The Buffalo Bills have announced that the team has informed wide receivers Terrell Owens and Josh Reed, as well as defensive end Ryan Denney, that the team will not pursue re-signing them. All three players are unrestricted free agents, and will be seeking employment elsewhere come March 5.
For Owens, it's the end of a one-year marriage gone wrong. One of the most decorated receivers in NFL history, Owens struggled in 2009 as a Bill, hauling in 55 passes for 829 yards, with five touchdowns. Owens' biggest accomplishment in his one year in Buffalo was recording his 1,000th reception in a Week 16 loss to Atlanta. He'll be one of the biggest names available via free agency this year.
Reed has spent his entire eight-year career with Buffalo, during which he's caught 311 passes for 3,575 yards with 10 touchdowns. He'll turn 30 in May, and should be a nice short-term option for a team looking for a veteran slot receiver.
Denney came to Buffalo the same year that Reed did (2002); both were second-round picks that year. Denney departs Buffalo with 298 tackles, 23.5 sacks and six forced fumbles to his name.
Per the team's statement, GM Buddy Nix had the following to say on the decisions: "We wanted to inform all three players ahead of the start of the free agency period so they could begin making their plans. 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."