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WR Coles now available

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2010 – 3:46 pm

A year after signing a free agent deal with Cincinnati, Laveranues Coles is again a free agent.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Coles was released by the Bengals today (Thursday).

Adam_Schefter    Bengals terminated contract of WR Laveranues Coles, releasing him to free agency.

Last offseason the Bills and the Bengals were among the last couple of teams vying for Coles’ services before he ultimately signed with Cincinnati. Whether the Bills are interested a year later remains to be seen, but after a down year for Coles last season it’s probably not likely.

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Free agent visitors so far

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2009 – 11:42 pm

Since some of you out there are wondering here’s the FA visit count thus far for the Bills. 11 total visits, 3 signed as of Thursday 6:45pm.

RB Fred Taylor – signed with NE

LB Jamie Winborn – still out there

CB Drayton Florence – signed with BUF

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – signed with BUF

OL Geoff Hangartner – signed with BUF

WR Laveranues Coles – signed with Cincy

RB DeShaun Foster – still out there

LB Cato June – still out there

WR Joey Galloway – still out there

LB Freddie Keiaho – still out there

RB Kevin Jones – still out there

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Other realistic options with Coles off the market

Posted by Chris Brown on March 5, 2009 – 2:14 am

With Laveranues Coles signing with Cincinnati earlier today, the Bills still have other options at wideout.

Joey Galloway, granted is 37, but heading into 2008 he was coming off three straight 1,000-yard seasons. Then his foot injury this past season allowed him to play in just four games. He could help, but I wouldn’t sign him to anything more than a two-year deal.

Trading for Torry Holt is also an idea that I think has merit especially if you can sign him to an extension to lower his $6.55M base salary for 2009. I’d offer a conditional 5th round pick in 2010 that can turn into a 4th if Holt meets certain receiving figures. Heck maybe a 6th that could become a fifth. After all the Bills would be doing the Rams a favor getting Holt off their books.

Of course in the near future they may just release him anyway.

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Coles leaves Cincy with no deal

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2009 – 8:24 pm

Looks like Laveranues Coles wasn’t bowled over by what the Bengals had to offer as he has reportedly finished his visit and left town. That according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. No word on whether the Bengals made a formal offer, but the visit is over.

If there are no other takers for Coles’ services and Cincy doesn’t improve their offer, the Bills stand a good chance of landing the veteran wideout.

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Will Bengals throw Housh money at Coles?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2009 – 2:33 pm

With T.J. Housmanzadeh now in Seattle and Laveranues Coles scheduled to visit the Bengals, you have to wonder if Cincinnati will offer Coles the same kind of money. That’s no doubt what Coles’ agent is hoping. reports that the team’s best offer to Houshmanzadeh was a deal that could have triggered an escalator to make it a 4-year $30M deal. How difficult it would have been to kick that escalator in is murky at best and Houshmanzadeh didn’t seem to think it was all that realistic. Here’s the quote courtesy of

“I’m not going to get into what they offered,” said Houshmazadeh. “I don’t think it was fair. I’m talking about what it took to get there. The Brown (family) gave me my chance to play in the NFL. I’m thankful to them and I don’t have bitterness. You just move on.”

I’m not convinced the Bengals will shell out that kind of money for Coles. Houshmanzadeh was a strong locker room presence in Cincininati and had a relationship with the quarterback and players. Coles doesn’t have that. He’s an outsider. I’d be surprised if Coles was offered the same deal Houshmanzadeh was by the Bengals.

In reality the big lure for Cincinnati to reel Coles is their franchise quarterback. Carson Palmer, who is on track to return at 100 percent in 2009, and a veteran signal caller is a valuable bargaining chip for any team that is trying to sign a receiver. If the Bengals offer just slightly better money than the Bills I think Coles takes it.

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Coles now hoping more offers surface

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2009 – 12:19 am

With top FA WR T.J. Houshmanzadeh now signed in Seattle, fellow FA Laveranues Coles will hope that Minnesota or Cincinnati reach out to him to address their WR need.

Coles isn’t all that different a receiver than Housh, though he is a bit more physical. Both Cincinnati and Minnesota need a possession wideout. If either of them jump into the Coles’ sweepstakes it could compromise Buffalo’s chances of landing him.
If a new offer for Coles doesn’t surface in the next day or so the Bills should have the inside track.

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Coles likely waiting for big WR shoe to drop

Posted by Chris Brown on March 2, 2009 – 3:54 pm

Even though the Miami Dolphins have reportedly told the Laveranues Coles’ camp they are not interested at all in his services, the reason Coles has not agreed to sign with Buffalo, the only team that publicly has expressed interest, is probably because T.J. Houshmanzadeh hasn’t made his decision on where he’ll be playing.

If Housh signs with Minnesota or anybody else or re-signs with Cincinnati, then the Coles camp might believe they could suddenly have other potential suitors that lost out on Houshmanzadeh’s services, thereby driving up the price on what it would cost to land him.

It’s not a bad play. Coles’ knows Houshmanzadeh is the hottest commodity on the receiver market. Once he’s off the market, he knows he becomes a more attractive free agent option. Houshmanzadeh is supposed to make a decision today on where he’ll be playing, at which points we’ll see if other teams that miss out on him start calling Coles’ agent.

If they do he’ll have played his cards right. If they don’t he might not have a chair to sit on when the music stops.

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WR Coles FA visit over

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2009 – 11:45 pm

Free agent WR Laveranues Coles has completed his free agent visit and left One Bills Drive without a contract signed.

No word on whether he has any other free agent visits planned.

