Bills Cut Three; Sign One
The week came to an end with a flurry of activity including the cutting of three players that were restricted free agents and the signing of one of their 12 draft picks. We take a closer look at all the news and try to sort through the rumors as we give you our take on the issues:The Bills on Friday cut Jonathan Linton, Victor Allotey, and Ray Hill. These moves saved approximately $1.3 Million on the salary cap. The club has now relieved the crowded backfield and will rely on young players at halfback. Our Take: If these cuts save more important veterans from being cut then we are all for it. Linton isn't the typical west coast type of back and Hill and Allotey were marginal pros at best.
The club used some of the freed up cap money to sign their first draft pick. Third round pick Ron Edwards agreed to a three year deal worth a reportedly $1.385 Million. His cap figure is expected to be just over $372,000. Our Take: Look for the club to concentrate on signing all their lower round draft picks first and then they will see what cap room they will still need to free up to sign the top three picks. They may need to cut another player or two to sign the young players.
In a bizarre and frightening story, Corey Moore was shot early Friday morning in the leg. He was stopped at an intersection when a man approached his car and shot him. He drove himself to the hospital where he was treated and released leaving the bullet lodged in his leg. Moore had been arrested two weeks ago on an aggravated assault charge. No connection has been made and no motive or arrest has been made either. Our Take: This is an incident to keep an eye on, as Moore may be becoming a problem case, there are rumors that the club isn't happy with his lack of participation in the off season conditioning program.
On Saturday the club announced that the Nov. 18th game against Seattle will be the one that Jim Kelly will go on the wall of fame. Our Take: It is an honor that is long overdue, and with four other games being close to sellouts (Pittsburgh, New Orleans, New York, and Miami) it makes sense to make it a game that would normally have been a slow seller.
Gregg Williams is finalizing his plans for training camp. The club will have 33 practices split evenly between full pads, helmets and shoulder pads, and no pads workouts. The club will also hold night practices for the first time on Mon. July 30th and Aug. 6th. One thing is for sure, this camp will much more physical as Williams will have heavy contact and he says he's not worried about anyone getting injured. Our Take: With young players the camp needs to be more physical but they do need to be careful so players don't get injured.
New Director of Pro Personnel John Guy met with the Western New York media for the first time on Thursday. He says he feels confident he can do the job and that his coaching background will give him different perspectives on things. Tom Donahoe said that he is a high character individual with tremendous experience. Our Take: We are a little concerned about his lack of front office experience but we have to give Donahoe the benefit of the doubt that he made the right hire.
The Bills are still waiting to find out if Tom Modrak will join the organization or will be given the GM job with Chicago. Modrak considered pulling out from the Bears search because it is dragging. He is interviewing for a third time this week and is considered by many as the frontrunner. If he doesn't go to Chicago he is expected to join the Bills and run the college scouting department. The Bills are prepared to wait for the Bears for Modrak but Donahoe said he will hire somebody if Modrak doesn't come aboard. Our Take: Donahoe wants Modrak desperately and will give him any title short of General Manager to get him. The handwriting appears to be on the wall for Dwight Adams as he has been relieved of many of his college scouting responsibilities.
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