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Buffalo Bills News - February 18, 2004

Marker Influx of eligible stars will leave many Hall of Fame hopefuls outside looking in [2:16 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: It also will be interesting to see how Thomas and Reed fare considering the Bills’ four straight Super Bowl losses. There is a feeling among some fans and media that players from the Vikings and Cowboys teams of the 1970s and the Broncos of the 1980s have been hurt because their teams lost multiple Super Bowls. However, Horrigan does not believe that is the case at all.

Marker Daniels' contract makes trade tough [1:13 PM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'One league source speculated that once Stewart gets his release from the Bears and surveys how few teams are interested in the veteran as a starting quarterback, he could land in Buffalo with new head coach Mike Mularkey and offensive coordinator Tom Clements.'

Marker Mularkey: right coach at right time [1:09 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But his most impressive move, after he got the job, wasn’t something he said, but rather something he did. When Mularkey hired Sam Wyche, the former Buccaneers and Bengals boss, to be Bills’ quarterback coach, it said a lot about his loyalty.'

Marker Bills turf supplier files for bankruptcy [10:45 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Southwest Recreational Industries Inc., which makes and installs synthetic and natural grass playing fields including one at Ralph Wilson Stadium, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in Georgia after buckling under heavy debt and rapid growth.'

Marker Major Alumni Highlights of 2003 [8:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '2003 was a busy year for the Bills Alumni...'.

Marker Interview with Alumni Relations Coordinator Joni Graham [8:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"This year's president is Mark Brammer, Vice President is Lou Piccone, Treasurer is Charley Ferguson, and Bills Alumni Will Fowler and Bob Dugan are also officers. Ed Rutkowski, Ernie Warlick, Booker Edgerson, Jeff Nixon, Hilton Crawford and Carl Byrum are also extremely active. There are over 30 Alumni living in the WNY area and they all try to stay involved in one form or another. Their dedication to the WNY area is extremely admirable."'

Marker Bills' Winfield to test market [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We were hopeful we could have some discussions, but they just seem to be pretty firm in the fact they want to get out there and test it,” Donahoe said Tuesday. “There’s not much we can do. When somebody doesn’t want to talk, it’s not a very good conversation.”'

Marker Henson intrigues Bills, but another look needed [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We have interest,” said Bills general manager Tom Donahoe Tuesday when asked how serious the club is in making a Henson deal. “It was a good workout but there are a lot of hoops to jump through. Houston has to get him signed before they can trade him. Whether he’s signable is a major issue.”'

Marker Company that put in Bills’ AstroPlay field goes belly up [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'AstroPlay, comprising synthetic blades of grass and crushed tires, has a lifespan of about eight years in extreme weather conditions. The surface needs a once-a-year grooming by a ride-on broom machine.'

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February 17, 2004

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Paul Seymour [5:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I was surprised although the fact that Chuck and I didn’t get along, it probably shouldn’t have surprised me," Seymour said. "But I was surprised that it was an unconditional trade and that (the Steelers) didn’t know that I was coming off (knee) surgery. In fact, I told them that they were really getting the short end of the trade because I was still recovering. The week before (the trade) I could barely walk, but they put me in on a couple goal line plays in a game against Detroit and showed the film to Pittsburgh and said that I was okay. Pittsburgh believed it."'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Rufus Bess [5:20 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bess still makes his home in Minnesota with his wife, Sonia, and their daughter, Brittany, who is a high school junior. For the past 14 years, he has worked as a industrial technology teacher and this year became Minneapolis North High School’s school-to-work coordinator in tech education. He is also the school’s head football and baseball coach.'

Marker Esks in hot pursuit of Bombers linebacker [1:57 PM]
Edmonton Journal reports: CFL WR Jason Tucker is one of the most coveted free agents on the market. He has worked out with the Buffalo Bills and expects to hear later this week whether they'll make an offer. His first choice in the CFL is Edmonton, but he's open to other offers.

Marker Inside slant [5:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"It took a little while to put this staff together, longer than some other teams have done, but it was important, for the sake of the personality of the team, to make sure we had the right fit," said Mularkey, the former Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator who was hired on Jan. 13. "To be honest, I was very lucky to get all of these guys and keep the guys around here that we did."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'There are six unrestricted free agents but GM Tom Donahoe is expected to allow each to test the market, including starting CB Antoine Winfield. The Bills have been in talks with Winfield but the player would like to explore his options. The franchise (guaranteed top five salary) or transition tags would give Buffalo right-of-first-refusal options but they are not likely to be exercised.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'McNally is among the very best at his craft and he'll have his work cut out in Buffalo, where the Bills allowed an NFL-most 51 sacks last season and quarterback Drew Bledsoe is among the easiest targets to hit.'

February 16, 2004

Marker Buffalo stampede [6:44 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Already, two things are apparent: It's good to have Wyche's sense of humor back in the league, and the Bills will be heard from when it comes time for the Henson deal to get done. We're not saying Henson, the former Michigan standout turned baseball player turned Houston Texans-owned trade bait, should start picking out a winter coat for upstate New York. It's just that, for the second time in three years, Buffalo might be in the best position to trade a high-round pick for a quarterback being shopped far and wide.'

