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Bills To Open On Monday Night

Saban Dies: One of the best coaches in team history has passed away. Lou Saban died early this morning in his home in South Carolina he was 87 years old. Saban led the Bills to back to back AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965. He is one of the finalist for best coach in the 50th Anniversary fan voting going on now. Saban is not on the Wall of Fame because of issues between him and Ralph Wilson. The Bills owner was not happy that Saban quit as coach twice. Saban had suffered from heart problems and recently was hospitalized after a fall.

T.O. In Town: WIVB-TV is reporting that Terrell Owens came to Buffalo on Saturday to deal with personal business and also take a trip to Toronto. It will be interesting to see if he comes back to Buffalo tomorrow and takes part in some of the offseason conditioning program. Owens said that he won't take part in the voluntary workout but did say if he was in the area he would likely workout with his new teammates.

Wild Internet Rumor Baseless: It was a wild night in cyberspace Friday into Saturday as a rumor was floating around that Ralph Wilson had died. The rumor was quickly proven to be baseless and quickly disproven by the mainstream media. No news organization ran the story of his supposed demise. The Buffalo News reported yesterday that Wilson did go to the hospital on Friday to get his injured shoulder checked out. He hurt it when he fell at his home and it forced him to miss the owners meeting.

Saturday March 28, 2009

Bills Looking At Hicks: Fox Sports is reporting that the Bills plan to bring free agent RB Maurice Hicks in to town on Monday for a visit. The Bills continue to look for a backup to Fred Jackson early in the year as they anticipate a suspension of Marshawn Lynch. Hick had no carries last year as the number three running back in Minnesota. He has 869 career rushing yards and 474 yards receiving.

Friday March 27, 2009

Preston Gone: The Bills have lost another unrestricted free agent. Duke Preston signed with the Packers yesterday. We reported earlier in the week that he was getting ready to choose between coming back to Buffalo and going to Green Bay. He will get a chance to start with the Packers, something that probably wouldn't have happened in Buffalo. Front Office Page.

Thursday March 26, 2009

Owens Won't Show: Terrell Owens spoke to the USA Today last night while being honored with an award at an Alzheimer's Association gala. He said he doesn't plan on participating in any of the voluntary offseason workouts but didn't rule out doing some work with teammates at some point. He will participate in the mandatory mini-camp in June. Owens said he spoke to Dick Jauron about it and he prefers to keep with his offseason workout regiment with his personal trainer. This is something he has always done and he always keeps himself in impeciable shape. Owens did say that he's looking forward to building a relationship with Trent Edwards and has had communication with him. Going by the results of the poll on our homepage most fans do not think this is as big a deal as the media is making it out to be.

Wednesday March 25, 2009

Ellison The Starter: Dick Jauron was candid on certain personnel situations at the coaches breakfast yesterday. He said Keith Ellison is the starter at outside linebacker which likely indicates the team won't sign Cato June or Freddy Keiaho who were brought in for free agent visits. He also confirmed what has been reported, that Kirk Chambers and Demeterius Bell will battle for the starting left guard spot as well as providing depth at tackle. The coach also indicated he may overlook blocking shortcoming from tight ends in the draft in order to get a player who can stretch the field in the passing game. A backup veteran running back remains a possibility maybe DeShaun Foster who was brought in for a visit. Bryan Scott will likely remain as the starting strong safety while Donte Whitner probably remains at free safety. Depth Chart.

Jauron Talks Owens: During the coaches breakfast press meeting at the league meetings yesterday Dick Jauron took questions on Terrell Owens. He seemed a bit aggravated with some questions and said they will buck history with him regarding his past relationships with quarterbacks. He constantly referred to his numbers and figures he will help the offense and Owens comes witha clean slate.

Peters Contract Update: Dick Jauron also spoke about the Jason Peters contract situation which is unusual since Jauron in the past hasn't commented on contract negotiations. He did confirm, what has been reported, that they are trying to get something done. Jauron does anticipate Peters being at the mandatory camp but doesn't know if he'll show up in for the voluntary ones. A report earlier this month said Peters wants more than $11.5 Million a year and the Bills have offered $8.5 Million. Jauron did not go into details.

Tuesday March 24, 2009

Ellison Signs Tender Offer: The Buffalo News is reporting that Keith Ellison has signed his one year tender offer from the club. The restricted free agent reportedly was tendered the offer of just over $1 Million that gave the Bills the right to match any offer he received. His signing of the tender officially keeps him on the team for the next year.

