills announced today that Terrell Owens will indeed wear his usual #81. James Hardy will now be #84. Owens said on a Buffalo radio show yesterday that the team already said he'd be #81 and he didn't feel he would have to buy it from Hardy. When he signed with the Bills they had a #81 jersey in his locker. His jersey is on sale now at the team's website and will be available at the team store starting Sunday. In other number news Ryan Fitzpatrick will be #14 and Geoff Hangartner will wear #63. Drayton Florence will wear #21.

LB Situation On Hold? Dick Jauron addressed several other issues during his press conference yesterday besides Terrell Owens. On the outside linebacker position, Jauron said they liked the guys they brought in for a visit but they also like the guys that are returning from injuries such as Alvin Bowen, Marcus Buggs, and John DiGiorgio. The coaches were upfront with the players they brought in for visits, Cato June and Freddie Keiaho, that they were not going to make a move immediately and that they may not at all. If they do decide to sign a free agent then they will be able to move quickly.

3rd RB Situation: The coach admitted they are looking at a third running back but not because of a possible suspension of Marshawn Lynch. They were just looking at experience to come in and compete along with Xavier Omon and Bruce Hall. He did sound like that search may be over with Kevin Jones and Fred Taylor signing elsewhere but nothing has been ruled out.

Who Will Play Left Guard? Dick Jauron addressed the huge hole at left guard saying that Kirk Chambers and Demeterius Bell are two young players that they like. These guys are both naturally tackles but got looks at guard last year and will be in the mix. They will continue to explore all options but it seems like these two may be the top guys at this point. The team will need to still bring in several more interior linemen before training camp.

Wednesday March 11, 2009

Jauron Really Happy To Have T.O.: Dick Jauron addressed the media this afternoon for the first time since Terrell Owens signed on Saturday. He spoke about T.O. along with giving an update on where the team is now. He said he's really happy to have Terrell on the team. He represents what has been missing on the team. Jauron sidestepped the reputation Owens has except to say that everyone knows how hard a worker he is. The coach said he was as bigger a factor in bringing him to Buffalo as anyone in the organization. The day after Owens was released they all got together and decided quickly it was something they needed to look into. His resume clearly grabs your attention and he helps them compete in the very tough AFC East. He alluded that Owens sideline blowouts may have been overblown since they happen on every sideline every Sunday. Jauron wouldn't call either Owens or Lee Evans the number one receiver since he feels you don't need to label them since they are both on the field.

T.O TV: VH1 is in the process of taping a reality show around the life of Terrell Owens. It was suppose to be taped on location in Miami, his hometown, and Dallas. Now it will be taped in Miami and Buffalo. That will mean extra cameras following T.O. around when he comes up to Buffalo for the OTAs and minicamps. The show is scheduled to air from late July until opening week.

Tuesday March 10, 2009

Peterson To Falcons: One of last week's free agent visitors is now off the market. LB Mike Peterson has signed a three year deal with the Falcons. There was a report that the Bills offered Peterson a one year deal and he turned it down. He wasn't necessarily a good fit for the Bills since he plays middle linebacker and the team needs a weakside backer. They also had visits last week from Cato June and Freddie Keiaho. They both remain on the market and are better fits for the team.

Edwards Returns: Trent Edwards was so excited about the prospects of working with Terrell Owens that he returned to Buffalo on Monday ahead of schedule to begin work for the coming season. Edwards met with the media and did acknowledge that he text messaged Russ Brandon on Friday asking about the possibility of the Bills going after T.O. Edwards doesn't think there will be an issue between the two men since they both have the same goal of playing in January and February and he knows all Owens wants to do is win and he will remember that if any issue arises.

Monday March 9, 2009

Breaking Down Owens Deal The opinions on the signing of Terrell Owens continue to fly in. Tony Bogyo checks in with his thoughts as it looks like a great marketing decision but may not be the greatest thing on the football field. As most people he is happy that they did something big. Complete Story.

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