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Buffalo Bills News - March 3, 2005

Marker 49ers near deal with left tackle Jennings [6:24 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Considered to have a positive locker-room presence, Jennings' durability is one area where he might have a weakness. He missed two games last year, four in 2003, one in '02, and three in '01 with minor injuries.'

Marker Minnesota signs Williams [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo offered Williams a three-year deal last summer, but the guaranteed bonus was $2million less than he received from Minnesota. Wright contacted the Bills Wednesday. "It was obvious they weren't going to be a player," Wright said. "We're over being disappointed."'

Marker Williams agrees for 3 years, $13 million [5:20 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Williams' contract includes a $6 million guaranteed bonus and a $1.5 million first-year salary, allowing the Vikings to count at least $3.5 million and as much as $7.5 million toward their 2005 salary cap, depending on the final structure of the deal. Entering free agency, the Vikings had nearly $36 million in salary cap space.'

Marker Vikings so-so in free agency [5:19 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Williams, 32, agreed to a reported three-year, $13 million contract that includes a $6 million signing bonus. The eight-year veteran was considered one of the top two defensive tackles in this year's free-agent crop and is a favorite of Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell from his days in Buffalo.'

Marker KC busy courting help for defense [5:18 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Deep snapper Kendall Gammon should be heading to Buffalo to meet with the Bills within the next few days.'

Marker OT will earn $36 million over seven years [5:17 AM]
ESPN reports: 'That's because the 49ers reached a contract agreement with Buffalo Bills unrestricted free agent offensive tackle Jonas Jennings, arguably the highest-rated player at his position in the veteran pool. Jennings flew to the Bay Area early Wednesday, just after the signing period officially commenced, and his agent, Todd France, negotiated a deal over the course of the day.'

Marker Vikings sign Buffalo defensive tackle [5:16 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 1997 out of Texas A&M and became a full-time starter in 2001. His best statistical season came in 2002, when he had 108 tackles, seven quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.'

Marker Niners close to signing Bills lineman Jonas Jennings [5:15 AM]
AP reports: 'Kwame Harris, a first-round draft pick who has struggled at left tackle in his two seasons with the Niners, probably will move to right tackle to accommodate Jennings. Harris and Kyle Kosier split playing time at left tackle last season, but Kosier is a natural guard.'

Marker Vikings sign free agent DT Pat Williams [5:14 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Williams will be reunited in Minnesota with former Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and former defensive teammates Antoine Winfield, Keith Newman and Ken Irvin. When they were together in Buffalo, the Bills had the top-ranked defense in the NFL in 1999 and were ranked third the following year.'

Marker Vikings agreed to terms with Williams [5:13 AM]
MinnesotaVikings.com reports: 'The Vikings have agreed to terms with veteran Buffalo Bills free agent DT Pat Williams.'

Marker 49ers Meet With Free Agent Jennings [5:13 AM]
SF49ers.com reports: 'Jennings made what became a permanent move to left tackle in 2002 when he started 15 games while missing one with a leg injury. Jennings was invaluable in anchoring an offensive line that saw quarterback Drew Bledsoe set 10 team passing records, Travis Henry rush for the 5th best single-season mark in team history and saw wide receiver Eric Moulds establish a new franchise mark for receptions.'

Marker Williams Lost to Vikes [5:12 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Williams availability appears to have played a role in Victor's Seth Payne reupping with Houston. The Texans showed interest in Williams prompting Payne to accept a four year contract with a four and a half million dollar signing bonus. Payne started in 12 games for the Texans last year.'

Marker Pat Williams Signed By Vikings [5:11 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Pat Williams will now be a tandom with Pro Bowler Kevin Williams, creating one of the toughest run defenses in the NFC. There are some familiar faces in Minnesota as Pat Williams joins Antoine Winfield and defensive co-ordinator Ted Cottrell as former Bills now wearing purple.'

Marker Was McGahee Overworked? [5:10 AM]
Notjustagame.com reports: 'Buffalo better make sure the right offer is on the table for Henry, as they’ll need to use that draft pick or sign a backup to McGahee. With all the talent in the draft at running back, the Bills should be able to find a gem within the first three to four rounds.'

