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Buffalo Bills News - April 1, 2003

Marker Fullback Gash returns to Bills after three-year hiatus [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'While the Bills like young fullback Phillip Crosby, Gash, 34, is a proven commodity as a blocker, and with 11 years’ experience, the last three spent with the Baltimore Ravens, he replaces some of the leadership that was lost by letting go Centers and linebacker Eddie Robinson.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with free agent FB Gash [5:27 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Gash gives the Bills one of the NFL's best blocking fullbacks. They had lacked that the last two seasons with pass-catching fullback Larry Centers, who was released last month.'

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March 31, 2003

Marker Buffalo Bills, Free-Agent Fullback Sam Gash Agree to Contract [10:10 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The National Football League's minimum salary for players with at least 10 years of experience is $755,000.'

Marker Ralph Wilson Awarded Seymour Knox III Award [9:53 PM]
WBEN-AM reports: The SHK III Humanitarian of the Year Award is made to give public recognition and honor to persons for meritorious achievement contributing to the betterment of the Western New York/Niagara Frontier community.'

Marker FBs switching teams with great frequency [9:51 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Gash should be a tremendous escort for emerging Buffalo tailback Travis Henry, who rushed for 1,438 yards in 2002. While he is not as effective a receiver as Centers, it likely won't matter much if Gilbride keeps the same design he used last season.'

Marker FB Gash agrees to deal with Bills [9:37 PM]
AP reports: 'Gash, who won a Super Bowl ring with the 2000 Ravens, provides the Bills a big-bodied backfield blocker, something they lacked the past two seasons in pass-catching fullback Larry Centers. The Bills released Centers partly because the team wanted to complement its Drew Bledsoe-led passing attack with a ground game built around running back Travis Henry.'

Marker Bills Agree With Sam Gash [6:18 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms on a contract with fullback Sam Gash. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed. Gash, 34, spent two seasons with the Bills (1998 & '99) and made the Pro Bowl in each season. Originally drafted in the eighth round by the New England Patriots in 1991, Gash has played in 161 total games with 68 starts.

Marker Gash back with the Bills [5:35 PM]
Empire - Morrison reports: FB Sam Gash is returning to Buffalo as he has agreed to terms on a contract with the Bills. Gash was with the team in 1998 and '99 and was a Pro Bowl performer during his previous tour of duty with the team. Gash will compete with returnee Philip Crosby for the startign spot at fullback. Last year's starter, Larry Centers, was recently released by the squad.

Marker Inside Dish: Tillman planning NFL return after military duty [5:35 PM]
Spotrtingnews reports: Part of the agreement between the Bills and run-stuffing DT Sam Adams is that Adams will participate in the team's offseason program. This is significant because Adams, who played for the Raiders last season, never has been considered a great workout guy. Adams, whose weight is estimated to be about 350, has told the Bills he wants to lose weight and make a life change so he can be healthy when his playing days are over. . . .

Marker Bills Old And New Hit The Alley (Photos) [4:29 PM] reports: Photos from the Buffalo Bills Alumni Bowling Event.

Marker First Annual Bills Alumni Bowling Tournament [4:28 PM] reports: On Saturday, March 29th the Buffalo Bills Alumni hosted their First Annual Alumni Bowling Tournament. Well over $10,000 was raised and will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo. Celebrity bowlers such as Jim Kelly, Steve Tasker and Pat Williams were among the participants. Photo Gallery

Marker Win a trip to NYC to see the Bills Draft LIVE [12:53 PM] reports: Enter to win a trip for two (2) from Buffalo to New York City to watch the NFL Draft at Madison Square Garden on April 26th, courtesy of the Buffalo Bills and JetBlue. Winner will be notified on or about April 21st, 2003. Click on the Big Box in the upper right hand corner of

Marker 2003 NFL Draft: Mock Draft Picks [9:41 AM] reports: The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 26 & 27th. That doesn't mean it's too early to take a look at some projections for the Bills. has searched the internet and flipped through numerous draft publications to compile a list of mock draft picks for the Buffalo Bills.

March 30, 2003

Marker Owners’ Meetings: Sudden Death Lives [9:00 PM] reports: "It was back and forth," Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said. "Early, you thought it was going to go. Then you didn't. And then you did."
In the end, Donahoe, who was in favor of changing overtime, wound up disappointed because the proposed adjustment received 17 votes, seven shy of the 24 needed for it to pass.

