Orchard Park, NY—The Buffalo Bills today informed DE Ryan Denney, WR Terrell Owens and WR Josh Reed that the team will not offer them contracts, making all three players unrestricted free agents at midnight on March 5th when the NFL’s free agency period begins.
Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said, “We wanted to inform all three players ahead of the start of the free agency period so they could begin making their plans. We just felt that was the right thing to do. All three have represented our organization with class and we thank them for their dedication and hard work.”
Denney was selected with the team’s second of two second-round draft selections in 2002 (61st overall). The former Brigham Young standout recorded 318 tackles and 23.5 sacks in his eight-year career.
Owens recorded the 1,000th catch of his career in Week 16 at Atlanta to become only the sixth player in league history to reach the milestone. He moved into third-place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards chart with 14,951 yards in the team’s 30-7 win over Indianapolis in Week 17. He has recorded 1,006 catches for 14,951 yards and 144 touchdowns in 205 career games with 190 starts.
Reed was drafted by the Bills in the second round (36th overall) in the 2002 Draft and ranks fifth in team history in catches with 311 while his 3,575 receiving yards ranks 10th on the Bills all-time list.
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