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Buffalo Bills News - March 12, 2002

Marker Bills New Tight End Ready for Block Party [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moore had an offer to be the backup tight end to Mark Bruener in Pittsburgh. He also had an offer to stay in Tampa. But he took the Bills' offer because it should provide more playing time.'

Marker Bills Sign Former Buccaneers Tight End Dave Moore to Contract [7:58 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The signing puts current tight Jay Riemersma in a precarious position. The Bills asked Riemersma if they could cut his $2.53 million salary this year by about $1.25 million and he refused, according to ESPN.'

Marker Moore Calls In [7:22 AM]
Buffalobills.com reports: '"Alex and I were always on the same page back in our college days, I always knew what he was thinking. Both of those guys came out to dinner with me when I was up there and it was good to see them. I actually helped recruit Ruben to the University of Pittsburgh so we go back a ways."'

Marker Bills sign Bucs' Moore [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Last year he caught a career-high 35 passes and led the Bucs with five TD receptions. Moore, who will turn 33 in November, is a former University of Pittsburgh teammate of QB Alex Van Pelt and offensive guard Ruben Brown, and those players helped convince Moore to choose Buffalo.'

Marker Bucs Lose Moore To Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '"The Bills' offensive coordinator [Kevin Gilbride] is very big on using two tight ends, and that's how I got my start here in Tampa, so either way I'm going to be able to contribute," Moore said. "That's the big reason I decided to make the move. Believe me, I gave Tampa an opportunity to get something done, and I had a couple of conversations with [Coach] Jon Gruden and he wanted me to stay. We just couldn't come to terms."'

Marker Cold business [5:14 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: '"I had a couple of conversations with (Gruden) and he wanted to keep me," said Moore, who says he believes he can play for three more seasons. "We discussed the ways he was going to use me in his offense, different things. But the bottom line is, it comes down to the numbers. When push comes to shove, the Bucs weren't willing to go where Pittsburgh and Buffalo wanted to go."'

Marker Marshall Faulk on Loudon Fletcher [12:07 AM]
controversymag.com reports: @ Who is the most underrated player in the league?
"I'm not just saying this because he's on my team, but London Fletcher. People don't really understand what he means to the team and to our defense and how much of a force he's been. Not just this year, but over the past three years.

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March 11, 2002

Marker New Buffalo Bills Wallpaper a '10' [4:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: TBD contribitor Gina 'Moose' Mustico does wallpapers for the Buffalo Bills. This Month - new starting #10 QB Alex Van Pelt.

Marker Bills sign free agent TE Dave Moore [3:58 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'It is believed that new Bucs coach Jon Gruden wanted to retain Moore, but the 32-year-old instead decided to head north where he will join two former teammates at the University of Pittsburgh -- quarterback Alex Van Pelt and guard Ruben Brown.'

Marker Ex-Buc tight end signs three-year deal with Bills [2:11 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The contract will be for three years and is worth $3.8 million. The addition of Moore could result in the release Riemersma, a solid five-year veteran whose statistics rank among the top five in the league at his position. The Bills last week requested that Riemersma accept a salary reduction of about $1.25 million from his scheduled 2002 compensation of $2.525. Riemersma declined the pay cut.'

Marker Bills sign Moore [1:59 PM]
AP reports: 'Tight end Dave Moore, who played nine seasons for Tampa Bay, was signed Monday by the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills sign Dave Moore [12:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with tight end Dave Moore, an unrestricted free agent.

Marker Addition of Rob Johnson makes for crowd at QB [11:06 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Coach Jon Gruden continues to say that Brad Johnson is his starter, but the signing of Rob Johnson and the high praise Gruden continues to give Shaun King are clear examples that Gruden wants a collection of more mobile athletes at this position. One of three players with starting NFL experience at the spot, Rob Johnson figures to make the competition at QB quite fierce. He doesn't possess a quick release but he has a very strong arm and is usually accurate. He is quick to leave the pocket and make a run for it, but Gruden seems to admire that kind of ability. Though he has been in the league awhile and has had some success, Rob Johnson still lacks confidence at times. A summer working with Gruden could change that. The bottom line with Rob Johnson is this: for around $1 million, the team further improved its depth at the most vital spot on the roster. Like Ryan Leaf a year ago, Rob Johnson was a bargain the team couldn't pass on. . . .'

