The Buffalo Bills have been undecided on whether to keep Eric Moulds. But there is no doubt how Moulds feels about it.
He wants out.
Moulds' representatives have told the Bills that the veteran wide receiver wants to be traded or released.
"It's time to move on," said Greg Johnson, Moulds' personal adviser. "Eric loves Buffalo and we wish things could be worked out. But I don't see that happening."
Moulds, who has spent his entire 10-year career in Buffalo, is scheduled to make $7.1 million next season and count $10.85 million against the 2006 salary cap. Those are figures the Bills apparently can't live with.
But Johnson and Moulds' agent, Harry Henderson, have refused the Bills' request that Moulds take a significant pay cut. The team rejected a recent proposal by Johnson and Henderson to restructure Moulds' contract because it didn't include enough of a salary reduction.
Johnson and Henderson informed the Bills of Moulds' desire to be released during a telephone conversation last Friday. Johnson said they delayed going public because they wanted to see how the first two days of free agency, which began Saturday, unfolded.
The Bills signed three free agents over the weekend, including four-year veteran wide receiver Andre' Davis, who spent last season in New England.
"We were hoping they would open their eyes and say they would give this guy what he deserves and move on," Johnson said. "But they didn't, so we don't have time to keep hoping. There is no more time to hope.
"It's just not going to happen. We're too far apart. If you're not going to pay him, cut him now or trade him now and allow him to find out what his market value is with someone else."
In a statement released by the Bills' media relations department, General Manager Marv Levy said, "Our intention remains to keep Eric as a part of our team."
Johnson and Henderson are not happy with the Bills' "lack of urgency" in reaching a final decision on Moulds. The Bills are in no rush because they are comfortably under the $102 million salary cap even with his high cap number. When the NFL and players union agreed to a new six-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement, it gave the Bills even more cap room to pursue free agents and more time to decide Moulds' fate.
Johnson expects the Bills to release Moulds at some point this offseason, but Johnson wants them to do it now so Moulds can begin looking for a new team. Moulds is coming off a down year in which he caught 81 passes for 816 yards, but he averaged nine catches and 100 yards in the final three games. He also was suspended one game by former head coach Mike Mularkey for conduct detrimental to the team.
Despite last season's problems and his age, Moulds -- he'll be 33 in July -- would have plenty of suitors if the Bills let him go. The Patriots, Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles are among the teams seeking help at wide receiver.
"We would like to see what his market value is," Johnson said. "Maybe it is at the number the Bills are talking about. But we'll never know if we don't go out there and find out. That's what we want to do. It's just time to move on."
Meanwhile, the Bills continue to court free agents. They are scheduled to bring in two players for visits today. The team declined to comment on the players, but one of them could be former St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, who visited Green Bay Sunday and Monday.
The Bills have already signed defensive tackle Larry Tripplett, but want added size up front after releasing Sam Adams.
The 6-foot-2, 330-pound Pickett fits what the Bills are looking for. One of St. Louis' three first-round draft picks in 2001, the 26-year-old Pickett has started 59 of 75 games in five years. He's coming off his best season, leading the NFL in tackles by a defensive lineman with 115.
The Rams reportedly offered Pickett a five-year contract that includes a $5 million signing bonus. But Pickett is looking for a bigger-money deal.
Also Monday, the Bills re-signed reserve offensive lineman Greg Jerman. He appeared in 10 games and started three at right tackle last season. Jerman is a four-year NFL veteran who joined the Bills as a free agent last year after spending his first three seasons with Miami.