On Huntley, Robinson, Jenkins, Dawson & McDonnell

Why did the Bills check out running back Richard Huntley? Huntley has been a reserve back for Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Carolina. Last year at Carolina, where he started nine games for the injured Tim Biakabutuka, he ran for 665 yards, which was a career year for the Winston-Salem State product. He was a Falcons fourth-rounder in 1996, but Atlanta cut him in 1997 training camp and he spent the year out of football.

Last season vs. Buffalo, Huntley had 67 yards rushing and a touchdown, one of two touchdowns he scored on the year.

But is he a starter? Not for Buffalo.

If the Bills signed him, Huntley, 5'11", 225 pounds, would be playing behind Travis Henry and Shawn Bryson – if Bryson signs the Bills offer sheet as a restricted free agent. Huntley would be competing for a reserve role with Sammy Morris.

Of course, by visiting with Huntley, the Bills could simply be applying pressure on Bryson to sign. Consider Buffalo's interest in Huntley exploratory at best …

Of the free agents visiting yesterday, weakside linebacker Eddie Robinson and strong safety Billy Jenkins would look best in Bills uniforms. I think Robinson will be a Bill …

A few weeks ago, acquiring Drew Bledsoe seemed unlikely, but now it's not as crazy as it once was. Rumors still persist of the Bills' interest in the veteran quarterback …

Today, Buffalo signed Giants free agent tight end Brady McDonnell. McDonnell, 6'4", 265, was a Colorado defensive end, whom New York signed in 2001 and tried converting to tight end. He spent the season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He was waived in February. Tough to say what his role might be. He can't be as good as Jay Riemersma, so I don't think this signals Riemersma's departure. Assuming he stays at tight end, he'll probably compete with Sheldon Jackson for a backup role and special teams duty …

Kicker Phil Dawson is an exclusive rights free agent of Cleveland's. If the Browns want him back, they only have to offer him an NFL minimum contract. He really has very little power to do anything in the market because his rights are exclusively held by the Browns until they decide not to make him an offer.


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