Bledsoe In Better Place? Drew Bledsoe was officially introduced as a member of the Dallas Cowboys this afternoon and said many of the same things, he said last week after being informed of his release from the Bills. He did feel he was moving into a better situation and is looking forward to replacing the stuff from his former team with stuff with stars on it for his kids. He said he is coming to Dallas as the starter but he knows Bill Parcells can change his mind at any time. He was mad he wasn't given the chance to compete for his job in Buffalo and that is why he wanted to be let go because there was no chance of starting.
Bills "On The Clock": The agent for Pat Williams proclaimed the Bills are "on the clock" after not placing a tag on his client. If the Bills wrap up a deal for L.J. Shelton before free agency begins they will turn their attention to Williams who is the premier defensive tackle in the free agency class. Angelo Wright says his client will have a deal with someone after the first week of free agency, which begins March 2nd. He expects the Bills to make a push to keep his client off the market if a deal is reached with Arizona. Williams wants to stay with Buffalo and may take a bit less money to stay.
Activity Continues: The agent for L.J. Shelton said a lot of activity is ongoing with his client regarding a trade but would not elaborate. It is speculated that a deal may be reached at the scouting combines that begins today in Indianapolis. Reports say that Cardinals coach Dennis Green wanted the Bills to throw in a draft pick in the deal but he has since backed off opening up the trade possibility. The Bills are reported to be aggressively pursuing the deal.
Bledsoe A Cowboy: Drew Bledsoe didn't remain out of work long. Hours after being officially released by the Bills, Bledsoe landed in Dallas as many people speculated. No terms have been disclosed but this was the perfect fit. It was the only place that he probably would have a chance to start and the Cowboys were looking for an experienced quarterback, he is a Bill Parcells favorite.
Green Won't Comment: On NFL Network last night, Cardinals coach Dennis Green would not comment on the ongoing trade speculation between his team and the Bills regarding L.J. Shelton and Travis Henry. He did say he covets his draft picks and needs to find a replacement for Emmitt Smith either from within, through the draft, or through a trade.
Tuesday February 22, 2005
Bledsoe Officially Gone: The Bills made it official today and released Drew Bledsoe. This is the first day that player cuts are allowed in the NFL. The Bills made the announcement last Wednesday that they would release the veteran quarterback today.
Deal May Get Done: An NFL Network report says that the Bills and Cardinals have agreed to a trade in principle that will bring OT L.J. Shelton to Buffalo in exchange for Travis Henry. The move would be pending physicals and possibly on a new contract for Henry. There is nothing confirmed yet and no word if draft picks are involved as well. A deal can't be officially announced until the trading period opens on March 2nd. The move would make sense for both teams as the Cardinals need a running back and the Bills need a tackle to replace Jonas Jennings at left tackle as he prepares to leave via free agency. Shelton is a much cheaper option and will leave more cap room open to get other free agents and to re-sign Pat Williams. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.
Tag Day: NFL teams have until 4pm today to slap franchise and transition tags on their free agents. It would be a shock if the Bills decided to tag one of their two big name free agents. Tom Donahoe has said it is unlikely since a tag is not cap friendly. He rarely uses them, using it with the Bills only on Peerless Price for the purpose of trading him.
Monday February 21, 2005
Cap Update: The Bills cap figure took a hit when Nate Clements and Mike Williams his some incentives. Their quality play boosted their base salary for 2005 adding more money to the Bills cap figure. Clements base salary balloons to $2.5 Million giving him a cap figure of $3.48 Million. It may be a good time to approach him about a new long term contract since he's due to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005 season. Williams now has a salary cap figure of almost $6 Million as his base will be around $4 Million this coming season. The team is approximately $9 Million under the cap. Salary Cap Page
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