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March 2, 2005

Marker Vikings add DT Williams [9:30 PM]
Fox Sports reports: FOXSports.com has learned that the Vikings have agreed to terms with former Bills defensive tackle Pat Williams on a three-year, $13 million deal that includes $6 million in bonus money. With incentives the contract can eventually reach $15 million.

Marker Bills O-line depleted by free agency [9:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Entering free agency, the Bills have only six returning linemen left on their depth chart not including hefty tight end Jason Peters.'

Marker It's a Year for Second-Line Free Agents [9:09 PM]
Yahoo reports: The prototypical 2005 free agent may be Buffalo's Jonas Jennings, an offensive tackle who will probably be in demand simply because numerous teams need help at that position and he's probably the best remaining available tackle. He'll command big money even though he's far below Jones and Pace.

Marker Racing monsters of the tundra [9:08 PM]
Buffalo News reports: WOW what a great time. I'm glad they are using the Ralph for something else than football.

Marker Vikings add DT Williams [9:08 PM]
Fox Sports reports: FOXSports.com has learned that the Vikings have agreed to terms with former Bills defensive tackle Pat Williams on a three-year, $13 million deal that includes $6 million in bonus money. With incentives the contract can eventually reach $15 million.

Marker "Comeback Game" DVD Winner #3 [3:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'As Van called the opening kickoff I remember predicting the final score to my father: fifty-one to zero, Buffalo Bills. A half-hour later the gut feeling gave way to the sick feeling that I may have finally predicted a Bill's game correctly, only backwards.'

Marker Welcome To Free Agency - Jennings And Williams Already On The Move? [3:10 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With the midnight deadline expiring the Buffalo Bills let Jonas Jennings, Pat Williams, Marcus Price, Izell Reese, Bradford Banta, Shane Matthews and Drew Haddad hit the open market.'

Marker Thomas Gets Tendered [3:10 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills did not tender RB Joe Burns or G Mike Pucillo making them unrestricted free agents.'

Marker NFL looks at new faces in new places [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are expected to be looking for offensive line help, because they are sure to lose left tackle Jonas Jennings. Jennings is the only left tackle in the NFL who started last year and is unrestricted, so he is likely to hit the jackpot. Defensive tackle is another question mark for the Bills, because they are likely to lose starter Pat Williams. He's the best of a thin group of available defensive tackles.'

Marker Jennings, Williams officially are free [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Early speculation centered on Jennings drawing interest from the AFC East rival New York Jets and Chicago Bears. Williams could land in Minnesota and a reunion with former Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell. The Jets, Cincinnati, Miami and Arizona are other possibilities.'

Marker Closing in on OT Jennings [5:00 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The offense is in flux, but could get a quick reprieve with strong indications that left tackle Jonas Jennings is close to signing with the Jets.'

Marker Bills Tender Contract To CB Thomas [4:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'By tendering offers on the team's Restricted Free Agents (RFA) - a player who just finished his third season in the league and his contract is about to expire - the Bills will be given draft-round compensation should the players sign elsewhere.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Free Agency Primer [4:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Below is a complete list of Buffalo's 2005 free agents, broken down into their respective categories...'.

March 1, 2005

Marker NFL Free Agency About To Begin [9:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Unless some last minute deals are made, Marcus Price, Ryan Neufeld, Izell Reese, Shane Matthews, Drew Haddad and Bradford Banta will also become unrestricted free agents.'

Marker Bills lose DT Williams to free agency; LT Jennings likely gone, too [9:36 PM]
AP reports: '''They definitely had their chance. I wanted to come back,'' Jennings told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ''But I have to go and let my star shine somewhere else.'''

Marker "Comeback Game" DVD Winner #2 [1:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jason was eager to leave, and I was happy to get away from that miserable crowd. But to my utter astonishment, Dave said, "Man, we're here. Relax. Maybe they'll come back."'

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