Tom Donahoe talked about the draft this week in a luncheon with the media. He spoke about how it could be likely that the Bills will try to trade down out of the 14th spot or in other rounds since they want more draft picks. Coach Williams continued his emphasis on a big, strong cornerback on draft day but again mentioned the obvious need positions on both lines. Dwight Adams said the procedure for the draft hasn't changed and his work was praised by Donahoe, who seems to be working well with John Butler's old scouts. Our Take: I'm not opposed to us trading down for more picks but a better solution would be to add middle round picks for a player like Antowain Smith. If they can recoup the 4th round pick they traded away for him, they should grab it. That may not be a possibility though. It seems the scouts and Donahoe work well, let's hope the Bills give Adams a nice new deal before his contract expires next off season. For more on the draft including our complete seven round Bills mock draft, check out our draft page.
The Bills made one signing this week, when they inked quarterback Pete Gonzalez to a one year deal at the minimum salary of $389,000. This wasn't a surprise since Donahoe signed Gonzalez in Pittsburgh and likes him. Gonzalez was cut in training camp last year by the Colts and didn't play last season. Our Take: Gonzalez has shown talent in previous exhibition games and he is expected to challenge Van Pelt for the backup job. Expect Van Pelt to win that battle easily since he has more experience and knows the new offense. If the Bills draft a quarterback fairly high up, Gonzalez may not make the team.
In free agent coming and goings, one player the Bills had a keen interest in signed elsewhere this week. Marcus Robertson chose the Seahawks over Buffalo and Oakland because the Bills couldn't guarantee a second season and couldn't afford a signing bonus because of cap problems. Our Take: Keion Carpenter showed a lot of talent last year, so the money that would have went to sign Robertson will be used better elsewhere.
Former Bill Ted Washington as expected landed with an NFL team this week. He signed a three year deal with the Bears worth $7.5 Million Our Take: Washington received bad advice from his agent. If he took a pay cut and stayed in Buffalo he would be making more money than he is in Chicago. As it turned out, Williams doesn't like his conditioning and didn't want him here anyway.
In other free agent news, former Bills were busy with visits last week. Sam Rogers visited with the Jets on Wednesday where he may be reunited with Ted Cottrell. Don't look for the Jets to make any moves before the draft. Depending on the outcome of the draft, they may try to sign Rogers who has only visited the Lions and Jets. Marcus Spriggs was the latest player to visit the enemy in Miami. The Dolphins may be interested in him as a versatile backup but he left Thursday's visit without a contract. There interest also depends on the draft and the status of Richmond Webb. Our Take: Free agency and the salary cap is starting to hurt the players too much when quality players like Sam Rogers can't find work. If Spriggs goes the Bills can get someone more talented in the draft.
The Bills announced this week the dates for ticket sales. Season tickets are currently on sale and group sales will start on May 21st. Season ticket holders can by extra individual game tickets before then on May 14th. Regular season individual game tickets go on sale July 14th. Our Take: With the schedule and dates of ticket sales out, it is time to make fall plans!
In some sad news, the wife of former Bill Chris Spielman has had a reoccurence of her breast cancer. Spielman missed an entire season with Buffalo because of his wife's illness. Our Take: Our hearts and prayers go out to Stephanie and the Spielman family.
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