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Buffalo Bills News - March 25, 2003

Marker Adams can't wait to create havoc [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The fans in Buffalo are awesome," said Adams, who plans to live in Ted Washington's Buffalo-area home. "You come from a place like Oakland, the only other place you can go is Buffalo to find the fans that players want to play for. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Buffalo until I left, I just said, "I can't wait to get back here and start working with my teammates and doing my part to help this team win the Super Bowl.'"'

Marker Bills kick in $4.2 million to sign Lindell [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills needed a new kicker after contract talks with free agent Mike Hollis fell apart. Lindell, 25, is younger and at 6-foot-3 and 237 pounds looks more like a linebacker than a kicker.'

Marker Thinking Bills could be Super isn't off-center [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That '88 team wasn't quite mature enough for great things. The Super Bowl run came two years later. This team might not be ready yet, either. But it's a different NFL; teams can achieve big things in a hurry.'

Marker Loyal Steinbrenner still repaying Saban for favor [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The friendship between George M. Steinbrenner III and former Buffalo Bills coach Lou Saban has endured since the summer day they met on a playground in Cleveland 55 years ago.'

Marker Lindell looks forward to joining Bills [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“Nothing fazes this guy,” said Paul Sheehy, Lindell’s agent. “His mentality is absolutely perfect for a kicker. He’s never too high or too low. I think this is a great fit.”'

Marker Bills lure Adams with incentives [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'The playing time incentive takes into consideration Buffalo’s use of rotating linemen and the fact that the Bills potentially could be protecting a lot of leads using extra defensive backs against the pass.'

Marker Seahawks let Bills acquire Lindell [5:18 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: '"It's not breaking my heart that I'm leaving (Seattle)," said Lindell, who was born in Vancouver and attended Washington State.'

Marker Lindell gone after Hawks don't pay hefty Bills [5:17 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Lindell had one streak of eight consecutive field goals last season, and two with seven in a row. He also missed three attempts in two games at one point, and Coach Mike Holmgren was close to replacing him on several occasions in the past two years. The Seahawks have had six workouts for kickers in that time span, but Holmgren never found the right person to take over the job.'

Marker Seahawks let Lindell shuffle off to Buffalo [5:16 AM]
Everett Herald reports: '''(Buffalo) almost has a college town feel to it,'' Lindell said. ''It kind of reminded me of a bigger Pullman - a huge Pullman. So I thought it would be the perfect place for me.'''

Marker Seahawks allow kicker Lindell to join Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'The Seahawks were generally satisfied with his field-goal kicking, but wanted more depth on kickoffs. The Bills cited Lindell's kickoffs as a plus in making a four-year, $4.2 million offer last week.'

Marker Gary still searching for work [5:14 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'Unfortunately for Gary, none of those teams has a starting running back job available. Travis Henry is entrenched in Buffalo's backfield, Fred Taylor in Jacksonville, Tiki Barber in New York and James Stewart in Detroit. What's left now are backup jobs and backup wages. Most likely, the 27-year-old Gary will sign a one-year contract that allows him to showcase his skills before testing the free-agent waters next winter, when Denver's former 1,000-yard rusher hopes the need for his services will be greater.'

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March 24, 2003

Marker Bills sign kicker Lindell to four-year deal [9:53 PM]
Fox Sports reports: '“What we had to ask ourselves is who is he as a kicker? We think he’s a good kicker. But probably at that level ($4.2 million), we wanted a great kicker."'

Marker Bills Sign Defensive Tackle Adams, Kicker Lindell [9:39 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Lindell made 23 of 29 field-goal attempts and all 38 extra- point tries last season for a career-high 107 points. He's made 58 of 78 career field-goal attempts, including seven of 12 from 50 yards or longer, and has six game-winning kicks. He's also made all 96 of his extra-point attempts.'

Marker Lions sign RB Shawn Bryson [9:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Bryson ran for 967 yards and two touchdowns during his first four NFL seasons, all with the Buffalo Bills. Bryson will compete for the backup spot behind James Stewart.'

Marker Seahawks don't match Buffalo's offer to Lindell [9:37 PM]
AP reports: 'Lindell is not worried about the swirling winds that are common in Ralph Wilson Stadium during the winter. He played at Washington State and kicked for two years at Husky Stadium while the Seahawks' new facility was being built. ``For me it's just about kicking the ball,'' Lindell said.'

