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Wade Smith leaves Buffalo without a contract: Buffalo Sports Daily
"In regards to people saying Smith signing or not doesn’t matter, I spoke to someone inside the Bills organization Friday evening who told me Smith had been high on their radar for several weeks and they valued him as an interior lineman far more than Incognito, which is why they let the big-name, big-penalty, big-rage machine Richie Incognito walk away."

Whitner's status with Bills uncertain - Buffalo News
The Buffalo Bills' retention of two veteran safeties this week has increased speculation about the team's plans for Donte Whitner.  Neither of the safeties retained — George Wilson and Bryan Scott — are getting starter money at the moment.  But both have starting experience, and Wilson is coming off a good season in which he started 12 games at strong safety.

Josh Reed to visit New England |
"A league source tells PFT's Mike Florio that Reed will visit the Patriots on Sunday. Reed is coming off a season in which he was largely phased out of the Bills' offense, catching just 27 passes for 291 yards."

Free Agency
Ryan Tucker, Jason Ferguson suspended eight games each |

"Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange and the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reports that Dolphins nose tackle Jason Ferguson has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2010 season.  Balzer reports that it's believed the suspensions arise under the NFL's policy regarding performance-enhancing substances; we believe that's the only plausible explanation.  Each player has one prior four-game suspension under the policy, and the policy calls for an eight-game suspension for a second violation."

Bills tendered Gaddis and Corto - Buffalo Sports Daily
"I haven’t been able to confirm if the other exclusive rights free agents were tendered: Marcus Buggs, Justice Hairston, Cary Harris and Jonathan Stupar."

Wade Smith leaves Buffalo without a contract, heads to Houston - Arrowhead Pride
If the Bills are having trouble signing Smith, then that may not be a good sign for things to come in Buffalo. Their offensive line is not very good and Smith has connections to head coach Chan Gailey (former Chiefs coordinator) and line coach Joe D'Alessandris (former Chiefs position coach).

Patriots to host former Bills WR Josh Reed - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Reed might be a nice stopgap until slot star Wes Welker has recovered from reconstructive knee surgery."

Free-agent WR Reed to visit Patriots - Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston
"Reed, 29, would add another veteran presence at the position if he is signed. With Wes Welker rehabilitating from torn ligaments in his left knee, the Patriots have only Randy Moss and recently signed David Patten as veteran targets, and Patten is considered a longer shot to earn a roster spot. A player like Reed could project to a Jabar Gaffney-like role, with the flexibility to line up at various spots. "

Video: Where are Marshall, T.O. going? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"ESPN's Adam Schefter takes a look at some of the free-agency doings for Saturday, with an emphasis on a couple big-name receivers: Brandon Marshall and Terrell Owens. Shefter explains why the Anquan Boldin trade hurts Owens' options."

Other Bills Links
Six point bull session - Jim Kelly -

"Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, whose mastery of the no-huddle offense led the Buffalo Bills to an unprecedented four straight Super Bowls, is often mentioned as a potential NFL coach. And Kelly would consider taking the job — except for one thing. And it's an unequivocal deal-breaker.  "I like to hunt," shrugs Kelly."  ESPN profiles Kelly's new passion with pictures.

Twitter / Kawika Mitchell
In London. Waitin to board my flight to Entebbe, Uganda. Europe was a good ol time. 11 close friends w/ common interest. Hard to go wrong

2010 NFL Draft
Billboard: Draft watch: Cam Thomas

Mark Gaughan takes a look at nose tackle possibility Cam Thomas of UNC.

The 2010 Daily Norseman User Mock Draft - Daily Norseman
nolabillsfan represented us in the Daily Norseman mock draft selecting Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga.

Felser: Separating fact from propaganda on QB draft prospects : Sports Columns : The Buffalo News
Larry Felser discusses the quarterback prospects in the NFL draft and sneaks in a plug for Brian Brohm at the end. 2010 NFL Mock Draft by Matt McGuire
Matt McGuire shook up his top ten and now has the Bills taking Tennessee DT Dan Williams with both WBs off the board but Rolando McClain and Anthony Davis available. Davis is dropping after interviewing poorly at the combine. 2010 NFL Mock Draft by Matt McGuire - Round 2
In the second round the Bills get LSU WR Brandon LaFell.