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Bengals offer to T.O.

The Cincinnati Bengals have made a contract offer to Terrell Owens, according to Bengals president Mike Brown on the team's website (bengals.com) today. Brown also said that Bengals star QB Carson Palmer has been throwing passes to Owens in California this offseason. Owens is crazy if he doesn't jump on the offer. The Bengals made the playoffs last year and are a contender in the AFC. They have a proven star QB. How much better of an opportunity is Owens going to get? Cincinnati has Chad Ochocinco back and signed 29-year-old Antonio Bryant over Owens early in free agency. But Bryant had some soreness in his knee in spring practices that held him back some.

---Mark Gaughan

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Klopfenstein out

The Bills placed tight end Joe Klopfenstein on the injured reserve list today. Klopfenstein, a second-round pick of the Rams in 2006, was on the Bills' roster for five weeks last year and appeared in one game. He sat out all of spring practices with an injury. The Bills have four tight ends on the roster - Shawn Nelson, Derek Schouman, Jonathan Stupar and Michael Matthews. 

---Mark Gaughan

Night practice tickets

Fans attending night practices at Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College need a ticket to get in. Tickets are free. Tickets for July 30, Aug. 2 and Aug. 6 practices are available at ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster locations. The Bills will have a fan appreciation night at the Aug. 4 evening practice. Tickets for that session will be available starting at 9 a.m. Friday at selected Tops Friendly Markets locations (in the Buffalo area, they're at 2101 Elmwood Ave., and 4777 Transit Road in Depew).

For fans ordering tickets on the web, there is a $1.75 per order print-at-home fee. Tickets for the last four night practices will be made available in the coming weeks. The night sessions run 7 to 9 p.m. The daytime practices don't require tickets. The first camp practice is 3 to 5:30 p.m. July 29.

---Mark Gaughan

Bills rated 30th

Former NFL lineman and current CBS analyst Randy Cross weighs in with his forecast on the top divisions and the top teams drafting next year. He has the Bills No. 30 in the NFL and drafting third in 2011, behind Tampa (No. 32) and St. Louis (No. 31). "Building lines and finding a QB doesn't happen fast these days," Cross writes in a National Football Post column.

---Mark Gaughan

Alex Carrington reaches deal

The Buffalo Bills have reached a contract agreement with their third-round draft pick, defensive end Alex Carrington.

Carrington is the seventh of the Bills’ nine draft picks to join the fold. The only remaining unsigned picks are first-rounder C.J. Spiller and second-rounder Torell Troup. None of the NFL’s first-round picks have signed a contract, and only one second-rounder has reached a deal.

The Bills picked Carrington 72nd overall out of Arkansas State. He’s 6-fooot-5 and 285 pounds and fits the mold of a defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. Carrington’s deal is for four years. Based on other deals of third-rounders, it is believed to be worth about $2.6 million overall and will include a bonus of about $870,000.

"It's quite a bit of relief," Carrington said. "I wasn't too worried about the deal getting done. I knew that my agent, Roosevelt Barnes, would do a good a good job. I'm ready to get to hitting now. I'm ready to get the pads on."

Carrington graduated last December with a degree in psychology and had a 3.52 grade-point average. He thinks the adjustment to the NFL went well in spring practices.

“I’m definitely catching on to everything, but I know that training camp will be just another introduction to the NFL," he said. "OTAs and minicamp, I believe, went really well for me. The first day was kind of everywhere trying to get all the plays in and all of that roughage. But it was another humbling experience, just to see all the talent around and having to step my game up that much more. It’s been good so far. I’m anxious to get to training camp.”

---Mark Gaughan


Edwards middle of pack

Bills quarterback Trent Edwards tied for 40th out of 82 golfers at the American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nev. The event featured mostly current and former NFL players competing over three rounds in a Stableford scoring format, which gives one point for a par, three for a birdie, zero for a bogey, minus-2 for a double bogey and six for an eagle. Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver won going away, with 84 points. There was a four-way tie for second at 65 points among Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Hall of Famer John Elway, former pitching great John Smolz and actor Jack Wagner. Edwards scored 29 points, 8 Friday, 13 Saturday and 8 Sunday.

Perhaps the biggest news was NBA great Charles Barkley finished last with minus-93 points, which means he made the equivalent of double bogey or worse on 46 of 54 holes. Actor Ray Romano finished 79th with negative-33 points. Both Barkley and Romano were students of famed golf instructor Hank Haney (Tiger Woods' former instructor) on Golf Channel series "The Haney Project" in recent years.

---Mark Gaughan

Edwards in Tahoe Golf

Bills QB Trent Edwards is among the professional athletes competing today through Sunday in the American Century Championship golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nev. The event is on NBC from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The field has mostly current and former NFL players, including Jerry Rice, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Marshall Faulk, Tony Romo and Skins coach Mike Shanahan. Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Oscar de la Hoya, Dan Quayle and Ray Romano are among others entered. (Dick Jauron played last year, but he's not in this year.)

---Mark Gaughan 

T.O. lobbies Pats

Terrell Owens took to the airwaves to promote his VH1 reality series this week and on Wednesday he told a Boston radio station he'd love to play for the Patriots. "I'm like LeBron (James)," Owens told WJMN.  http://jamn945.com/pages/Ramiro.html?an=T.O.-Coming-To-The-Patriots "I can go there and take less of a role, take less money and put everything aside and make it work." The ideal time to lobby Pats coach Bill Belichick, however, was in March. We still believe that Owens set his financial bar too high. Had he gone, hat in hand, and offered to play for the minimum ($855,000 for Owens) plus incentives, we think he would have struck a deal somewhere.

---Mark Gaughan

Pack profit at $5.2 million

The Green Bay Packers reported a net profit of $5.2 million, according to their annual report, which was released on Wednesday. The Packers, of course, are the only one of the 32 NFL teams that release their financial information, since they are a publicly held franchise. The operating profit was $9.8 million, which certainly is not exorbitant given the team's revenues of $258 million. Green Bay annually ranks among the top third of the league in revenue. Buffalo annually ranks among the bottom third in revenue. Green Bay also has a much higher payroll and higher expenses than Buffalo. The Bills ranked 25th last year in total value of player contracts, according to a News study. (That total factored in the value of contracts in 2009 and future years, not just 2009.) Green Bay was 11th. The Pack brought in $36 million in 2006 from its pro shop and marketing business, which dwarfs what many other teams bring in. The itemized breakdown of revenue and expenses should be available online soon.

---Mark Gaughan

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