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Buffalo Bills News - July 17, 2005

Marker Inside slant [6:11 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Tennessee and Seattle remain in the picture for Henry but no team has done as much work on a deal than Jacksonville. The big hurdle remained signing Henry, who has one year left at $1.25 million, to a long-term extension. The Bills remain adamant about getting a third-round pick in exchange, and could be holding out for a provision where by that pick becomes a second-rounder were Henry to reach specified statistical marks.'

Marker Notes, quotes [6:09 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills linebacker corps is very deep, but the club is interested in how free agent rookie Liam Ezekiel performs in camp. Ezekiel, 6-0, 249, played Division I-AA ball at Northeastern but dominated his competition and is incredibly strong, doing 33 reps of 225 pounds during his workouts.'

Marker Henry deal gets Titans tough back [4:21 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Henry, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, is expected to be in Nashville tomorrow to be introduced as a Titan.'

Marker Oh Henry! [4:20 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Let's be clear about one thing: The arrival of Travis Henry does not make the Titans a playoff team. Far from it. With or without Henry, this team is still closer to 5-11 than it is 11-5.'

Marker Buffalo to deal Henry to Titans [4:17 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Without citing a source, also reported that Buffalo would send Henry to the Titans for a third-round draft pick. The network said trade papers already have been forwarded to the NFL and that the deal is likely to be completed early next week. That was news to the Jaguars, who already had worked out a long-term contract extension with Henry and -- like the Titans -- were offering the Bills a third-round pick. The Jaguars even were willing to up that offer to a second-round choice but could not do so because the Bills did not return their phone calls Saturday.'

Marker Charity first for Shane, then preseason camp [4:15 AM]
Biloxi Sun Herald reports: 'Losman was a first-round draft pick out of Tulane in 2004, but missed all of last season with a broken leg. When Buffalo's starting QB from last year, Drew Bledsoe, signed with Dallas in the offseason, Losman ascended to the starting position. "He's looked good at times and like a rookie at times," Matthews said of Losman's work during the offseason. "If he plays well, we have a chance to have a very good year. This is the most-talented team that I have played on in my career."'

Marker Henry Dealt [4:14 AM] reports: 'The 26-year old Henry rushed for nearly four-thousand yards and 27 touchdowns in four seasons with the Bills, but lost his starting job to Willis McGahee following four games into the 2004 regular season. Since being relegated to back-up role, Henry demanded to be traded in the off-season.'

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July 16, 2005

Marker Agent: Running back happy if Bills trade him to Tennessee [7:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Henry was a starter since his rookie season and was coming off consecutive 1,300-yard rushing seasons before being relegated to a backup last October. But he has only one year left on his original contract and wants a contract extension wherever he lands.'

Marker Report: Bills to Trade Henry to Titans [5:32 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Tennessee has been looking for a running back with incumbent Chris Brown's durability in question.'

Marker Titans, not Jaguars, land Henry in trade [4:38 PM] reports: '"I've been told that they have reached an agreenement," Henry's agent, Hadley Engelhard, confirmed Saturday.'

Marker Reports Henry To Titans [2:17 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Henry will reportedly go to the Titans in return for a 2006 third round draft pick. The deal is contingent upon Henry's passing a physical and will likely be made official next week.'

Marker Bills will Get Third Round Pick [1:09 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The Tennessee Titans have reached agreement in principle on a trade to acquire disgruntled Buffalo Bills tailback Travis Henry and, barring unexpected complications, the deal will be announced early next week.'

Marker Goal-line stand: Travis Henry [9:13 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Acquiring Henry would be a slap in the face of Brown, only a third-year player. We believe Henry would have every chance to win the starting job. His hard-nosed running style fits Jeff Fisher's ideal for a running back. Henry has a lot more Eddie George in him than Brown, who is explosive but struggles in short-yardage. Coach Fisher may desire a running back who is more consistent.'

Marker Fantasy spin: Travis Henry [9:13 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Questions remain on the stability of Taylor's knee. If he's not fully recovered by Opening Day, Henry would start.'

Marker Mixed signals surround talk of trade for Henry [4:46 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '"Things have heated up because apparently other teams are in it and it changes things," Reese said. "You don't want to be left standing at the altar if it starts heating up and you decide you want to make a move. You don't want to miss it because you haven't been in touch."'

Marker Starks signs with Jags; Jones could be next [4:45 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Meanwhile, the Jaguars remain close to acquiring Henry from the Buffalo Bills after working out most of the details for a contract extension with the veteran running back, Henry's agent said. With an extension all but done, the biggest roadblock to a deal remains compensation to the Bills. Buffalo is seeking at least a third-round pick, but the Jaguars have not yet agreed on that. Tennessee also remains in the mix for Henry but doesn't have nearly as much room under the salary cap for the contract extension Henry is demanding.'

