Bills' official statement [7:18 AM] Shout! reports:
The Bills made it official with a press release that was released in the late afternoon on Thursday. The Bills had cut Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed. The moves came so suddenly, it was shocking to most Bills fans.
More mind-blowing moves [5:11 PM] Shout! reports:
The Bills waived Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas and Ted Washington today. In an effort to get under the $62.2 million salary cap, the moves were necessary because the three would not agree to the pay cuts the Bills apparently needed them to accept.
Sentimentality killed the Bills [11:10 AM] Shout! reports:
Bills fans' biggest hope has to be that the team has figured out how to avoid another salary-cap mess like this one. They may seem to be cold, callous, disloyal to their long-term veterans, but perhaps they were too sentimental in the past.
Big veteran shakeup? [4:46 PM] Shout! reports:
According to media reports, the Bills have released all-time leading receiver Andre Reed. That's not all. Nose tackle Ted Washington apparently was offered a pay cut, but declined, meaning he will likely be released too. Bruce Smith also refused to take more than a $1 million pay cut, as did Thurman Thomas. All of them could be gone when the free agency period begins on Friday.
Report: Reed gone [4:04 PM] Shout! reports:
According to media reports, the Bills have released all-time leading receiver Andre Reed today. The transaction was expected, especially after Reed openly criticized the organization on his Internet web site days before the Wild Card playoff loss to Tennessee last month.
Gash decides to not repeat Miracle [10:38 AM] The Tennessean reports:
Titan Frank Wycheck and two co-conspirators decided to re-enact the "home run throw back" resulting in the Immaculate Deception. However on the last series of the Pro-Bowl game Sam Gash fielded the kick and decided to stick with the original plan and ran it straight up the middle.
Do you blame Gash for not wanting to participate in another 'miracle'?
Fish Wrap: Dolphins eyeing Brown [10:37 AM] Miami Herald reports:
Not all Fish fans are clueless - an example is a columnist for the Miami Heresay who thinks Ruben Brown would be a good match for the Fish - they have the cap room, it would improve their running game (do they have one? I don't remember the Dolphins having one for the last 17 years) and it would hurt arch-rival Buffalo.
Rumor: Dolphins eyeing Brown [10:36 AM] sportstalk.com reports:
The Bills have said they are probably not going to be francising Brown; they may want to reconsider that if the Dolphins show serious interest in Brown for it would be a double hit to be facing Brown every year.
According to NFLTalk:
The Dolphins are said to be very interested in pursuing Bills guard Rueben Brown in free agency. Not only would Brown give Miami a dominating run-blocking interior lineman that they've been lacking for years, but it would also weaken a division rival. Brown, who is an unrestricted free agent, should command a contract anywhere between $4 and $5 million. The Bills said late last week that will probably not be franchising the Pro-Bowler.
New running backs coach introduced [6:38 PM] Shout! reports:
The Bills introduced new running backs coach James Saxon today. The 33-year-old Saxon, formerly an assistant coach at Div. III Menlo College in San Francisco, participated in Buffalo's 1999 training camp under the Ralph C. Wilson Minority Fellowship coaching program.