Tag:Buffalo Bills
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 4:17 pm
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Aaron Maybin released by Bills

Posted by Will Brinson

Aaron Maybin was waived by the Buffalo Bills on Monday afternoon, the team announced. Maybin was taken with the 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft. And if there was ever any debate about him being a tremendous bust, well, that debate is over right now, regardless of what happens the rest of his career.

Also Google, would like to weigh in, before we continue with said debate:



And, as we know, Google doesn't lie.

Neither do the stats -- in two years with Buffalo, the Penn State product has recorded exactly zero sacks, one forced fumble and logged 15 tackles in 27 games.

Bills Preseason

That Maybin was let go now is actually a good thing, though. Buffalo is acknowledging a clear-cut indication to move forward with the franchise and not dwell on past (although not-too-distant) mistakes.

Maybin's been completely embarrassing as a football player thus far in his career, but that doesn't mean he won't latch on somewhere.

As we've seen with Vernon Gholston -- and many others before him -- there's ample availability for second chances in the NFL.

Just for fun, here's the next ten players that were taken after the Bills nabbed Maybin: Knowshon Moreno, Brian Orakpo, Malcolm Jenkins, Brian Cushing, Larry English, Josh Freeman, Robert Ayers, Jeremy Maclin, Brandon Pettigrew and Alex Mack.

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Bills trade Lee Evans to Ravens for 4th-rounder

Posted by Will Brinson

Lee Evans, on the trading block for just over 24 hours, has a new home: the Baltimore Ravens.

We speculated earlier that the Panthers, Dolphins, Ravens and Cardinals could be interested in trading for Evans, but Baltimore announced on Friday that they had dealt a 2012 draft pick in exchange for Evans.

"He’s a quality veteran receiver who stretches the field and gives us a significant downfield presence," Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said Friday. "He's the type of person you want on your team. He brings leadership and maturity to the locker room."

Ravens Preseason

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, that draft pick is a fourth-round selection.

It's not a tremendous haul for Buffalo, per se, but they were able to unload a receiver who's underperformed for most of his career in a market that saw a heavy need for wide receivers.

Evans also won't be leaned on in Baltimore the way he was in Buffalo (at least prior to the emergency of our Super Bowl buddy and would-be rapper Stevie Johnson) thanks to the presence of Anquan Boldin, which should make him a much more viable threat.

Plus, despite what Ravens fans think of Joe Flacco, it's pretty clear he's an upgrade over either Trent Edwards or Ryan Fitzpatrick.

For the Ravens, this is a huge move -- it was noted that rookie Torrey Smith struggled during Thursday night's action, and receiver was a clear-cut need for Baltimore as the season nears.

Now they've addressed it, and if Evans can produce, he'll be a tremendous value in exchange for a fourth-rounder.

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 10:51 am
 

David Gettis tears ACL, no Lee Evans for Carolina

Posted by Will Brinson

We've speculated here -- and at length on Twitter -- that the Panthers should have been interested in Jerricho Cotchery, who eventually signed with the Steelers, because of their need for veteran wide receiver depth.

That need grew exponentially on Friday, when it was learned that second-year wideout David Gettis would miss the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL.

This is a huge blow for Carolina, and not just because Gettis was primed -- if the Panthers could generate some quarterback play -- to break out in the coming year.

Their depth at wideout is questionable at best, as after Steve Smith (who's already suffering from a serious finger injury) comes Gettis, than Brandon LaFell, followed by Armanti Edwards (!) and the decent-but-not-startable Legedu Naanee/David Clowney combo.

So, yeah, Cotchery would have been nice. So would Buffalo's Lee Evans, whom the Bills are rumored to be interested in dealing.

The problem is that the Bills, according to Panthers Rapid Reporter Steve Reed at the Gaston Gazette, reportedly want a third-rounder for Evans. Reed reports that "there was some initial interest from the Panthers" but that it's highly unlikey the Panthers will pursue the 30-year-old Evans.

That's primarily because of the cost for Evans, even though he'd be a huge upgrade for Carolina heading into 2011. Additionally, there's a solid chance that Buffalo can stir up a little bidding war for the deep-threat wideout.

