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Buffalo Bills News - March 4, 2004

Marker Put the press on Winfield [5:11 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'New Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson wants to play a gambling, blitz-happy scheme that relies on man-to-man coverage and Winfield is the perfect fit. Winfield, a first-round pick in 1999, has played his entire career with the Bills and last season became the first cornerback in club history to lead the team in tackles. Opponents rarely threw to his side with success.'

Marker Jets try to corner Winfield market [5:10 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'As of last night, the two sides were trying to hammer out a deal. It's believed the Jets offered a multi-year contract averaging at least $5.6 million per year, including a signing bonus that may top $10 million. One sticking point was the amount of money in the first three years, but there were late indications an agreement could be reached today.'

Marker Corner market [5:09 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Winfield, 26, viewed as a good fit for the predominantly man-to-man system the Jets want to play, made the Jets his first stop on his free-agent tour. He has other visits planned, but he and his agent spent the night on Long Island and will continue talks with the Jets this morning.'

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March 3, 2004

Marker Bills cut Moore [11:21 PM]
ESPN reports: Clayton's Quick Hits:
The Bills cut tight end Dave Moore to save $800,000 of cap room. Their plan was to cut him and re-sign him quickly to the minimum salary qualifier and get $450,000 in cap relief. The only problem is that the Bucs worked quickly to convince him to return to the Tampa area. Moore, a former Bucs starting tight end, accepted the minimum salary tender and joined Jon Gruden and the Bucs Wednesday.

Marker Moore Returns [9:02 PM] reports: Dave Moore always had a nose for the end zone at Raymond James Stadium. Maybe that helped him find his way back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers opened their 2004 free agency efforts on Wednesday with the immediate signing of Moore, the 12th-year veteran TE. Moore played the majority of his NFL career with the Buccaneers before spending the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

Marker New Guard Villarrial Says He's Ready To Win [7:43 PM] reports: '"First and foremost, they have great fans. The family atmosphere. Thirdly would be the coaching staff. I met with the staff and they're excited. They want to win. They want to bring a winner here. I want to win. That's our fit."'

Marker Bills Sign Chris Villarrial [7:42 PM] reports: 'Last season, he started all 13 games in which he played. Entering his ninth season, Villarrial has primarily played right guard with the exception of the 1997 season when he started 11 games at center. A three-year starter at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Villarrial was drafted by the Bears in the fifth round of the 1996 draft.'

Marker Bills sign offensive lineman Villarrial, work out cornerback Vincent [7:41 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills also worked out cornerback Troy Vincent on Wednesday. Vincent, who has 42 interceptions in his 12-year career, has played with both Philadelphia and Miami. ''We had a good talk and it was a chance for him to visit with certain people,'' Mularkey said. ''I think he's still playing at a high level and is a very good corner.'''

Marker Bills sign offensive lineman Villarrial [7:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Villarrial, 30, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Chicago Bears, starting 109 of the 116 games that he has appeared in.'

Marker What should the Buffalo Bills top priority be in free agency? [7:39 PM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'Whether it's Drew Bledsoe's confidence to stand in the pocket, or bigger holes for Travis Henry, improving the offense starts in the trenches, and that's where I'd spend my money first.'

Marker Vincent Visits. Woody Had Not Been Contacted [7:39 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills say reports on CNN/SI report that they're close to coming to terms with free agent Damien Woody are false.'

Marker Bills Make Villarrial First Free Agent Signing Of 2004 [7:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 30-year-old has proven to be durable while playing for the Bears. Villarrial will likely be plugged into Buffalo's starting lineup, as he was a mainstay on the Bears' offensive line. He started in 109 of the 116 games he appeared in, including 13 games last season. Villarrial also has experience at center, where he played 11 games in 1997.'

Marker Buffalo inks Villarrial [7:37 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Villarrial, 30, had spent his first eight seasons with the Chicago Bears and started in 109 of the 116 games that he appeared in. Last year, Villarrial started all 13 games he played.'

