Buffalo Bills Notes: Oakland interested in T.O.

Posted on March 12, 2010 by Patrick Moran

Jimmy KennedyA few Buffalo Bills related notes from an uneventful Thursday at One Bills Drive…

♦♦ As of late Thursday night there was still no word on how the team’s meeting with Vikings defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy went, if he’s still in town or if a deal is imminent.  Obviously when the Bills don’t strike quickly with a player they covet it’s not a good sign.  I’d hate to use the comparison; but it’s kind of like a kidnapping case.  Typically if a victim isn’t found within the first 24 hours, well sadly you know how that usually goes.

Fan reaction to Kennedy is mixed.  Some consider him nothing more than a situational depth guy who’s been a bust since being the 12th overall pick in 2003.  Others, including this author regard him as the type of body and talent that will help the defensive line better move into their new schematic 3-4 look.

I can tell you I’ve spoken to a few writers who cover the Vikings and to a man they’ve told me he’s a late bloomer and his play has come around to the point that Minnesota doesn’t want to lose him.  Given the weak market out there he may be the best defensive linemen the Bills are capable of getting through free agency.

In my opinion with the way the market has gone Kennedy’s contract demands are probably much higher than the Bills want to pay.  Hopefully they can meet somewhere in the middle, but if you hear about Kennedy making visiting another team then it’s probably not happening.

♦♦ That didn’t mean the Bills didn’t make a move Thursday—they did.  They resigned (for the fourth time in a couple of months) tight end Joe Klopfenstein.  He became a free agent on March 5th after the Bills failed to tender him while he was restricted.

This was a financial move.  Buffalo has brought him back at the veteran minimum, which is less than the amount they’d had paid him had he been tendered.  Klopfenstein returns to a unit that includes Shawn Nelson, Derek Schouman and Jonathan Stupar (who the Bills STILL have not formally announced they tendered).

We’d write more about Klopfenstein, but he’ll probably be cut and resigned three more times before training camp begins.

♦♦ Things in Cincinnati didn’t work the way Terrell Owens hoped but 48 hours later another team seems to be emerging as a suitor.  The Oakland Raiders are interested in T.O. and with his lack of options, it could end up being his landing spot.

Owens spends a lot of time in Los Angeles and despite the fact the Raiders are an awful football team, the scenery could be to his liking.  Al Davis is in love with the deep ball, which only furthers his chances of getting a decent deal in Oakland.

Last year in Buffalo Owens showed that going deep was the only thing he can still do well with regularity.

I spoke to a source, who told me unequivocally that the “door has been shut” on an Owens return to Buffalo.  According to the source both sides have respect for each other but remain feeling each are better off without each other.

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