Buffalo's offensive shake-up dislodges Shaw

Updated: October 13, 2004, 6:03 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Buffalo Bills made their first front-office reaction to owner Ralph Wilson's public frustration about an offense he labeled as boring. In a strange move Wednesday morning, the team order wide receiver Bobby Shaw to clear out his locker and await either a release or trade by 1 p.m.

Shaw was released.

Bobby Shaw
Wide Receiver
Buffalo Bills
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
5 59 0 11.8 20 27

Shaw was the Bills' third leading receiver in 2003, with 56 catches for 732 yards and four touchdowns. He was a personal favorite of general manager Tom Donahoe, who brought him to Pittsburgh as a backup in 1999. Shaw has played for the Seahawks, Steelers, Jaguars and Bills. Last year, he was a good option for quarterback Drew Bledsoe because of his ability to get open against zone defenses.

Drafting Lee Evans in the first round forced the Bills to drop Shaw into the role of being a backup and fourth receiver, though. Playing behind Evans and Josh Reed, Shaw had only five catches for 59 yards in four games. Shaw had one more year remaining on a contract that pays him $750,000 this season.

Wilson told reporters after the Bills' fourth loss of the season that he was tired of watching what he considered a conservative Buffalo offense. The Bills are 0-4, rank 28th on offenses and are averaging 12.8 points a game, second worst in the league behind the Miami Dolphins, their opponent Sunday.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer