Bills Make Some Roster Moves
Bills Wanted DeMulling: The agent for guard Rick DeMulling told the Buffalo News the Bills were very interested in signing his client before he decided to go with the Lions. The Bills could have fit him under the cap but the agent said the team lacked some flexibility to beat the Lions deal. The Bills also didn't want to tie up too much cap space at the guard position since they gave Chris Villarial a big contract last year.
Burns Deal Details: ESPN.com reports that the deal signed by Joe Burns is for one year at $455,000. This is less money then he would have played for if the Bills tendered him as a restricted free agent.
Saturday March 19, 2005
Burns Re-signs: Weeks after not tendering him an offer as a restricted free agent, the Bills re-signed Joe Burns. The team has not confirmed the move or how much the deal is for but the Buffalo News reported the move today. The move is not a surprise since Burns is a special teams standout who can play both running back and fullback. A tender would have cost them more money to keep him than not tendering him and giving him a new contract.
Wire Restructures: Coy Wire avoided being a possible salary cap victim by restructuring his contract with the team. He was due to count more than $1.4 Million against the cap this year because of escalators reached. It was the final deal of his contract, it now has an extra year and will run through 2006. Wire is a special teams standout that the team wanted to keep but would have probably had to release him if an extension wasn't reached. Terms of the new deal were not available.
Friday March 18, 2005
Bills Confirm Visit: The Bills confirmed that Ravens free agent guard Bennie Anderson did visit with the team today. He has started 46 games for Baltimore since signing with the team in 2001.
Bills Help Out Erie County: The Bills have decided to help out ailing Erie County by deferring the County's $3.56 Million that they pay to maintain the stadium. This came at the request of the County Executive. The Bills will fund the difference interest free for 2005. The county will repay the team in a later year.
Visit Today: WGR is reporting that Ravens free agent guard Bennie Anderson is in town today for a visit. That is according to Anderson's agent. He played both guard positions with the Ravens and they don't plan on re-signing him.
Thursday March 17, 2005
Prioleau A Redskin: A day after being released by the Bills, Pierson Prioleau found a job with an old friend. Former Bills' coach and Redskins Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams quickly snatched up the safety. The Bills had wanted to keep Prioleau at a reduced rate but he declined and was released as he was looking for a place with a better chance to play and he found it with his old head coach yesterday.
Wednesday March 16, 2005
Bills Lose Out On DeMulling: ESPN is reporting that free agent offensive lineman Rick DeMulling has agreed on a two year deal with the Lions. It had been reported that Detroit and Buffalo were the two teams vying for his services. He did visit the Bills last week.
Preseason Opponents Set: The NFL set the preseason schedules with exact dates and times to be announced soon. The Bills open up the preseason at Indianapolis before Green Bay comes to Buffalo week 2. They then travel to Chicago before finishing the preseason at home against Detroit. The Bills play the Lions and Colts almost every year.
Assistant Interviews: Bills special assistant coach Paul McCord is interviewing for the head coaching job at Northern State University today and tomorrow.
Tuesday March 15, 2005
Cap Update: The release of Pierson Prioleau saved $1.25 Million in cap space according to the Buffalo News. That puts the Bills about $2 Million under the cap according to the paper. An additional $4 Million can be obtained by restructuring Mike Williams, and releasing Coy Wire while trading Travis Henry. Tom Donahoe told fans on the team's website that the cap situation is not bad and it would not preclude the team from signing any free agents. He also said a new long term deal with Nate Clements may be discussed. He's do to become an unrestricted free agent after this year. salary cap page.
Bills Offered Prioleau Deal: Before releasing Pierson Prioleau the Bills had offered him a three year deal that would have restructured the final year of his current deal to save the team salary cap space. His agent said it was a fair deal but they wanted to see what is out there on the open market. That forced the Bills to cut him to free up almost $1.5 Million in cap space.
Monday March 14, 2005
Roster Moves: The Bills made a couple of roster moves today. They released little used safety Pierson Prioleau and re-signed undrafted free agent TE Ryan Neufeld. The release of Prioleau opened up nearly $1.5 Million of cap space and was not unexpected. The re-signing of Neufeld was also not unexpected. He was a quality 2nd tight end and with the injuries to Mark Campbell and Tim Euhus he was the lone experienced healthy tight end on the roster.
Lease In Jeopardy? The financial woes of Erie County may hit the Bills which could nullify the lease if legislators aren't careful. Two county legislators have sent the Bills a letter asking them to allow the county to forego a $3.56 Million payment that is needed to maintain the county owned stadium. If the Bills agree to this they will be picking up the tab. If they don't, and the county doesn't pay it, they will be violating the terms of the lease giving the Bills a free out and a chance to move. The County Executive was upset about the letter and doesn't feel that it should have been sent. The Bills referred the letter back to his office. There is a hearing tonight which the letter will be reviewed.
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