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Buffalo Bills News - March 20, 2001

Marker Patriots sign offensive lineman Joe Panos [7:59 PM]
AP reports: 'He signed with the Buffalo Bills in 1998 and started every game that season. But he missed all of '99 after surgery to repair a bulging disk in his neck, and missed three games last year with injuries to his right heel and knee.'

Marker Draft Needs of AFC Teams [12:50 PM]
ESPN reports: Mel Kiper lists each AFC team's major draft need. His opinion? The Bills need to get help on the offensive line, at cornerback, and on the defensive line.

Marker Ostroski will become right guard [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When the Buffalo Bills conducted their three-day practice last week, Jerry Ostroski was lined up at right guard instead of the center position he played last season. It appears the position switch will be permanent.'

Marker Bears courting Bills tackle Washington [6:55 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Washington is an unrestricted free agent after his release last month by the Bills. He decided to leave Buffalo rather than agree to a cut to his $5.28 million base salary. He met at Halas Hall with the Bears on Monday and would like Miller and his agent to get together again.'

Marker Bears, Washington edge closer [6:54 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '"If they work something out with my agent and the negotiator here, it's pretty much a done deal," the 6-5, 350-pound Washington said. "I like what I see and I'll fit in good." The Bears are trying to be patient and prudent with the $4 million of salary-cap room they have remaining.'

Marker Bears talk with Washington [6:53 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '[Ted Washington] could spend weeks visiting other interested employers, but he didn't seem eager to do so at Monday afternoon's Halas Hall press conference. "Hopefully not," he said of the possibility of taking other trips. "I like what I see here, and think I'll fit in good."'

Marker Back to future for Van Pelt [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Van Pelt, a dependable backup with the Buffalo Bills for six seasons, re-signed, as expected, with the club yesterday. The Bills are switching to the West Coast offense under new coach Gregg Williams, the quick, rhythm passing attack that Van Pelt operated at the University of Pittsburgh in the early 1990s where he broke many of Dan Marino's records.'

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March 19, 2001

Marker Bills re-sign Van Pelt [9:25 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The Bills as usual did not disclose terms of Van Pelt's contract -- which is believed to be at or slightly above the veteran minimum salary of $477,000 for 2001, with a small signing bonus.'

Marker Tom Donahoe quotes (3/19) [8:11 PM] reports: On Buffalo's cap situation:

We don't think [it's all cleared up], though we're trying to. At least right now, the cap is at a place where it's manageable and we can survive on a daily basis. Each time we go to sign somebody, it has implications with the cap, and we have to study it and look at it. We're going to have to continue to do that.

Marker Bills re-sign unrestricted free agent QB Van Pelt [6:05 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"Everyone wants to play, but Rob's the guy," Van Pelt said. "There's no question. There was no question in my mind all along. What helps me is that I know my job: Be ready to go at the No. 2 or No. 3 spot and support the guy who's in there."'

Marker Bills re-sign Van Pelt [6:00 PM]
AP reports: 'After two years of salary-cap-forced purges, the Bills aren't out of the woods just yet. Although the situation is more manageable, Donahoe said he doesn't expect to be comfortably clear of the cap until next year.'

Marker Ostroski restructures contract [12:25 PM]
Empire Sports reports: 'Ostroski signed a 2-year extension through 2004, getting a $2 million signing bonus. He took a pay cut on his base salary this season from $1.5 to 1.25 million, pushing some money to the last two years of the deal. This freed up $1 million in cap room and, according to sources, the Bills are now about $4 million under the cap.'

Marker Van Pelt, Carpenter, McDaniel sign with Bills [11:55 AM]
TBD reports: 'The Bills have announced that free safety Keion Carpenter and wide receiver Jeremy McDaniel, both of whom were exclusive rights free agents, have accepted the team's tendered offers. Van Pelt will continue with the Bills for a 7th season.'

Marker Spring football pays little for exercising Bills [9:54 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Would you work out under the instruction of nutrition and exercise experts at no cost? Would you do it in Buffalo even if your annual six- or seven-figure income allowed you to live in climates where spring was actually a season and not just an annual wish? Would you do it for $80 per day, plus food?'

Marker It's still open season on grid speculating [9:51 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Johnson-Flutie issue won't go away because the media loves it. It makes copy for the print journalists, when football writers were once struggling for material in the off season. And for radio and TV, it's a bonanza.'

