The 23rd overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, Willis McGahee, has agreed to a contract that will reportly pay him $7.05 million over five years but with incentives late in the contract the deal could be worth up to $15 million. The contract supposedly also includes a two-tiered $4.15 million bonus, the second part of which will be paid at the end of the season.
The team would then likely place McGahee on the NFL's Non-Football Injury List. This is a list for players who are injured off the field or outside the scope of their player contract and who are unable to pass their team's physical prior to training camp. Players on this list are not entitled to compensation while on the list but the club can elect to pay him), although their contract continues to run until they are in the final year of their contract. The Bills will have (3) week period beginning to determine whether to active McGahee or place him on the injured reserve list (which would force him to miss the entire 2003 season). This period begins the day after the club's 6th regular season game.
The Bills will need to clear up a roster spot for McGahee before his contract is signed. The Bills have gone on record to say the will not release recent camp drop out Ainsley Battles to clear up a spot because they want to keep the door open for him to return if he wants to. Another option might be in releasing Anthony Denman, who as we reported yesterday has still yet to report to camp.
The other running back making news today at training camp was Travis Henry, who returned to the practice field after being held out the last few days, and during the team's first preseason game, because of a knee injury.
In other injury news linebacker Takeo Spikes missed some practice time today with a groin pull. His backup is DaShon Polk who had a fumble recovery in Saturday's preseason gaime against Baltimore.
As a folow up to yesterday's report that Aaron Schobel missing practice yesterday, it was due to his wife giving birth to their child.
The Bills will have an afternoon practice. Players expected to be in the McDonald's autograph zone are Tony Driver, Terrence McGee, Izell Reese, Dainon Sidney.