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Buffalo Bills News - March 9, 2003

Marker LeBeau joins Bills as assistant coach [4:08 PM]
AP reports: 'LeBeau, a respected defensive strategist, will serve under coach Gregg Williams and work with defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. He will try to improve a defense that ranked 27th in points allowed, 29th in yards rushing per game and 32nd in takeaways last season.'

Marker LeBeau to work primarily with Buffalo's secondary [2:27 PM] reports: After two weeks of deliberation former Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau, who was fired after three seasons, has agreed to join the Bills' staff as an assistant. The move has been rumored for weeks but LeBeau wanted to think about it before accepting the standing offer from head coach Gregg Williams and general manager Tom Donahoe.

Marker Palmer, Leftwich and Boller tabbed for first round [2:26 PM] reports: Maybe the next time the Atlanta Falcons do business with Tom Donahoe, they will realize the Buffalo Bills president/general manager usually doesn't blink first, not when he sets a level on the price of doing business. This is the 3rd story on the page.

Marker Panthers awaiting players' decisions [1:21 PM]
Charlotte Observer reports: RB Shawn Bryson and receiver Brandon Stokely are scheduled to visit Carolina Panthers Monday.

Marker Bills' lineman Williams expanding business on East Side [9:47 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: Williams is working with the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency on expanding his Water Works Auto Detail Inc., currently located on Broadway, not far from the former Buffalo Forge Co. plant. The urban renewal agency is expected to name Williams designated developer for the expansion at its March 13 meeting.

Marker Bills strike again: LeBeau on his way [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: Jerry Gray remains the defensive coordinator and will continue to call all the defensive signals on game day. Williams expects LeBeau to have a positive impact on game planning, and LeBeau will get the chance to do hands-on coaching of techniques on the field during practices.

Marker Price, Blank have meeting of minds [8:37 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: "Peerless, I'm glad to give you a lot of the money I have left because I know it will be circulated back into the community", Blank said at a news conference Friday.

Marker Falcons bought Price for big play [8:36 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: As part of their recruiting pitch to Peerless Price, the Falcons took him to the Georgia Dome, where the big screens featured a highlight film that spliced together Mike Vick passes and Price catches.

Marker Lewis accentuates the positive [8:35 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: While saying the Bengals have yet to decide whether to match Spikes' offer sheet, Lewis said Hardy and Thornton were players he wanted all along.

Marker FB Luchey bolts for Packers [8:34 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: Also on Saturday, the Enquirer learned that former Bengals coach Dick LeBeau has accepted a position on the Buffalo Bills coaching staff. LeBeau will be assistant head coach to Gregg Williams and will start work Monday.

Marker Bengals Q & A [8:33 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The view from this perspective is the Bengals are not going to match Spikes' six-year, $32 million deal. The Bengals have seven days to make their decision, but the aggressive back-to-back deals with Hardy and defensive lineman John Thornton suggest the team is moving in another direction - and that direction appears to go away from Spikes.'

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March 8, 2003

Marker Dyson suddenly interested in Buffalo [10:51 PM]
ESPN reports: After trading Peerless Price to the Atlanta Falcons, the Bills are escalating their search for a replacement at WR. Kevin Dyson and Curtis Conway appear to be two of the top candidates. Dyson might have an edge because Bills coach Gregg Williams knows him from his days as an assistant in Tennessee. Dyson's first pro receiver coach also is in Buffalo. Dyson was going to pick between Carolina and Washington this week, but the opening in Buffalo intrigued him enough to make the visit.

Marker Joe DeLamielleure Autograph Sessions [10:40 PM]
TBD reports: Joe DeLamielleure he will be appearing in Chantilly Virginia next Sunday (March 16th) and New England on March 29th.

Marker Bills, Spikes Agree To Offer Sheet [9:47 PM]
WGR reports: Donahoe didn't have a contingency plan if the Bengals matched his offer to Spikes.

"We're planning that they won't match," Donahoe said. "If they do, we'll regroup and come up with plan whatever, B, C, D."

