Bills await WR Terrell Owens' appearance
T. O. was a no-show Monday for the start of the Buffalo Bills' voluntary offseason conditioning program. That didn't stop teammates from...
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — T.O. was a no-show Monday for the start of the Buffalo Bills' voluntary offseason conditioning program.
That didn't stop teammates from eagerly awaiting wide receiver Terrell Owens' arrival — whenever that might occur — and getting in a laugh or two.
"I'm really excited about meeting the guy," center Geoff Hangartner said.
Hangartner, who signed with the Bills on Feb. 28, complained — with a wink and a smile — that his free-agent signing has since been overshadowed by Owens, a former Dallas Cowboy who made a far bigger splash later when he signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal.
"I'm pretty angry about it, really," Hangartner said, barely able to contain his laughter. "I figured all along I'd be, like, the big-name free-agent signing."
Owens' absence was not a big concern for John Allaire, strength and conditioning coach.
"He has a very good history of being in shape, ready to go," Allaire said. "We're not anticipating anything different this year."
It isn't clear whether Owens, a five-time All-Pro, will attend Buffalo's voluntary minicamps set to start in May.
Seahawks get 3 more draft picks
Seattle was awarded three additional seventh-round draft picks by the league as compensation for the free-agency toll from 2008.
Each year the league awards 32 additional draft picks based on a formula that determines which teams suffered a net loss of free agents meriting compensation.
The Seahawks received no compensatory picks in last year's draft and one in 2007, which was used to pick wide receiver Jordan Kent.
Seattle holds 10 picks in this year's draft: First round (No. 4 overall), second round (No. 37 overall), third round (No. 68 overall), fourth round (No. 105 overall), fifth round (No. 137 overall), sixth round (No. 178 overall) and four seventh-round picks (No. 213, No. 245, No. 247 and No. 248).
The fifth-round pick the Seahawks hold (No. 137) was acquired in the trade of Julian Peterson to Detroit. The fifth-round pick originally belonging to Seattle (No. 140) was traded to Denver to acquire receiver Keary Colbert in September.
• The first regular-season game will feature the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 10 on NBC. The first Sunday night game on NBC will be Chicago at Green Bay on Sept. 13.
In ESPN Monday-night games Sept. 14, Buffalo will play at New England and San Diego will visit Oakland.
• The Denver Broncos might listen to offers for disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler at the owners meetings this week in Dana Point, Calif. If first-year coach Josh McDaniels has his way, though, they will try to work things out to keep Cutler in Denver.
"He's our quarterback," McDaniels said. "We can't predict the future. He's our quarterback, we want him to be our quarterback, we made that very clear to him and we hope he feels the same way."
• The Miami Dolphins traded center Samson Satele, 24, to the Oakland Raiders for an undisclosed draft pick. The move clears the way for Jake Grove, a former Raider, to move into Miami's starting center spot.
• Wide receiver David Patten, 34, who was with New Orleans the last two seasons, signed with Cleveland. He played for the Browns in 2000.
Times staff reporter Danny O'Neil
contributed to this report.
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