Bills Add Offensive Lineman
Fletcher Snubbed Again: This past week London Fletcher had a second chance at a trip to Hawaii but was passed over again. When the NFL needed an injury replacement at middle linebacker for the AFC squad, Ray Lewis was chosen as the first alternate over Fletcher. The squad will also need an injury replacement at QB for Phillip Rivers. Tom Brady is the logical choice but reportedly he has plans to play in a golf tournament that weekend and may not except a bid. Does that mean J.P. Losman has a shocking chance at a Pro Bowl berth? Probably not, a player like Vince Young gets more accolades then Losman and would be picked or a veteran like Steve McNair. Do you think Losman deserves to be an injury replacement? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know what you think!
Friday January 26, 2007
Bills May Lose Coach: The Bills may not get away unscathed in the coaching carousel this year. Offensive Line assistant coach Larry Zierlein has received permission to interview for the open offensive line coach's position with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Zierlein served with new head coach Mike Tomlin when the both of them were at the University of Louisville in 1999 and 2000.
Clements Not Ruling Return Out: In an interview with WGR radio, Nate Clements did not rule out returning to Buffalo next year. He did say there has been no contact between his agent and the team since the season ended but he's not surprised by that. He told Howard Simon that he will take his time before making a decision since this may be the last contract of his career. He said there is definitely a chance he will be back and while he has to think about his family, money won't be the only thing he'll consider when he hits the market. Winning is important to him and he's optimistic where the Bills are headed. He also said he won't rule out going to any team and acknowledged Washington is a possibility since Greg Williams and Jerry Gray are there and they were the ones who drafted him. Do you think Clements will stay with the Bills? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know what you think!
Thursday January 25, 2007
Bills Sign OL: The Bills added a player today by signing free agent offensive lineman Kirk Chambers. He was a 6th round pick of the Browns in 2004 and played two seasons for them, mostly on special teams. He was released in September and did not play last year. He was a four year starter at left tackle for Stanford. He worked with assistant OL coach Larry Zierlein in Cleveland. Front Office Page.
Wednesday January 24, 2007
Bills Raise Ticket Prices: The Bills announced their new ticket pricing structure for next season. 9 of 12 seating areas are seeing a minimal price increase of $3 or less. The scoreboard end zone will see a $1 increase and the Upper Deck corners will actually see a decrease while the "Rock Pile" areas will remain the same. The average ticket price will go up approximately $5 from last year. It is still the league's lowest ticket price nearly $16 less than the league average.
Thursday January 18, 2007
McGahee Responds: Willis McGahee released a statement through his agent clarifying his position from a Penthouse article. He wanted to clear up his statements that suggested the league move the Bills to Toronto. He said his comments were misinterpreted and he loves Buffalo and finds it as the best organization to be a part of. He called the fans the "most loyal, supportive, and dedicated fans in the world". His intent in the article was that Toronto is a beautiful city and the NFL would do right by looking to expand there but not to move the Bills.
Wednesday January 17, 2007
Bills In Solid Cap Shape: The landscape of the NFL has changed with the new CBA last year. Most teams have plenty of room under the salary cap and that includes the Bills. They have approximately $40 Million under the salary cap giving them plenty of money to attract free agents, of course most of the other teams are in the same boat. The fact that the Bills are in a small market may preclude them from going after the big name free agents. We have launched our 2007 salary cap page, it shows the cap figures for some key players along with the cap hit figure if they would be released. We will constantly add players and update these figures throughout the offseason. The Bills only have a few players that they would gain significant money with releasing them. That is because they haven't backloaded too many contracts over the past few years. Since they have plenty of money under the cap, releasing a player like Takeo Spikes to free up cap space isn't necessary. Salary Cap Page.
Tuesday January 16, 2007
Owner Reluctant To Give McGahee Extension: The Buffalo News talked to Bills owner Ralph Wilson on Monday in regards to the future of Willis McGahee in Buffalo. Wilson said McGahee's off the field issues will be weighed in when they talk about a contract extension for the back. He seemed reluctant to give him one but didn't rule it out. He said he's been in the game too long "for someone to hold a hammer to his head." In the past, Wilson characterized McGahee as a disappointment. As we've reported, his off the field issues include a third paternity suit with a third different woman over the past 15 months. He also created a stir in a Penthouse interview where he said the Bills should move to Toronto since there is nothing to do in Buffalo. Marv Levy stresses high character players and McGahee may not be fitting that mold right now, he has also not produced quality results like the top backs in the league.
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