Andre' Davis to Bills
The Buffalo Bills have announced the signing of former Patriots receiver Andre' Davis.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Davis is the first Patriots player to officially sign with a new team. He received a one-year, $1.3 million contract with a $500,000 signing bonus.
In 2005, Davis played in nine games (four starts) and totaled nine catches for 190 yards and one touchdown. He also found a niche at the end of the year as a gunner on punt coverage.
Entering free agency, Davis was looking for a team that would provide him an opportunity to start. In Buffalo, Eric Moulds, Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish top the depth chart at receiver, although Moulds' future is uncertain due to a high salary cap number.
Speaking on the Bills' official web site, Davis commented on his time with the Patriots.
"It was great. They were coming off a Super Bowl win and a lot of those guys on that team had two or three Super Bowl rings. You couldn't ask for much more when it came to experience and being able to learn from those guys. I've learned a lot from them. It was a great group of guys to be around. They were a first-class organization."
Davis said he was recruited in Buffalo by quarterback Kelly Holcomb, his former teammate in Cleveland.
"Kelly was probably the biggest influence of me coming here," Davis said on the Bills' web site. "He was the one who was contacting me before anything happened, recruiting me, saying I had to come over here for a visit. In talking to Kelly, I wanted to come here and give Buffalo a chance to really see what they had to offer."
Known for his speed, the 26-year-old Davis cost the Patriots a 2006 fifth-round draft choice when he was acquired from the Browns in the 2005 preseason. The Patriots still have a 2006 fifth-round pick, acquired from the Raiders.
The Patriots have only two receivers from 2005 under contract for the upcoming season -- Deion Branch and Bethel Johnson.