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Bills agree to keep Reed, Haggan

The moves just keep on coming from the Buffalo Bills, who agreed to contract terms with wide receiver Josh Reed and linebacker Mario Haggan and tendered a huge contract offer to Arizona Cardinals offensive guard and restricted free agent Reggie Wells on Friday.

According to NFL sources, Reed got a four-year, $10 million contract that includes a $2 million signing bonus. That's a significant raise from what he received as a second-round draft pick in 2002.

This move could be an indication that the Bills are closer to deciding the fate of 10-year veteran Eric Moulds, who asked the team to release him after refusing to take a pay cut. He is scheduled to make $7.1 million next season.

The Bills have offered Wells a five-year contract worth $17.6 million, a league source said. The deal includes a $3 million signing bonus and a $2 million roster bonus.

The Cardinals have seven days to match the Bills' offer, or they will be compensated with a sixth round draft choice, which is where they selected Wells in 2003.

Rod Graves, Arizona's vice president of football operations, had said the Cardinals would match any offer unless Wells got more than expected from another team. The Bills' package may be more than Arizona is willing to pay.

Wells, 25, is a promising young talent who started all 16 games in 2004 and the first nine last season at left guard before suffering a season-ending broken left ankle. He also has experience at center. The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder combines good size with impressive mobility and strength.

Should the Bills get Wells, he'll likely take over the left guard spot held by Bennie Anderson, who was a disappointment in his first year with the team.

"You can see they have some talent in places, and they have some needs in places," Wells said during his visit. "I think I'd be a good fit."

Reed's return is a bit of a surprise. He was viewed by many team observers as a disappointment because his struggles with dropped passes and wavering confidence. After a promising rookie year, he started 16 games the following season and caught 58 passes for 588 yards. His production dropped considerably in 2004 with just 16 catches as the third receiver. But he rebounded nicely last season with 32 catches for 449 yards and two TDs.

Reed, who was considering the Carolina Panthers, gives the Bills a possession-type receiver to go with speedier wide outs Lee Evans, Roscoe Parrish and Andre' Davis. Reed also is the best blocker on the team at his position.

"He had a great visit with Carolina," said Reed's agent, Ben Dogra. "They're a first-class organization with great people and they were obviously very interested in getting him. I just think that based on the city and the team he has been with he certainly had a stronger comfort level there just being familiar with everything.

"Mr. (General Manager Marv) Levy, coach (Dick) Jauron and Josh's receivers coach Tyke Tolbert called and reassured him they were going to have a different offense, and with (offensive coordinator) Steve Fairchild coming over from the Rams, he would have a legit chance to step up and be far more productive."

Haggan, a restricted free agent, received a one-year tender offer of $712,000 from the Bills two weeks ago, thereby ensuring his return. Another team could have made an offer, but would have to give up a draft choice equal to the round in which Haggan was drafted if the Bills chose not to match it.

A 2003 seventh-round pick, Haggan has played in every game the past two seasons, mostly as a standout on special teams. He led Buffalo with 25 special-teams tackles in 2005.

A busy day at One Bills Drive included visits with five free agents -- offensive guard Stephen Neal, running back Anthony Thomas, quarterback Craig Nall, linebacker Paris Lenon and defensive end Israel Idonije.

Neal is a four-year veteran who became a regular starter for New England in 2004. Thomas had two 1,000-yard seasons in Chicago when Jauron was the Bears' head coach. He split time in Dallas and New Orleans last season. Nall spent the last four years as Green Bay's No. 3 quarterback. Lenon recorded 65 tackles for the Packers last year. Idonije saw limited action in 11 games for the Bears in 2005.

Meanwhile, another former Bill found a new home Friday as strong safety Lawyer Milloy agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on a three-year, $6.01 million contract, which includes a $2.5 million signing bonus. Milloy was released two weeks ago.

e-mail: awilson@buffnews.com

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