Levy Gives State Of The Bills Address
Keeping Clements Unlikely: The Bills have put a $30 Million figure in free agent spending as they will use the cap figure as a ceiling. That pretty much leaves out the possibility of keeping Nate Clements. As Marv Levy said yesterday, losing Clements will put a considerable hole in the Bills defense but they have to budget their spending because of their small market status.
Friday February 16, 2007
Bills To Take Cash To Cap Approach: Marv Levy held a press conference at the stadium today to address the future of the Bills. On the subject of free agency, Levy said the Bills will take a cash to cap approach. That means they will spend to the $109 Million cap but will not amoritize the future with huge signing bonuses. The team will deal with real cash dollars, so any signing bonus will be amoritized to create more cap room but the Bills will not count it that way for accounting purposes. So the Bills may spend to the $109 cap figure but may still be way under the cap when bonuses are factored in. That may make it hard for the Bills to keep any of their three big free agents. Nate Clements, London Fletcher and Chris Kelsay are likely to get decent bonuses. Levy said it's likely all the big name free agents will hit the open market but he'd be delighted if they can sign one. He called a potential loss of Clements a considerable one and there is nobody out there they like more then him. Levy said the team may be looking at around four free agent signings and they will look at the restricted free agent market once again. He said the team will be more specific in their approach this year to fill needs as opposed to last year when the coaches really didn't know the personnel too well.
Levy On Spikes And Holcomb: Marv Levy was very non committal when he spoke of the future of Takeo Spikes and Kelly Holcomb. He admitted Spikes did not perform up to his usual standards and he will work with the medical staff and the coaches to see where he fits in. On Holcomb, Levy talked about how much he likes Craig Nall. With the Bills taking the cash to cap approach, they may let the two veterans go to free up some more salary cap space.
OL Biggest Needs: Marv Levy said that the coaches are of the opinion that the offensive line needs the most work and some of that may come internally with some of the younger players. Levy said the draft is a place they will look at that position and the run defense. Wide Receiver is not an area that they will really look at during the draft but running back may be as they want to bring in some competition for Willis McGahee.
Thursday February 15, 2007
Bills Release Bergeron: The Bills released wide receiver Troy Bergeron yesterday. He was on the practice squad the last three games of last season after coming over from the arena league. The Bills have many players at that position and it would have been hard for Bergeron to get many reps this offseason. Front Office Page.
Saturday February 10, 2007
Moorman Leveled In Hawaii: Brian Moorman guaranteed himself a spot on the ESPN highlights from the Pro Bowl tonight thanks to Sean Taylor. In his first punt attempt in the third quarter, Moorman faked it and went around right end for three yards, still way short of a first down. Taylor came flying up and leveled Moorman separating him from the football that rolled out of bounds for a one yard loss officially. Moorman laid motionless for about two seconds then popped back up and went looking for Taylor. He found him and congratulated him on the hit. Moorman did more holding for extra points and field goals then punting in the AFC's 31-28 win over the NFC. Moorman's only punt of the night was a 64 yarder, but it only had a net of one yard as Devin Hester returned it 63 yards.
Schobel Shines: Aaron Schobel led the AFC with six tackles, he also had a sack and a quarterback hit. He was in on a 4th and goal stop from inside the one. He did fail to make one tackle for a loss late in the game on Steven Jackson, he ended up in the end zone for a touchdown that started a late NFC comeback to tie the game.
Thursday February 8, 2007
Clements To Test Market: The agent for Nate Clements confirmed to AP today that his client will test the free agent market. Todd France did say that Clements is opened to staying in Buffalo if they make a competitive offer. The Bills re-iterated Dick Jauron's comments at the end of the season. He said then that he knows their free agents will test the market but he wants to be kept in the loop. Do you think Clements is as good as gone? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know what you think.
Tuesday February 6, 2007
Bills Make Kugler Addition Official: The Bills made it official today by announcing the addition of Sean Kugler as their new assistant offensive line coach. As we reported yesterday, he comes over from Boise State where he was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach. He previously coached on the Lions staff with Dick Jauron. The Lockport native said he's excited to be getting back to the area where he will be surrounded by friends and family. Jauron called his newest coach very bright and hard working.
Wire's Deal For Three Years: The Buffalo News is reporting that the new deal signed by Coy Wire is for three years. Wire said Coach Jauron and his shift to linebacker were main reasons why he wanted to stay in Bufalo. He feels the cover two defense is perfect for his skills. Still no word on the value of his new contract that kept him off the free agent market.
Monday February 5, 2007
Bills Re-Sign Wire: The Bills kept one of their free agents off the market. They have re-signed Coy Wire to a new multi-year contract. Terms of the deals are not immediately available. Wire has been a special teams standout for the Bills but his value jumped when he made the move from safety back to his college position of linebacker. He said after the season that he was committed to the organization and he now looks forward to learning the ins and outs of the linebacker spot as he looks to make the move permanent. Front Office Page.
Bills Hire Coach: A week after losing assistant offensive line coach Larry Zierlein to the Steelers, the Bills have replaced him. They have hired Boise State Offensive Line and Asst. Head Coach Sean Kugler. He helped lead the Broncos to an undefeated season last year. He is a Western New York native who served for one season at Boise State after coming over from the Detroit Lions, where he coached for five seasons. Front Office Page.
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