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NEWS ARCHIVES - FEB 21ST - MAR 6TH, 2011 PREVIOUS WEEK

NFL Labor Talks Continue; Roster Moves Made

Talks Continue: Talks will continue between the owners and the players on Monday as the two sides now have until Friday to come to an agreement on a new CBA thanks to a seven day extension struck on Friday.


Friday March 4, 2011

Talks Continue: This morning there is no lockout or decertification of the union. The two sides agreed to a 24 hour extension to talk about possibly doing a 7-10 day extension as talks continue with a mediator. Both sides remain far apart on the issues but at least they are talking.


Thursday March 3, 2011

NFL Lockout Looms: This will be the last day that the NFL will be able to conduct business for a while unless there is a drastic last minute change. The union will likely decertify today while the owners are set to lockout the players at midnight. That means there will be no offseason programs involving the players including free agency while the labor issues remain. The only things that will go on as scheduled are related to the college players. The NFL draft will go on as scheduled and teams will still do their interviews with prospects and attend pro days. There will be no offseason conditioning programs or mini camps until a new CBA is reached. So the normally busy part of the offseason would be upon us but it will be eerily quiet on the NFL front.


Tuesday March 1, 2011

Wrotto Signs Extension: The team continues to wrap up business before the league likely shuts down on Thursday. Mansfield Wrotto signed a contract extension the team announced late this afternoon. He started seven games for the Bills last year.

Wilson Signs Extension: George Wilson was not one of the players tendered an offer today that is because he signed a three year extension with the team. He tweeted the news late this afternoon and the team confirmed it. He said words can't explain how he feels. He went on to tweet, "I want to thank the Bills for allowing me this opportunity, as well as the passionate fans that have been pulling for me since I came there!"

Poz, Whitner Tendered: The Bills announced they have tendered contract offers to Paul Posluszny, Donte Whitner, and Scott Chandler. In the case of Poz and Whitner it likely doesn't mean much since under any new CBA that is negotiated they are almost assured of being unrestricted free agents. The moves were made on the slight chance that they will be restricted in a new CBA. The team also tendered exclusive rights free agents Felton Huggins and Garrison Sanborn. Those classifications should stick in a new CBA. Among the players not tendered were Quinton Ganther, Keith Elliosn, John McCargo, Ashton Youboty, Brian Brohm, and Jonathan Stupar. They become unrestricted free agents when a new CBA is reached. Ellison, McCargo, and Youboty likely would be unrestricted anyway.

Stroud Signs With Pats: Marcus Stroud is staying in the AFC East as he has reached an agreement on a two year contract with the Patriots. The Bills released him last week as he was due to make a lot of money and did not fit the Bills 3-4 scheme well. He will have to play in a similiar scheme in New England.


Thursday February 24, 2011

Nix On Needs: GM Buddy Nix also spoke to the media in Indianapolis today, he spoke on a variety of subjects including what positions the Bills need help the most in. He said they need to add two linebackers, two defensive ends, a cornerback, and a safety. He did not rule out taking a quarterback as well. He did say they don't need help at defensive tackle and didn't mention offensive tackle as a need. He said they like Paul Posluszny and would like him to return. He said if Donte Whitner wants to return it is up to him. He admitted to likely Bob Sanders and said they will at least look into bringing Rams free agent O.J. Atogwe in for a look. Nix said they will likely stay at the three spot and take the player they want even if he's projected a few spots lower. He didn't rule out trading down if the player they covet is gone. Nix also said there is a possibility that a free agent or two from their team could be re-signed before the CBA expires on March 4th.

Combine Underway: The NFL combine is underway in Indianapolis with press conferences from coaches and general managers. Chan Gailey was the first coach to address the media. He said he will check out the quarterbacks at the combine very thoroughly but says he has a lot of confidence and Ryan Fitzpatrick and regrets not giving him the job out of training camp. He said on Sirius NFL radio that Fitzpatrick may not be considered a franchise quarterback because of his age so he said if they deem someone in the draft to be that quarterback than they would have to consider taking him. He did say it is harder to develop a quarterback that played just one big season in college like was the case from Cam Newton. He also said that C.J. Spiller did not work out like he hoped for but they do expect him to have a very good career.


Wednesday February 23, 2011

Sanders Done With Visits: The Bills confirmed that Bob Sanders did visit with the team yesterday. He had dinner with defensive coordinator George Edwards. League sources report to NFL.com that Sanders is done with visits for now but may take another visit or two before the March 3rd deadline. If there is no CBA by then, he can't sign with a team until a CBA is achieved. Sanders visited with the Bills and Jaguars and still may re-sign with the Colts for less money.


Tuesday February 22, 2011

Sanders To Visit Today: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that free agent safety Bob Sanders is scheduled to meet with the Bills today. He visited with Jacksonville yesterday. The former defensive MVP has only started nine games over the last three years because of injury. He was released by the Colts last week and can sign with any team before March 3rd. If he doesn't, he will have to wait out the labor negotiations. It is unknown if he's healthy enough to pass a physical at this point to sign with a team.



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