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NEWS ARCHIVES - APR 6TH - APR 12TH, 2009 PREVIOUS WEEK

Whitner Arrested In Cleveland

Whitner Apologizes: Donte Whitner released a statement yesterday that said, "I regret the incident that occurred last evening. It is not how I wish to conduct myself and I apologize to all those involved." Earlier in the day he spoke off the cuff to Cleveland TV station WOIO. He told them that "nothing really happened" and that he was innocent. He said tasering was absolutely not necessary and is considering filing a lawsuit against the Cleveland police department. The Bills released a short statement yesterday as well saying, "we are aware of the report. At the present time we are attempting to gather all of the facts and will defer comment until that process is completed."

Peters Not Being Traded? Tim Graham reported on his AFC East blog on ESPN.com that the Bills are no closer to trading Jason Peters than signing him. Many people are speculating that some of the money meant for Peters went to Marcus Stroud and that meant Peters was going to be moved. Sources told ESPN that the Bills have not held any discussions with other teams regarding Peters. That includes the Philadelphia Eagles, a place many feel would be a good fit for a trade.


Saturday April 11, 2009

Whitner Released From Jail: Donte Whitner was released from a Cleveland jail cell after spending most of the day there. He was reportedly tasered by an off-duty police officer during the incident early this morning outside the House of Blues in Cleveland. He reportedly was trying to get involved in what was called "a near riot" outside the club. He is expected to receive a summons to appear in court on a later date. The Cleveland police said in a statement, "Officers attempting to control the scene denied Whitner access to the area at which time he attempted to force his way past the officers in an aggressive manner." The off duty officer tried to restrain him and Whitner resisted according to the report. After the taser he was put in handcuffs and accused of aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Whitner Arrested: The Bills are back in the police blotter as Cleveland police confirmed to the Cleveland Leader that Donte Whitner was arrested on aggravated disordely conduct and resisting police last night. The arrest reportedly happened outside a place called the House of Blues at 3am this morning. The report also says he has yet to be charged. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Whitner was at a birthday party for former Ohio State teammate Ted Ginn Jr.


Friday April 10, 2009

Bills Shopping Parrish? A source told various media outlets that the Bills are putting out feelers to gauge if their is interest around the league in Roscoe Parrish. It makes sense that the Bills would look to move Parrish because of a crowded situation at wide receiver. Parrish has never lived up to his hype at the receiver position and there is little room for him now that Josh Reed will be back in the slot this year. Parrish is an excellent punt returner who has led the league in return average two years in a row. The Bills have someone that may be every bit as good in Leodis McKelvin. Last year's first round pick returned kicks but was known as an even more explosive punt returner in college. Do you think the Bills should trade Parrish? Let us know what you think by taking our poll on our homepage.

Lynch Likely To Appeal: It appears that Marshawn Lynch will likely appeal his suspension to try and get his sentence reduced a bit. There is precedence as Brandon Marshall had a three game suspension reduced to one on appeal last year. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who handed down the ruling, here's all appeals. The Bills seem to be trying to turn the page on the issue by releasing this statement, "We have been informed by the league as to Commissioner Goodell’s decision regarding the suspension of Marshawn Lynch. We fully support the NFL Personal Conduct Policy and believe that Marshawn is committed to conducting himself responsibly. When he spoke to the media recently, he talked about making changes and better decisions and we believe that he is moving forward in a positive direction."


Thursday April 9, 2009

Bills Sign OL: The Bills have reached an agreement on a contract with free agent G/C Seth McKinney. He played for the Browns the last two years and started 11 games including three last year. He had 29 starts in two years in Miami in 2004 and 2005. He seems to fill the swing role as the sixth man on the line although he may challenge. This is the role that Duke Preston filled last year. He may challenge Kirk Chambers for the starting left guard spot. Front Office Page.

Owens To Participate in OTAs: Terrell Owens spoke to the media today after working out with his teammates for a second straight day. He said the report that he would not take part in any voluntary workouts was taken out of context and it was just part of what he told the media last month. He said he knew he would have to get involved in the system and he needed to get to know his teammates. He also said he plans on taking part in all the organized team activites that takes place next month. It is basically a voluntary minicamp that lasts three of four days a week for three weeks.

Jackson Working Out With Team: On the same day that Marshawn Lynch was suspended his backup is back working out with his teammates. Fred Jackson had been working out in Buffalo but not with the team as he is unhappy with his contract situation. He reported today and was on the field with his teammates.

Suspension Official: The league formally announced the three game suspension of Marshawn Lynch today. It was reported late last night that he would get three games. He has 10 days to appeal the suspension.

Sapp to Visit? Fox Sports is reporting that free agent fullback Cecil Sapp is scheduled to visit with the Bills next week. The team is looking for some depth in the backfield with the three game suspension of Marshawn Lynch and the unhappiness of Fred Jackson with his contract situation. The Bills only have one fullback on the roster. They re-signed Corey McIntyre this offseason.

Lynch Suspended 3 Games: The verdict came down late last night. Marshawn Lynch hass been suspended for three games for violating the league's personal conduct policy a source told ESPN. The official announcement could come today and Lynch has the right to appeal which could reduce the suspension. Lynch has had two off the field incidents in a year and pleaded guilty to having a concealed firearm in a car in California last month. What do you think of this sentence? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!

Owens In Town: Terrell Owens is in Buffalo and is working out with teammates as part of the offseason conditioning program. Owens previously said he doesn't take part in those programs that are voluntary but did say if he was in Buffalo he would work out with his new teammates. He reported on Tuesday and worked out with the team yesterday and is expected to be back in the fieldhouse today working out to the surprise of many people.


Wednesday April 8, 2009

Bills Confirm Deal: The Bills have that they have agreed to a contract extension with Marcus Stroud. They have not confirmed how much it's worth and said they are in the process of finalizing the paperwork with the league.


Tuesday April 7, 2009

Stroud Gets Extension: With all the talk about possible contract extensions for Jason Peters and Fred Jackson one player was almost forgotten about. That player got a new deal. Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Marcus Stroud, says his client has agreed to a two year extension with the Bills that could be worth up to $16.5 Million. Rosenhaus told AP that the contract has $12 Million in guaranteed money. It essentially becomes a new four year deal worth $28 Million as the last two years of his Jacksonville deal were restructured along with the two new years of the deal. It was thought that Stroud would want a new deal after getting traded to Buffalo last offseason. It was speculated that he would get that deal after the season. The Bills have yet to confirm the deal.


Monday April 6, 2009

Jackson Unhappy: Jason Peters isn't the only Bill not happy with his contract situation. The Buffalo News reports today that Fred Jackson is staying away from the offseason conditioning program because of his situation. Jackson reportedly is working out on his own elsewhere in Buffalo. The exclusive right free agent was tendered an offer of $460,000 for the season. That means the Bills own his rights exclusively. Jackson wants a long term deal since he's become invaluable as the number two running back. The two sides have reportedly been talking about such a deal over the past several weeks. Jackson doesn't have too much bargaining power since even after this year he'll be a restricted free agent at best. The Bills would nevertheless like to wrap him up since they know his value to the team especially with Marshawn Lynch likely facing a suspension to start the season. It is unknown if Jackson plans to holdout of any mandatory workouts.

Cap Update: We have updated some of our cap numbers on our salary cap page. We also updated some of our contract figures from this year's signings on our front office page. We estimate that the team is now around $10 Million on the salary cap with room for movement to open up some space.



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