NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports free agent DE/OLB Mario Williams will leave Buffalo without signing, and is expected to make at least one more visit.
The Bills had Williams right where they wanted him, but couldn't seal the deal. Williams does not appear to be ruling out taking his talents to Buffalo, but the odds have certainly decreased. It's unknown where else Williams is planning to visit, but NFL.com's Michael Lombardi reported Tuesday the Bears have dropped out of the running.
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Atlanta's stock is high because it trounced a potentially lousy Miami team in Week 1. (Red Flag No. 1.) Carolina's stock is low ONLY because it stunk in Week 1. (Red Flag No. 2.) This game means infinitely more to Carolina than Atlanta. (Red Flag No. 3.) Atlanta is battling secondary problems that Miami's pathetic passing game failed to exploit … but those problems still exist. (Red Flag No. 4.) Nobody -- repeat: nobody -- believes in the Panthers right now. (Red Flag No. 5.) Every gambler alive will be putting the Falcons in a 6-point teaser on Sunday. (Red Flag No. 6.) And you're laughing as you read this paragraph because you can't believe Simmons is dumb enough to back Jake Delhomme. (Red Flag No. 7.)
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"Man, excited is not the word," Moore said shortly after being taken No. 55 overall. "It’s a blessing. When the whole process was going on, everybody asked me where I’ve love to go. I said Atlanta. It’s like when I went to Missouri, I had the feeling, the players, the direction they’re headed. I know I can go in and make an instant impact."
"Tony is one of the best tight ends in NFL history and will be a great addition to our team," said Head Coach Mike Smith. "He will be a leader both on and off the field for our organization."
That’s eight votes for the Falcons taking Pettigrew, two for English, two for Ziggy, one for Jeria, one for Jenkins, one for Butler and one for Davis. That’s a fairly heavy consensus for the 24th pick, which could mean somebody knows something. Or it could mean, to borrow from the screenwriter William Goldman (who had the Sundance Kid going ahead of Butch Cassidy in his mock), nobody knows anything.
You’re going to end up in a situation that is unbelievable," Ryan said. "You are going to have an opportunity to play in the NFL whether if you are picked one, 10, 15 or 20. It doesn’t make any difference. You’re going to remember it for the rest of your life. Have fun with it.
But the NFL has always been known as a "what have you done for me lately" league and with the 2009 season quickly approaching, the Atlanta Falcons, from top to bottom, are looking to prove that they're not one-year wonders.
Though there has been widespread speculation that Haynesworth could be joining the Falcons once the free agency signing period opens Feb. 27, Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff made it clear today that the team is not interested in bidding for Haynesworth.
"Our aim is not to be a major player in free agency, but to continue to focus on getting back (focused on improving via) the draft" Dimitroff told reporters at the NFL combine.