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Bills notebook: Boldin, 3 D-linemen visit; Washington pleads not guilty

The Buffalo Bills Monday hosted free-agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin and three free-agent defensive linemen, but the players departed without signing.

The Bills could use some experienced depth at wide receiver, especially with the No. 1 man at the position, Sammy Watkins, returning from his second foot surgery, and a rookie, Zay Jones, projected to fill the No. 2 spot.

Boldin, 36, is entering his 15th season in the NFL. He has played for four different teams: the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions.

Boldin has 1,076 career receptions for 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns.

Last season with the Lions he caught 67 passes for 584 yards and eight TDs. His two best seasons came with the Cardinals: 2005, when he caught 102 passes for 1,402 yards and seven touchdowns, and 2003, when he had 101 receptions 1,377 yards and eight scores.


Free-agent defensive linemen Leger Douzable, Devon Still, and Roy Miller also visited One Bills Drive Monday.

Douzable, an end with nine years of NFL experience, played for the Bills last season. He started five games and was credited with 43 tackles and a 1.5 sacks. He also has been with the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, and New York Giants.

Still, a tackle, has spent four years in the league. He appeared in three games with the Houston Texans last season after spending three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Still is best known for helping to raise money for cancer research through his daughter, Leah's, battle with the disease. She is two years cancer free.

Miller, also a tackle, has eight years of NFL experience. He spent the past four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making 50 starts and registering 104 tackles, with six sacks.


Bills defensive lineman Adolphus Washington Monday pleaded not guilty in a court appearance in Cincinnati to a misdemeanor charge of improperly carrying a concealed weapon.

The charge is connected to Washington's July 7 arrest at a water park.

A clerk in the Hamilton County Municipal Criminal and Traffic Court said a pre-trial hearing for Washington is set for Aug. 1.

Washington is not required to appear in court, so he won't have to miss the 8:45 a.m. practice scheduled that day at the Bills' St. John Fisher training camp.

Clyde Bennett, Washington's attorney, is seeking to have the case dismissed.

"I don't think Mr. Washington did anything legally inappropriate, I don't think he did anything legally wrong," Bennett said. "He's been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and the charge is factually and legally inappropriate because he complied fully with the police, number one, but, number two, his weapon was not concealed, and, number three, he had a carry concealed (weapon) permit.

"My plan is for the charges to be dismissed without going to trial."

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