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Buffalo Bills News - April 15, 2002

Marker Harrington should top Buffalo's list [3:44 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: @ It's all about the franchise, especially at QB. I'm of the belief that when you can get a potential franchise-making player, you pull out all the stops to get that guy, especially when it fills a big need on your team. The author also thought the Bills should have stuck with the often-injured RJ.

Marker Bills considering Harrington due to Bledsoe Dead End [9:20 AM]
ESPN reports: The Bills finally are getting around to considering Harrington because of their failure to make a Drew Bledsoe trade and their inability to convince Jeff Blake into taking their offer. Taking Harrington, though, would be a reach for the Bills because he isn't one of the team's top five choices.

Marker Sports' cyclical nature catches Sabres, Bills [8:06 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Who could've/would've figured that Bledsoe, five seasons after Jim Kelly retired and in the same year Kelly gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton just might become the Bills' new franchise QB? It hasn't happened yet, and it might not happen at all, but what a turn of events that would be for the Bills and what a marketing coup it could be.'

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April 14, 2002

Marker Get ready to watch Donahoe wheel and deal on draft day [9:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe has jockeyed around in draft-day deals in seven of the nine drafts he has overseen.'

Marker Can the Bills afford to pass on Bledsoe? [7:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Bills have three home dates in December and if the team is losing, there won't be a steady pilgrimage from the Tonawandas to see Alex Van Pelt lead the way.'

Marker A price to pay for commodity [6:43 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Will Donahoe come away with nothing? Will he have to opt for journeyman Jeff Blake? Take a chance on a young kid such as Joey Harrington? Now there's word through Fred Edelstein's newsletter that his sources indicate the Oakland Raiders may enter the Bledsoe sweepstakes.'

Marker Teams seeking to speak [6:40 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'This reportedly is the tack the Patriots are taking with Drew Bledsoe. Buffalo and Cincinnati are very interested, but the Patriots have put a gag order on their veteran quarterback. ''How do we know if he wants to play for us if we don't get a chance to talk to him?'' said a key member of one of those organizations.'

Marker Random mutterings [6:39 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'This is a hunch: In the second round of the draft, Buffalo is going to make a call to the Patriots with an offer to take Drew Bledsoe off their hands for the Bills second-round pick this year and a conditional No. 1 next year.'

April 13, 2002

Marker As comedian, Ashcroft's no Reno; expect Bills movie in September [9:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '[Gil] Bellows, who plays the backup quarterback who leads the Buffalo Bills to a Super Bowl victory in the TNT movie, "Second String," told me at the Final Four in Atlanta that the film is now expected to air this September before the start of the NFL season.'

Marker Chandler joins Bears' quarterback stable [12:24 AM] reports: Chandler and agent Frank Bauer had several inquires since the quarterback was released and, even earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills remained interested in him. The negotiations with the Bears started last month and Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo has been in close contact with Bauer ever since. The deal turned in Chicago's favor when the Bears agreed to include the escalator clauses in the contract.

Marker The Success Of An NFL Leader [12:24 AM] reports: The city of Buffalo has a new asset in town, an experienced middle linebacker who is ready to make a difference both on the field and off. London Fletcher is not just your ordinary NFL professional football player.

Marker Bills Looking At Several QB Options [12:23 AM]
Pro Football Talk reports: A year ago, the Buffalo Bills had to make a choice between two solid quarterbacks who already were on the roster, Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson. This time around, the Bills have far less talent on a depth chart that is headed by Alex Van Pelt, a career journeyman who woke up one day as the starter...

April 12, 2002

Marker Bottom Line - no Bledsoe [3:46 PM]
ESPN reports: Bottom line is that GM Tom Donahoe isn't going to be able to pry qb Drew Bledsoe away from the Patriots, but that doesn't mean he will go for Harrington, since he doesn't like his arm strength. Like several teams in the top 10, the Bills wouldn't mind moving down a few spots, but not too far down. If they stay here, it appears the choice is among three players: offensive tackle Mike Williams, safety Roy Williams or DT Ryan Sims.

Marker Speculation abounds at One Bills Drive [1:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills' acknowledged needs are on the offensive and defensive lines, safety and quarterback. But which is most important and where is the best player available?'

