Bills Make Villarrial First Free Agent Signing Of 2004 [7:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 30-year-old has proven to be durable while playing for the Bears. Villarrial will likely be plugged into Buffalo's starting lineup, as he was a mainstay on the Bears' offensive line. He started in 109 of the 116 games he appeared in, including 13 games last season. Villarrial also has experience at center, where he played 11 games in 1997.'
Buffalo inks Villarrial [7:37 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Villarrial, 30, had spent his first eight seasons with the Chicago Bears and started in 109 of the 116 games that he appeared in. Last year, Villarrial started all 13 games he played.'
Bills released TE Moore [7:36 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 12-year veteran spent the past two seasons in Buffalo, where he had 11 starts in 29 games. He had only seven catches for 82 yards last season.'
Bengals get defensive [4:46 PM]
Bengals.com reports: '...Eagles’ five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent...Vincent, visiting Buffalo today and expected in Cincinnati Thursday according to agent Linda Bodley...'.
Another Veteran Released In Dave Moore [11:08 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'That leaves the Bills with Mark Campbell and Ryan Neufeld at TE.'
Raiding the champs [11:04 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are close to adding more juice to their AFC East rivalry with the New England Patriots by nearing a contract agreement with offensive lineman Damien Woody, one of the NFL's most highly regarded unrestricted free agents.'
Bills release TE Moore [10:38 AM]
AP reports: 'His release should save the Bills about $800,000 against the cap.'
Bills Release Dave Moore [10:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Moore spent the last two seasons with Buffalo. In that time he appeared in 29 games (11 starts) and caught 23 passes for 223 yards with four touchdown receptions.'
Winfield cornering the market [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Winfield is an interesting test for the market. He has not yet made the Pro Bowl and has just one interception in his last 37 games. However, his track record as an excellent all-around player and his age (he will be 27 in June) arguably make him more valuable than the other cornerbacks available. Meanwhile, the Bills made another anticipated salary cap cut Tuesday when they released backup tight end Dave Moore. The move saved about $800,000 of cap space. Moore, 34, who caught seven passes last season, was scheduled to count $1.2 million against the cap this season.'
Bills set for free agency [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Our roster is in a different position and our cap is different,” Donahoe said. “Last year, we needed a lot of bodies, particularly on defense, and we still need some players. But the difference is that we have some good players on our team and we have some players who we think — that with different coaching — can get even better. Are we going to be involved in free agency? We will, but probably not to the same degree as last year.”'
OL Sullivan re-signs with Bills [5:15 AM]
AP reports: 'Sullivan's best season came in 2002, when he started all 16 games at right guard. But he lost his starting job to Mike Pucillo in training camp and the Bills tried converting Sullivan into a tackle.'
Sullivan Signs And Free Agency Begins [5:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He started four games last season at left tackle after spending the 2002 season as a starter at right guard.'
Bills Should Benefit From Williams' Draft Decision [4:59 PM]
NFLPlayers.com reports: 'Southern Cal defensive end Kenechi Udeze or Ohio State defensive end Will Smith would be a solid pick. The Bills ranked ninth in the NFL in sacks a year ago, but they need a better pass-rushing defensive lineman to complement Aaron Schobel.'
Donahoe ready for free-agency period to begin [4:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills will not re-sign any of their unrestricted free agents before Wednesday. Besides Winfield, that group includes fullback Sam Gash and running back and special teams captain Sammy Morris.'
Signed: Marques Sullivan [4:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills choose to lock restricted free agent Marques Sullivan up long term by signing him to a multi-year deal and preventing any other team from even making an offer to him. Sullivan, who started all 16 games for the Bills at right guard in 2002, is expected to be in the mix to replace Ruben Brown at left guard. "Marques started here for a year and played pretty well two years ago," Tom Donahoe said on Monday.
Ruben's guarded respect factor [10:17 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Personally, and just out of curiosity, I’ve checked game tapes a few times just to see what the fuss was about, and found #79 to be even better than I’d even thought. He’s always been a solid run blocker, but his pass protection has improved a great deal over time, as he’s even shed weight to help his quickness.'
Brown says he's sad to leave Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I plan to continue to raise my family in Orchard Park and continue the charitable activities of which I have made so many friends," Brown said.'
Bills say Brown gone, Winfield going [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manger Tom Donahoe said Monday he is resigned to losing Winfield to another club.'
Brown takes his turn to bid adieu [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ultimately, they cut him for a simple reason: They didn't think he was good enough.'
Bills Set Offseason Camps [8:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced a list of important dates for their offseason camps.'
Bills Release Eight-Time Pro Bowler Brown [6:55 AM]
Reuters reports: 'Brown's status with the club has been up in the air since he was "excused" from playing the final game of the season at New England, with no reason being given by the team. Brown has said that he missed the game for disciplinary reasons after he had a disagreement over offensive philosophy with the team's former coaching staff.'
End of line for Brown with Bills [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ultimately, though, Mularkey and new line coach Jim McNally made a determination that Brown’s play had slipped, and despite his leadership and team-record eight consecutive Pro Bowl trips, he did not fit into their plans.'
Deal for Henson not looking good [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I basically told him what our position would be, and if they are interested in our position, we can talk further, and if they’re not, maybe somebody will be interested in his position,” Donahoe said.'
Bills expecting Winfield to say bye-bye [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Here’s my feeling on it: When you approach somebody to talk with them about a contract and they have no interest, it’s usually a pretty good sign they want to go somewhere else.”'
Brown ends stay in Buffalo a bit underrated [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ruben wasn’t eight Pro Bowls good; we all knew that. But he wasn’t as hapless as his worst critics suggested. He was flagged too often and the team surrendered way too many sacks, but it was no easy task pass protecting for the likes of Rob Johnson and Drew Bledsoe.'
Cowboys, Bills show interest in Texans' Henson [5:14 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"We saw the workout (in Houston). We had more people at the workout than anybody else in the league. We know what his abilities are. It appears there would be a lot of hoops you'd have to jump through to do the contract. Right now, from what we've heard, we wouldn't be comfortable with it. I just had a talk (Monday) morning with Tom and told him what our position would be. If they're interested in our position, we can talk further."'
Bills Release Ruben Brown [8:35 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Brown, who played in his eighth straight Pro Bowl last month, says he will continue to live and raise his family in Orchard Park. He thanked the fans for what he called "some of the happiest years of my life."'
Bills Part Ways With Guard Ruben Brown [8:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Donahoe said the decision to release Brown was based on a number of factors and that to single out one area - his playing ability, absence from the final game, or the effect on the salary cap - would be incorrect. "I think the coaches did a very thorough job of talking about it and analyzing it and based on the fact that it was a new staff and we are trying to go in a different direction this might be the best decision to make," Donahoe said.'
Q&A Session With Bills GM Tom Donahoe [8:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We have released Ruben. We talked to him this morning. Coach (Mike) Mularkey spoke to him and indicated that we have decided to go in a different direction. Publicly I'd like to thank Ruben for all that he has done for the Buffalo Bills, things that he's done on the field and off the field. I believe that our staff felt that coming in we wanted to go in a different direction. It's probably best for both parties."'
Bills interest in Henson cooling [8:32 PM]
AP reports: '''We still have interest in Drew Henson, but we still have not been shown a way to do a contract that would make us comfortable,'' Donahoe said. ''And until we can be shown that, it really doesn't serve any purpose to bring him in (for a workout).'''
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