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AFC East: Free-agency primer

March, 4, 2010
Buffalo Bills

Potential unrestricted free agents: DE Ryan Denney, LB Chris Draft, DB Todd Johnson, G Seth McKinney, WR Terrell Owens, WR Josh Reed, S Bryan Scott, G Kendall Simmons, LB Josh Stamer.

Potential restricted free agents: LB Keith Ellison, QB Gibran Hamdan, G Richie Incognito, TE Joe Klopfenstein, TE Derek Schouman, T Jonathan Scott, S George Wilson, CB Ashton Youboty.

Franchise player: None.

What to expect: The Bills are in a rebuilding mode and shouldn't be in too much of a hurry to sign their free agents. In fact, they took the unusual step of publicly announcing they wouldn't offer Owens, Reed or Denney contracts. The most attractive players are Incognito and Wilson. Most of the rest were bit players and injury replacements.

Miami Dolphins

Potential unrestricted free agents: NT Jason Ferguson, CB Nate Jones, QB Chad Pennington, OLB Jason Taylor.

Potential restricted free agents: RB Ronnie Brown, TE Anthony Fasano, OLB Quentin Moses.

Franchise player: None.

What to expect: The Dolphins have a tough decision to make on Ferguson. He'll turn 36 during the 2010 season and is coming off a serious quadriceps injury. Without him, however, the Dolphins have a massive void in their 3-4 defense at a position that's difficult to replace. Pennington, Jones and Taylor all could be gone.

New England Patriots

Potential unrestricted free agents: OLB Tully Banta-Cain, CB Leigh Bodden, OLB Derrick Burgess, RB Kevin Faulk, DE Jarvis Green, P Chris Hanson, G Stephen Neal, ILB Junior Seau, TE Benjamin Watson.

Potential restricted free agents: K Stephen Gostkowski, G Logan Mankins, OLB Pierre Woods.

Franchise player: NT Vince Wilfork.

What to expect: Several starters are about to go up for bids, and the Patriots can't keep them all. Expect Faulk to be re-signed without much fuss. Neal, Bodden and Banta-Cain comprise a group they'd have trouble replacing. All three could fetch offers the Patriots would rather not match. Don't count on Watson coming back.

New York Jets

Potential unrestricted free agents: LS James Dearth, DE Marques Douglas, K Jay Feely, LB Ryan Fowler, TE Ben Hartsock, LB Larry Izzo, FB Tony Richardson.

Potential restricted free agents: QB Kellen Clemens, CB Drew Coleman, WR Braylon Edwards, DT Howard Green, T Wayne Hunter, WR Brad Smith, S Eric Smith, RB Leon Washington.

Franchise player: None.

What to expect: As a "final eight" team, the Jets have to window shop until one of their UFAs sign elsewhere. General manager Mike Tannenbaum is creative. Don't be surprised if the Jets use trades to upgrade. The key restricted free agent to monitor will be Washington, who received a second-round tender. His agent has been tweeting alarms the Pro Bowler could sign an offer sheet and dare the Jets to match.

Bills uninterested in T.O., Reed, Denney

February, 27, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- Teams usually don't disseminate news releases to announce they won't re-sign a free agent, yet the Buffalo Bills want you to know they won't offer contracts to receivers Terrell Owens and Josh Reed and defensive end Ryan Denney.

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Luc Leclerc/US PresswireTerrell Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five TDs for the Bills in 2009.
"We wanted to inform all three players ahead of the start of the free agency period so they could begin making their plans," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said in a statement. "We just felt that was the right thing to do. All three have represented our organization with class and we thank them for their dedication and hard work."

There was no mention of Buffalo's other unrestricted free agents: guards Seth McKinney and Kendall Simmons, linebacker Chris Draft and safety Bryan Scott.

Owens played one season with the Bills. He had a team-high 55 receptions for 829 yards and five touchdowns.

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh suggested he would be interested in bringing Owens aboard.

"I've always said I've got a lot of respect for T.O., and I know Ozzie [Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome] does, too," Harbaugh said at the NFL scouting combine. "He had a good year last year, we watched him on tape and he was very effective."

When pressed on his interest in Owens, Harbaugh added "You cornered me. You got me. We're interested in T.O. We're interested in all the guys that can make our team better."

Reed spent eight seasons with the Bills. The slot receiver caught 27 passes for 291 yards and one touchdown last year. He had his best season in 2008, when he made 56 catches for a career-high 597 yards and a touchdown despite missing three games.