Bills Ok With Exploring Extra Games: The organizers of the games in Toronto now say the question about extra games on a recent survey was hypothetical. It was supposedly part of a series of questions given to ticket holders in trying to make the series better going forward. The survey asked if fans would be interested in a 2nd regular season game over the next three years. The Buffalo News reports however that the Bills were aware of the survey in advance and were agreeable to the idea of polling their customers about extra games. The article in the News goes on to say the team is very happy with the Toronto partnership and an extra game there could give the Bills more revenue along with possibly lowering prices for tickets in Toronto. Senator Chuck Schumer told the News that he has a strong preference not to let another game go to Toronto and is keeping an eye on the situation.

Goodell Not Happy With Lynch: asked Roger Goodell about Marshawn Lynch during a press conference yesterday at the owners meeting. He said there are consequences for his actions and if they aren't negative consequences then it won't deter him from future indescretions. He said he listened carefully to what Lynch had to say in the meeting last week and will issue is ruling in the near future.

No Comp Picks: As expected the Bills did not receive any compensatory picks from the league for free agent losses last year. The team actually had a net gain in the formula used by the league to hand out the extra draft picks.

Preston May Return: Free agent offensive lineman Duke Preston remains on the market. It had looked like he may go to Oakland but the Raiders have traded for a center with Miami. is reporting that it is now down to the Bills or Packers for Preston and a decision can come any day now. Preston could challenge for the starting left guard spot and will at the least offer backup at guard and center.

Jauron Not Worried About T.O.: It was hard for Dick Jauron to be upset that Terrell Owens isn't at the team's offseason conditioning program because he isn't there either. Jauron is at the owners meetings and not at the workouts. He said while he would like to have everyone there it is voluntary and they aren't concerned since T.O. keeps himself in great shape. It also isn't a critical time since the offense isn't being installed. It is about strength and conditioning. Jauron did say he's very excited about the Monday night opener for his team and the fans.

Monday March 23, 2009

Bills Open On Monday Night: At the owners meeting today it was announced that the Bills will open the season on the road in Foxboro against the Patriots on Monday night Sept. 14th at 7pm. This is a marquee matchup of Terrell Owens and Randy Moss as well as the kickoff of the 50th anniversary of the AFL and the 40th anniversary of Monday Night Football. This will mark only the third time the team has ever started a season on Monday night and the first since 1976.

Owens Not In Attendance: Terrell Owens was not in attendance for the start of the team's offseason conditioning program today. This isn't a surprise as Owens normally doesn't participate in all of the voluntary workouts in the offseason. Dick Jauron alluded to that fact in his press conference last week and the team doesn't appear to be worried by his absence. There were more than 40 players in attendance today including most of the other big names. The players went under a screening process but most of them were in good shape. Newcomers Geoff Hangartner and Ryan Fitzpatrick joined their teammates for the first time today. The players normally workout four days a week taking Wednesdays and the weekends off but it is flexible and voluntary.

Saints or Bucs In Toronto? Last week it was reported that the Colts were the front runners for this year's game in Toronto. Vic Carucci is now reporting that the Saints or Buccaneers are the odds on favorites. Bills fans have stated loudly they would rather have an inter-conference game go North and these are the two NFC teams the Bills face at home this year. It was also earlier reported that the announcement could come at the owners meeting this week but not that doesn't appear likely.

Offseason Workouts Begin: The Bills officially begin their 12 week offseason conditioning program today at One Bills Drive. All workouts are voluntary and the players work with the strength and conditioning staff. They also do film study with the position coaches. Everyone is waiting to see whether or not Terrell Owens will be in attendance. The Bills usually have decent participation but many veterans do skip out on at least some of the workouts.

Bills Say No Agreement: The Bills responded to the survey released by Toronto organizers saying they may be able to play a 2nd regular season game in that city each of the next three season. The Bills released this statement on their website: "We are aware that there is interest in expanding the Bills in Toronto Series by an additional regular season game in the future. We're also aware that our hosts have conducted a survey as part of their internal process of evaluating whether to propose an expansion of the series. There is an agreement to play one regular season game for the next four seasons. We have no agreement, nor has there ever been one, to play an additional regular season game in Toronto. Any such future agreement would require consultation and the approvals of Erie County, Empire State Development Corporation and the NFL owners."

Owners Meeting Underway: The spring owners meeting got underway yesterday and runs through Wednesday. Ralph Wilson is not in attendance do to a shoulder injury. There will be talks about rule changes, offseason schedule changes, as well as the unstable labor situation of the league. Also, a trade or two may come out of the meeting as well.

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