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The Dick LeBeau watch continued this week. He visited with Coach William and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray on Tuesday. Williams told the media on Wednesday that he offered LeBeau an unspecified position with the club. He had hoped to have an answer from LeBeau by the end of the week but that did not happen. LeBeau may be waiting to see if the defensive coordinator spot with the Bears opens up. Greg Blanche, the current coordinator, is up for the head coaching job with San Francisco. Our Take: LeBeau probably wants to be at least a coordinator, if that doesn't happen, he will take the Buffalo job if he wants to stay in the league this year. Working for his old buddy Tom Donahoe won't be a bad way to spend a year.
The Bills signed three players this week to help with their off season roster. CB Scott Turner, DE Andrew Bowers, and DB Kenneth Harris are the newest Bills. Turner has played 92 games in his career, mostly on special teams. Bowers was with Arizona in 2001 and started one game. Harris is from Buffalo and was with the 49ers last year in training camp. Our Take: More training camp fodder but Turner may be an exception. He has a decent amount of experience, and may challenge for a roster spot.
The latest Peerless Price rumor says the Bills may use a franchise tag on him. CBS Sportsline reports that the Bills don't feel Josh Reed is not ready to take over the starting job and the tag will keep Price here for one more year of seasoning for Reed. It is likely that if the Bills use the tag they will try to lock up Price for a long term deal before the season starts. Our Take: You can't argue with keeping Price on the team, but is the Price going to be right as far as long term salary cap implications. A one year band aid won't effect the long term cap situation, but the tag isn't Donahoe's style.
With NFL Europe camps set to open on February 24th, five of the six Bills going to Europe were assigned to teams. As we reported earlier, six players signed on January 24th were all assigned to NFL Europe. They will have to make their respective teams or be cut. The only player not assigned a team yet was K Jason Witczak. The other five players, Milton Proctor, Ken Simonton, Ronald Boldin, Merceda Perry and Jarett Ferguson were assigned to five different teams. Our Take: You can't argue with keeping Price on the team, but is the Price going to be Right as far as long term salary cap implications. A one year band aid won't effect the long term cap situation, but the tag isn't Donahoe's style.
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