Free Agency Starts Quietly For Buffalo
Smith Finishes Visit: Wade Smith wrapped up his visit with the Bills today but did not address the media. He ran out of time because meetings ran long and then he had to catch a flight to Houston to meet with the Texans. Smith is from Dallas so Houston could be intriguing for him. No word yet on any other visitors Headed to Buffalo.
Friday March 5, 2010
Bills Host Smith: The Bills hosted their first free agent on Friday as Chan Gailey reached into his past for a player that was on his offensive unit in Kansas City. Wade Smith was in town today and is expected to stay through tomorrow. He's an eight year veteran who has played mostly guard and center in his career. He had 16 starts the past two seasons with the Chiefs mostly at right guard. He has 34 starts in his career. Bills offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris was an assistant OL coach in Kansas City so he knows him very well also. He played in Miami his first four years in the league as he was a third round draft pick. He then spent two years with the Jets before going to Kansas City. He would be an interior backup and insurance in case Eric Wood doesn't come back healthy. He would essentially replace Richie Incognito who was not tendered an offer as a restricted free agent and is free to sign elsewhere.
Scott Deal Official: The Bills made it official today announcing the re-signing of Bryan Scott. They would not release the terms but it is reported to be a two year deal. Other than this move it has been all quiet at One Bills Drive on day one of free agency. It is expected to be a down year in free agency because of the lack of quality unrestricted free agents because of the lack of a CBA. The Bills are expected to be patient this year instead of impulsive like year's past.
Schouman Tendered High: ESPN's Tim Graham reports that Derek Schouman was tendered at the same rate as George Wilson. Both were reportedly tendered for $1.75 million which is a second round level. That means if another team tries to sign either player the Bills would have a right to match or receive a second round pick. It was understandable why they did this for Wilson who would have delivered no compensation if he was tendered at a normal level. Schouman is a bit of a surprise since he hasn't done too much since being drafted in the 7th round of the 2007 draft. Ashton Youboty would fetch a third round pick if he was to leave since that is where he was drafted. Keith Ellison would give the Bills a sixth round pick if he went elsewhere.
Scott Re-Signs: As free agency got underway at midnight the Bills kept their most important unrestricted free agents off the market. The agent for S Bryan Scott confirmed that the two sides have agreed to a two year contract keeping the versatile player off the market. The rest of the unrestricted class is made up of restricted players not tendered, players the team has already decided not to offer contracts too, and fringe free agents they may not want to keep. Front Office Page.
Thursday March 4, 2010
Bills Tender Four: The Bills announced that they have tendered offers to four of their eight restricted free agents. As we reported earlier Keith Ellison was tendered. The others that were tendered are George Wilson, Ashton Youboty, and Derek Schouman. That means Richie Incognito, Joe Klopfenstein, Gibran Hamdan, and Jonathan Scott will become unrestricted free agents at midnight tonight if they aren't tendered. The Bills didn't release the level of tenders but WGR is reporting that Wilson was tendered at a second round pick level. Since Wilson was not drafted they would lose him for nothing if they gave him a normal tender and didn't match any offers he received. Not tendering Incognito was somewhat of a surprise.
Tender Deadline: Today is the last day for the Bills to tender offers to their eight restricted free agents and their six exclusive rights free agents. The team can tender players at different rates that would bring different levels of compensation if they don't match offers made by other teams. WGR is reporting that Keith Ellison has been tendered but there is no word on any other tenders at this point.
Free Agency Set To Start: Things will get pretty busy around the NFL at midnight tonight as free agency gets underway. Don't expect as much player movement as in the past as some 200 players that would have been unrestricted free agents are now restricted thanks to this being an uncapped year. The Bills have only a few of their own unrestricted free agents after saying they won't try to re-sign Terrell Owens, Ryan Denney, and Josh Reed. They are busy tendering restricted free agents. Some teams are giving restricted players high tenders to deter other teams from trying to sign them. The Bills have not announced their tender offers. They will look for help at several positions in free agency including wide receiver, offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and outside linebacker. As free agent visits are reported we will put them on the right side of our homepage so check back often during the first few busy days of free agency.
Tuesday March 2, 2010
Bills Sign DT: Free agency starts Friday but the Bills got a jump on starting to fill their major hole at nose tackle. They have signed former LSU player Marlon Favorite. He appeared in 40 games in college with 17 career starts. His first year in the NFL in 2009 was split between the practice squads of Seattle, Kansas City, St. Louis, and New Orleans after being signed by Carolina as an undrafted free agent. Front Office Page.
Monday March 1, 2010
Bills To Stay With Current QBs? Buddy Nix spoke to the media from the scouting combine and said that it is very likely the team will stick with the quarterback trio of Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Brian Brohm this season. Nix did caution that Chan Gailey has not finished his evaluation of the quarterback spot. The team also was one of two teams to interview Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen this weekend at the combine. The team may have greater needs then QB in the draft as offensive and defensive tackle positions are very high priorities with an offensive tackle likely at the nine spot.
Sunday February 28, 2010
Owens Classy On Exit: Terrell Owens was a good soldier during his season in Buffalo and exited with class as well. After the Bills informed him they would not offer him a new contract Owens took to his twitter account and wrote, "I would like to thank the great fans in Buffalo, Ralph Wilson and the Bills' organization for all their support this past season. I enjoyed myself." It made sense for Owens to go out this way especially since both sides went into this knowing it would be a shock if Owens played a second season in Buffalo.
Nix On Decision: Buddy Nix said that the decision to let Terrell Owens, Ryan Denney, and Josh Reed know they wouldn't be offered contracts was to give them enough time before the start of free agency to make plans. He felt it was the right thing to do since all three represented the organziation with class, dedication, and hard work. What do you think of the decision? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!
House Cleaning Continues: The Bills continue to clean house by informing three players that they will not be offered new contracts. The Bills told free agents Terrell Owens, Josh Reed, and Ryan Denney that they won't be asked to come back. Reed and Denney have spent their entire careers in Buffalo it was thought Owens would not come back. The market for T.O. may be thin but he may find a suitor in Baltimore. Denney probably did not fit the new 3-4 defense anyway. Reed being let go is not a big loss but leaves a huge hole at wide receiver with both Owens and Reed leaving.
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