As our own Ryan Wilson noted yesterday, there are plenty of teams -- the Ravens, the Dolphins, and the Cardinals most notably -- who still need wide receiver help.

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Report: Bills willing to trade WR Lee Evans

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Buffalo Bills selected Lee Evans with the 13th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. He's been a deep threat his entire career, even if the Bills weren't able to actually find a quarterback who could consistently get him the ball. Still, in seven seasons, Lee has 377 receptions for 5,934 yards (15.7 yards per catch) and 43 touchdowns.

And now, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bills are willing to trade Evans. No word yet on which teams might be interested in his services but you'd expect the Ravens to be at the top of the list.

Baltimore, who currently have Anquan Boldin and rookie Torrey Smith atop the depth chart, lost out on Malcom Floyd last week when he signed with the Chargers. And Jerricho Cotchery paid the team a visit but was never offered a contract, perhaps because he had offseason back surgery (that said, Cotchery eventually signed with the Steelers, a team with much more depth at wide receiver). Derrick Mason and Todd Heap, both go-to guys for Flacco during the first three years of his career, are now with the Jets and Cardinals, respectively.

Evans would add an experienced down-the-field threat the Ravens so desperately need. Earlier Thursday the Baltimore Sun's Jamison Hensley wrote that "the Ravens have never ruled out a trade (for Evans) but I would be surprised if it happened based on the team's increasing confidence in rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss and its history."

Hensley added: "In their 16-year existence, the Ravens have made 17 player trades. Only three times did it involve a receiver (the attempted acquisition of Terrell Owens in 2004, the draft-day trade for Kevin Johnson in 2004 and the trade for Anquan Boldin in March 2010)."

Other possible suitors: the Miami Dolphins, and the Arizona Cardinals.

Evans makes a lot of sense in Arizona, where he'd line up opposite Larry Fitzgerald, and for the first time in his career wouldn't be the focal point of the passing game. (If that's what you want to call JP Losman and Trent Edwards short-hopping throws in Lee's general direction a "passing game.")

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:00 pm
 

49ers land Donte Whitner to bolster secondary

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Maybe former Bills safety Donte Whitner saw the news that the 49ers were looking to unload Taylor Mays on, well, anybody with a passing interest in a warm body.

Or perhaps it dawned on Whitner that there isn't much difference between winters in Buffalo and Cincinnati. Because shortly after ESPN, the Cincinnati Enquirer and even Whitner via Twitter announced that he had agreed to terms with the Bengals, the 49ers signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract with $4.5 million in guarantees, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Whitner confirmed as much via -- you guessed it -- Twitter.)

Either way, Whitner appears to be headed to the Bay Area while Mays may be on the way out just a year after the 49ers selected him in the second round of the NFL Draft.

In general, if it takes a team a season to figure out that a second-rounder is a bust, either the scouts weren't doing their jobs, or the coaches and/or front office decided to take Mays against the scouts' wishes.

In Mays' case it sounds like the latter. ESPN.com's Mike Sando writes that "Mays would have remained in the team's plans to this point had Mike Singletary remained head coach. Singletary was invested in Mays. The team had Ronnie Lott reach out to Mays right away. Kenny Easley was another great safety the team held up as an example to follow. Priorities and values change when staffs change. This doesn't necessarily mean the 49ers erred when they drafted Mays. It means they erred when they hired Singletary, and Mays is a casualty of the fallout."

However you spin it, San Francisco wasted a 2009 second-round pick. And wherever you lay the blame, that's a big deal for an organization that last had a winning season in 2002.

Now Whitner will join safety Madieu Williams (who played for the Bengals from 2004-2007) and cornerback Carlos Rogers as new faces in the 49ers secondary.

As for the hard-luck Bengals, they're familiar with being left at the free-agent alter, Frazier Crane style. The Enquirer's Joe Reedy writes that Shaun Rogers was traded to Cincy in 2008 … only for the deal to be nixed before he was later traded to the Browns.

