Bills Gain Nall, lose out on Wells

Buffalo Bills have added another quarterback to the mix, officially agreeing to terms late Monday with unrestricted free agent Craig Nall, the team announced.

In Buffalo, Nall will be behind 2004 first-round pick J.P. Losman, who was supposed to be the team's franchise quarterback, and veteran Kelly Holcomb. However, it's thought the Bills will part with one of the two quarterbacks and Nall will have a chance to fight for the starting job this summer. Had he stayed in Green Bay, he would be stuck behind 2005 first round selection Aaron Rogers, with or without the retirement of future Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

A fifth-round pick in 2002, Nall has been the Packers' No. 3 quarterback each of past three seasons and saw action in a total of six games. For his career, he has completed 23 of 33 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns, good for a passer rating of 139.4. He was NFL Europe's top passer in 2003, when he led the spring league in TD passes (18) and passer rating (95.9).

Bills Lose Out on Reggie Wells

The Arizona Cardinals announced that the team has matched the Buffalo Bills offer sheet with restricted free agent guard Reggie Wells. By matching the offer sheet, the Cardinals have agreed with Wells on a five-year contract. ESPN had reported the offer sheet was a 5-year deal worth $17.6 million.

"We are excited to announce that Reggie Wells will be back with our team under a long term agreement," said Vice President of Football Operations Rod Graves. "Since the end of the 2005 season, we have remained open to the fact that we may someday do a long term deal with Reggie. The free agency process has expedited that decision."

"Nonetheless, we believe that Reggie is talented and on track to being one of the NFL's top offensive lineman," continued Graves. "Our commitment to Reggie Wells is another indication of our total commitment to building a strong nucleus of players."

Bills still active in Free Agency

The Buffalo Bills are also pursuing help on the defensive side of the ball, as they signed restricted free agent defensive lineman Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears this week to a four-year offer sheet believed to be worth $7.5 million, including a $1.6 million signing bonus. The Bears, like the Cardinals did with Wells, have a week to decide whether to match the offer and retain him. The Bears will not receive any draft-pick compensation should they not match the Bills' offer. General manager Jerry Angelo tendered Idonije at the lowest level, $712,000.

Idonije, a, played in 11 games last season, recording 16 tackles and one sack. He also has been a solid contributor on special teams, but new Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who was the Bears' secondary coach last season, sees a high upside in the 6-7 Idonije. Idonije's natural position is end, but he also can play tackle.He is another rising young player Buffalo would love to snatch off another team's roster. Still developing, he played just one season of high school football in Canada before starring at the University of Manitoba.

The Bills are still busy entertaining other free agent prospects this week. Expected at One Bills Drive is center Melvin Fowler (Vikings), DT Monsanto Pope (Broncos), and RB Maurice Morris (Seahawks).

(Billszone.com )


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