Marker Pro Bowl Tackle to Visit Bears [9:14 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: Ted Washington will be visiting the Bears on Tuesday and a 3:00 pm press conference has been scheduled. The Bears have not made similar announcements with other visiting players...

March 18, 2001

Marker KC Chiefs hesitate to trade for someone else's backup [4:07 PM]
KC Star reports: So was either [Brad or Rob] Johnson worth the No. 1 draft choice their teams coughed up to get them? Not according to [Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson] Peterson. "I think those were very, very foolish trades," Peterson said. "I would never do that. That doesn't make sense to me. Maybe it did to them at that time or whatever, but we're in a different situation. Our No. 1 draft pick is worth too much. I wouldn't want anyone to think that we absolutely, positively, unequivocally think that we have to have Trent Green."

Marker Sell 'em before they get stale [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'PLB Sports, the Pittsburgh company that dreamed up the hit cereal, is packing a truckload of 20,000 boxes depicting Flutie in Buffalo Bills red, white and blue to meet demand by Chargers' fans. The breakfast food will be sold at Longs Drug stores in Southern California.'

Marker Fluties want foundation to Give money Back [8:31 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Local football hero Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, have broken ranks with The Giving Back Fund, a Boston-based nonprofit that manages celebrity charities, and a battle looms over more than $2 million the Fluties have raised and want to move to their own autism foundation.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Off-Season Player Movement [7:27 AM]
TBD reports: 'Here is a breakdown of the current off-season player moves by the Buffalo Bills and the likely impact they will have on the team in 2001.'

March 17, 2001

Marker John Clayton's worst free-agent signings of all time [9:41 PM]
ESPN reports: 1. Nate Odomes, CB, Seahawks (1994)
Clayton's take: The Seahawks brought him over after years of Pro Bowl performances with the Buffalo Bills but barely got him on the field. An offseason charity basketball game might have been the final straw in blowing out a knee, but the knee was ready to explode anyway from playing all those extra playoff games during the Bills' Super Bowl streak. For the Seahawks, they paid the money but didn't fix the cornerback position.

Marker Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball [4:53 PM]
Hunter's Hope reports: 'Friday, November 30, 2001 - Adam's Mark on the Waterfront, Buffalo, NY. The Adam's Mark & Hunter's Hope Foundation present the 2nd Annual Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball. Celebrity appearances by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, & The Warren Brothers. For more information, call (716) 667-1200.'

Marker Patriots sign free agent guard Panos [12:05 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '...the suddenly busy Patriots turned their focus to offense late Friday night, securing an agreement with FA G Joe Panos, a former starter coming off two injury-plagues seasons in a row. The seven-year veteran, who spent the past three seasons with the Bills, will sign a 2 year contract worth about $2 million.'

March 16, 2001

Marker Williams puts Brown on spot to lift line play [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Williams was especially blunt with his offensive linemen. He thinks some of them are too fat. He doesn't believe they have been as unified as your typical offensive line. He said he wants them all in Buffalo for offseason conditioning. He's issued them a challenge to their manhood, the verbal equivalent of a slap to the head from a pass rusher.'

Marker Rob's showing in camp excites new staff [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm impressed with some of the skill people we have," Williams said. "No doubt in my mind if you've had a chance to see Rob (Johnson) throw the way he threw in this camp that he's going to be better. He's excited. He's got the coaching staff excited.'

Marker Williams has come a long way [12:09 AM]
ESPN reports: 'He's since become an accomplished NFL coach, having spent the last 11 seasons in the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans organization -- the last five as defensive coordinator of one of the best defenses in the league.'

March 15, 2001

Marker Interesting [10:37 PM]
Shout! reports: 'After three days of voluntary off-season conditioning team practice sessions, the Bills seem pretty pepped-up. Coaches are intense; players seem a little more animated. There is definitely a different feel to this team than Wade Phillips' teams.'

Marker Mock Draft from [6:59 PM]
reports: Russ Lande's Mock draft has the Bills going for defensive line help, namely Richard Seymour   , DT   , Georgia.

Marker Dolphins sign former Bills safety Porter [5:55 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Porter, 27, is a Fort Lauderdale native, which played a role in his decision to join the AFC East rival Dolphins.'

Marker Porter to sign; Sharper visits [5:41 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '...They agreed to terms with Buffalo safety Daryl Porter on a two-year $1 million contract, according to a source...'.

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