Marker Despite questions about Bledsoe, Buffalo's brass shouldn't Drew it [2:03 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Granted, Drew Bledsoe's dismal season in 2003 raised serious questions about the position in both the short and long run. For the immediate future, Donahoe's clearly banking on Mularkey, Clements and Wyche to rebuild Bledsoe's faulty mechanics and soothe his fractured psyche through better coaching and game planning.'

Marker Marketing suites is 'challenge' for Bills [10:14 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: "We do have 40 suites to sell yet. That will be a big challenge for us," said Erland "Erkie" Kailbourne, still chairman of the Business Backs the Bills committee that, then and now, is very involved in lining up clients for the open suites and club seats.

February 15, 2004

Marker Washington's good-guy image takes a hit [9:01 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Bledsoe has been sacked 103 times the past two seasons. Some of that has to do with Buffalo's offensive line, but Wyche plans to teach Bledsoe how to help them help him. For one thing, Bledsoe can tuck the ball and run more. Bledsoe, run? "Sometimes you're groomed one way and you don't test yourself in certain areas," Wyche said. "We're going to test him."'

February 14, 2004

Marker Tucker gets three-year extension from Bills [8:39 PM]
ESPN reports: It appears Tucker will go to camp with a chance to win the starting spot at right guard, where he played very effectively in the second half of last season. In his first Bills start, in November, the offense totaled 403 yards. The Bills rushed for over 200 yards in his second start.

Marker Bills, Tucker agree to new pact [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tucker, who started five games at right guard in place of Mike Pucillo late last season, was set to become a free agent on March 3. Tucker joined the Bills after starting half the season for Dallas in 2002.'

Marker Houston's steal doesn't merit a Bills deal [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Why did Buffalo bother attending Henson’s workout in Houston this week? He probably will be traded by the Texans for at least a high second-round pick and perhaps a first-round pick. The Bills need immediate help in too many areas (wide receiver, defensive end and tight end) to use one of their top picks on a project QB.'

February 13, 2004

Marker Bills not Tucker-ed out [11:13 PM]
ESPN reports: The Buffalo Bills reached a three-year, $2.2 million agreement with guard Ross Tucker, 24, that could grow to $3.2 million depending upon his playing time. Tucker is a great success story for the Bills, a former undrafted player claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys who ended up as the starting RG the final 5 games of last season. The 6-4, 316-pounder is projected to be a starter next season. Included in the deal is a $225,000 signing bonus. He was scheduled to be a RFA.

Marker Ask Play-By-Play Man John Murphy [10:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'No stranger to Bills fans, Murphy recently completed his 16th season alongside Miller in the booth as the radio network’s color analyst. He first held the analyst job from 1984-89 and then again from 1994-2003. A native of Lockport, NY and graduate of Syracuse University, Murphy has also served as the sports director at WKBW-TV (Channel 7) in Buffalo since 1989.'

Marker Studesville Likes His Backs [10:04 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Henry proved last year he can carry the load. Playing much of the season with bruised ribs then a broken leg, Henry ran for over 1,350 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. "That's a credit to him and how tough he is and his commitment to the team," Studesville said of Henry. "He's an impressive player."'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Pete Gogolak [3:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Being the second-highest scorer in the league as a rookie, I asked for a raise and they wouldn’t give it to me. I’ll tell you very frankly, I signed for $11,000 and I asked for 20. So I played out my contract. I didn’t talk to anybody and I became a free agent and that’s when the Giants approached me and signed me," said Gogolak. "In Buffalo, I think they thought I was a traitor, basically. I really loved Buffalo and I loved the team. It was a great football town. Very frankly, it was the best two years in my professional career and it was a wonderful place to play for. The whole town was behind you. I think it was just kind of a financial situation. I felt that I was worth that kind of money and the management felt that I wasn’t."'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Jim Jeffcoat [1:37 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I’d like to be a head coach someday, there’s no question. That’s the only reason I got in this business, to be a head coach. I know that it’s a long journey, but I’m prepared for that."'

Marker A time to celebrate: Jim Kelly's 'hero' turns 7 [1:36 PM]
AP reports: '''He'll never be able to do what daddy did,'' said Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to an unprecedented four straight AFC titles in the early 1990s. ''But he's going to do greater things. He's going to make a difference in kids' lives. He already has.'''

Marker QB's workout gets raves, has Texans ready to talk trade [12:01 PM]
Houston Chronicle reports: Green Bay's Mike Sherman and Buffalo's Mike Mularkey were the only head coaches in attendance. Buffalo's Tom Donahue[sic], Miami's Rick Spielman and the New York Giants' Ernie Accorsi were the only general managers.

Marker Open Season [7:21 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' new quarterbacks coach has a damaged heart and a broken voice, but you gotta like his drive.'

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