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Coles is in the building

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2009 – 8:51 pm

With Laveranues Coles on site, it’ll be interesting if we can get a few words with him, to see where he sees himself potentially fitting in here. Buffalo has a crowded situation at wideout right now with a mix of young and old.

If Coles signed however, he’d be the unquestioned number two wideout. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I’d imagine there’d be a lot more 4-wide in Buffalo’s attack if he landed here. He and Evans outside and Reed and Parrish inside. Hard not to get excited about that alignment.

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Four FAs scheduled to visit today

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2009 – 2:57 pm

Bills COO Russ Brandon said on 97 Rock (radio) this morning that four free agents are scheduled to visit One Bills Drive today. NY Jets WR Laveranues Coles, Cincinnati QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carolina G/C Geoff Hangartner and Pittsburgh G Kendall Simmons.

As you all know free agent plans can change in a moment so stay tuned to the home page of as we will confirm the visits as they happen.

Simmons is the only player coming off a major injury. He ruptured his Achilles tendon in Week 4 last season and was put on injured reserve. If he does in fact make it out to One Bills Drive today, we’ll get an update on his health provided he’s made available for an interview.

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Coles to Miami?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2009 – 3:21 pm

With Laveranues Coles to be a free agent and knowing he’s tight with Chad Pennington, you have to believe that the Dolphins are at least going to lob a call into Coles to see what he’s looking for by way of a contract.

For those that don’t remember Coles was the guy that was sulking when the Jets cut Pennington and replaced him with Favre. So it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Coles head south, remembering that the guy is a Florida native (born in Jacksonville) and played his college ball at Florida State.

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Jets NT Jenkins has hip injury

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2008 – 9:45 pm

The player that sticks out like a behemoth of a nose tackle on the Jets injury report is their behemoth of a nose tackle. Kris Jenkins was limited in practice Wednesday for the Jets with a hip injury. No word on the severity of it, but with as dominant as he’s been any Jenkins that’s less than 100 percent would be welcome.

Other Jets players of note that are a bit hobbled include ILB Eric Barton (knee) who was limited on Wednesday, WR Laveranues Coles (thigh) who was also limited. LB Bryan Thomas (shoulder) was limited as well.

ILB David Harris is back in the lineup and has played the past couple of weeks in his return from a groin injury that kept him out of the first matchup with the Bills. I asked Jets coach Eric Mangini if Harris is full go as of yet.

“It gets better as we move along,” said Mangini of Harris’ groin. “Last week was really more play time than we had anticipated, because Eric Barton got a little bit nicked up early in the game, so David had to move into a primary sub-role for us. but he fought through it well and was productive. There’s some things where he’s rusty at missing the time that he did and not seeing what you see during the course of the week. But with David, he’s a dilligent guy and I think he’ll get that rust knocked off pretty quickly.”

WR/QB Brad Smith (head) did not practice.

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Jets injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 31, 2008 – 7:29 pm

ILB David Harris (hip) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful for the Jets on Sunday. If he can’t go backup Cody Spencer would normally fill in, but he’s questionable with a shoulder injury and was limited in practice all week. So the job would fall to David Bowens.

WRs Laveranues Coles (thigh) and Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) are both listed as probable and are expected to play.

TE Chris Baker (hip) was limited in practice all week and is questionable for the game. He’ll be a game time decision. Fellow TE Bubba Franks (hip) is doubtful, so rookie Dustin Keller could have a lot on his plate Sunday.

S Eric Smith (head) is out for the game. Abram Elam is expected to start in his place.

RT Damien Woody who missed Wednesday and Thursday practice due to personal matters, returned to practice on Friday and was removed from the injury report.

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Jets injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 31, 2008 – 1:41 pm

MLB David Harris is looking less and less likely to play Sunday for New York as he doesn’t appear ready to return from a groin injury. Harris rode the stationary bike for practice again on Thursday.

His backup Cody Spencer has been limited in practice the past two days with a shoulder injury, which would leave David Bowens as the only remaining ILB replacement.

Harris is the Jets’ leading tackler. He’s also the team’s defensive signal caller with the radio helmet. If he can’t play fellow ILB Eric Barton is expected to have the radio communication helmet.

TE Chris Baker (hip) practiced on a limited basis, but fellow TE Bubba Franks (hip) did not practice for a second straight day. If Baker and Franks can’t go it would leave them a bit short on the blocking side of things at TE though Eric Mangini insisted that rookie Dustin Keller, a pass catching TE by trade, could block on the line. I have my doubts.

WRs Laveranues Coles (thigh) and Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) were both limited for a second straight day on Thursday, but both are expected to play Sunday.

S Eric Smith (head) has not practiced yet this week is not expected to play. Abram Elam is expected to replace him in the starting lineup.

OL Damien Woody (personal) has not practiced this week. The team is giving him the game plan via computer. Woody has also been plagued by a nagging calf injury. Wayne Hunter is the Jets’ swing tackle.

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Jets injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2008 – 8:17 pm

The list is long for the Jets as far as injuries are concerned.

Not practicing for the Jets Wednesday were RT Damien Woody (personal), TE Bubba Franks (hip) and ILB David Harris (groin). Starting S Eric Smith also did not practice (head).

Harris appears to be the most serious, and his backup Cody Spencer is dinged too (see below). If Harris can’t go David Bowens presumably would step in as the only other backup ILB should Spencer be unable to play as well.

TE Chris Baker (hip), WR Laveranues Coles (thigh), WR Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) and LB Cody Spencer (shoulder) were all limited in practice Wednesday.

Baker is expected to be back this week. Coles and Cotchery are both nicked up, but expected to play.

Kicker Mike Nugent (thigh) is still out so Jay Feely will continue to kick for the Jets.

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