Marker Holmes, Browns will meet today [9:19 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'On another matter, the Steelers are no longer in the running for tight end Dave Moore, who will sign a contract with the Buffalo Bills today. Moore, who played at Pitt and is a free agent from Tampa Bay, visited the Steelers Friday and said he preferred to play here. However, the Bills made him a better offer and he will take it.'

Marker Former Bill gives heartfelt thanks [9:07 AM]
USA Today reports: 'As the gift of life happily beat inside Goodwin's massive chest, the old Buffalo Bill was immensely grateful for the stranger's kindness. But as the post-op fog lifted, he glanced up at his television and wondered why-in-the-devil they were showing a Godzilla movie in the recovery room of a heart transplant patient.'

Marker Bills close to signing Tampa Bay tight end [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are close to a contract agreement with Tampa Bay unrestricted free agent tight end Dave Moore, an NFL source said Sunday.'

Marker A Story with Heart [8:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Today is Monday, March 11, 2002. It has been exactly six months since the September 11th attacks that forever changed this nation. The life of a one-time Bills player will be forever linked with the events of that dark day.

March 10, 2002

Marker Dan Jilek Obituary [1:08 PM]
Ann Arbor News reports: 'After graduation from Michigan, Dan was drafted by the Buffalo Bills of New York to continue his football career. He played for the Bills for four years, furthering his education in the off-season by earning a masters degree from the University of Michigan in urban planning.'

Marker Buccaneers Agree to Contract With Free-Agent QB Rob Johnson [9:40 AM]
Bloomberg reports: '"He has a lot of interesting qualities," new Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden said in a press release. "He's young, talented and has experience as a starting quarterback in the National Football League."'

Marker He Awoke to A Different World [9:29 AM]
Newsday reports: "Doug's story is one of the most incredible stories I've ever heard of in my whole life,” Kemp said. "I just shudder when I think about it.”

Marker After Carr and Peppers, the draft crystal ball gets muddy [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Any way you slice it the Bills are in a great position. They're going to get somebody very good, one way or the other.'

Marker A Miracle Amid the Chaos [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Monday will be a bittersweet day for the man who was a backup fullback on the Buffalo Bills' 1965 American Football League championship team.'

Marker Bucs make off with QB prospect [5:21 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'It is believed Johnson changed his mind about the Texans because the situation offered no guarantee for how many starts he would get before the coaching staff decided Carr was ready.'

Marker Another Entrant In Bucs' QB Derby [5:15 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Johnson balked at the Texans' one-year, $1 million offer, and the team's apparent desire to groom rookie David Carr as the starter.'

Marker Johnson crowds QB field [5:14 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'Terms of the contract were not released, but it is expected to be similar to the one-year, $1-million deal Johnson was offered by the Houston Texans last week.'

Marker Double Take [5:13 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'In Tampa Bay, the former Southern California star will be reunited with two of his Trojans teammates in Keyshawn Johnson and linebackers coach Joe Barry, with whom he roomed.'

March 9, 2002

Marker Bucs agree to terms with free agent QB Rob Johnson [3:15 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Two weeks after Gruden was introduced as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' new coach, Johnson agreed to terms on a free agent contract Saturday.'

Marker Bucs add Rob Johnson to quarterback mix [3:14 PM]
AP reports: '"I can't wait to get to work with Coach Gruden and his staff," Rob Johnson said in a statement released by the Bucs. "He is a special coach and this team has special players. I look forward to competing and contributing here."'

Marker Johnson agrees to deal with Bucs [3:13 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Clearly, the Bucs organization believes that Johnson possesses too much physical skill to ignore, but it's not his athletic ability that has ever been questioned. Johnson never fit in with the Bills and did not make himself a part of the Buffalo community. He never bought a home, even rented an apartment, and lived in a hotel during the season there.'

Marker Bucs Nab Rob Johnson [3:03 PM]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers reports: 'In Rob Johnson, who threw for Gruden Friday morning and delayed his original flight out of Tampa to begin immediate negotiations that evening, the Bucs have found another intriguing option, an intelligent and tough passer with a strong arm and excellent mobility.'

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