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Bills Trade Spikes And Holcomb

AP Photo - Takeo Spikes Free Agent LB May Visit This Week: A report out of the Orlando Sentinel says that Dolphins free agent LB Donnie Spragan will visit the Bills this week. Spragan has some starting experience but was pushed out of Miami when they signed Joey Porter. He started for Miami the past two seasons and has had surprising little interest on the free agent market. His best year was three years ago in Denver when he played 16 games and had 88 tackles.

Saturday March 31, 2007

Bills Show Interest In Turner: Several reports indicate that the Bills are one of a few teams that are interested in trading for Chargers backup RB Michael Turner. The Bills and Packers are two teams that are in a great need for a back. Chargers GM A.J. Smith had talks with several teams at the owners meeting this past week. Turner is a restricted free agent that was tendered the highest offer possible by the Chargers so it would take a trade to get him or a team would have to surrender a first and a third round pick. Turner averaged 6.3 yards per carry backing up LaDanian Tomlinson last season. Do you think the Bills should trade for Turner or draft a back? Let us know what you think by taking our poll on our homepage.

Friday March 30, 2007

McGahee Clears Air: Willis McGahee once again found himself clarifying comments he made. In an article in last Sunday's Baltimore Sun, McGahee said there was nothing to do in Buffalo and questioned the type of Women in the area. When contacted by the Buffalo News this week he said some of his comments were taken out of context. He said he has nothing bad to say about Buffalo women because he dates some of them. He admitting to say there isn't much to do in Buffalo but that was in comparision to the Miami/South Beach area or other major cities. He said he wasn't surprised that he was traded and has no hard feeling. He wishes the team well and thinks it will be ok. He also said he will miss his ex-teammates and that he knows he will be booed soundly when the Ravens come to Ralph Wilson Stadium this fall.

Wednesday March 28, 2007

Walker Excited: The newest Bill Darwin Walker says he's very excited for his opportunity in Buffalo. The veteran asked to be traded by the Eagles and people say he's perfect for the 3-technique position. That means he will likely rotate with last year's big free agent signee Larry Tripplett. Walker says the Bills are a young team with a lot of potential and he's looking forward to being part of something special. He feels the Bills 'Tampa-2' scheme fits his talents perfectly. Depth Chart

Tuesday March 27, 2007

No Comp Picks; 7th rounder for Holcomb? As expected the Bills were not awarded any compesatory picks by the league. That is because they gained more free agents then they lost last year. That means the team has eight picks in the upcoming draft. They added a pick in the 2008 draft in yesterday's trade. Chris Brown for the Bills official website reports he heard that pick is a 7th rounder and is for Kelly Holcomb not Takeo Spikes.

Need For DT Facilitates Trade: Marv Levy called the departing Takeo Spikes a good person but felt the need to upgrade the defensive tackle position made this trade worth making. Reports say Spikes had grown unhappy in Buffalo and asked for a trade because of the constant flux in the organization. He reportedly wasn't happy with the team losing both London Fletcher and Nate Clements in free agency.

Wilson Pleased With Revenue Sharing: Ralph Wilson said the new revenue sharing plan approved by the league's owners yesterday would not have been possible without the help of Chuck Schumer. The Bills owner is pleased with the deal and says it gives the Bills a chance to stay competitive in a small market. He feels the team would not be able to survive without it but cautioned it wasn't a total solution. He called it a Band-Aid situation that will help clubs. The deal is retroactive to 2006 and will include $430 Million in aid over the four years of the agreement to small market teams.

Monday March 26, 2007

Bills Trade Spikes, Holcomb: The Bills made what would be considered a major trade by NFL standards as three people and a draft pick were involved. The Bills sent Takeo Spikes and Kelly Holcomb to the Philadelphia Eagles for DT Darwin Walker and a conditional draft pick in next year's draft. Walker has started all but five games in his five year career and has 26 career sacks. He had 36 tackles last year and immediately upgrades the middle of the Bills defensive line. Spikes no longer fit in the Bills plans as his $4.6 Million paycheck this year wasn't feasible considering his Achilles injury two years ago. Holcomb didn't fit in the Bills plans this year as Craig Nall is expected to move up to the number two spot. What do you think of the trade? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know.

Plan Passes: The new revenue sharing plan that came out of the qualifying committee passed today by a vote of 30-2. The Bills voted for it, while small market teams Cincinnati and Jacksonville voted against it. Not all the details are known at this time but one of the qualifiers states that team's with stadiums less then 10 years old will get penalized some money in the plan. That is likely the reason why the Bengals split from the Bills and voted against it. The plan is retroactive to 2006 which means the Bills should get a decent amount of money, since they voted for it hopefully Ralph Wilson will be happy and optimistic about the long term survivial of the franchise in Buffalo.

Revenue Sharing Plan On The Table: WIVB-TV is reporting that the qualifying committee has agreed to a revenue sharing plan that would balance the power and give small market teams relief under the new collective barganing agreement. Ralph Wilson was part of the eight member committee and said it is imperative that a plan be reached for the long term survival of the Bills. Now the hard part, the proposal goes to the vote of the entire league at the owners meeting as early as today. If a 2/3 majority doesn't pass it, it goes to the commissioner's desk.

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