Marker Pats coach has doubts about Bledsoe trade [9:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I would be very surprised if anything happened before the draft in that area," Belichick said Thursday at the Patriots' predraft news conference.'

Marker Freeney visits Bills [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The other visitors were Pittsburgh's Ramon Walker and Virginia Tech's Ben Taylor.'

Marker A different show [8:36 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'As I see it, Dwight Adams deserves that spotlight again, even if it has to be somewhere else, and another group of writers and sportscasters will enjoy learning while being entertained at the same time. He can't be copied. He IS the original.'

April 11, 2002

Marker Bills Sign Former Jaguars Kicker Mike Hollis for One Year [9:40 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Hollis is coming off the worst season of his seven-year career, having made only 18 of 28 field-goal attempts, for Jacksonville. He also made 29 of 31 extra-point tries.'

Marker Freeney bigger, faster in visit with Bills [9:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Defensive end Dwight Freeney, who set an NCAA record with 17.5 sacks at Syracuse last year, is both bigger and faster as he prepares to enter next week's NFL draft. "I ran a 4.38 and I weighed in at 263," Freeney said Thursday of his time, in seconds, in running 40 yards at a recent NFL workout. "That's the heaviest I've ever been, and the fastest I've ever ran."'

Marker Fan Interview With Tom Donahoe [9:28 PM] reports: Recently, visitors had a chance to ask GM Tom Donahoe questions regarding the Bills offseason activity and the NFL Draft on April 20-21.

Marker Bills may pass on Bledsoe if Patriots continue to play hardball [5:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Bills have so far sent the Patriots two proposals. The Patriots countered the first with a request far above what Buffalo was willing to give up. The Bills sent another which, as far as can be determined, hasn't been countered. The Pats would like a first-round pick. The Bills, picking fourth overall, will not part with that. Since the Bills are the only team actively seeking Bledsoe at this point, they see no reason to bid against themselves. The Pats' poker face hasn't flinched.'

April 10, 2002

Marker Chris Mortensen on Bledsoe [9:15 PM]
TBD reports: Chat summary, Buffalo Bills related, by ICE

Marker Mike Doser: Bills so tight-lipped, their lips are BLUE! [9:12 PM]
Shout! reports: One player Buffalo won't be taking is defensive back Miami's Ed Reed, who projects as a free safety, who Dave Smith scouted: "He didn't show a lot of physical talent, but he has good ball skills." Conclusion: If he's not physical, he's not going to be in Buffalo next season. But Reed is still in Buffalo today to visit with the team; Smith just doesn't seem to like him very much ...

Marker NFL Draft Facts & Figures [9:10 PM] reports: Some facts and figures on the 67th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting

Marker Top Defensive Line Prospects [4:41 PM] reports: DT Ryan Sims (North Carolina) says he can fit in anywhere. Does he fit into the Bills plans? Here are the top defensive line prospects.

Marker Bills aren't giving away any secrets [11:58 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Our job is to look at the player. There's only one way to evaluate a player coming into this league and that's to sit down and look at the tape...the tape is still the most important thing. But the draft has almost become a cult...and people have so much fun with it. Still, a lot of information out there is not necessarily how we feel and we can't react to every piece of information that's thrown out there by a draft guru."'

Marker Rookie Review: Reggie Germany [11:13 AM] reports: Q: What went through your head when you heard that you had been drafted?
A: I was a little disappointed I thought that I was going to go higher than I did. But then the way it turned out, this is probably the best place for me. I got the opportunity to get out on the field right away and showcase my talents. That's what I am here for and that's exciting for me.

Marker Bills get their kicks with Hollis [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hollis signed for the veteran minimum of $650,000 with no signing bonus. Under a new league rule he will count only $450,000 against the salary cap.'

Marker Bills discuss plans to deal for Pats' Bledsoe [8:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As for his first pick on draft day April 20, Donahoe vowed the Bills would opt for "the best available player" regardless of position. "When you are 3-13, I don't think you have a starting anything," Donahoe said, referring to the team's showing last season.'

Marker Bills quiet on QB pick [5:03 AM]
D and C reports: '"I have no idea," said Harrington when asked point-blank if the Bills are going to take him. "Not a clue, not an inkling of an idea, I'm just as clueless as you guys."'

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