Marker Bills QB looks to life after the NFL [4:44 AM]
Biloxi Sun Herald reports: 'That's why Matthews remains a viable force in pro football, the valuable veteran on the sideline, as the Buffalo Bills turn to second-year quarterback J.P. Losman this fall. The 35-year-old Matthews understands his role and knows it can change in an instant. "If you're not the starter, you're not going to get many reps in practice," Matthews said. "You have to be ready at the drop of a hat."'

Marker Bills’ tickets already in big demand [4:43 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Tomorrow’s demand is expected to be heavy, so the team suggests the most convenient way to buy single-game tickets is via either of the two web sites. The hook with season tickets, obviously, is not only guaranteed tickets for every game, but also a discounted price. Individual game tickets range from $35-$53 while season tickets average from $25-$43.'

July 15, 2005

Marker High Expectations for Sophomore WR Evans [1:43 PM] reports: 'Because of his stellar rookie campaign, defenses are now aware of what Evans can do. For that reason, veteran wideout Eric Moulds has told the young receiver to be prepared because opposing teams will be trying that much harder to stop him. "I told him [recently], 'The second year is your hardest year, because you proved that you can play,' " Moulds said. "Now they're going to start game-planning for him. I think that he's approaching it like, " 'I want to get better and be a 1,000-yard receiver,' and I just hope that he'll come out, play well and work hard."'

Marker Jags close to trading for Bills' Henry [12:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Del Rio said trading for Henry should not be viewed as a reflection on the team's feelings about backup running backs LaBrandon Toefield, Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala and rookie Alvin Pearman. "We like all of our guys," Del Rio said. "We think LaBrandon Toefield can be a very good player. The thing that makes Henry attractive is he's proved he can do it."'

Marker Buffalo trying to finish deal soon [11:44 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Despite reports that the Jacksonville Jaguars are close to acquiring Travis Henry, the Tennessee Titans have made the more attractive trade proposal to the Buffalo Bills and are the front-runner in the chase for the disgruntled tailback.'

Marker Henry trade to Jags could be imminent [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The thing that makes Henry attractive is he's proved he can do it. Any time you have a chance to add somebody at a modest price, you have to look at it," Del Rio said.'

Marker Hunter's Hope holds symposium [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But with the help of Hunter's Hope - founded in 1997 by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, after their son was diagnosed with Krabbe - children like Laura have a second chance. "It was a world of difference compared with our first time," said Carol Cross, Laura's mother. "When Joshua was born, there was no Hunter's Hope Web site. The hospital just told us to take him home and make him comfortable."'

Marker Del Rio Wants Henry [8:12 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Jacksonville Jaguars web site says the club is closer to getting the Bills Travis Henry.'

Marker Taylor good in workout [7:06 AM] reports: '“The fact that we have an opportunity to acquire a running back of this kind of talent is something we have to look at, so we're looking at it. This may or may not happen, but we're protecting our interests and any time we think we can acquire somebody who can help us we're going to do that. It looks like it's coming to a head in the next few days or week,” Del Rio said.'

Marker Jaguars, Henry are close [5:01 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said Thursday in a statement released by the team that a deal for Henry, a Pro Bowl selection in 2003, could be completed "in the next few days or week."'

July 14, 2005

Marker Who Will Be This Year’s ‘Sleeper’? [10:28 PM] reports: 'Because it's only mid-July and training camp has yet to begin, it wouldn't make much sense to start speculating which unheralded rookies have a legitimate chance of making the team. It's simply too early for that. However, we can look back at how some players have found a way to stick around against the odds, and see if that bodes well for any of the current young guns.'

Marker Remembering Bills’ Logos From The Past [4:30 PM] reports: 'An interesting story involving the logo is also a part of Buffalo Bills history. During the early years of the franchise the jersey number 31 was never worn by a player in a regular season game. The unofficial “legend” among long-time fans was that the number was not issued because it was reserved for the official team logo. The tradition was broken in 1969 when reserve running back Preston Ridlehuber was issued number 31 for one game while his normal number 36 jersey was repaired by equipment manager Tony Marchitte. The number 31 was not issued again until 1990 when first round draft choice James (JD) Williams wore it for the entire season.'

Marker Awakened or Set? [5:43 AM] reports: 'An athlete may not be on the injured list, but it’s 100 percent evident that something is wrong with their physical condition. For the past few years that can be said for Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds. He didn’t suffer any serious tear, but the severity of a groin, back, and eclipsing the age of 30 all at the same time caused Moulds stats to slump.'

Marker Former NFL player Hill gets probation for mail fraud [5:42 AM]
Des Moines Register reports: 'The 55-year-old Hill had pleaded guilty in Nov. 2004 to mail fraud and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors alleged Hill collected disability payments while making a "significant income" from a job.'

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