December 10, 2010 - 8:47 PM
A couple of Bills players are a little lighter in the wallet after receiving word from the NFL Friday that they were receiving fines for unnecessary roughness penalties in last Sunday's loss at Minnesota.
Backup running back Quinton Ganther was fined $5,000 for hitting Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. Starting left guard Andy Levitre was docked $7,500 for a late hit on a Vikings defender.
The Bills had four personal foul penalties last Sunday, but the hits by Ganther and Levitre were the most egregious because both were completely avoidable.
November 19, 2010 - 10:58 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie receiver Mike Williams, the Riverside High and Syracuse product, was arrested early this morning on a "driving under the influence" charge in Florida. According to reports, Williams was speeding and weaving through traffic. His blood-alcohol level was said to be below the state's legal limit, but he failed a field sobriety test, reports say.
ESPN's Adam Schefter has gotten conflicting statements from Bucs officials on whether Williams will start Sunday's game against San Francisco.
Williams leads NFL rookies in receiving yards with 627.
August 16, 2010 - 3:11 PM
Aaron Schobel's NFL career is over. The former Bills star defensive end said Monday that he will retire. He plans to make it official by filing his retirement papers to the league office as soon as he receives them from his agent.
Schobel spent the entire offseason trying to decide whether to return for a 10th season. The Bills gave him until the start of training camp to let them know what his intentions were. When he didn't give them an answer, the Bills on Aug 4.
Schobel had other teams interested in his services, particularly the Houston Texans, who are near his home in Columbus, Texas. But after mulling his options, he decided that he had enough.
"I was tired of going back and forth with everything, so on Friday I made up my mind that I was done with football,'' Schobel said. "I just don't want to do it any more. I'm going to be 33 in a couple of weeks. It's a young man's game.''
Family was a big reason for his retirement. He talked about missing out on special moments like his children's birthday parties and holidays because he had to be at practice or traveling games. He and his wife, June, also didn't want their three kids having to split the school year in two cities.
"We thought about playing for Houston because it was a good situation,'' Schobel said. "But my kids at an age where they're starting to make friends, so it wouldn't been fair to take them away from all that. They're happy we're not moving.''
In addition to wanting to stay close to home, Schobel said he was tired of the physical toll football put on his body. Although he was productive last season with 10 sacks, he didn't feel like he could do certain things on the field that used to come so easy to him.
Schobel left a lot of money on the table by not reporting to Buffalo. He had four years left on a $50.5 million contract extension he signed with the Bills in 2007. He was due to make $6.025 million in base salary this season and would have received another $2 million by showing up at Bills headquarters and passing a physical.
Schobel thought about the money he was walking away from.
"Yeah, I mean if there is money to made, you hate to turn it down,'' he said. "But whether I got the money or not, it wasn't going to change my lifestyle. It wasn't going to make me any happier. I always told myself I never wanted to be a guy who was just hanging around for the money.''
Schobel added that his decision is final.
"I won't be changing my mind, I can promise you that,'' he said. "This is it for me, period. It's good to be able to go out on your own terms and not be forced out. Not a lot o players can say that.''
April 7, 2010 - 11:43 PM
With all the mock drafts floating around on the internet, you're bound to find one with some outrageous picks. One such website is the National Football Post, which has the Bills taking Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in the first round.
I know the Bills like Tebow and he has the strong endorsement of Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly. But there is no way -- NO WAY -- the Bills used the ninth overall selection on Tebow.
When drafting in the top 10, you're expecting the player to either start immediately or at some point in his rookie year. But Tebow is at least a year away from being ready to play much less start in the NFL.
The Bills have too many other positional needs to waste a high draft pick on a project. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has the Bills taking Tebow in the second round, but even that might be too high. I could be wrong but if the Bills don't take Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen in Round One, the earliest they'd draft a QB is the third round unless they brokered a trade to move up.
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