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Monday, March 16, 2009
Crowell would be another Buffalo surprise


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

If you were to have asked me two weeks ago to rank the most unlikely Buffalo Bills signings this offseason, these players would have comprised my top five:

 Crowell
  1. Barry Sanders
  2. J.P. Losman
  3. Angelo Crowell
  4. Travis Henry
  5. Terrell Owens

Steve Wyche of NFL.com has reported Crowell was expected to visit the Bills on Monday if the seventh-year linebacker wasn't able to reach terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the weekend.

Two sources close to Crowell informed me in January there was no way he would return to the Bills after they placed him on injured reserve right before last season started.

The Bills made the controversial move because Crowell waited so long to decide he was going to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery that would have sidelined him a projected four to six weeks. But the Bills erased their leading tackler for the duration.

The Bills claimed they needed the roster spot. Logic implied vindictiveness.

But the Bills probably hurt themselves in the process. If they bring Crowell back after interviewing Jamie Winborn, Cato June and Freddy Keiaho, it will only underscore how much the Bills could have used him last year.