The Bills have announced that they will not offer contracts to three of their unrestricted free agents: WR Terrell Owens, DE Ryan Denney and WR Josh Reed. The trio will be free to sign with any team in the league beginning March 5.
"We wanted to inform all three players ahead of the start of the free agency period so they could begin making their plans," said GM Buddy Nix. "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."
Owens, 36, signed a one-year contract with the Bills prior to the 2009 season, but he failed to live up to expectations, catching 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns. The controversial six-time Pro Bowler is likely to draw interest from at least a few teams on the open market.
A former starter, Denney, 32, became strictly a reserve last season, playing in all 16 games but recording just 27 tackles and two sacks. It's possible that Denney, who has spent his entire eight-year career in Buffalo, did not have a role in the team's new 3-4 defense.
Reed, 29, joined the Bills in 2002 and has been a steady contributor for the club. But his production decreased in '09, as he had just 27 catches for 291 yards and one score. The team is clearly looking to get younger at the receiver position and could target one early in April's draft.
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