Scouting Combine Gets Coaches Talking
Bills And Greer Talking: ESPN.com is reporting that Russ Brandon and Jim Overdorf met with Greer's agent Mark Bloom to try to close the gap in negotiations and hopefully keep Jabari Greer off the market. The report says they offered Greer a 5 year, $20 Million deal previously and will make another proposal this week. The Colts' Kevin Hayden just signed a 5 year, $43 Million deal making the gap very wide at this time. With the development of Leodis McKelvin it is a bit of a surprise that the team would work so hard to keep Greer and not use that money elsewhere. It is nice to see that the team may be serious in trying to keep one of their own.
No FB This Year? In his comments to the media during the combine this week, Turk Schonert indicated the Bills may not go with a fullback this year. When Schonert took over as offensive coordinator last year one of the first things he decided to do was bring the fullback back into the offense. Corey McIntyre was the man but saw his playing time decrease as the season went on as the Bills chose to run behind a two tight end offense instead. McIntyre is an unrestricted free agent and will likely not be back. Look for the Bills to not carry a fullback this year and uses one of their blocking tight ends in that role like Derek Schouman or Derek Fine.
50th Anniversary Kick Starts Tomorrow: The Bills will hold a press conference tomorrow at 10:30am to kick start the huge marketing program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team. The Bills, in conjunction with Tops Friendly Markets, will unveil the new 50th anniverary logo and the details behind the fan balloting for the all-time Bills team.
Saturday February 21, 2009
Bills Make An Attempt To Keep Greer: It was thought in some circles the Bills would let Jabari Greer go into free agency and get a big bang elsewhere without attempting to keep him. Greer will get top dollar as only cornerbacks get and the Bills have his replacement in place in Leodis McKelvin. The Bills do seem to be making an attempt however. The Buffalo News reports that they believe the Bills have made a substantial offer to keep Greer but it likely won't be enough to keep him off the market as he looks to make the one big payday that every athlete waits for. Russ Brandon told the media from the scouting combine that Greer knows how the team feels about him and the team has been in constant communication with him trying to get a deal done. Brandon went on to say that they will do everything in their power to keep him in the mix. NFL sources told the News that it isn't expected to be enough. Free Agency starts on Friday.
Friday February 20, 2009
Lynch Charged With Misdemeanors: Marshawn Lynch has been charged with three misdemeanors instead of any felonies. All the charges are for gun possession including having a concealed, loaded, and unregistered weapon. The detective in the case presented it to the DA yesterday morning. Lynch is expected to be arraigned on March 3rd. His attorney is pleased that the charges are not for a felony but Lynch may also face the wrath of the commissioner's office. It's unclear whether or not Roger Goodell will treat him as a repeat offender because of the hit and run incident last year.
Thursday February 19, 2009
Jauron Said Team Needs To Score More: Dick Jauron addressed the media this morning at the combine. It was the first time since the season ended that he has spoken to the media. He said he was disappointed with the way the season ended and they are working hard to fight their way to a playoff spot. Jauron said it is obvious that they need to score more points as they weren't consistent offensively despite some improvement over the previous season. The coach said improvements can be made if the team handles injuries better and he can get the team better prepared for games. To help with game and time management he said they need to get more efficient on the field and with the communication. On defense he knows they need to improve on getting pressure and sacks on the quarterback. He says James Hardy is doing very well in his rehab from his torn ACL. They hope he will be able to go early in training camp. On Marshawn Lynch, Jauron didn't comment referring everyone to the team's statement from Sunday. Jauron said he understands if the fans don't perceive him well since they need to win. He said he's excited about the team and is glad to be back and happy to be part of the Buffalo community. He wants to attract more talent, get the team better prepared, and to be a consistent winner.
Combine Starts Today: The NFL scouting combine starts today and all coaching staffs and front office personnel are in Indianapolis to take a look at the top prospects in the April draft. Dick Jauron is expected to meet with the media for the first time since the season ended today at the combine.
Wednesday February 18, 2009
Bills Re-Sign DiGiorgio: The Bills made it two in a row as for the second straight day they have signed one of their restricted free agents. John DiGiorgio was signed today a day after Justin Jenkins was inked. These two players now will not need to be tendered offers and are off the market completely. Four other restricted free agents now need to be signed or tendered by next Thursday to avoid becoming unrestricted free agents.
Marijuana In Vehicle? WGRZ-TV is reporting more details on the Marshawn Lynch arrest. The report says that the Police approached the idling vehicle because it didn't have proper license plates. They reportedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle which prompted the search that turned up the gun. The search also found four blunts that appeared to have marijuana in them. No drug charges were filed because police couldn't determine who the drugs belonged to or who was smoking it.
Tuesday February 17, 2009
Jenkins Re-Signed: The Bills got to work today locking up their own free agents. They have re-signed Justin Jenkins terms of the deal were not disclosed. The third year wide receiver never sees time on offense but he is a special teams stalwart. He was a restricted free agent which means the Bills had the right to match any offer if they sent him a qualifying offer.
Court Date April 2nd: Marshawn Lynch will be in court on April 2nd on his gun possession charge in Culver City California although his lawyer hopes to resolve the case before then. The NFL says they are monitoring the Lynch situation. Commissioner Goodell already had to meet with Lynch last summer after he pleaded to a violation in a pedestrian hit and run incident. If Goodell sees Lynch as a repeat offender he may be suspended before the case goes to court. During Super Bowl week, Goodell said that could take action on repeat offenders before their legal proceedings are done.
Gun Reportedly In Trunk: The lawyer for Marshawn Lynch says that he is in the process of gathering all the facts regarding his client's arrest on gun possession charges. M. Gerald Schwartzbach says his client was not involved in a traffic accident
and he understands that the weapon was not on Lynch but in the trunk. Schwartzbach says he is cooperating with authorities.
Monday February 16, 2009
Salary Cap Update: With free agency right around the corner it's time to look at the salary cap situation of the Bills. The Buffalo News did a nice job in yesterday's paper giving us a snapshot. The team is in pretty good shape being anywhere from $24 - $34 Million under the salary cap and $38 - $48 Million under the cash to the cap figure. A few things to realize here. The reason for the $10 Million spread is that the Bills may have about that much extra to spend over the $123 Million cap figure because of incentives not reached by players last year. The cash to cap figure is a number used by teams to pay out salaries and bonuses to the cap number instead of ammortizing bonus money to spend more. Also keep in mind the number under the cash to cap figure will go down as it doesn't include salary increases for next year. For more on individual player cap figures visit our newly launched 2009 salary cap page.
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