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Buffalo Bills News - March 8, 2003

Marker Donahoe deals Bills into contention [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'Western New York fans can reasonably dream of a 2003 Bills team including linebackers Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey, top-shelf defensive tackle Sam Adams and possibly an instant-impact pass-rushing specialist with the No. 23 pick.'

Marker Price right for Falcons [5:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With Moulds already a superstar and the promise shown last year by rookie Josh Reed, the Bills believe they have some depth at the receiver position. They also re-signed veteran Charles Johnson yesterday.'

Marker Peerless finally a Falcon [5:45 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons tried to swing a deal without sending this year's first-round pick to Buffalo, instead offering either a second-round pick this season or next year's first-rounder. Donahoe didn't bite.'

Marker Falcons' salesmanship 'breathtaking' [5:44 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Price still was grinning Friday at the Falcons' headquarters over the week-old memory. "The video, the private jet. Everything was just breathtaking," he said, before recalling a time before his last four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. In fact, it was long before he helped the University of Tennessee to a national championship. "I haven't felt like that since I was going on recruiting trips for college," said Price, shaking his head.'

Marker Bengals sign LB Hardy to 4-year deal [5:43 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Spikes' Buffalo offer calls for $9 million to sign, and his total first-year pay could be $11.5 million with a $1 million base salary and a $1.5 million roster bonus. The deal is worth $18.2 the first three years if Spikes makes one Pro Bowl.'

Marker Spikes gets offer, Bengals ink Hardy [5:42 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Price's exit gave Buffalo the cap space to pursue defensive help. The Bills' immediate target was Spikes. They want him to replace 33-year-old Eddie Robinson as the starting right outside linebacker.'

Marker Bengals ink Hardy, appear ready to let Spikes go [5:41 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Bengals still have seven days to determine whether or not to match the six-year, $30 million-plus offer sheet Spikes received from the Bills and keep him in the fold. But Friday’s moves were a strong indication that Cincinnati was prepared to let its best defensive player walk and stock its roster with athletes who wanted to be a part of the team’s effort to pull itself out of the muck.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Sign Bengals Linebacker Spikes to Offer Sheet [5:40 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Spikes has led the Bengals in tackles in four of his five seasons in the National Football League. Cincinnati named Spikes its transition player last month, allowing them to match any contract offer he receives.'

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Marker Hardy signing could seal Spikes' departure [9:30 PM] reports: In a move that indicates the Bengals won’t match the Bills’ offer to Takeo Spikes, the agent for Cowboys linebacker Kevin Hardy said Friday night his client has agreed in principle to a four-year deal in Cincinnati.

Marker Spikes gets Pro Bowl deal [8:52 PM] reports: Buffalo is believed to have offered Spikes a six-year deal that gives him more guaranteed money than Brooking’s $11.2 million, and a contract that gives him more than Brooking’s $17.4 million over the first three years of the deal.

Marker Price gives Falcons new dimension [8:38 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Sure, the Falcons surrendered their first-round draft pick to Buffalo, but when you're drafting 23rd tell me where you find a wide receiver to step in and make an immediate difference. You don't.'

Marker Bengals have seven days to match offer [8:37 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The contract, negotiated by agent Todd France over a two-day period, is for six years and believed to be worth about $32 million. Spikes will earn over $17 million in the first three years of the contract.'

Marker Price Is Right for Atlanta Falcons [8:34 PM]
Reuters reports: '"I'm more than a deep threat. If given the opportunity I feel I can take a five-yard slant the distance also."'

Marker Buffalo make offer to LB Spikes [8:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Asked how serious he was about joining the Bills, Spikes said: ``Yeah, I would not have come if it weren't for real.'''

Marker Bills sign transition free agent LB Spikes to offer sheet [8:27 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"We could have put together an offer sheet even if we didn't make the trade, but yes there is more room (under the cap)," Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said after tendering the offer sheet.'

Marker President/GM Tom Donahoe Talks About Bills Activity [5:43 PM] reports: "Not too bad at this point but we have a long way to go. It's amazing that we've only been in free agency for a week but it seems like 10 years. We had a couple of things that we wanted to try to do quickly. For us linebacker was obviously a priority, tight end was a priority. We have some other things to do. The offer to Takeo will put us in a holding pattern for a while but we have other things to do yet."