Marker Donahoe does it again, plus other notes [9:45 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 Spikes' last days as a Bengal? [8:45 PM] reports: “I don’t think they will match now, but I don’t want to say anything until there’s an official announcement that they’re signed,” Spikes said shortly after arriving back home.

Marker Spikes signs offer sheet with Bills [8:08 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'It is likely that Lewis has decided not to dump huge money on Spikes but rather use the money to sign a number of players at different positions.'

Marker Spikes likely gone; Hardy, Thornton arrive [7:53 PM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"I don't think so," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis when asked if the organization will take the full week to make its decision on Spikes. "I think things will progress quickly."'

Marker Free Agent Recap With Tom Donahoe [7:22 PM] reports: "We're in good shape. We were in good shape if Peerless came in and signed a tender and wanted to play at that figure. We still would have been active and had the chance to be out there doing things. We've done a better job of managing the cap, we still have to find better ways to improve that but at least we have some flexibility this year. We have enough flexibility to look at other players. We do have to be smart shoppers and if we do deals they (have to be) the right deals for the player, our club and our salary cap."

Marker Atlanta acquires WR Peerless Price [7:11 PM]
CNN/SI reports: THE BOTTOM LINE by's Don Banks: Price was the consensus top-rated receiver available. He gives Vick a go-to guy and should lessen the amount of scrambling that the Falcons' gifted young passer does, thereby keeping him healthier. But what the deal underlines is that in his short time in the league, owner Arthur Blank has gained a reputation for passing out inflated signing bonuses.

Marker Falcons' Blank may have overpaid for one-hit wonder [6:55 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Is Price another Alvin Harper waiting to happen, a solid No. 2 WR who couldn't make the jump to No. 1 once he moved away from Dallas in free agency? Probably not. But with that $10 million bonus, the Falcons are banking heavily that he's among the game's top 10 receivers, and he hasn't proven that he merits that kind of billing just yet.

Marker Bills Pick 23rd - Behind NY Jets [12:34 PM] reports: Buffalo will pick behind the Jets and before the Colts in the 1st round of the NFL Draft after acquiring Atlanta's 1st round pick on Friday.

Marker Takeo Spikes Countdown Timer [10:15 AM]
TBD reports: 6 Days and counting down for the Bengals to match Bills offer for Takeo Spikes. This java-based counter will give you the exact amount of time to the second.

Marker Rich Wire, Father of Coy Wire, to speak [10:06 AM]
TBD reports: He will be speaking at Orchard Park High School on March 11, 2003 at 7:30 PM. In his fifth year as a national speaker, he is considered a expert in the field of athletic scholarships.

He will be speaking on the issue of raising awareness on the collegiate recruiting process for students hoping to play sports at the collegiate level. the Camp Hill Pa. residents motto is "Live everyday like there will be no tomorrow, and stop to smell the roses along the way".

It's free and open to the public. for further info, contact Orchard Park High School Athletic Dept 716-209-6208.

Marker Bills' Price tag met in trade with Atlanta [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Atlanta paid dearly for Price, giving him a $10 million signing bonus on a deal that two league sources said averages $6 million a year over seven years. The yearly average would make Price tied for sixth highest in the league among receiver salaries. The bonus is believed to be the ninth biggest.'

Marker Cincy may not match Bills' offer for Spikes [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It includes a $9 million signing bonus, a $1 million base salary the first year, plus another $1.5 million option bonus after the first season, according to a league source. The deal would pay Spikes $14.1 million over the first two years and $17.7 million over the first three. Those aspects of the deal slightly surpass the big contract Atlanta gave middle linebacker Keith Brooking last week. Brooking will get $34 million over the first six years.'

Marker Price traded to Falcons for No. 1 pick [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: '’’It was an opportunity for me to go to a place I feel wanted me, and gave me the opportunity to be a No. 1 receiver,’’ Price said after the Bills traded him to Atlanta Friday for a first-round draft pick.'

Marker Spikes signs offer sheet with Bills [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: '’’It’s amazing how everything happened at the same time,’’ Donahoe said with a smile. ‘’There’s been a lot of papers and faxes flying back and forth all day long.’''

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.'

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