Agent: Bills release WR Shaw
Posted: Wednesday October 13, 2004 3:21PM; Updated: Wednesday October 13, 2004 3:21PM
Shaw's agent Frank Bauer told The Associated Press that his client arrived for practice when he was informed to clean out his locker and await being cut or traded.
Bauer said the team had until 1 p.m. to trade Shaw, or he would be released.
"Any time a team's struggling, there's a tendency to make some changes," Bauer said. "But this one catches Bobby and me both by surprise. ... Maybe they were trying to send a message."
The Bills had not confirmed the move. Shaw's locker was empty and he was not present at practice.
Bills coach Mike Mularkey is scheduled to address reporters later in the afternoon.
The Bills, who host Miami on Sunday, have lost their first four games, and have been undone in part because of a sputtering offense that's managed just five touchdowns.
Bills owner Ralph Wilson spoke out following last Sunday's 16-14 loss to the New York Jets, unhappy with the offense's lack of production.
Bauer said Shaw informed him that he was told that the team was going in a different direction.
Shaw, who was in the second year of a three-year contract, is a seven-year veteran, whose dependability as a third-down receiver had dropped this season.
He's made only five catches for 59 yards in four games this season. And he struggled in Buffalo's 16-14 loss against the New York Jets on Sunday.
Drew Bledsoe completed only one of four passes directed at Shaw in third-down situations. And Shaw also turned the wrong way, having Bledsoe's pass hit him in the back, on a first-down play, and with the Jets blitzing.
Shaw proved to be the odd-man out in an Eric Moulds-led receiving corps, which has featured the gradual emergence of rookie Lee Evans. Selected 13th overall, Evans has supplanted Josh Reed as Buffalo's No. 2 receiver, pushing Shaw further down the depth chart.
The Bills signed Shaw prior to the 2003 season, in part to help replace the loss of Peerless Price, whom the team traded to Atlanta. It proved to be Shaw's best season, recording career highs with 56 catches and 732 yards receiving, and matching a career high with four touchdowns.
Seattle's sixth-round pick in the 1998 draft, Shaw was waived by the Seahawks later that year and signed with Pittsburgh. He played three full seasons with the Steelers and signed with Jacksonville in 2002, before joining the Bills the following year.