"I've said all along that I would like to be back with them. So that's a top priority," Posluszny told The Associated Press by phone Monday, shortly after NFL players voted to OK a deal to end the 4½-month lockout. "I'm definitely going to have to be responsible and hear what other teams have to say and go that route."
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Selected in the second round by the Bills in the 2007 draft out of Penn State, Posluszny completed the fourth and final year of his contract last season. Under the rules released by the NFL, Posluszny will join other free agents in being free to negotiate with all teams as of Tuesday.
Posluszny had expressed an interest in re-signing in Buffalo before the lockout. The Bills also were interested in re-signing him to a long-term deal and had went as far as to retain Posluszny's rights by extending him a contract tender in March.
That tender is no longer valid, meaning both sides will have to start from scratch.
"I'm very anxious because I have to get my contract squared away and figure out who I'm playing for," said Posluszny, who has spent much of the offseason working out five days per week outside of Pittsburgh. "I'm going to listen to everybody and, and then just try to make the best decision I can make."
Though teams are allowed to open talks with players, they're not allowed to sign contracts until Friday.
After missing much of his rookie season with a broken arm, Posluszny has been a three-year starter who led the team with 151 tackles last season.
Posluszny had briefly spoken with Wannstedt in April, when the lockout was temporarily lifted.
In a statement released by the team, Bills owner Ralph Wilson thanked fans for being patient and was pleased the two sides reached what he called a "fair" deal.
"I'm excited about the direction our team is heading as we enter the upcoming season," he said. "And I know our players and fans share in that excitement."
"I'm just pleased to be able to not have this be the focal point and to not have fans in limbo about when this thing is going to get resolved," Wilson told The AP. "Now that we all know where we stand and are able to get back to playing football, everybody can smile and enjoy having the game that we all love so much."
Wilson was still at his offseason home in Atlanta, and he expects to arrive in Buffalo by Wednesday. Others are expected to filter in earlier.
"Time to finish packing up here," tweeted rookie third-round pick, linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who's also in Atlanta. "It's been real ATL, off to B-Lo tomorrow!!!!"
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