Bills Readying Offer For Volek? A move that may be related to the release of Alex Van Pelt, WNSA is reporting that the agent for Billy Volek said he expects an official offer from the Bills tonight. Volek visited Sunday night and Monday Morning and has an offer on the table from Atlanta. His current team, Tennessee is also interested in retaining his services along with Green Bay and Denver.
Pass Returns To Pats: Another free agent visitor has gone elsewhere. FB Patrick Pass was brought in by the Bills two weeks ago but he has decided to re-sign with the Patriots. The Bills are in the market for a fullback now that Sam Gash has signed with New Orleans.
Gash Signs With Saints: The Bills have lost their fourth unrestricted free agent. Sam Gash has signed a one year deal with New Orleans. That leaves only two unrestricted free agents left in DaShon Polk and Keith McKenzie. Gash didn't seem to be in the Bills plans for this season as they have signed Daimon Shelton and entertained other fullback in free agency visits.
Bills Release Van Pelt: the man with the longest tenure of any Bill is no longer with the team. The Bills announced today that they have terminated the contract of Alex Van Pelt after he failed his physical. He had been with the Bills since 1994. The move saves only about $400,000 in salary cap space as he will still count at about $900,000 on this year's cap. This move isn't a surprise as the team is looking for a younger quarterback to groom for the future.
Mularkey On Vincent: Mike Mularkey spoke to the media about the signing of Troy Vincent today. He said he was very honest with him in their interview and said that earned Vincent's respect. The coach was blunt with him about his lack of defensive expertise and said he has know idea how long Vincent will play corner with the Bills before moving to Safety. Mularkey said he is as much interesting in Vincent's high character as he is in his playing ability, that combination was seen as very valuable to the team. He feels the signing fills the biggest void on the team. He hopes the success Vincent has had intercepting passes will rub off on some of the other players. He called Vincent a special type of player who can still be very effective despite his age and that the scheme the team runs will help him.
Vincent Excited About New Opportunity: Troy Vincent said he's excited to be a Bill during his conference call with the media today. He is due in Buffalo tomorrow, weather permitting. He calls it a new beginning and another opportunity for him. He said he evaluated all the possibilities and thought that Buffalo was the best decision he could make at this point in his career. He said Ralph Wilson and Mike Mularkey were reasons for his decision to sign with the Bills. He called Mularkey a real gentleman and liked his attitude that family comes first. He appreciated Mularkey's honesty with him. He feels the Bills have the talent to be successful in the league. He said in making the decision he looked at the roster and knows that with the talent they have they can win and he expects to be one of the components to get the Bills back to what they once were. He feels the combination of coverages that the Bills use play to his advantage. He will let his play decide how long he plays cornerback. His family will not move to Buffalo with him.
Vincent Official: The Bills made it official this morning. The newest member of the team is Troy Vincent. He is expected to speak to the media sometime this afternoon via a conference call. Vincent is a 12 year pro who has spent the last eight years in Philadelphia and has gone to the Pro Bowl five times including this past season. The Bills won't release the terms of the contract but as we reported yesterday, it is believed to be a six year deal worth $20 Million with a $3.6 Million bonus. One report says his base salary this year will be $2.4 Million which would give him a salary cap figure of $3 Million.
No Official Word On Vincent Yet: The agent for the newest Bill Troy Vincent confirmed that his client has agreed to terms with the Bills but the team declined comment only saying that they are negotiating with the free agent cornerback. His agent said that Vincent is relieved to have made a decision between three very good possibilites and that his client is happy to join the Bills. Expect an official announcement from the club today.
Volek Impressed: Billy Volek was impressed with QB coach Sam Wyche during his visit to Buffalo according to his agent. Ken Staninger said that the Bills have a wonderful franchise and he planned on talking to Tom Donahoe last night. A report out of the Nashville Tennessean says that the Bills contacted Staninger at least three times yesterday. He said that the market is hot for his client but that there is still time for the Bills to get involved in the pursuit of the free agent quarterback. Volek received another proposal from Atlanta yesterday and is looking to make a decision by the end of the week.
Monday March 15, 2004
Teague Option Picked Up: The Bills picked up the two year option on center Trey Teague. The move keeps him in Buffalo to 2005 and gives him another $2 Million in his pocket. He will make $5.75 Million over the two years.
Bills Land Vincent: Broadcast reports say that the Bills have landed their biggest free agent acquisition of the offseason. Reports from WNSA and Comcast SportsNet say that Troy Vincent has agreed to join the Bills. He supposedly told the Bengals of his decision this morning turning down a three year, $10 Million deal with Cincinnati. The Comcast report says his deal with the Bills is for six years and is worth $20 Million with a signing bonus of $3.6 Million. There is no official word yet coming out of One Bills Drive.
Volek In Town Today: The Bills have confirmed that Billy Volek was in town today to meet with the team. Volek is a highly sought after free agent quarterback. He has one career start and that was a 28-26 victory over the Bills last year. He hasn't ruled out returning to Tennessee but Atlanta is hot on his heels looking to sign him. Green Bay and others are also interested.
Vincent Decision May Be Today: The Bengals website is reporting that Troy Vincent is expected to make a decision today on where he will play next year. He is choosing between three good teams according to his agent. The Bills, Bengals, and the Chiefs are all in the running for his services.
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