Marker DT Sam Adams agrees to deal with Bills [9:36 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The 6-3, 330-pound Adams will enter his 10th NFL season after spending 2002 with the AFC champion Oakland Raiders. He spent six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and two with the Baltimore Ravens and has 29 career sacks.'

Marker The 1983 draft: A class to remember [9:36 PM] reports: Of course, the Class of '83 will be forever known as the "Year of the Quarterback," because of the six signal-callers chosen in Round 1 -- Elway, Marino, Jim Kelly, Eason, Ken O'Brien and Todd Blackledge. But the overall talent produced in that draft -- from top to bottom -- makes the quarterback story just one chapter of a blockbuster tale.

Marker Restricted free-agent kicker heads to Bills [9:35 PM]
ESPN reports: In addition to his physical skills, Lindell appeals to Bills officials because of his age, and his potential to stabilize the kicker position for several years.

Marker Bills add Adams; Saints trade Turley; NFL Europe on hold? [5:32 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: PFW: Can Adams help the Bills reach the playoffs and possibly the Super Bowl?

Bikoff: Not by himself, but he is a step in the right direction. The Bills were all about offense last year and the defense seemed to get overshadowed even if they didn’t always deserve to be. This year, with Adams in the lineup the Bills will have to be more respected by teams, and earning some respect is a big key to victory. Now it is up to the defensive unit to come together and prove that the faith the front office has in their talents is merited.

Marker Opening Weekend Posibilities For Bills [5:23 PM] reports: Based on the opening weekend schedule of national games that the NFL released on Monday, here are the Week 1 possibilities for the Bills. Home: Miami, New England, Houston, or Cincinnati. Away: Miami, New England, Jacksonville, NY Giants or Kansas City.

Marker Rian Lindell Becomes A Bill [4:50 PM] reports: 'A restricted free agent, Lindell signed an offer sheet with the Bills last week that his previous team, the Seattle Seahawks, has opted not to match.'

Marker Lions reach agreement with Bryson [4:47 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Bryson preferred to sign a one-year contract, hoping he can demonstrate to teams that his knee is 100 percent rehabilitated, and then be eligible for free agency again next spring.'

Marker 5th Down: The Survivors [3:07 PM] reports: Here's a question that ought to be easy: How many players on the Buffalo Bills roster today were on the team two years ago? Or put another way, how players have been here longer than Tom Donahoe and Gregg Williams?

Marker Bills New TE Mark Campbell Talks with Media [2:33 PM] reports: '"It feels great. I've only been here a couple of time before for personal reasons and I've only been really since yesterday. I haven't gotten to see a whole bunch but I'm excited about the opportunity here and with everything I've seen so far. We have amazing fans, I'm really looking forward to that."'

Marker Bills Reach Verbal Agreement With Sam Adams [2:32 PM] reports: '"It would be an honor to play next to Pat (Williams)," said Adams during his visit to Buffalo on March 7. "You can't go to war with someone that you can't trust. Pat's been a part of the family for a long time and he's one of the best tackles in the league and together we can do some damage."'

Marker NFL Announces Nationally Televised Kickoff Weekend Games [2:24 PM] reports: The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open September 8 on ABC’s NFL Monday Night Football (9:00 PM ET) against the Eagles in Philadelphia’s new Lincoln Financial Field, a rematch of the NFC Championship Game.

Marker Win a Takeo Spikes Autographed Football [12:40 PM] reports: Win a Wilson Authentic NFL Game Ball autographed by linebacker Takeo Spikes!

Marker The Week In Bills History (March 24-31) [12:32 PM] reports: March 29, 1973 - BILLS SET HOME ATTENDANCE RECORD Kenneth Souliske purchased the 46,207th season ticket for the 1973 season, assuring the Bills of their largest home attendance ever.

Marker DT Sam Adams agrees to deal with Bills [10:58 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The 6-3, 330-pound Adams will enter his 10th NFL season after spending 2002 with the AFC champion Oakland Raiders. He spent six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and two with the Baltimore Ravens and has 29 career sacks.'

Marker Broncos courting Beuerlein as backup [10:58 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: Former Broncos running back Olandis Gary finally will dip his toes into the free-agent waters. He is scheduled to visit Buffalo on Thursday, and a meeting this week with Jacksonville also is in the works. He also is scheduled to visit the New York Giants next week, and possibly Dallas.

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