Bills linebacker Chris Kelsay has signed a 4 year contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth $24 million. Drafted in the second round in 2003 from Nebraska, Kelsay has recorded 19 tackles this season. He has 332 career tackles, 22 sacks, and 3 interceptions. He expects to close out his career in Buffalo.
Archive for September, 2010
Jacksonville has claimed Trent Edwards off waivers. The move comes one day after Edwards was waived by Buffalo. He will be backup to Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, who has struggled in the last 2 games. Coach Jack Del Rio is excited to have him on board. Jacksonville will assume his contract worth $1.65 million this year. The Jets were also said to be interested. Edwards will face his former team when the Jaguars play in Buffalo October 10.
The Bills have released quarterback Trent Edwards. Coach Chan Gailey said Edwards “gave us everything he had” but that the team is moving in the direction of Ryan Fitzpatrick. The move follows Edwards benching last week. Drafted in the third round in 2007, he played in 34 games. He had 5,739 career yards and 25 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. This year he was 29 of 52 for 241 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. His departure leaves Buffalo with Brian Brohm as backup, who has seen no meaningful playing time. Edwards is expected to be picked up by another team after clearing waivers.
The Patriots defeated the Bills 38 – 30. It was New England’s tenth straight win in the series. The Buffalo offense showed signs of life. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 20 of 28 for 247 yards. C. J. Spiller returned a kickoff for 95 yards and a touchdown. Marshawn Lynch ran for 79 yards. 2 interceptions late in the game by Fitzpatrick spoiled the chance for an upset. The New England offense had a standout day, with 445 yards and 25 first downs. Tom Brady threw for 3 touchdowns and 252 yards.
The Bills take on the Patriots today in Foxborough. Buffalo ranks last in the league in points and yards per game. Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over for the benched Trent Edwards. Last week Edwards had 102 yards and 2 interceptions in the thrashing by the Packers. The Bills face Tom Brady, who was 20 of 36 for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Jets. Expect New England to be energized coming off the loss to New York. The Patriots are 14.5 point favorites in this AFC East divisional contest.
This weekend the Bills look to reverse their losing streak with the Patriots. Since 2003 the team has lost 13 straight games against New England. In that time Buffalo has had 4 head coaches and 5 starting quarterbacks. The 0 – 2 Bills are off to a dismal start, with only 23 first downs and 352 yards of offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the benched Trent Edwards. Last year Buffalo went 5 – 3 with Fitzpatrick. He will try to end the playoff drought stretching back to 1999.
The Bills players voted to decertify the NFL Players Association in the event of a lockout next spring. The vote was unanimous after a meeting with NFLPA executive director Maurice Smith. The move would allow the players to sue the owners during a lockout. Federal antitrust laws prevent owners from being sued by unions during collective bargaining negotiations. Wednesday’s action would circumvent this by eliminating the union.
The Bills are preparing to play the Patriots this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. New England is coming off a 28 – 14 loss to the Jets. They convincingly beat Cincinnati in the season opener. Tom Brady had a 248 yard game against New York. Receivers Aaron Hernandez had 101 yards and Wes Welker had 38 yards. New England was outplayed 336 – 291 yards on offense. Buffalo is reeling from the rout in Green Bay and benching of Trent Edwards. The Patriots are heavy favorites by 14 – 1/2 points.
Buffalo has signed running back Andre Anderson to the practice squad. He had 2,009 career rushing yards and 17 touchdowns at Tulane. Anderson was previously released by the Bills after joining the team as an undrafted free agent. He replaces Joique Bell, who has been signed by the Eagles after being cut by Buffalo.
Bills coach Chan Gailey has benched quarterback Trent Edwards. He will be replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick. The move follows the loss of the first 2 games in which Buffalo has averaged only 176 yards of offense. The team was outplayed 49 – 17 by Miami and Green Bay. The failed Edwards experiement underscores how badly the Bills need a franchise quarterback. The only consolation is that they will have one of the highest picks in next year’s draft so they can take Ryan Mallett or Jake Locker.