Denney also played eight years in Buffalo, collecting 23.5 sacks mostly as a backup. Of his 31 career starts, 24 of them came in two seasons -- 2003 and 2008.

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1. Mark Sanchez, Jets quarterback: The struggling rookie threw four more interceptions and lost a fumble in Sunday's loss. The Patriots converted Sanchez's turnovers into 17 points, the differential on the scoreboard. In the Jets' 1-6 stretch, Sanchez has thrown 14 interceptions and lost two fumbles.

2. Buffalo Bills offensive line: Two more Bills O-linemen suffered season-ending injuries in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville. Rookie right guard Eric Wood broke his leg. Reserve Seth McKinney hurt his knee. That means the Bills will use their eighth line combo Sunday against the Dolphins.

3. Randy Moss, Patriots receiver: Maybe this entry should be for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis under "Rising." Tom Brady targeted Moss 11 times, but the Hall of Famers connected only five times for 34 yards and a 4-yard touchdown. On one of those catches, Drew Coleman was covering. Revis kept Moss to four receptions and 24 yards in Week 2.


1. Wes Welker, Patriots receiver: The Jets beat the Patriots the first time they played. Not coincidentally, Welker missed that game. In Sunday's rematch, Welker turned in one of the greatest individual performances in the Patriots' 50-year history. He set the club record for receptions in a regulation game with 15 and amassed 192 yards, third-most by a Patriot.

2. Ricky Williams, Dolphins running back: The 32-year-old sidekick-turned-workhorse recorded two 100-yard games in a five-day span. Williams ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 19 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers -- his first game with rushing and receiving touchdowns.

3. Terrell Owens, Bills receiver: T.O. finally had the type of day Bills fans have been frothing about since March. He had nine catches for 197 yards, including a team-record 98-yard touchdown. Perhaps this is a sign the Bills will open up their previously inept passing game over their final few games.

Wood injury another awful blow to Bills

November, 23, 2009
The Buffalo Bills are falling apart.

But this post isn't about their fired head coach, bad quarterbacking or personnel blunders.

Their latest bad news is wicked happenstance.

Rookie guard Eric Wood, drafted with the 28th overall pick acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles for Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, suffered a broken left leg in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wood's gruesome compound fracture was reminiscent of how Lawrence Taylor ended Joe Theismann's career.

Wood was focused on trying to block Jaguars defensive end Derrick Harvey from tackling Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jaguars defensive tackle Montavious Stanley was charging from Fitzpatrick's left. Stanley tried to wrap up Fitzpatrick, but his momentum sent him crashing into the unsuspecting Wood.

The impact buckled Wood's lower leg in a place that doesn't bend. He underwent surgery in a Jacksonville hospital and didn't return to Buffalo with the team.

Buffalo's offensive line opened the season inexperienced and loaded with question marks. The tackle positions have been decimated by injuries, but the interior trio -- center Geoff Hangartner and guards Andy Levitre and Wood -- had started every game.

Levitre started Sunday's game at left tackle for the injured Demetrius Bell, with reserve Seth McKinney playing in Levitre's usual left guard spot. McKinney suffered a torn meniscus Sunday. That forced Levitre back to guard and jumbled the line even more.

For the second time this year, they finished the game with no O-line backups.

Posted by's Matt Mosley

CLEVELAND -- As we first warned you Friday afternoon, Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman will not play against the Browns today. Newman is still recovering from a groin injury that he suffered early in training camp, and I'm told he's still not able to accelerate. Owner Jerry Jones had already come out and said that cornerback Adam Jones would start in Newman's place.

For the Browns, it's no surprise that wide receiver and return man Josh Cribbs will sit out today's game with a high ankle sprain. Syndric Steptoe will take his place on kick and punt returns. The Browns are also without starting right guard Rex Hadnot and free safety Brodney Pool. They'll be replaced by Seth McKinney and Mike Adams.

Here are the Cowboys' full list of inactives: WR Sam Hurd, WR Miles Austin, S Courtney Brown, CB Newman, G Kyle Kosier, G Montrae Holland, T Doug Free, LB Anthony Spencer.

Browns inactives: QB Ken Dorsey (emergency), Cribbs, Pool, Kris Griffin, Hadnot, DL Ahtyba Rubin, OL Ryan Tucker, TE Martin Rucker.