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Buffalo Bills News - March 14, 2003

Marker Report: Falcons Re-Sign Punter Chris Mohr [8:28 AM]
AP reports: The Atlanta Falcons reportedly re-signed punter Chris Mohr to a six-year contract Thursday, a $5.2 million package including a $600,000 signing bonus. He joined the Bills in 1991 and became Buffalo's career leader in punts and punting average. His average last season with the Falcons was the second best of his career.

Marker Riemersma keeping options open for next season [5:42 AM]
Holland Sentinel reports: 'He is considered one of the premier tight ends in football.'

Marker Vikings keep Williams, trade Bouman, lose out on Brown [5:41 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'He visited Buffalo on Tuesday, and the Bills desperately wanted him as a backup for starter Travis Henry. The Vikings, however, locked him up by increasing their signing bonus.'

Marker Dolphins bring back Buckley [5:40 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Spielman said that with the loss of backup tight ends Jed Weaver and Desmond Clark in free agency, the team will have both Marco Battaglia and Jay Riemersma in for visits. Battaglia came in Thursday. No date for a visit with Riemersma has been set.'

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March 13, 2003

Marker Browns set dates, times for preseason schedule [10:13 PM]
AP reports: 'The Browns host Buffalo in a scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Aug. 2 at 11 a.m.'

Marker Adams still interested in signing with Bills [10:01 PM]
AP reports: Earlier Thursday, the Bills met with former Arizona Cardinals WR/kick returner MarTay Jenkins, an UFA. Jenkins had 21 catches for 251 yards and was the Cardinals top returner before missing the last half of last season with a broken shoulder blade. The Bills are seeking a new returner after electing not to re-sign Charlie Rogers last month.

Marker Free Agent MarTay Jenkins Visits Buffalo [5:27 PM] reports: "I can do both. I've done both throughout my career. Special teams is defiantly what made me. I made a name for myself out there. I've progressed as a receiver the last couple of years. It's kind of a bonus for me that I can do both. Plus gunner, kickoff and all those other added special teams they would want me to do so I would hope that would be an added incentive."

Marker Joe DeLamielleure Autograph Sessions [3:37 PM]
TBD reports: 2003 Hall of Fame inductee, Joe DeLamielleure, will be appearing in Chantilly Virginia this Sunday (March 16th)! Get your autograph this weekend!

Marker Jersey Number Changes [10:06 AM] reports: Andrew Bowers - 77 Mark Campbell - 84 Grant Irons - 99 Omari Jordan - 95 DaShon Polk - 52 Josh Stamer - 57

Marker Spikes brings warrior mentality to Buffalo [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I feel born again," said the 26-year-old Spikes. "I'm looking forward to meeting all of the guys, building up the camaraderie and enjoying life. I'm happy with where I'm at, I'm happy with everything that comes along with it and I'm looking forward to starting up."'

Marker Suddenly, Bills fever is spiking [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"And it ain't over yet," said John Guy, the Bills' director of pro personnel. "We still have more pieces to get. We're not in a rush, but when we find a guy who fits our situation, and at the right price, we'll spin our efforts that way. We're just trying to be patient, be flexible."'

Marker Adams set to sign with Bills; Blake goes to Cardinals [9:00 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: With strong interest on both sides, free-agent DT Sam Adams appears to be headed to Buffalo...

Marker Spikes adds bite to Bills defense [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'I feel born again, said Spikes, a first-round pick out of Auburn in 1998 who endured seasons of 3-13, 4-12, 4-12, 6-10 and 2-14 in Cincinnati. "It took 12 days (on the market), but it felt like two months. Im just happy where Im at. Im happy with everything that comes with this and Im looking forward to starting it up.'

Marker Spikes lured by Jennings [5:19 AM]
Shout! reports: They're not scouts, coaches, owners or general managers, but Takeo Spikes and Jonas Jennings have spent time recruiting one another during their relatively short football careers. Today, Spikes, 26, was officially welcomed as a Buffalo Bill.

March 12, 2003

Marker Playoffs now Spikes' top priority in Buffalo [9:16 PM]
AP reports: '``I know I said last week that I want to just smell the playoffs,'' Spikes said Wednesday in his first public appearance as a Bill. ``Let me correct that. I do want to smell the playoffs. But I want to bite the Super Bowl.'''

Marker Bills Introduce Linebacker Takeo Spikes [6:20 PM] reports: "Yes and they should be. I don't think that it will be any question with guys here. Just talking to some of them in passing. We want to win. I know I said early last week I just wanted to smell the playoffs but let me correct that. I do want to smell the playoffs but I want to bite the Super Bowl. Everybody is talking about the Super Bowl and now there is no reason that we shouldn't be making a run for it."

Marker [Photo] Takeo holds up his new #51 Jersey [5:59 PM]
AP reports: Takeo, who was introduced at press conferemce, holds up his #51 jersey. He formerly wore #55 but that number is worn by Eddie Robinson.

