Tag:Buffalo Bills
Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:43 am
Edited on: March 9, 2011 8:44 am

Bills lock up safety George Wilson

Posted by Andy Benoit
G. Wilson
In a move that all but confirms the end of Donte Whitner’s run in Buffalo, Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News learned that the Bills re-signed safety George Wilson to a three-year deal last week.

The deal is worth a total of $7.05 million, including $4.75 million in base salaries over the three years.

Wilson is not a name player around the NFL, but his productivity as an eighth defender in the box makes him Buffalo’s best run-defending defensive back. That said, he was paid either modest starter money or big-time backup money because he’s by no means a star. (A large portion of his tackles come downfield.)

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Category: NFL
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:22 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 8:26 am

Chargers sign Bob Sanders to 1-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Bob Sanders has been on a tour of various NFL teams over the past week or so -- he swung by Buffalo, visited with Jacksonville and checked in with Rex Ryan's New York squad -- since being released by Indianapolis. But a surprise suitor: the San Diego Chargers, who announced Thursday night that they've signed the former Defensive Player of the Year.

"We are all very excited to add Bob Sanders to our defense," General Manager A.J. Smith said. "We have always held him in high regard. He's a smart, physical, instinctive player. His intensity and playmaking ability can make an immediate impact on our defense."

The Chargers didn't exactly struggle against the pass last season -- they actually ranked No. 1 in passing yards allowed -- but Sanders equates to a calculated gamble that could pay off huge dividends.

[Judge: Sanders the difference in San Diego?]

"There’s no question I'm excited. The fact that Bob was available and excited about being here and then having it work out is great," Head Coach Norv Turner said. "Our guys have unbelievable respect for him and what he's done through the years. Certainly he knows what we’re capable of doing, so it’s a great fit."

The timing is quite interesting, because the NFL and NFLPA just reached a 24-hour extension on CBA negotiations, leaving the window for teams to sign players open another day (although Sanders would probably have had until 11:59 PM EST to ink the deal anyway).

[Prisco: Signing Sanders a good move for Chargers]

While many teams have spent the day dropping costs like crazy by cutting players, the Chargers apparently felt the need to take a calculated gamble on the oft-injured Sanders in an attempt to strengthen to their defense. If Sanders returns to his Pro Bowl form, he'll make one of the best defenses in the league from last year even more dangerous.

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:19 pm

Bob Sanders visiting Jets Wednesday

Posted by Will Brinson

Free agent safety Bob Sanders continued his tour around the NFL Wednesday, stopping by to check out the New York Jets.

That's according to Manish Mehta of the New York Post, who also notes that the top priority for the Jets is determining if Sanders can pass a physical.

Sanders, released by Indianapolis last month, had previously visited the Bills and Jaguars. Rex Ryan's crew is an intriguing fit for the oft-injured Sanders, because he'd be a tremendous asset (if he can stay healthy) and the Jets don't exactly have a pile of healthy safeties laying around.

There's some belief that the Colts could be waiting to see what the market Bears out for Sanders and then attempt to re-sign him; his five-year, $37.5 million deal with Indy was just too much to bear for the team given the nine games he'd played in since 2007.

If Sanders can clear physicals with a number of teams -- he already cleared the Jaguars' test according to Jack Del Rio -- then he'll stand a pretty good chance of eventually landing a decent veteran deal from a team with a safety need.

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:39 pm

Report: Patriots sign DT Marcus Stroud

Posted by Will Brinson

As the window for teams and players to talk contract gets increasingly smaller, the Patriots have shored up their defensive line depth by signing defensive tackle Marcus Stroud.

That's according ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reports that the Pats have signed Stroud to a two-year deal.

Stroud is a three-time Pro Bowler who piled up big stats with the Jacksonville Jaguars during his seven years there after being drafted 13th overall.

After being traded to the Bills in 2008, he never topped three sacks in a single season and struggled on the front line of an absolutely abysmal rush defense, particularly as Buffalo moved to a 3-4 defense in 2010.

The 32-year-old was released by Buffalo a few weeks ago and now finds himself on the roster of a divisional rival.

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:25 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 2:45 pm

Hot Routes 2.23.11: Woodson to safety for Nnamdi?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • The NFL has agreed to unseal some documents in the media fees case after the NFLPA requested it. They didn't unseal all of the documents requested by the NFLPA, however. That's cool, though, because, you know, negotiations are about compromise. AHEM.
  • The Packers are raising ticket prices by $2-$4 per game next year, though it's not supposed to mess with their sellout streak. They are the defending world champs after all.
  • The Steelers might consider using their transition tag on Ike Taylor, who would probably fetch a pretty penny on the open market. And who's departure would be not good for a Steelers' secondary that struggled a lot last year.
  • Not NFL-related, but I wish that someone would make more sandwiches for football players. I love sports-related sandwiches. This Carmelo Anthony one just makes no sense, unless it's symbolizing the level of annoyance with 'Melo by the time he was finally traded.
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:09 pm

Bob Sanders to visit the Bills

Posted by Andy Benoit

After visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars, oft-injured Colts safety Bob Sanders is scheduled to stop by Buffalo to chat with the Bills. Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports that Sanders will visit the team on Tuesday.

The Bills have recently plenty of bodies at safety, most notably Donte Whitner. But the interest in Sanders suggests that Whitner, a former No. 8 overall pick and looming free agent, could be on his way out.

Not only are the Bills interested in Sanders, but there are rumblings that the team could take a look at O.J Atogwe, as well. Whitner is taking note. On Twitter, he passed along a link to an article titled, “Dear NFL Teams: Don’t Sign Bob Sanders.” (Professionalism be damned, apparently.)

Sanders would be an ironic signing for the Bills. In recent years, the Bills have regularly been amongst the league leaders in players on injured reserve. In his seven-year career, Sanders has missed more games than he’s played. The last time he played more than six games in a season was 2007, when he won Defensive Player of the Year.

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Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:02 pm

Bills release Marcus Stroud

Posted by Andy BenoitM. Stroud

The Buffalo Bills have decided defensive lineman Marcus Stroud isn’t worth his price tag. The team released the veteran on Wednesday, saving the $4.5 million that Stroud was due in 2011.

Stroud spent three years playing for what was one of the most atrocious run defenses in football.

The former Jaguars Pro Bowler managed just 7.5 sacks in 46 games as a Bill. Stroud struggled at times to get off blocks against the run and did not seem to acclimate well to the team’s 3-4 scheme.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:49 pm

Hot Routes 2.11.11: Killing the Favre/DWTS rumors

Posted by Will Brinson

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