INDIANAPOLIS -- Teams usually don't disseminate news releases to announce they won't re-sign a free agent, yet the Buffalo Bills want you to know they won't offer contracts to receivers Terrell Owens and Josh Reed and defensive end Ryan Denney.
"We wanted to inform all three players ahead of the start of the free agency period so they could begin making their plans," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said in a statement. "We just felt that was the right thing to do. All three have represented our organization with class and we thank them for their dedication and hard work."
Owens played one season with the Bills. He had a team-high 55 receptions for 829 yards and five touchdowns.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh suggested he would be interested in bringing Owens aboard.
"I've always said I've got a lot of respect for T.O., and I know Ozzie [Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome] does, too," Harbaugh said at the NFL scouting combine. "He had a good year last year, we watched him on tape and he was very effective."
When pressed on his interest in Owens, Harbaugh added "You cornered me. You got me. We're interested in T.O. We're interested in all the guys that can make our team better."
Reed spent eight seasons with the Bills. The slot receiver caught 27 passes for 291 yards and one touchdown last year. He had his best season in 2008, when he made 56 catches for a career-high 597 yards and a touchdown despite missing three games.
Denney also played eight years in Buffalo, collecting 23.5 sacks mostly as a backup. Of his 31 career starts, 24 of them came in two seasons -- 2003 and 2008.