The Buffalo News is reporting that Roscoe Parrish is on the trading block. If training camp opened today, the Bills would be carrying seven wide receivers (Parrish, Terrell Owens, Lee Evans, Josh Reed, Stevie Johnson, James Hardy and Justin Jenkins). So to clear up the logjam, it appears Russ Brandon and Co. are going to try and move Parrish.
As Mark Gaugahn writes in the article, Parrish is one of the league’s best when it comes to returning punts:
Parrish has had trouble getting playing time in the slot due to the fact Reed has been so effective as the No. 3 wideout. Parrish caught 23 passes in 12 games last year, down from 35 the year before. Parrish, however, arguably is the top punt return man in the league.
He led the NFL each of the past two seasons on punt returns, with a 16.3-yard average in 2007 and a 15.3-yard average in 2008. He has punt returns for touchdowns each of the past three seasons.
The Bills are testing the market to see how much interest that return ability might prompt.
If Parrish is traded, will Leodis McKelvin and Fred Jackson be able to pick up the slack full time?
In other news, Buffalo added some much-needed depth on the offensive line by signing free agent veteran Seth McKinney.