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Buffalo Bills News - March 28, 2003

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).

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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.

Marker Player Profile: Jeff Posey [4:53 PM] reports: Quick, agile pass rusher who will suit up for his fourth team…signed by the Texans as an unrestricted free agent on 4/18/02…converted defensive end…has 84 career tackles and 40 special teams stops…played in seven games for Jacksonville and four games for Carolina last season…spent his first three campaigns in San Francisco…originally signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on 5/2/97.

Marker Football wasn't Hull's first choice [9:34 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: 'Humility has long been one of Hull's strong suits. It was among the traits he learned toiling on his family's farm near Greenwood, where the wakeup calls came early on Saturday mornings.'

Marker Alumni Spotlight: Kings On The Field [9:26 AM] reports: Long before brothers Tiki (Giants) and Ronde (Bucs) Barber made commercials celebrating the fact they are brothers both playing in the NFL, the Bills had an even more unique duo. The King brothers, Charley and Tony, both donned the red, white and blue of the Buffalo Bills and became the first pair of African American siblings to play on the same NFL team. Separated in age by only 16 months, the two played together during the 1967 season.

Marker Owners send OT idea to a sudden death [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After releasing fullback Larry Centers, the Bills are bringing fullback Sam Gash in for a visit this week. Veteran wide receiver Quadry Ismail is also scheduled to talk to Buffalo.'

Marker Bills deserve some prime time exposure [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'If NFL, ABC, ESPN and Fox officials are on the ball, they recognize that the Bills have upgraded themselves more than any other NFL team since last season ended and should plan to give them at least three prime-time games.'

Marker Steve Christie still helps kids [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Steve Christie now plays for the San Diego Chargers, but the former Buffalo Bill still supports Camp Good Days & Special Times.'

March 26, 2003

Marker Falcons adding another veteran receiver [9:25 PM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Oakland, Buffalo and Dallas -- where Jenkins began his career -- also pursued the former Nebraska-Omaha star.'

Marker Teams find value with compensatory picks [5:56 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo GM Tom Donahoe, whose team was shut out of the compensatory process this year, certainly understands the significance of owning additional middle-round selections. The Bills acquired two current starters, OT Jonas Jennings (2001) and SS Coy Wire (2002), with third-round compensatory choices.

"It still comes down to making good choices," said Donahoe, "but it never hurts to have a few more chances."

Marker All-Time First Round Draft Picks [2:37 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills got themselves back into the first round of the NFL Draft, trading franchise-tagged wide receiver Peerless Price to Atlanta for the 23rd overall pick on March 7. Here's a look at Buffalo's All-Time First Round Draft Picks.

Marker Bills Backers - Re-register your Bills Backers club via email [2:17 PM] reports: If you are currently a member of a Bills Backers Club, take a minute to review your club's listing online. Use our online registration form to submit your information. It's important to note that even if you're club's listing is currently complete and correct we still need you to re-register for 2003! Any clubs that we do not hear from by April 15 will be removed from the online Bills Backers listing to ensure an accurate 2003 listing. Don't be left out!

Marker Gregg's Deal [1:21 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Although Williams made some mistakes his rookie season by trusting coaching buddies with a lack of NFL experience, he does have some smarts. He hasn’t objected to the additions of more experienced coaches, and, in fact, may have initiated the moves to bring in people like Gilbride and Steckel.'

Marker Bills To Host Free Development Program For Area Youngsters [12:56 PM] reports: The Bills, the National Football League, and Buffalo Public Schools will host Buffalo's first Junior Player Development (JPD) program from May 27th to June 12th. JPD is a 12-session football program that is free for participants between the ages of 12 and 14.

Marker Where Are They Now: Justin Cross [9:54 AM] reports: Forget about Carmen Sandiego. Where in the world is … Justin Cross? The former offensive tackle has gone from the field to the friendly skies. He’s become a commercial pilot and has gotten around more than a rumor about J.Lo.

