“The Buffalo Bills are attempting to bolster their sagging passing game by signing Laveranues Coles. Buffalo along with Miami were destinations Coles was supposed to decide on, but reports out of Miami indicate the Dolphins are no longer interested.
However, Cincinnati, anticipating losing T.J. Houshmandzadeh, is emerging as a player for Coles’ services. A report from nfldraftbible.com states the Bengals are now interested.
The Bills have formally made Coles an offer. The terms are not yet known. Coles is expected to make his decision by Monday.”
The Bengals are making T.J. an offer in the $6-7 million range and certainly have the money to go after Coles, if they cannot bring back Houshmandzadeh.
Coles is looking for a contract in the $6 million range as well and if T.J. signs with another club, the Bengals might go after Coles to complement Chad Johnson and give Carson Palmer another target.
I have a feeling that Coles is waiting for Houshmandzadeh to sign, before he makes a decision. The Bills offered him the money that he wanted, however he still remains unsigned.
My guess is that Coles doesn’t want to come to Buffalo very much, unless they are the only team that is offering him the money that he wants. With no interest in him and the Bills offering him the money that he wants, why else would he have not already signed? We will have to wait for Housh to sign, before we hear anything else on Coles.
If the Bills do end up signing Coles, Moran speculates that a Bills' wide receiver might be on the move.
“Parrish could become a prime candidate to get traded, due to his added value as a punt returner. He’s due to count about $2.7 million against the cap in 2009, a number the team may find too high for a fourth or fifth receiver.”
I actually would not mind Parrish being moved. Honestly, the only reason he is on the team is for return abilities. We have been hearing for years how the Bills want to get him more involved with the offense, and yet, he has not eclipsed 35 receptions in one season in his entire career.
His numbers can be replaced by another player on the roster (Parrish has averaged only 24 receptions, for 263 yards and has a career total of five touchdowns in four seasons).
I would personally like to see Steven Johnson get a bigger role on the offense, leapfrogging over James Hardy and Parrish in the depth chart.
The Bills have players that they can put back there to return too, so there shouldn’t be too big of a drop-off in terms of return yardage on punts.
Bills' corner Leodis McKelvin could pick up the punt return duties. He had seven touchdown returns on punts in college, as he is starting to turn into the Bills' special team ace.
Fred Jackson could also move back to catching punts, something he has done sparingly, during his time with the Bills. He did average 16.6 yards a return and had a long run of 35 yards. He could certainly step in too.
With Coles signed and a proposed deal with left tackle Jason Peters in the near future, the Bills' salary cap is going to rise considerably. With the Bills interested in resigning corner Jabari Greer too, trading Parrish and his $2.7 million cap hit only makes sense.
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