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NEWS ARCHIVES - JANUARY 31ST - FEBRUARY 6TH, 2005 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Add Six To Roster

Vincent Wins Award: Troy Vincent received the Bart Starr award yesterday. It is given to an NFL player that exemplifies strong character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community. Unfortunately Vincent could not receive the award in person as he was attending the funeral of his father who died this week.


Saturday February 5, 2005

Bills To Play In Toronto? The talk has started again, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue in his State of the league address yesterday mentioned playing games in Canada and Mexico. He did not mention which teams would sacrifice a home game for these countries but it is assumed the Bills would be the team that would play a home game in Toronto and the Cardinals in Mexico. It could happen as early as next season. Ralph Wilson has fought this thinking in the past and it is a good bet he wouldn't be for that or an eventual franchise in the city. On the other hand, Tagliabue praised the success of small market teams like Buffalo, Green Bay, and Jacksonville and said the league is committed to keeping these markets viable, so what gives? How can he want to keep Buffalo viable but have them move a game to Toronto or put a team there? Take our new poll question on the homepage.


Friday February 4, 2005

Bears Hire Jones: Just three days after leaving the Bills, Rusty Jones agreed to join the Chicago Bears as their Strength and Conditioning Coach yesterday. He decided on Monday to leave the Bills after 20 years with the organization.


Thursday February 3, 2005

Bills Sign Six For Europe: The Bills have signed six players today and allocated all of them to play in NFL Europe. The newest Bills are LB Kellen Brantley, TE/Long Snapper Mike Gomez, DB Jonathan Palafox, K Owen Pochmann, QB Kevin Thompson, and WR Ladaris Vann. Palafox was with the Bills last spring before being released prior to training camp. Pochmann has two years NFL experience with the Giants and 49ers. A good season in Europe by him, may give a challenge to Rian Lindell. Thompson is a former Penn State QB who has spent time with the Bengals, Vikings, and most recently the Giants as well as the Browns where he completed a pass in his rookie season in 2000. Vann is a former University of Cincinnati standout who has plaed in the CFL and the arena league. Gomez spent time with Jacksonville last summer and provides needed depth at both positions. Brantley was with the Titans last summer. The players will be assigned teams in Europe on February 14th. Front Office Page.


Wednesday February 2, 2005

Bills Interested In Surtain? Sirius NFL Radio is reporting that the Dolphins have given CB Patrick Surtain permission to seek a trade and the Bills are one of the team's that is interested. Surtain is a seven year pro who was first alternate for the Pro Bowl this year but isn't going because of an injury. This may fuel the fire of trading Travis Henry to Miami in a deal for Surtain. The Bills are fairly set at cornerback and it is not known how much interest they would have in the corner. What do you think? Should the Bills go after him? Take our poll on the homepage.


Tuesday February 1, 2005

No Replacement For Jones Likely: While it is unsure what the impact will be by the departure of Rusty Jones it is unlikely he will be replaced by another coach. Brad Roll holds the title Jones did the first 19 years with the Bills. He is the strength and conditioning coach and it is unlikely the Bills need to replace Jones' title of Director of Physical Development. More likely is that one of the coaches will take on his administrative duties and become an assistant to the head coach.


Monday January 31, 2005

Jones Leaving: After 20 years with the Bills Rusty Jones has informed Coach Mike Mularkey that he will be leaving the Bills. Jones spent 19 years as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator before being promoted in Mularkey's first season to assistant head coach and Director of Physical Development. Mularkey wished him luck on his future endeavors, no word on what Jones will do now. Jones was widely credited with an elaborate conditioning plan for the team and is considered one of the best conditioning men in the NFL.



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