NFL Calendar Set: Beginning tomorrow at 10am teams will be able to start trading and the rosters will be expanded to 90 players. Teams can then start signing their draft picks and undrafted free agents. Negotiations can also begin with unrestricted, restricted, and exclusive rights free agents but they cannot be signed until 6pm on Friday. The Bills will open training camp on Friday and the facility will open tomorrow for current players. A quick glance at the league calendar is on the right side of our hompeage.
Wilson Statement: Ralph Wilson released a statement regarding the end of the NFL Lockout. He said, "I am happy that the players and the owners have reached an agreement. This has been a long, arduous process for everyone. But in the end, we have a deal that is fair to both our players and the teams and, at the same time, protects the integrity of our game heading into the future. And that is extremely important as we move forward. To our fans, I say thank you for your patience and your understanding during these past four months. So with this great news today, it is time for all of us to focus on the 2011 season and look ahead to Training Camp. Iím excited about the direction our team is heading as we enter the upcoming season and I know our players and fans share in that excitement."
Poz Wants To Return: Paul Posluszny spoke to AP's John Warrow and told him that the Bills remain his top priority but he will look to see what is out there as well. The Bills will likely make Poz their top priority and with plenty of money to spend under the cap there is a good chance they can get a deal done.
Camp Likely Starting Friday: NFL Network is reporting that the Bills will start training camp on Friday. The league says camp must start at least 15 days before their first preseason game. The Bills first game is August 13th, so Friday will be 15 days before their debut. Details remain sketchy on the league schedule for free agency and trades.
Free Agency On Horizon: All reports say that today's player vote on the new CBA is considered a mere formality. The players are expected to approve the deal that was finalized in the wee hours of the morning. Latest reports also say that free agency could start as early as tomorrow. It is also expected to be open free agency meaning teams will not have an exclusive window to re-sign their own players. Training camps are expected to open as early as Thursday for about a third of the teams. The remainder of the teams will open camps Friday and Saturday. The Bills will be holding camp at St. Johns Fisher College despite the short time to get ready for it. Player moves will happen fast and furious over the next week including the signing of undrafted free agents. Our front office page will be your one stop shopping for all player moves.
Hubbard Arrested: There was some distrubing off the field news regarding a member of the Bills. WR Paul Hubbard has been arrested and charged with DUI after he allegedly struck a police officer early Sunday morning. Hubbard has had very limited playing time with the Bills spending most of his time on the practice squad. We have him on the bottom of our depth chart at the receiver position. The officer that was hit was treated and released from an area hospital.
Friday July 22, 2011
Lockout Ending? The owners held a press conference last night saying they have ratified the CBA but the players have yet to vote on it. If they pass it, like some say will happen today, then the league year will start on Wednesday with free agency, trading, and the opening of training camps. Players would be allowed back in the facilities tomorrow and they could begin signing draft picks and negotiating with their own free agents. Important for the Bills, the owners passed a new revenue sharing plan that must be good for small market teams as they all voted for it including the Bills.
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