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Buffalo Bills News - April 17, 2002

Marker Joey not going to New York; may slip to #8 or lower [7:32 PM]
ESPN reports: Despite published reports Panthers are still considering him with the 2nd overall choice, ESPN has learned that is not the case, and that the team will opt for Peppers unless it receives an attractive offer to trade out of #2 spot. Detroit also is not expected to choose Harrington with the #3 pick and, if that is the case, he might not be a viable option until the #8 or #10 choices, held, respectively, by the Chiefs and Bengals.

Marker Rogers A Special Addition For The Bills [6:59 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills fans might remember Charlie Rogers most for his 81-yard kickoff return during a nationally televised game against the Bills on December 23, 2000. What they may not know is that the speedy Rogers has grown into one of the top return specialists in the league over the past three years.

Marker Safety feels he'll return (to Dallas) [5:13 PM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Williams was less than enthralled by his recent visit to Buffalo (fourth pick overall) because of the weather.'

Marker Bills Acquire Rogers For Foreman In Trade With Texans [2:16 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has acquired return specialist/wide receiver CHARLIE ROGERS in exchange for linebacker JAY FOREMAN in a trade with the Houston Texans.

Marker Bills agree to terms with linebacker Robinson, trade LB Foreman [2:16 PM]
AP reports: '"He has so much faith in Gregg Williams and confidence in Jerry and they really sold him on the fact that he could be an every-down player with them," Robinson's agent, Kennard McGuire said. "He's excited. I have not heard this type of excitement from Eddie in a long time."'

Marker Draft Day filled with intrigue for Bills [1:06 PM]
BillsDaily reports: With the Bills having the 4th overall pick in the draft you would think it would be easy to figure out what they will do. The fact is the Bills have many different options available and we may not know until after 1 pm on Saturday as to what they will do.

Marker LB Robinson Agrees To Terms [12:34 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Eddie Robinson. Robinson started 15 of 16 games at right outside linebacker for the Titans last year. He was second on the team with 101 tackles and added two interceptions, a sack, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

Marker Bills Sign Robinson [12:32 PM]
Titans Radio reports: The veteran LB postponed a decision last week because of the birth of his child. The Titans released Robinson March 1 because he wanted to seek a situation with more playing time. The Titans wanted Robinson back but as a situational and special teams player.

Marker Bill trade Foreman for return specialist [12:32 PM]
ESPN reports: @ Jay Foreman doesn't have to worry about Eddie Robinson wanting his number - it is no longer his - he has been traded to the expansion Houston Texans for former Seahawk kick-return specialist Charlie Rogers.

The funny part of the story is that a year ago, Williams wanted to move Sam Cowart to the weakside OLB job. It was Robinson who convinced Cowart that he may not like playing that position because it did not offer as many tackles and big plays as the ILB job.

Marker Ex-Titan Robinson finds a home with Bills [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He brings both field leadership and an intimate knowledge of Bills coach Gregg Williams' defensive system.'

Marker Bruce's golf benefit takes a bad bounce [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Smith is caught in the middle of a controversy that forced him to end a charity golf tournament that bore his name for more than a decade.'

Marker State should investigate charity golf event [9:11 AM]
Norfolk Virginian Pilot reports: 'For a decade, the Bruce Smith Charity Golf Classic raised money on behalf of some 20 big-name worthy causes, like the Children's Hospital of The Kings Daughters, Operation Smile and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. It claims to have raised $150,000 for those charities, but its own records put the figure at $50,000. And the charities show $65,000. So, where did the rest of the money go?'

Marker Linebacker Robinson, 32, to join Bills [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Agent Kennard McGuire said Robinson chose Buffalo because of his close ties with coach Gregg Williams and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, his former coaches in Tennessee. Also, the Titans could not guarantee the playing time on third down that Buffalo could.'

Marker Draft hit by Carr-load of cash [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"To be honest, when you get involved in a draft, it's never been a question here with Mr. Wilson of 'Hey, we can't afford this player,' " general manager Tom Donahoe said Tuesday. "Mr. Wilson wants to win as much any of us and he knows that in order to win, you need good players and good players are going to be paid. So that's not an issue."'

Marker LB Robinson leaves Titans for Bills [5:12 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Robinson, 32, was the Titans' second-leading tackler with 101 stops last season, giving him more than 100 tackles in a season for the fifth time in his career. He also had two interceptions, one sack, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.'

