Clements Added To Pro Bowl Squad
Ticket Prices Still League Lowest: Despite the increase in ticket prices that we reported yesterday, the Bills still have the lowest prices in the league with an average of $41 per game ticket. The average per game ticket will go up $4 and the average season ticket will go up anywhere from $1 to $36. While most tickets do see an increase some actually decrease.
Saturday January 29, 2004
Ticket Prices To Increase: The Bills have raised ticket prices for most tickets next year. Season tickets are expected to go up $2 to $4 per game in sections including lower level sideline seats, upper deck center sections, club/premium sections, tunnel end zone sections and lower level sections in the scoreboard end zone. Individual game tickets will go up $3 to $5. There will be a new section dubbed "the rockpile". It will be the 200 level seats in the scoreboard end zone and consists of 2,400 seats. Those seats will decrease for season ticket holders $80 per ticket. The price will remain the same for individual game tickets in that section and the upper deck corners.
Friday January 28, 2004
Clements Going To Hawaii: Nate Clements will join Takeo Spikes, Sam Adams and Terrence McGee on the AFC Pro Bowl Squad. Clements was an alternate but it was announced today he will go to Hawaii as an injury replacement for Ravens Cornerback Chris McAlister. Clements was the second alternate but the first alternate Patrick Surtain of Miami is also unable to play because of an injury. Clements becomes the first Bills cornerback to make the team since 1993. He said he's on cloud nine and it hasn't sunk in yet that he has made the team.
Bills In Decent Cap Shape: More research shows the Bills approximately $9 Million under the projected salary cap for 2005. The official cap figure for each team has not been released yet but it is expected to be around $85 Million. The Bills have approximately $76 Million allocated for 2005. These numbers are still very raw but it shows that the Bills are in position to sign some players or keep their own free agents. Salary Cap Page.
Thursday January 27, 2004
Van Pelt To The Enemy? Alex Van Pelt may be going over to the enemy. The former Bills QB and current radio commentator has interviewed the Nick Saban for a possible job as an offensive assistant coach. Van Pelt has been public in his pursuit for an NFL coaching position and it doesn't appear that he will be back in the radio booth next year.
Henry To Miami Possible: Tom Donahoe told reporters at the Senior Bowl that he wouldn't necessarily be opposed to trading Travis Henry to Miami despite them being a fierce division rival. Donahoe said that it would be unusual but if the price was right he'd make a deal. He also said he wants to do what is right for Travis as well. Chances of Miami having the right price is not good since Donahoe indicated the Bills may be seeking a 2nd round pick, something Miami does not own.
Wednesday January 26, 2004
Henry's Agent Confident Of Trade: The agent for Travis Henry told The Buffalo News that he's confident a trade will be worked out but it will take some time. He has been working the phones since the Bills gave Henry permission to seek a trade. Hadley Engelhard siad he's had several positive discussions with various teams and feels something will get done as the process continues to move forward. The Bills won't hear from potential suitors until March 2nd when the trading period begins. Possible destinations for Henry includes Miami, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Carolina, and Arizona. More teams may join the fray if they lose their starting running backs in free agency. Seattle, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati are possible teams in that situation.
Tuesday January 25, 2005
Report Says Fight For QB Job Possible: The Buffalo News is reporting today that the Bills would like to go to J.P. Losman next year but it may not be possible. They will look for Drew Bledsoe to come back, possibly with a pay cut, and the two can fight it out in training camp for the starting job according to an NFL source. A Bills source told the News that the team has not asked Bledsoe to take a pay cut but have given him several scenarios at the QB position to consider. A decision on whether or not Bledsoe returns is expected by March 2nd when he is due a $1.05 Million roster bonus. It may come down to Bledsoe's willingness to return in a possible backup role more than the monetary situation. His decision may also be weighed against possible starting job openings for him around the league if he was released. Dallas is always mentioned as a possible destination.
Bills Leaning Towards Losman? Ralph Wilson told the Rochester D&C that he is very eager to see what J.P. Losman can do and re-iterated earlier comments by Tom Donahoe that a decision on who will be the QB next year is only a few weeks away. It has been widely speculated that the team has asked Drew Bledsoe to take a pay cut. They do want him back in a backup role if he doesn't start next year but not for the money he is scheduled to make in the 2nd year of his 3 year restructured deal signed last offseason. Wilson did not seem to know if Bledsoe is receptive to a backup role or a pay cut saying time will tell. If the Bills do make the move to Losman they are in danger of taking a step back as Wilson noted, young QBs don't light the world on fire right away, with the exception of Ben Roethlisberger.
Donahoe Contract Extension Expected: In the same article in the Rochester D&C, Ralph Wilson said that he doesn't foresee a contract extension for Tom Donahoe being a major problem. He said he's pleased with the job Donahoe and Coach Mularkey did this year.
Monday January 24, 2005
Some Players Prone To Cap Cut: Looking at the 2005 Bills salary cap, there are several players that will have to restructure or be cut. Eric Moulds has a well publicized $8.7 Million cap figure and only has a $4 Million hit if released, saving the team $4.7 Million. He isn't likely to get cut as he is willing to restructure his contract. Pierson Prioleau is almost an automatic cut as he played only sparingly and will save nearly $1.5 Million in cap space with his release. The team can save around $500,000 each by releasing Josh Reed and/or Jeff Posey. They are expected to be in good cap shape but we won't know the figures until the league releases the cap figure for 2005. They are expected to be around $8 Million under. Cuts and restructures will free up some more, they will need that money to sign their two big free agents or to head out to the open market themselves. If you were the GM what would you do? Take our poll on the homepage. Check out our newly re-released 2005 salary cap page. It has approximate cap figures and cut figures for key players. Salary Cap Page.
Levy Book Signing: Marv Levy will be signing copies of his new book at the headquarters of the New York City Bills Backers Club. He will be at McFaddens on 42nd street in Manhattan tomorrow from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. They expect over 100 people to come out. They will have 250 books available for sale and signing. He will sign copies of the book if you already have it but not other memorabilia. More Info.
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