Rebuilding Bills interested in trade for Patriots' Bledsoe

Buffalo has cap space, improved offensive line

Pro Football

April 01, 2002|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

It's looking more and more as if the Buffalo Bills are earnestly after New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. They've shored up their offensive line with the signing of tackles Trey Teague and Marcus Price. And they're clearing salary cap room.

Bills coach Gregg Williams pointed out that the team is $5 million under the cap, although that may have changed with the signing of Teague, and that's what Bledsoe's due in 2002.

Meanwhile, the Bills have backed off talks with free-agent quarterbacks Jonathan Quinn, Chris Chandler and Jeff Blake. Quinn's agent, Richard DeLuca, told the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle, that his client visited the Bills, but hasn't heard a peep from them since.

Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe also told the Democrat & Chronicle that the Patriots seemed open to dealing Bledsoe within the AFC East, but that "it hasn't gone anywhere."

The Bills have the fourth overall pick in next month's NFL draft. Bledsoe, the first pick in the 1993 draft, is available because of Tom Brady, who quarterbacked the Patriots to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI. Bledsoe is not an unrestricted free agent. The Patriots are seeking a first-round draft choice or more in return.

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