Marker AFC East paying attention to Bills' upgrades [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm glad they don't have (wide receiver) Peerless Price anymore because we haven't tackled him yet," Miami Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said during Tuesday's AFC coaches' media breakfast at the NFL meetings. "But they have added some good people to the mix. I think they should be picked to win the division this year."'

Marker Bills fan in Kuwait files war reports from hub of action [6:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'AlSabah studies English literature at Kuwait University. He saw his first football game 10 years ago while watching Super Bowl XXVII broadcast on television. He fell in love with the sport and was drawn to the Bills.'

Marker Lions Sign Running Back Shawn Bryson to One-Year Contract [6:34 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The Lions didn't disclose financial terms of the contract. The National Football League's minimum salary for players with four years of experience is $530,000.'

Marker Finding NFL job no snap for Glenn [4:30 AM]
Ottawa Sun reports: 'For two years, it's appeared as if Glenn, who worked out last winter for the Buffalo Bills, would be taking his own competitive game south. The latest proposition cropped up with the Browns. Glenn learned of the Browns' sudden interest in him when they lost veteran LS Kuehl to the Giants. Since the query for Glenn's services came after the Feb. 28 deadline for CFL players in the option year of their contract to sign with NFL teams, the Browns would have had to obtain a release of Glenn from his current contract with the Renegades. But in the end, it wasn't needed.'

March 25, 2003

Marker Bills sign Brown, ex-CFL receiver [8:25 PM]
AP reports: 'Receiver Antonio Brown, who spent last season playing in the Canadian Football League, signed with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.'

Marker Jack Kemp To Chair USA Football [4:20 PM] reports: Jack Kemp, whose pro football career helped launch him to a successful career in public service, will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of USA FOOTBALL, it was announced today.

Marker Bills Sign Antonio Brown [3:57 PM] reports: Brown (5-10, 170) most recently played for the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2002 and finished the year with 14 catches for 208 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Marker Talks With Ismail Break Off [1:17 PM]
Washington Post reports: 'Sources said that free agent fullback Larry Centers is generating interest from several teams around the league, but it remains unclear whether any club will be willing to pay him the sort of money he is seeking. The Redskins would like to sign Centers, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, to a modest contract.'

Marker "Kids Day" Against Rams Highlights Preseason Schedule [1:12 PM] reports: 'Saturday, August 9 at Baltimore, 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 16 at Tennessee, 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 23 ST. LOUIS, 7:00 PM
Thursday, August 28 DETROIT, 7:00 PM'

Marker Player Profile: De'Mond Parker [9:19 AM] reports: Originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (159 overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft…during his two seasons in Green Bay he played in 19 games and ran for 269 yards on 54 carries (average of 5.0 yards) with two touchdowns…he also caught 13 passes for 65 yards.

Marker Adams can't wait to create havoc [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The fans in Buffalo are awesome," said Adams, who plans to live in Ted Washington's Buffalo-area home. "You come from a place like Oakland, the only other place you can go is Buffalo to find the fans that players want to play for. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Buffalo until I left, I just said, "I can't wait to get back here and start working with my teammates and doing my part to help this team win the Super Bowl.'"'

Marker Bills kick in $4.2 million to sign Lindell [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills needed a new kicker after contract talks with free agent Mike Hollis fell apart. Lindell, 25, is younger and at 6-foot-3 and 237 pounds looks more like a linebacker than a kicker.'

Marker Thinking Bills could be Super isn't off-center [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That '88 team wasn't quite mature enough for great things. The Super Bowl run came two years later. This team might not be ready yet, either. But it's a different NFL; teams can achieve big things in a hurry.'

Marker Loyal Steinbrenner still repaying Saban for favor [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The friendship between George M. Steinbrenner III and former Buffalo Bills coach Lou Saban has endured since the summer day they met on a playground in Cleveland 55 years ago.'

Marker Lindell looks forward to joining Bills [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“Nothing fazes this guy,” said Paul Sheehy, Lindell’s agent. “His mentality is absolutely perfect for a kicker. He’s never too high or too low. I think this is a great fit.”'

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