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Buffalo Bills News - March 22, 2003

Marker Spikes was a very inviting free-agent target [7:37 PM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: "Yeah, I was contacted by the Eagles," said Spikes, who was the Bengals' leading tackler for four years, and was in on more than 100 tackles in each of his five NFL seasons. "I wanted to get creative and do something that would put Cincinnati in a bind and also help the team out."

Marker Bills' signee to compete with Prioleau [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills gave Izell Reese a wedding present Friday: a job.'

Marker Ex-Bronco joins Buffalo defense [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: '“I consider myself to be able to do a little bit of everything back there, being that I’ve played every position,” said Reese during a visit earlier this week to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.'

Marker Thoughts on Burk, A-10 and Larry Centers [5:29 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Last season, in Kevin Gilbride’s offense, Centers was a little-used third-down back. And since he never was even a fair blocker, his on-field contribution was marginal, at best, and couldn’t justify his salary, albeit modest. But, that said, Centers was one of the most positive locker room influences in team history ... and a media favorite.'

Marker Seahawks waiting for right player at right price [5:28 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'The Seahawks will have to make at least one decision by Monday: Whether to match the offer sheet kicker Rian Lindell, a restricted free agent, signed this week with the Buffalo Bills. Don't expect it to happen, after the pros and cons have been weighed.'

Marker Redskins Are Looking To Bring Centers Back [5:27 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Washington Redskins hope to sign former Pro Bowl fullback Larry Centers, NFL sources said yesterday. Club officials wanted to move quickly to bring about a reunion with Centers after he was released Thursday by the Buffalo Bills, for whom he played the past two seasons after being abruptly cut by then-Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer.'

Marker Clinton's athleticism is unbelievable [5:26 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'When Donahoe took over the Bills two years ago, the team was in salary cap hell. Today, there are eight players left from that team, the Bills are $7 million under the salary cap and nobody would laugh if you would suggest that they have a chance to compete for the AFC Championship.'

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March 21, 2003

Marker Adams Talks Progressing [9:16 PM]
WNSA Radio reports: Don't count Sam Adams out of the Buffalo Bills' lineup for 2003 just yet. An NFL source said talks between the defensive tackle and the club are progressing and both sides have stated publicly in the past that they want to get the deal done. It appears that still could happen.

Marker Mike Doser: Centers, Robinson became expendable [8:41 PM]
Shout! reports: 'One time Centers remarked to my colleague Lary Bump that he trusted the Bills' coaches and management so much that he felt he could shoot craps with them over the telephone. Now he's an ex-Bill - I wonder if his opinion of team management has changed.'

Marker Bills sign safety Reese [3:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Reese had a career-high 51 tackles while starting 15 games for the Denver Broncos last season.'

Marker 2002 Blue Coat Season [2:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With the goal of expanding the presence of the Bills and improving the overall game day experience, their visibility and involvement within the community exceeds expectations.'

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Reese [2:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Reese, 28, was selected by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the 1998 Draft out of Alabama-Birmingham. He spent the 1998-01 seasons with the Cowboys before spending last season with Denver. In his career, he has played in 71 total games with 30 starts and has recorded seven interceptions.'

Marker The Bills and the Draft [1:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: If there is one reason the Buffalo Bills have maintained their competitive position in the AFC despite the rapid turnover of personnel in the NFL, it’s their picks in the NFL draft. The Bills’ 2002 final roster contained 23 of their draft picks. Fourteen of those players started in 2002.

Marker CB Reese to sign two-year contract with Bills [1:24 PM]
ESPN reports: The Buffalo Bills added veteran depth and versatility to their secondary on Friday, agreeing to terms with Izell Reese, an unrestricted free agent who played for the Denver Broncos in 2002.

Marker Win a Takeo Spikes Autographed Football [9:23 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Win a Wilson Authentic NFL Game Ball autographed by linebacker Takeo Spikes!

Marker Bills cut thirtysomethings Centers and Robinson [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Centers made the Pro Bowl in 2001 after catching 80 passes, seventh most in team history. Last season, however, the Bills were more willing to throw the ball to starting running back Travis Henry. Centers and Henry each caught 43 passes. Centers was much more of a factor in Mike Sheppard's West Coast offense than Kevin Gilbride's attack.'

Marker Bills Release Fullback Larry Centers, Linebacker Eddie Robinson [7:31 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The moves allowed the Bills to save about $2 million against the league's $75 million salary cap.'

Marker Centers, Robinson released by Bills [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '“I didn’t feel like I was given a whole lot of opportunities to help determine the outcome of the games, and that’s something that I’m not used to,” said Centers, whose 808 career receptions is No. 3 among active players and ninth overall in NFL history.'

Marker Centers could draw Pats' attention [5:16 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Centers clearly fits the Patriots' mold. Perhaps the main questions are how much he has left after 13 NFL seasons, and can the Patriots fit him under the salary cap.'

March 20, 2003

Marker Bills release Centers, Robinson [11:01 PM]
AP reports: 'The 34-year-old Centers caught a pass in 143 straight games, a streak that ended Oct. 27 against Detroit. That mark ranks behind only those set by Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. He has 808 receptions for 6,691 yards and 27 touchdowns in his 13-year career. The Bills are looking for a fullback with more blocking ability.'

Marker Bills release FB Centers, LB Robinson [10:05 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Centers, who turns 35 in June, had 43 catches for 388 yards last season for the Bills. But with Travis Henry and Sammy Morris showing pass-catching ability in the backfield, Centers became expendable. Robinson, who turns 33 in April, was third on the team with 102 tackles last season. But the offseason additions of outside linebackers Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey squeezed out Robinson.'

Marker Player Bio: Larry Centers [5:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate after a strong second season in Buffalo…continued to provide the voice of experience and strong leadership to Bills team.

Marker Player Bio: Eddie Robinson [5:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Finished his first season with the Bills, (eleventh in NFL)…was third on the team, second among the linebackers with 102 tackles (71 solo)… signed by the Bills prior to the 2002 season on 4/18.

Marker Bills Release Centers and Robinson [4:56 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has released fullback Larry Centers and linebacker Eddie Robinson.'

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Nate Clements [9:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: In his second NFL season, cornerback Nate Clements was again impressive in 2002. He led the team with 6 interceptions and 14 passes defensed and finished with 72 total tackles (50 solo). That INT total tied for second in the AFC behind only Oakland's Rod Woodson (8). Read what he had to say about his teammates in the latest Two Minute Drill.

Marker Steelers Sign Former Bills TE Jay Riemersma [9:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Former Buffalo Bills tight end Jay Riemersma signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday.

Marker Time for Bills to show faith in Williams [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'An extension says the front office believes Williams will prove right for the job. Inaction says the front office has no such conviction. And if that's the case, what's he still doing here?'

Marker Steelers sign tight end Riemersma [7:38 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: '"Pittsburgh approached me with a need and I'm just excited to be here," Riemersma said Wednesday.'

Marker Steelers acquire tight end [5:21 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Riemersma received an $850,000 signing bonus on a contract worth $3.95 million.'

Marker Steelers sign former Bills TE to three-year contract [5:20 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"I have kind of made my reputation as a pass catcher," said Riemersma, who signed a contract on the day he made his initial visit to Pittsburgh. "That's kind of what I bring to the table."'

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