The Bills have signed free agent linebacker Donovan Woods. The 6 – 2, 230 pound Woods is expected to play inside linebacker. He joined the Steelers in 2008 and was released last November. He completed the season on the Cowboys practice squad. In other developments, Buffalo waived linebacker Nic Harris.
Archive for July, 2010
Buffalo has signed rookie nose tackle Torell Troup. The contract is for 4 years and worth $4.5 million. The 6 – 3, 315 pound Troup was drafted in the second round from Central Florida. He had 105 tackles and 6 sacks in college. This leaves C. J. Spiller as the only rookie to remain unsigned.
Veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens has signed with the Bengals. He agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million. There are incentives that could add up to $2 million more. Owens will play with close friend Chad Ochocinco. He will shortly report to training camp. The contract is worth substantially less than the $6 million he earned last year with the Bills.
Bills linebacker Aaron Schobel may not retire. He said he is leaning more toward playing. The 2 time Pro Bowler was drafted by Buffalo in 2001. He has 483 career tackles and 78 sacks. He will not be in camp when the players report today. He expects to make a decision within 10 days.
Free agent offensive guard Chester Pitts has met with the Bills. The 6 – 4, 308 pound Pitts spent 8 years with Houston. He was on injured reserve last year after injuring his knee. He played college ball at San Diego State. Buffalo is looking to add depth to its young and inexperienced offensive line.
Former Buffalo linebacker John DiGiorgio has announced his retirement. He was waived last season after suffering a knee injury. He joined the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2006 from Saginaw Valley State. DiGiorgio had 113 tackles and 2 sacks in 2007. He plans to become a high school teacher and coach.
St. Louis is interested in wide receiver Terrell Owens. He may sign as early as next week. The Rams are looking for a turn around under new quarterback Sam Bradford. They went 1 – 15 last year. The controversial Owens has played in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Buffalo. The Bengals are also said to be considering him.
The Bills rank high in market valuation. Forbes Magazine estimates that the franchise is worth $909 million. That makes the club the 33rd most valuable sports team in the world. The franchise was valued at $885 million in 2007. Forbes cited the growing fan base, spurred by the Bills Toronto Series. The Manchester United soccer team is listed as the most valuable at $1.83 billion.
Bills tight end Joe Klopfenstein has been placed on injured reserve. He was re-signed by Buffalo in March. He played in one game last year, making one reception for 11 yards. The 6 – 5, 262 pound Klopfenstein played college ball at Colorado. He was drafted in the second round by St. Louis.
Tickets are available for Bills Fan Apprciation Night. The practice will be held August 4th at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester. The team plans fireworks and special promotions for the event. Training camp opens July 29th.