Marker Unrestricted Free Agent Sam Adams Visits [5:40 PM] reports: "This is a first class organization, facility, administration and staff. This organization is geared towards winning a world championship. As a player, a free agent especially, this is a situation that you want to be involved. From the janitor to the owner they are committed to winning a championship and that's something that every player wants to be a part of."

Marker Spikes Signs Offer Sheet [4:53 PM] reports: Tom Donahoe has announced that free agent linebacker Takeo Spikes has signed an offer sheet from the Bills. The Bengals have seven days to match the offer. During his visit, Spikes said he was "very impressed" with everything he saw. Will the Bengals match?

Marker Bills re-sign veteran WR Charles Johnson [4:43 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Last season, Johnson had three catches for 39 yards and added 15 tackles and a recovered on-side kick on special teams.'

Marker Spikes mulls Bills' offer [3:23 PM] reports: “We’ll know here pretty soon,” Donahoe said. “They either walk in, shake hands, and leave, or they walk in, shake hands, and we say, ‘Talk to you in a week.’ We could have put together an offer sheet (for Spikes) if we didn’t make the trade but, yes, there is more room.”

Marker Said What? - Price Quotes During the 2002 Season [2:51 PM] reports: "Eric (Moulds) has helped me a lot along the way. He's been a tremendous help. This year alone, Drew Bledsoe and Kevin Gilbride (have helped me). Drew from the standpoint of having confidence in me and believing in me. Coach Gilbride for the schemes and all the things he allows me to do." -- Price after catching 7 balls for 126 yards and a TD against the Raiders on Week 5

Marker Bills Acquire 23rd Overall Selection [2:22 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has traded free agent wide receiver Peerless Price to the Atlanta Falcons. In exchange, Buffalo received Atlanta's first round selection in the 2003 NFL Draft (23rd overall).

Marker Atlanta Falcons Acquire Wide Receiver Peerless Price [1:44 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Price, who has lived in Atlanta during the offseason since 2000, had been unable to agree on a new long-term contract with the Bills. Since Price was listed as a ``franchise'' player with the Bills, Atlanta had to compensate Buffalo with its first-round pick, No. 23 overall, under NFL rules.'

Marker Falcons acquire WR Price from Bills for first-round pick [1:42 PM]
Sportsticker reports: "The Falcons give me the opportunity to be a No. 1 receiver and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with Mike Vick," Price said. "He (Vick) creates so many more opportunities for me with his ability to scramble. That creates more offense for me."

Marker The Price is Right [1:23 PM] reports: 'The Atlanta Falcons announced today that they have acquired WR Peerless Price in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. In exchange for Price, the Falcons gave Buffalo their first-round pick in the 2003 draft (23rd pick overall).'

Marker Johnson re-signs with Bills [1:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Receiver Charles Johnson re-signed with the Buffalo Bills on Friday. Johnson appeared in all 16 games last year, mostly on special teams.'

Marker Donahoe does it again, plus other notes [1:14 PM]
Shout! reports: Congratulations to Tom Donahoe for having the foresight to franchise-tag Peerless Price a few weeks ago and then move him to Atlanta for a first-round pick. That was a shrewd maneuver; one I suspect other NFL general managers might copy when unrestricted free agency occurs in the coming seasons.

Marker Price is right: Peerless to Falcons [11:35 AM]
AP reports: To complete the deal, Price and the Falcons agreed on a seven-year contract. Tim McGee, the receiver's agent, wouldn't give specific terms, but did say the signing bonus was at least $10 million and the total compensation was between $35-40 million.

Marker Price heading to Falcons, pending NFL approval [11:29 AM]
ESPN reports: 'While complete details of the contract Price will sign with the Falcons were not yet available, has learned it is a seven-year deal and includes a $10 million signing bonus.'

Marker Falcons expected to announce Price progress [11:27 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons have called a 1 p.m. press conference today, where the team is expected to announce they've taken a major step toward acquiring Buffalo Bills wide receiver Peerless Price. It is not immediately known whether it is to announce that the team has acquired his rights in a trade from the Bills, or that the team has not only acquired his rights, but also actually reached a contract with him.'

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