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NEWS ARCHIVES - APRIL 11TH - APRIL 17TH, 2005 PREVIOUS WEEK

2005 Schedule Released

Eagles Interest: As we reported yesterday, the Bills have contacted the Eagles as a possible trade destination for Travis Henry. Philadelphia newspapers are confirming that the Eagles have interest in the running back. They have their own feature back in Brian Westbrook. He is playing out the final year of his tendered offer as a restricted free agent. Sources say the Eagles have begun contract negotiations for a long term deal with Henry. That would be a condition of a trade. The Eagles have 13 draft picks and may be willing to part with a second rounder for Henry. They have five picks in the first three rounds.

Van Pelt To Return: Having failed in his quest to land a coaching job, Alex Van Pelt will return to the radio booth as the Bills analyst for games this season. Van Pelt told his partner John Murphy this week that he would be back. He is currently in Europe coaching the QBs for the Frankfurt Galaxy.

Kids Day Set: The Bills officially announced the preseason schedule on Friday. They also announced that the fifth annual Kids Day promotion will take place when the Packers come to town for a 6pm game on August 20th. Kids 14 and under can get tickets for $8 ($6 for season ticket holders). There will be other events including face painting and a fireworks display. The team also announced that Marv Levy and Steve Tasker will be in the broadcast booth once again for the preseason telecasts.


Friday April 15, 2005

Two Enter Henry Race: Reports now have two more teams interested in trading for Travis Henry. Fox Sports reports that the Eagles have been in contact with the Bills this week and are discussing a trade for the disgruntled running back. A stumbling block may be that Henry has one year left on his deal. The report says the Bills have called the Eagles on more than one occasion. Another report says that the Buccaneers have entered the fray as well. The Bucs GM confirmed that he contacted the Bills on Wednesday regarding Henry.

Preseason Schedule Set: The dates and times are now set for all preseason games. The latest two announcements have the Bills playing on Sat. Aug. 13th against Indianapolis at 8pm and Fri. Sept. 2nd against Detroit. Both games are scheduled for 8pm. Complete Schedule.


Thursday April 14, 2005

Date Set For Packer Game: A second preseason date and time has been set. The Bills will play the Packers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sat. Aug. 20th at 8pm. This is their second preseason game. They play at Chicago on Aug. 26th. The open the preseason at Indianapolis and close it at home against Detroit. Dates and times for those games have yet to be announced. Complete Schedule.

Henry Deal Has A Pulse: The never ending saga of a possible Travis Henry for L.J. Shelton deal should end one way or another but not before draft day. Cardinals coach Dennis Green said the deal still "has a heartbeat." It comes down to whether or not the Cardinals take a running back with the eighth selection in the draft. If they do, the deal is dead for good. If they don't, they may be willing to swap second round picks with the Bills to get the deal done. If that happens, the Bills will move up 11 spots in round 2. Another option for Arizona is trading down and adding picks, then trading for Henry. That would make swapping second round picks easier for them.


Wednesday April 13, 2005

Brown Re-signed: The Bills took care of some housekeeping by re-signing RB Dante Brown to a one year deal worth $380,000. He was an exclusive rights free agent and was coming back anyway.

Schedule Released: The Bills will open the season at home for the sixth straight year when Houston comes to town. They also have two primetime games. A Sunday nighter in New England on Oct. 30th and a Saturday night game at home against Denver on Dec. 17th. It is their first primetime home game since 2000. The bye week falls perfectly at the midway point of the season. They will close the season with two road games. Complete Schedule.

Offensive Line Setup: In his pre-draft luncheon, Tom Donahoe hinted at what the offensive line makeup will be this year. He thinks his two free agent acquisitions will man the left side of the line. Mike Gandy is penciled in as the starting left tackle, with Bennie Anderson playing next to him at left guard. Trey Teague remains at center with Chris Villarial at right guard and Mike Williams at right tackle. Donahoe did not rule out moving Teague to left tackle and placing Ross Tucker at center. This can also change as a result of what happens on draft day. The team may feel that L.J. Shelton is not good enough to start for them, which is one of the reasons they aren't doing a straight up trade for Travis Henry. They may use their second round pick on a lineman that could come in and challenge for a job also.

Schedule To Be Released: The NFL will release the schedule today at 2pm. It will be released during a two hour show on the NFL Network and NFL.com. We will have the Bills schedule on our homepage and our schedule page shortly afterwards.


Tuesday April 12, 2005

Date Set: The date and time has been set for one of the four preseason games. The Bills will play the Bears in Chicago on Fri. Aug. 26th at 8pm. That is the third preseason game for the Bills. They play in Indianapolis and host Green Bay the first two weeks. They close out the preseason against the Lions at home. Dates and times for those preseason games have yet to be announced.

Shelton Deal Dead? Tom Donahoe held a media luncheon yesterday and spoke about a myriad of subjects. He told reporters that the Travis Henry for L.J. Shelton deal remains dead. He said Arizona would have to sweeten the pot before a deal was made.

1st Round Move Not Probable: Tom Donahoe said this might be the year the team develops patience on draft day. He feels the Bills first round pick is already on the roster, with the selection of J.P. Losman last year with the Dallas trade. He feels he's better than any QB in this year's draft making it a good move. There is always a chance that they will move back into the first round if a player is there that they covet and a deal can be worked out. He said there has been some offers but nothing substantial at this time.

Vanden Bosch Goes Elsewhere: One of three free agent visitors from last week has signed elsewhere. Kyle Vanden Bosch signed a deal with the Titans. The Bills were looking at him for possible depth at defensive end.


Monday April 11, 2005

Thompson Helps In Win: Bills allocated QB Kevin Thompson led his Cologne Centurions to their second win in as many games. He ran for two touchdowns and had 30 yards on six carries. Through the air he only completed 9 of 21 passes for 95 yards. He had no touchdowns and no interceptions. LB Kevin Brantley had one tackle for Frankfurt. Mike Gomez led the way for Amsterdam with four catches for 55 yards.



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