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April 16, 2002

Marker Crystal Ball [9:38 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'My story, and I'm sticking with it, is the Bills take one of four outstanding defensive tackles, depending on which one they liked most from their personal interviews in Orchard Park, along with what they've seen on film and from other sources on the players. Without knowing those intimate details, the front runner would appear to be Ryan Sims of North Carolina.'

Marker Donahoe keeps everyone guessing on NFL draft plans [9:10 PM]
AP reports: '"Obviously, we have to go to camp with more than two quarterbacks," Donahoe said. "Will that be another veteran? Will it be a draft pick? I don't know the answer to that at this point."'

Marker AFC Draft Needs [9:09 PM] reports: Miami's OL was banged up last year but that's just an excuse for a line that needs to get better, especially blocking for Ricky Williams now. The Jets need at least one more solid tackle to put in front of a great group of linebackers but the top four tackles won't be around when they pick.

Marker A Mockery of a Mock Draft [8:00 PM]
ESPN reports: 30. Buffalo Bills.
Exhausted and emotionally spent from trading down so many times, the Bills miss their 15 minutes on the clock as all personnel are out at Starbucks ordering double Rapazapafrapachinos. On the plus side, Buffalo has cornered the market on future sixth-round picks.

Marker Bledsoe would make great pick [1:38 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'So the Bills need Bledsoe, and New England needs to get rid of him. Donahoe is considered conservative in his personnel decisions, but given the uncertainty of any rookie's eventual success in the NFL, is there a safer pick than a proven quarterback who, at 30, should spend at least five more years in his prime?'

Marker Falls lawyer teams with Thomas [1:34 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Over the years, though, he developed into an unquestioned leader among the Bills and something of a media spokesman for the players. By the time he signed a one-day contract so that he could retire in the city where he spent most of his career, Thomas had become one of football's elder statesmen.'

Marker Tops friendly markets announces mult-year partnership with Buffalo Bills [11:55 AM]
Tops Markets reports: '"Our partnership with the Bills makes perfect sense for us and our customers. The new Tops Family Corner will give more Western New Yorkers the chance to see a game up close and in person. Further, through the sale of tickets at Tops locations we will provide greater convenience in purchasing game tickets for all Bills fans."'

Marker With the fourth overall pick, Buffalo selects... [11:53 AM]
CNNSI reports: 'What's not to like about this kid? He's a proven winner, and a proven leader.'

Marker TE Moore to wear Reed's old number [9:18 AM]
USA Today reports: So much for tradition. When free-agent tight end Dave Moore asked for No. 83, the Bills gladly assigned him the number once worn by their all-time leading receiver Andre Reed. The Bills have retired only one number, Jim Kelly's No. 12, but used to take numbers out of circulation for their all-time greats.

Marker Tops signs deal to sell tickets to Bills games [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I get a lot of letters, and a lot of them are on people feeling an inability to bring kids to the game," Donahoe said. "We don't like that. We've got to do something to change that perception that might be out there."'

Marker Bills announce deal with Tops [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills still have not replaced Wegmans as the title sponsor of training camp at St. John Fisher College.'

April 15, 2002

Marker Tops is the stop for Bills tix [8:38 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Tops and the Bills have inked a new multi-year deal which enables Bills fans to buy their game tickets at all 114 Tops locations in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.'

Marker Bills sign partnership deal with Tops [8:19 PM]
AP reports: 'Other features of the partnership includes Tops sponsoring a family section at Ralph Wilson Stadium as well as an interactive "Game Day Experience" in the team's fieldhouse before each Bills home game. Admission to the "Game Day Experience," which previously cost $5, will be free.'

Marker and Buffalo Bills Announce Multi-Year Ticketing Agreement [7:31 PM]
Yahoo reports: @ They have entered into a multi-year ticket distribution partnership. Under the terms of the agreement, will facilitate ticket sales for Buffalo Bills single game tickets, and additionally all concerts and events occurring at their home venue, Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Cowart Talks About GW's Experiment to Move Him Outside [7:29 PM] reports: Even Sam Cowart scratched his head when it came to figuring some of the decisions of the Bills management:
"Why should I be 80 percent on the line of scrimmage when I just went to the Pro Bowl for playing off the ball? That's what I didn't understand. I was like, 'Did you look at any film on me?' It's like taking [Bills wide receiver] Eric Moulds and telling him, 'This year we need you at tight end.' "

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