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Williams Signing Highlights Week
This week was one of the few positive weeks in this off season for the Bills. Lets take a look back at the week in review with our take on the developments of the week:The big news of the week was the re-signing of Pat Williams to a new 5 year contract. The details of the contract were not disclosed but he will reportedly receive a $3.8 Million signing bonus. He was a restricted free agent who was tendered an offer of over $1 Million. Our Take: His staying in Buffalo this year was a virtual lock because of the high tender offer but this deals means he stays off of the free agent market next year and locks us one of the young, talented players for years to come.
The other big news is the continued rumblings that Ruben Brown may be headed back to Buffalo. The latest news that the Bills have faxed contract language to the NFL Management council probably means he his close to finalizing a deal. This week John Butler echoed Wade Phillips statements that the Bills would like to have him back and he hinted that they may be working on a deal. Our Take: Who would have thought that when Ziegler broke his deal with the Bills, it may have been the best thing that happened to the Bills. If Ziegler stayed with the Bills they definitely wouldn't be bringing Brown back. Brown may be a bit pricy for a guard and a shade overrated but he's got fire, agressiveness, and leadership ability, these are intangibles that can't be measured.
In other free agent news, the one outside free agent who's name has been connected with the Bills is Arizona offensive lineman James Dexter. His talks have broken down with Arizona making it likely he will play elsewhere next year. Our Take: If Brown comes back there will be no other outside free agent signings by the Bills.
There was a nice article this week on The Official Bills Website this week regarding Shawn Bryson. It looks like he may make it all the way back from his torn ACL by training camp. He doesn't expect to be 100% by mini camp. Our Take: Bryson was very exciting in camp last year before his injury but we can't expect the same player this camp because the injury may take away some of his quickness and it may take him all year to get it back.
We are anxiously awaiting the release of the NFL schedule which should take place in about two weeks or so. The pre-season schedule is coming out in dribs and drabs. The Bills will open the pre-season at home the first week of August and then play their remainder three games on the road including an Aug. 12th ESPN game at Detroit and a game the following weekend in St. Louis against the world champs. No word yet on who the Bills will open and close the exhibition schedule against. Our Take: Bring on the Season!
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