Bills Sign G Bennie Anderson
Henry Update: A report says that the Cardinals have now backed off on demanding more for Travis Henry than just a straight player for player trade for L.J. Shelton. Tom Donahoe said in a radio interview this week that they did want more and so did the Bills causing a stalemate. Cardinals coach Denny Green acknowledged that they are still interested in acquiring Henry but will not lose draft picks in a deal. He also said that they would want Henry to play out his contract and not look for a long term deal at this time. It has been speculated that Henry wanted a new deal with any team he gets traded to, but he has since denied that.
Friday April 1, 2005
Contract Details: AP is reporting that the contract signed by Bennie Anderson is a three year deal worth $5.1 Million. He can also add $400,000 in an incentive bonus. Anderson may fit in at left guard as a starter or add some more depth along the line. If he does start at left guard, then Ross Tucker could move to center, while Trey Teague would return to left tackle. He played there for Denver and came to Buffalo to play that position before being moved to center. Front Office Page.
Thursday March 31, 2005
McNally Big Factor In Getting Anderson: Bennie Anderson was introduced to the media during a conference call tonight. He said he's looking forward to working with Jim McNally. He figures working with one of the top offensive line coaches in the business will make his career take off. He also called it an exceptional organization made up of great people and said McNally was a big factor in getting him to Buffalo. He said he will play wherever the best fit is for him. He couldn't ask for anything more than coming to a team with the tradition of the Bills. He will be in Buffalo on Monday to join the rest of the team in the offseason conditioning program.
Anderson Signs: The Bills announced this evening that they have reached a contract agreement with Ravens free agent offensive lineman Bennie Anderson. He visited with the team almost two weeks ago and Tom Donahoe said yesterday that they liked him. He has been the starting right guard in Baltimore for most of the last three seasons.
April Honored: Bobby April was named special teams coach of the year by his peers for his work with the Bills last year. The Bills special teams unit was considered the best in the NFL in 2004. He will receive the award in Reno Nevada at a breakfast ceremony on Tuesday. The award was voted on by every special teams coach in the league. April called the award a great honor for the entire organization.
Losman Deal Looks Good: When the Bills traded this year's first round pick, last year's 2nd and 5th to draft J.P. Losman it appeared on the surface they gave up a lot. If Losman is a bust that will be the case but looking at it today, as we prepare for another draft, it looks pretty good. Many experts, including ESPN's Chris Mortensen, say that if Losman was in this draft he would be the first QB taken. The Bills would have had the 20th pick in the draft if they didn't make the deal. They wouldn't have got a QB of Losman's potential with that pick. So right now it looks like another shrewd move by Donahoe. The real evaluation begins in September though.
Wednesday March 30, 2005
Cards Want More Also: In a 20 minute interview on Sirius NFL Radio, Tom Donahoe spoke about a variety of subjects. He confirmed that the only offer that was made so far for Travis Henry was the player for player swap with Arizona for L.J. Shelton. He reiterated his thoughts that the Bills want more for Henry, saying he would like a 2nd round pick for the player. He also acknowledged that the Cardinals want more from the Bills. That puts the talks at a stalemate but he won't close the door on a possible deal with Arizona. He feels as draft day nears somebody may move off of their position. He also said he doesn't believe Henry will holdout calling it "career suicide" for a player to holdout in his contract year.
OL A Priority: In the interview with Sirius Satellite Radio, Donahoe also said that upgrading the offensive line is a priority that may be filled with the Bills first pick in the draft. He also said, that signing a player in free agency to shore up the line is not out of the question although he felt the talent was a bit thin. He did say they like Bennie Anderson, the free agent lineman from the Ravens that they brought in for a visit two weeks ago.
Tuesday March 29, 2005
NFLE QB Likely Backup: The Bills NFL Europe allocation at quarterback will likely be a backup for the Cologne Centurions. The Bills sent Kevin Thompson overseas for seasoning but he will be the backup when the season begins to Atlanta QB Chris Lewis.
Monday March 28, 2005
Bannan Experiment: The Bills plan on experimenting a lot on the offensive line since they have lost some depth during free agency. DT Justin Bannan is getting a full look at Guard after playing in some short yardage situations there last year. The move isn't necessarily permanent, if he doesn't grasp it well, he'll move back to defense. Jason Peters move to tackle seems to be permanent, he will no longer get reps at tight end when the team hits the field for mini camps and training camp. Depth Chart.
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