Bills Cut 5, Sign 1 As OTA Continues
Bills Sign One: The Bills have signed rookie free agent center Dan Koons. His signing gives the Bills 84 men on the roster. They have five roster exemptions for the NFL Europe players, leaving one open space on the roster. Koons started 33 straight games for Louisville.
Tucker OK: The x-rays on the injured leg of Ross Tucker were negative and he hopes to return to practice next week. He did sit out the final practice of the week as a precaution and was icing his ankle which is described as just bruised. Injury Page
Friday June 11, 2004
Offers On The Table: Tom Donahoe told the Rochester D&C that the team has "legitimate" offers on the table for three players that will be free agents after this season. Donahoe said the offers out on Aaron Schobel, Pat Williams and Jonas Jennings will be put on hold once training camp starts if deals aren't struck. The team does have cap room to get at least one of the deals done especially since Donahoe admits signing recently cut veterans from other teams seems to be unlikely.
QB situation set? Tom Donahoe and Mike Mularkey both continue to say they are happy with the progress Travis Brown is making. For that reason the addition of another quarterback is highly unlikely. The question now remains if Brown will enter the season as the #2 or #3 quarterback on the depth chart.
Thursday June 10, 2004
Reed To Be Honored: Andre Reed will be the latest Bills alumni to be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He will be inducted in October with 10 other members of the class of 2004. He called it a great honor to join the hall that includes Steve Tasker, Jim Kelly, and Thurman Thomas. Reed was a visitor at yesterday's practice session.
Tucker Dinged; Pucillo Gets Reps: The Simon & Brinson Show on Empire reports that guard Ross Tucker was helped off the field today during the organized team activity workout. Jonas Jennings was on the air with them later and said he thinks Tucker is ok. He appeared to have his ankle rolled up on. The Bills were missing two other members of the offensive line today as Trey Teague and Mike Williams were not in attendance today. Pat Williams was absent as well. Mike Pucillo took the majority of the snaps at left guard and Jennings indicated he is developing a chemistry with Pucillo who may be moving into the inside track for the starting job.
Bills Release Five: As the organized team activity continues, the team made roster moves by releasing five players. The move comes as five players get set to return to the team from NFL Europe. Among the cuts is QB Nathan Chandler. He was one of five quarterbacks on the roster and there is no need for that many QBs when training camp starts. Also released were offensive linemen David Phillips and Kurt Sigler along with defensive back Deon Giddens and long snapper/Guard Tony Case.
Wednesday June 9, 2004
Individual Ticket Date Announced: The Bills have announced that individual game tickets will go on sale on Saturday July 17th at 9am. Group Sales started on Saturday and Season ticket holders were able to by individual game tickets last month. When individual tickets go on sale on July 17th chances are there will only be available for four games. The home games against Arizona, Cleveland, St. Louis, and maybe the Jets game will be available. The other four home games are nearing sellouts. Tickets will go on sale at the Stadium ticket office, the Pittsford plaza office in Rochester, all Tops Friendly Markets by phone and on the team's official website.
Tuesday June 8, 2004
Bills Sign Smith: The Bills announced today that they have signed seventh round draft pick Jonathan "Freddie" Smith. He becomes the third of six draft picks to sign with the team. This is early in the off season for such signings. Only the top three picks have yet to sign. As usual terms of the deal were not disclosed.
OTA Week 3 Begins: The third of the four week Organzied Team Activity begins today and goes through Friday. They wrap up the program next Monday through Wednesday. At that point the players will have off until Training camp but are expected to keep their conditioning up. The workouts are voluntary but the team has had near 100% participation so far and that is expected to continue for the remainder of the OTA.
Monday June 7, 2004
Premium Sales Update: The Bills are finishing their push to renew the suites and luxury boxes. The "Business Backs The Bills" committee reports signifcant progress on the renewals of the premium seats. They say 90% of the suites and sideline club seats have been purchased. These seats are eligible for either a 3 year or 5 year renewal rate with the majority choosing the 5 year plan. The Bills are offering more flexibility this time around, allowing businesses to split boxes. The group now needs to push for the red zone and goal line sections where only 50% are sold at this time thanks in part to a 30% turnover rate. The report in Buffalo Business First also reports that season tickets are lagging a bit behind last year's 43,000 number.
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