Offseason Workouts Begin
Bills Re-Sign Two: The Bills re-signed their reamining two exclusive rights free agents today. They inked TE Tim Massaquoi and DT Corey Mace. They were tendered offers and the Bills held their exclusive rights making the signings a formality.
Preseason Schedule Released: The Bills announced their preseason schedule today and as expected it is highlighted with a preseason matchup against Pittsburgh in Toronto. That game will be the 2nd preseason game of the year and take place August 14th at 7:30pm. The other highlight of the preseason schedule is a nationally televised game on the NFL Network August 24th at 8pm against the Colts. It will be the first game played at the brand new Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Bills will open the preseason in Washington against the Redskins somewhere between August 7th and 10th. They will close the preseason at Ralph Wilson Stadium in the annual Kids day game at 6:30pm on Thursday August 28th against the Detroit Lions.
Tuesday April 1, 2008
Wilson Not At Owners Meeting: Ralph Wilson is a noticeable absentee at the owners meeting that is going on in Florida this week. He has missed a few of them over the last seven years and said he is using this time to bring along some of the younger people in the organization. Attending for the Bills are Russ Brandon, treasurer Jeff Littman, Jim Overdorf, and Dick Jauron along with VP of strategic planning Mary Owen.
Monday March 31 2008
Bills Get Two Comp Picks: In a somewhat surprise the Bills were awarded two compensatory picks by the NFL in next month's draft. The team has added a fourth and seventh round pick. This brings the total number of picks for the team back up to 10 in the draft. It replaces two picks traded to Jacksonville in the Marcus Stroud trade. The fourth round pick is the 34th pick in the round and 132nd overall. The seventh round pick is the 44th pick in the round and the 251st in the draft. The league's complicated formula in determing compensatory picks worked to the Bills advantage. They gave the Bills a net loss of two free agents this past year as they lost Nate Clements, Andre Davis, London Fletcher, and Mike Gandy. They gave the Bills credit for only two gains, Derrick Dockery, and Langston Walker. The team thought they would also count Josh Scobey and Jason Whittle but they did not. The comp picks are not tradeable.
Saturday March 29, 2008
Carr Signs With Titans: Restricted free agent CB Chris Carr visited with the Bills last week but they won't sign him. He signed an offer sheet with the Titans. The Raiders have seven days to match. Carr was being looked at as a nickel cornerback and some depth as a kick returner.
Friday March 28, 2008
Everett Visits Miami Project: Kevin Everett took a trip to Miami to visit the Miami project today. The place where research is being done to cure paralysis is credited with helping Everett to walk again. His doctors used the controversial hyperthermia procedure developed at the Miami project. Ralph Wilson is one of the biggest donors to the Miami project. Everett went to college four miles away from there. He credits the Miami project with practically saving his life.
Thursday March 27, 2008
Bills Lose Stamer: The Bills lost another one of their special teams leaders yesterday. Free agent LB Josh Stamer signed with the Titans. It was not unexpected since Stamer has expressed interest in playing more defense, something he rarely did in Buffalo. His solid play on special teams will be missed along with former teammate Sam Aiken who left to sign with New England earlier in the offseason.
Wednesday March 26, 2008
Three Signed: The Bills have agreed to contracts with restricted free agent Jason Jefferson and exclusive rights free agents Dustin Fox and Scott Mayle. All three players were tendered offers, it is unknown if they signed their tenders or agreed to different contracts. Front Office Page.
Tuesday March 25, 2008
Losman In Attendance: The Bills offseason conditoning program got underway this morning with around 50 players present according to the team's website. Among those in attendance is QB J.P. Losman. He showed class by showing up to the voluntary workouts despite asking to be traded. The players were put through beginning paces as they work on strengthening their performance while staying healthy. Strength and conditioning coordinator J.T. Allaire is keeping track of all players strength and body composition at this point. They go through a seven step functional movement screening. The players will go through weight training and cardiovascular training as well as agility exercises.
James Signing Official: The Bills made it official this morning by announcing the signing of William James to an undisclosed deal. The signing comes in time for James to take part in the team's offseason conditioning program that is now underway at One Bills Drive.
Buffalo-Hamilton Deal Near: When the Hamilton Tiger-Cats pulled out of the initiative to bring the Bills to Toronto it was thought they were against the NFL team's quest to tap in to the Canadian marketplace. That appears to not be the case. The Hamilton Spectator spoke to Ti-Cats owner Bob Young who said finishing touches are being put on a marketing partnership between the two teams. Details were not available yet but the reason for a partnership is to support both clubs interests in each side of the border. Young said the move would enhance dialogue between the two teams and leagues. It will help keep the Bills foothold in Toronto while keeping them in Buffalo long term. "My interest isn't in helping them be successful in Toronto," he said. "My interest is seeing them be successful in Buffalo." He said the CFL needs to work with Buffalo for the best interest of the league. "It turns out the guys in Buffalo are really good guys. We see many more opportunities to collaborate. The other people I love are the Bills fans. They are our perfect allies because the Bills fans want the Bills and are desperate for the Bills to be successful in Buffalo." Do you think this move will help keep the team in Buffalo long term? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know what you think!
Monday March 24, 2008
Offseason Workouts Begin Tomorrow: Many players have been at One Bills Drive the last couple of weeks preparing for the start of the offseason conditioning program. Those workouts get underway tomorrow and they are voluntary. In the past almost all the players participate in most of the program which is usually about three to four days of workouts each week.
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