Price's agent right to force Bills' hand

It's smart that agent Tim McGee is urging his client Peerless Price to sign the Bills' franchise-tag offer within a week, which would pay the Bills receiver $5.01 million this season. Though Buffalo could afford that contract, it would not behoove the team to be carrying that salary cap number for a perceived No. 2 receiver, particularly when the team has other needs to fill when free agency opens Friday.

If Price did sign that offer, that would mean he'd have the second largest cap figure on the team for this season, behind Drew Bledsoe ($5.5 million).

For the Bills, it would be far better if a long-term deal could be reached with Price, which would significantly lower Price's salary cap number over a number of seasons.

This latest development should force president and general manager Tom Donahoe to do something quickly, though you never know with Donahoe … hey that rhymes! Judging from his two years of negotiating contracts in Buffalo, Donahoe likes to be in control, and when an agent appears to have an upper hand, that seems to irritate him.

So what happens is that player doesn't come back to the team and Donahoe spins the result well enough to suggest the player doesn't want to play for the Bills.

Sam Cowart is an example.

One of the things Donahoe is best at – which is a very good thing for NFL general managers – is crafting public opinion in his favor …

I'm surprised that the Bills did not tender left end Kendrick Office and allow him to compete for a reserve spot. Office played well for an undrafted free agent out of West Alabama two years ago, occasionally coming up with a big play here and there. He really hurt his wrist last season – it wasn't broken, but it looked severely sprained. That injury kept him out of a number of games toward the end of the year.

The Bills viewed Office as a just a body. He wasn't great, but he was good enough to play on their line the last two years, which is, of course, not saying a whole lot, given how poorly the line played.

Office is a high-effort player, who's not tremendously gifted. He's affable though. I hope he hooks on somewhere else. He will work hard.

As for Leif Larsen, who was also not tendered, it's incredible he stayed in the league for the three years he did. He was fortunate to suffer the groin injury in training camp, which put him on injured reserve for the season, allowing him to collect his pay while rehabbing at the Bills' facility.

And he was there rehabbing. Give him credit for that, even though he had to know he was ultimately doomed.

Larsen just doesn't have the flexibility to play in the NFL, a typical downfall for a massive weightlifter …

I like the tendering of fullback Philip Crosby, running back Sammy Morris and linebacker DaShon Polk. Crosby played well as an occasional blocker for Travis Henry. Morris is valuable, not only as a backup running back, but as a key special teams coverage player. Polk is also a decent special-teamer and versatile linebacker who can play all three positions if he has to.

Defensive end Grant Irons is cheaper and more athletic than Kendrick Office.


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