Marker Raiders add three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle [4:51 PM]
ESPN reports: The addition of Stubblefield, a three-time Pro Bowl performer, provides the Raiders with a veteran insurance policy in the event starter Sam Adams does not return to the club. Adams was released by the Raiders last month for cap purposes, has visited with other teams, and seems to be focused in on a deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Goodbye Newman [4:04 PM]
ESPN reports: Newman reunites with former coach Phillips
Bills LB Keith Newman chose to return to the defensive system he learned from his former head coach when he selected Falcons over Texans. Wade Phillips, the former Bills HC, turned around the Falcons defense last year as its DC. Newman agreed to an incentive laden three-year, $3.4 million contract. The contract can be voided into a two-year deal. Based on his playing time, there are incentives in the contract that could add around $800,000 a year early in the deal. The Bills replaced Newman by signing Texans LB Jeff Posey and Bengals LB Takeo Spikes. Newman was considered one of the better 3-4 outside LBs available in free agency. The Texans and Falcons are 3-4 teams.

Marker WR/KR in Buffalo on Thursday [3:46 PM]
WNSA reports: MarTay Jenkins' visit with the Buffalo Bills is on hold until Thursday. Jenkins is now scheduled to arrive in Buffalo on Wednesday night and will meet with the team on Thursday. Jenkins is one of the league's top kick returners and is also developing as a solid receiver.

Marker Designation tags are risky business for teams [3:44 PM]
ESPN reports: The franchising of Price was pure brilliance by general manager Tom Donahoe.

Marker Spikes Has Arrived In Buffalo [2:21 PM] reports: Recently-acquired LB Takeo Spikes has arrived in Buffalo. Spikes will be officially introduced as the newest member of the Buffalo Bills at 3:15 PM this afternoon. Listen to the press conference live on After his press conference, Spikes will read through some of the emails he's received. Here's your chance to send him a question or comment and welcome him to Buffalo.

Marker Former Bills Safety Steve Freeman - Now NFL Back Judge [1:42 PM] reports: From 1975 until late in the 84 campaign, Freeman was in on a lot of plays. And in fact, did not miss a game. A 144-game streak. However, during a November game against New England, he suffered a ruptured thigh muscle. The Bills lost that afternoon to go 0-11, but it never crossed Freemans mind to let the injury heal properly and finish the disappointing season on the sideline.

Marker Vikes' back pays visit to Bills [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' The Buffalo Bills took a look at two more free agents Tuesday, bringing in running back Moe Williams and defensive tackle Henry Ford. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver/kicker returner MarTay Jenkins is scheduled to visit today.'

Marker Buffalo already knows Dyson [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'I just want to go somewhere where I can make a difference and make plays, Dyson said. Buffalo has a Hall of Fame quarterback and he looks for his receivers to make plays, so to have an opportunity like that would be something I would definitely look forward to.'

Marker Bills are off-season's big winner so far [5:14 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'In essence, the Bills dropped nine spots in the first round the No. 14 they sent to the Patriots compared to the No. 23 they acquired from the Falcons and traded a receiver to land a franchise quarterback in Bledsoe. On the surface, its an outstanding deal for the Bills. Scratch the surface, and its even more impressive.'

Marker The Week That Was: Falcons' crest [2:28 AM] reports: As the NFL continues its' "trade renaissance," one deal has stood above the rest and will impact two teams greatly in 2003. While the Falcons hope their latest move makes them "peerless," the Bills selected a new route for their receiving corps.

Marker Bills get defensive [2:28 AM] reports: Look for the Bills to readjust their offensive focus to a more defensive-friendly scheme that places greater emphasis on the run and includes higher-percentage, ball-control passing. And look for their defense to give the offense more favorable field position by turning up the heat against quarterbacks, such as Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Chad Pennington of the Jets, that often made producing big plays against Buffalo look a bit too easy.

Marker Four ways to handle star players [2:27 AM] reports: The best example of how to control the market and get full value for a star player even when he's out of contract was the Buffalo Bills' handling of WR Peerless Price . Bills GM Tom Donahoe was not about to let a talented young receiver just go free and sign with a new team. He decided to put a franchise tag on him and force teams interested in Price to come forward and surrender a high draft pick for the right to sign him. Atlanta surfaced and eventually gave the Bills the 23rd pick in the first round for the rights to Price. The Bills got value for a player they could have easily kept on their roster. As one GM said to me, "I would have kept Price on my roster with Drew Bledsoe under center, but it was a masterful job by Donahoe of getting great value for him." Teams flirting with Price tried to get away with offering the Bills a second-round pick, but Donahoe held his ground and got what he wanted.

Marker Bowen becomes Redskin [2:24 AM]
Washington Times reports: Meanwhile, long snapper Ethan Albright confirmed that he was cut and re-signed last week to take advantage of the veterans' cap credit. He wanted to make the move last year but the NFL wouldn't allow it. He said Cleveland and Buffalo both called during the five minutes he was on the market, but he never had any intention of leaving the Redskins.

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