Marker Bills released TE Moore [7:36 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 12-year veteran spent the past two seasons in Buffalo, where he had 11 starts in 29 games. He had only seven catches for 82 yards last season.'

Marker Bengals get defensive [4:46 PM] reports: '...Eagles’ five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent...Vincent, visiting Buffalo today and expected in Cincinnati Thursday according to agent Linda Bodley...'.

Marker Another Veteran Released In Dave Moore [11:08 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'That leaves the Bills with Mark Campbell and Ryan Neufeld at TE.'

Marker Raiding the champs [11:04 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are close to adding more juice to their AFC East rivalry with the New England Patriots by nearing a contract agreement with offensive lineman Damien Woody, one of the NFL's most highly regarded unrestricted free agents.'

Marker Bills release TE Moore [10:38 AM]
AP reports: 'His release should save the Bills about $800,000 against the cap.'

Marker Bills Release Dave Moore [10:31 AM] reports: 'Moore spent the last two seasons with Buffalo. In that time he appeared in 29 games (11 starts) and caught 23 passes for 223 yards with four touchdown receptions.'

Marker Winfield cornering the market [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Winfield is an interesting test for the market. He has not yet made the Pro Bowl and has just one interception in his last 37 games. However, his track record as an excellent all-around player and his age (he will be 27 in June) arguably make him more valuable than the other cornerbacks available. Meanwhile, the Bills made another anticipated salary cap cut Tuesday when they released backup tight end Dave Moore. The move saved about $800,000 of cap space. Moore, 34, who caught seven passes last season, was scheduled to count $1.2 million against the cap this season.'

Marker Bills set for free agency [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Our roster is in a different position and our cap is different,” Donahoe said. “Last year, we needed a lot of bodies, particularly on defense, and we still need some players. But the difference is that we have some good players on our team and we have some players who we think — that with different coaching — can get even better. Are we going to be involved in free agency? We will, but probably not to the same degree as last year.”'

Marker OL Sullivan re-signs with Bills [5:15 AM]
AP reports: 'Sullivan's best season came in 2002, when he started all 16 games at right guard. But he lost his starting job to Mike Pucillo in training camp and the Bills tried converting Sullivan into a tackle.'

Marker Sullivan Signs And Free Agency Begins [5:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He started four games last season at left tackle after spending the 2002 season as a starter at right guard.'

March 2, 2004

Marker Bills Should Benefit From Williams' Draft Decision [4:59 PM] reports: 'Southern Cal defensive end Kenechi Udeze or Ohio State defensive end Will Smith would be a solid pick. The Bills ranked ninth in the NFL in sacks a year ago, but they need a better pass-rushing defensive lineman to complement Aaron Schobel.'

Marker Donahoe ready for free-agency period to begin [4:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills will not re-sign any of their unrestricted free agents before Wednesday. Besides Winfield, that group includes fullback Sam Gash and running back and special teams captain Sammy Morris.'

Marker Signed: Marques Sullivan [4:46 PM] reports: The Bills choose to lock restricted free agent Marques Sullivan up long term by signing him to a multi-year deal and preventing any other team from even making an offer to him. Sullivan, who started all 16 games for the Bills at right guard in 2002, is expected to be in the mix to replace Ruben Brown at left guard. "Marques started here for a year and played pretty well two years ago," Tom Donahoe said on Monday.

Marker Ruben's guarded respect factor [10:17 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Personally, and just out of curiosity, I’ve checked game tapes a few times just to see what the fuss was about, and found #79 to be even better than I’d even thought. He’s always been a solid run blocker, but his pass protection has improved a great deal over time, as he’s even shed weight to help his quickness.'

Marker Brown says he's sad to leave Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I plan to continue to raise my family in Orchard Park and continue the charitable activities of which I have made so many friends," Brown said.'

Marker Bills say Brown gone, Winfield going [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manger Tom Donahoe said Monday he is resigned to losing Winfield to another club.'

Marker Brown takes his turn to bid adieu [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ultimately, they cut him for a simple reason: They didn't think he was good enough.'

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