Thomas, ugh, a Dolphin! [7:43 PM] Shout! reports:
Thurman Thomas, the Bills' all-time rushing leader, has agreed on a three-year, $3.59-million contract with Miami. The contract includes a $750,000 signing bonus and a $440,000 salary for 2000. It will count just $690,000 toward the Fish's salary cap this year.
Pay NFL players better [6:37 PM] Shout! reports:
It's commonplace to slap pro athletes with the charge of greed. People such as Ruben Brown and his pursuit of a $4- to $6-million-a-year contract. People such as Bruce Smith and his declination of a Bills pay cut to pursuit a rich five-year, $25-million contract with the Redskins. Still, pro athletes - particularly football players - are underpaid compared to what other entertainers are making in the industry.
Offseason Blueprints: AFC East [3:05 PM] ESPNet reports:
ESPN gives a summary of the AFC East situation including a prediction which will warm the heart of most posters on TBD, but is not most Bills fans want - Flutie will be taking a pay cut or be shipped out.
Winfield says team dynamic won't change [12:14 PM] Shout! reports:
With Thomas Smith signing with the Bears, Antoine Winfield is the starting RCB. Winfield said it was his plan to start at cornerback in 2000 all along, regardless if Smith were on the team. In this player column, Winfield talks about his off-season.
Best NFL draft picks from 1 to 31
[8:57 AM] Fox reports:
A list of Fox's best 31 picks (best #1 pick, best #2 pick) since the AFL/NFL merger. Ignore Ronnie Lott on the list - it is a pat on the back to their broadcaster.
Jim Kelly (with one 'e' please) made it as the best ever #14 pick
as well as John Elway and Marino.
Joe DeLamielleure (OG) made it as best ever #26 pick
Chris Spielman made it as #29 but the Bills did not draft him and he was a 2nd round pick that year.
Riemersma might be only FA signed [11:36 AM] Shout! reports:
Two weeks into free agency, it's one player back, two gone and a bunch more leaving town for the Bills. Half of the starting secondary has left the salary-cap-strapped team, and tight end Jay Riemersma has become the crown jewel because the team can't afford higher-priced players.