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Three Draft Picks Signed
The club reached contract agreements with three of the lower round picks during the week. The first pick to sign his name on the dotted line was 6th round pick Leif Larsen. He signed a three year deal worth $877,000. His deal was quickly followed by the signing of fifth round pick Sammy Morris. The fullback's deal was also for three years and worth $926,000. On Thursday the club inked their last pick, 7th rounder LeShon Polk, terms of his contract were not disclosed. Our Take: You have to sign the lower picks first to see what's left for the top guys, look for the other 7th round pick, Drew Haddad to sign soon.
The club also announced that individual game tickets will be sold on July 8th at 8:30am. Tickets will be sold at the stadium box office, the downtown Buffalo office, and the Rochester satellite office as well as all Wegmans stores and the Official Website. Our Take: The Bills have done a better job in recent years trying to make it easier for fans to get tickets, but it is still harder for the out of town fans that travel great distances for one or two games a year.
In other administrative news, the Bills were on the verge at week's end of signing another player. NFL Europe WR Kevin Drake is close to signing with the Bills according to reports. Drake set a league record with 12 touchdown receptions this season. Drake played QB for the first three years of college at Alabama-Birmingham before being moved to WR. He is a tall receiver at 6'3" but doesn't have great speed. He is a possession receiver and should sign shortly. Our Take: Drake is one of the best players in Europe not allocated to any team, so his signing could be a coup, but we won't know until we see him on the practice field at St. Johns Fisher.
QB Doug Flutie attended a charity golf outing in Boston during the week, and again showed that he is unhappy with the QB situation in Buffalo. He said that there is no competition and it is Rob Johnson's job. He vented that the NFL has a habit of naming starters without having open competition for jobs. Our Take: Flutie's up to his old tricks. If he's not careful he can become a cancer on this team.
A report came out that showed the Bills to be in a bad salary cap situation next off season as well. The Bills along with the Chiefs, Jaguars, Jets, and Giants were all mentioned as having the most money allocated against the cap in 2001. This doesn't bode well for a team that has Eric Moulds and Marcellus Wiley as free agents after this season. Our Take: Look for another troublesome off season next year, with Moulds and Wiley must signs.
In former Bills news, Gabe Northern found employment with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He signed a 2 year deal worth $1.6 Million. Chris Spielman will be one of 15 inductees into the Ohio State Sports Hall of Fame. Another former Bill will be doing the honoring when Jim Kelly will be on hand for the Dan Marino retirement party to be held Aug. 23rd at Pro Player Stadium. John Elway will also be there. Our Take: Nobody deserves to be honored more than Spielman. As much as we hate to admit it, Marino deserves a huge party also.
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