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Plaxico injures ankle; Mason in, Cotchery out?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets wide receiver corps is in serious flux as the head into 2011. With the exception of Santonio Holmes -- who also signed a five-year deal worth $50 million in the offseason, if you want to count that -- it's entirely likely that the group catching balls from Mark Sanchez will look entirely different.

For starters, there's the presence of Plaxico Burress who, by the by, is dealing with an injured ankle after "tweaking" it on Wednesday while "running around, trying to stay sharp." And it's not even the same ankle injury he's deal with in the past. So that should be concerning, right?

Well, coach Rex Ryan said, per our Jets Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman, it's "nothing serious."

And, according to Burress, if this were a game week, he'd be able to practice and/or play.

In other news, the Jets appear on the verge of signing former Ravens wideout (and therefore "teammate" of Ryan's) Derrick Mason, who was cut by Baltimore during their Borders-like employee cuts last week.

To make room for Mason, it looks like Jerricho Cotchery will get the axe.

"If [Mason] passes the physical, he's on the team and I won't be," Cotchery said, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "It's time to move on."

So that means in a very short time, the Jets will have gone from Santonio Holmes/Braylon Edwards/Jerricho Cotchery/Brad Smith to Santonio Holmes/Plaxico Burress/Derrick Mason in terms of their wide-receiver depth chart.

If that happens, is that an upgrade?

No, I'm pretty sure it's not. In fact, there's a pretty good chance that it's a huge downgrade.

Cotchery was praised last year for his toughness, despite playing the slot and not getting any of the love that Edwards/Holmes did. And while Santonio might be one of the most explosive playmakers in the NFL, he's going to see a lot more coverage coming his way if the only two options on the field are both 30-plus, with one of them just a few months removed from a lengthy absence from football.

All that being said, you can't fault the Jets for some of the moves -- the Santonio signing is justified as long as he doesn't get suspended, Edwards is a troublemaker and not worth the money they might give him, and there's no way they could have paid Brad Smith what the Bills gave and justified it.

But giving Burress $3 million guaranteed and dumping a locker room leader and consistent on-field presence like Cotchery? That reeks of a mistake, even if Cotchery's dealing with offseason back surgery.

Fortunately for the wideout, he's probably got options. As I noted on Twitter, both the Panthers and Chargers stand out as great options for Cotchery. The Panthers could use veteran wide receiver help to draw coverage away from Steve Smith and mentor David Gettis and Brandon LaFell.

Cotchery was Philip Rivers' No.-1 target in college and the Chargers are currently looking for someone to line up opposite Vincent Jackson.

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Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.15.11: Pryor in the first round?!?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • If former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor actually did go in the first round of the NFL supplemental draft, CBSSports.com’s own Rob Rang writes that agent Drew Rosenhaus would really have earned his money.
  • If you like to smoke while watching Bills games in person, you’re going to have to change your habits. The Bills have announced that smoking is banned at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Also, since there is no re-entry policy, you can’t leave to smoke and then return.
  • This was my favorite part of the AP story detailing the Bengals player-led workouts. They even clean up after themselves. Following a full-team practice last week at UC, quarterbacks Jordan Palmer and Andy Dalton filled their arms with water bottles and blocking pads and headed for the storage area. Palmer couldn't recall the last time he's had to put the equipment away. “It's been a while," he said.

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Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.13.11: Nice payday for De Smith



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The Sports Business Journal reports today that NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith made $2.45 million last year and that his current term ends next March. Depending on how this lockout plays out, I wonder if he’ll get much opposition for another term.
  • Before the NFL Draft, Jets RB Shonn Greene didn’t know what the team had planned for him next year. But after coach Rex Ryan announced he would be the main guy in the backfield, Greene said he now knows the kind of confidence his coaches have in him.
  • AEG is doing everything it can to woo a team to Los Angeles, but the Bills are not on the immediate list for relocation. However, the Buffalo News points out that when owner Ralph Wilson dies the organization could be a viable candidate to leave Buffalo.
  • 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is optimistic about the labor situation. He thinks a deal can be done by early July.

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