Marker Free-agent winners, other owners meeting odds and ends [8:59 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills: They have come out of free agency with perhaps the best player on the open market in LB Takeo Spikes, another starting LB in Jeff Posey and one of the NFL's best run-stuffers in Sam Adams. They dramatically upgraded the 29th-ranked defense in the NFL. They traded Peerless Price, which will certainly hurt. But they cannot pay two receivers Eric Moulds-type money and avoided a nasty situation, yet they picked up a No. 1 in the process

Marker Bills win big in free agency [6:49 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: '"I would say Buffalo looks like the big winner now," DePaul said.'

March 29, 2003

Marker Gash, Ismail, Gary visit Bills coaches [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The way Drew (Bledsoe) distributes the ball it looks good here," Ismail said. "They do some things here that fit my game well."'

Marker Free-agency report card: 5 teams that did the worst [7:12 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'I've grouped the Bills in limbo -- with 22 other teams that are neither the best nor worst -- because although they boosted their defense with the acquisitions of Takeo Spikes, Jeff Posey, Sam Adams and Izell Reese, there are now new questions about their offense, as Josh Reed and Bobby Shaw must make up for what Peerless Price, Jay Riemersma and Larry Centers contributed to the passing game.'

Marker Bills sign Adams [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have signed defensive tackle Sam Adams. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.'

March 28, 2003

Marker JOE DeLAMIELLEURE Autograph session in Boston! [9:44 PM]
TBD reports: Saturday March 29th, 1:00 pm at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Boston MA. Don't pass up a chance to meet the Buffalo Bills latest Hall of Fame inductee!

Marker Mike Dozer: NFL off-season fills everyone with hope [9:44 PM]
Shout! reports: Well, here we are in the middle of the off-season, and already it rivals the excitement of last off-season, when Drew Bledsoe came aboard. Maybe the Takeo Spikes and Sam Adams acquisitions exceed the Bledsoe acquisition because they mean Buffalo is closer to repairing the defense and going deep into the playoffs.

Marker Ismail, Gary visit with Bills [8:33 PM]
AP reports: '''I believe Eric is the No. 1 guy, period. Outside of that, I guess everything would be open to fair game,'' Ismail said. ''It's a good fit for myself and for the Bills. But this is just a visit. Hopefully, we'll progress.'''

Marker Bills Sign Sam Adams [4:28 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has officially signed DT Sam Adams.

Marker Current OT format exciting enough [4:28 PM] reports: "It was back and forth," Buffalo Bills GM Tom Donahoe said. "Early, you thought it was going to go. Then you didn't. And then you did."

Marker QB Johnson plans to push Ramsey [4:27 PM]
The Washington Times reports: NFL talent evaluators long have felt Johnson has the tools to be a top passer. A 1995 fourth-round pick by Jacksonville, Johnson consistently has impressed with his arm strength and athleticism, plus his prototypical height (6-foot-4, 212 pounds). But he has struggled to find a comfortable situation, whether with Jacksonville, Buffalo or Tampa Bay.

Marker WR Qadry Ismail Visits Buffalo [3:43 PM] reports: '"Being that I played down the road, my college ball in Syracuse and really haven't been back up this way, I am very impressed. I'm impressed with some of the things I see; the organization and the way they are moving definitely seems like they are heading in the right direction."'

Marker RB Olandis Gary Makes A Stop In Buffalo [3:43 PM] reports: '"Things are going great so far. For a team that I didn't think that I would be visiting it's been going good. I just saw Travis Henry and we spoke for a while. I think this is a great opportunity for me."'

Marker Emmitt's New Clothes [1:28 PM] reports: 'Smith didn't fully reveal if any other teams had been talking to him, but after his press conference he did say on local radio, with Dale Hellestrae, no less, one of the talk-show hosts there in Phoenix, that his people did talk to Kansas City and Buffalo.'

Marker Player Visits: Olandis Gary, Qadry Ismal, and Sam Gash [9:39 AM] reports: Running back Olandis Gary (Denver Broncos), wide receiver Qadry Ismail (Indianapolis Colts), and fullback Sam Gash (Baltimore Ravens) are all in Buffalo today to tour the facility and meet with the coaches. Gary has rushed for 1,614 yards in four NFL seasons. Ismail had 44 catches for 462 yards last year after recording a career-high 74 grabs for Baltimore in 2001. Gash is one of the top blocking fullbacks in the league and spent two of his 11 seasons with the Bills (1998-99).

March 27, 2003

Marker Bills' offseason moves have put them in thick of playoff race [9:48 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Based on how active Buffalo has been this offseason, I don’t think there is any doubt that GM Tom Donahoe is positioning the Bills for a major playoff run this season. In fact, I feel so confident about this, I put $20 on the Bills to win it all (at 20-1 odds) at the Rio Suites casino/hotel in Las Vegas last weekend while I was there on vacation.

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