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Buffalo Bills News - February 16, 2005

Marker Bills Part Ways with Drew Bledsoe [5:12 PM] reports: '"I think when Drew came here, we were in a big black hole with this football team," Buffalo president/general manager Tom Donahoe said. "He certainly helped us get out of that. He brought respectability back to the Bills and we owe him a debt of gratitude."'

Marker Bills crown Losman, cut Bledsoe: 'It's a sad day for me' [3:45 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Do I think this is fair? No, I don't think it's fair," he said by phone from Oregon. "But I'm also aware that that's how it works, and I understand that. When I had the conversation with Mike (Mularkey) and first found out the direction they were going to go with J.P., I was beside myself. I completely disagree and can't understand their point of view.'''

Marker Buffalo, Bledsoe to part ways [2:52 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo cannot officially release Bledsoe until February 22, but the team made the decision at this time as as a courtesy to him. Cleveland acted in a similar fashion on Monday with Jeff Garcia.'

Marker Bills will release QB Bledsoe; Losman to step up [1:25 PM]
AP reports: '''Our starting quarterback next year will be J.P. Losman,'' Mularkey said. ''We had a good year last year. It was not a super year. You're constantly trying to grow. With that comes change. It was a tough decision just out of respect for Drew and J.P.'''

Marker Bledsoe Era Over [1:24 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mike Mularkey spoke in front of the media today and confirmed the reports that Drew Bledsoe will be released on February 22nd.'

Marker Bills Set to Release Bledsoe [12:43 PM]
Washington Post reports: 'He could get that opportunity in Dallas, with the Cowboys needing a starter because neither Vinny Testaverde nor Drew Henson proved to be the answer for them this past season. Testaverde is eligible for unrestricted free agency and could be headed back to the New York Jets, and Parcells does not seem ready to go with Henson or fellow youngster Tony Romo as his starter. Parcells coached Bledsoe for four seasons, between 1993 and '96, with the Patriots, and the two reached a Super Bowl together. The Cowboys went 6-10 this past season but could improve rapidly, with two first-round draft choices and abundant salary cap space to sign free agents. The Browns also could be in the running to sign Bledsoe. New coach Romeo Crennel was the Patriots' defensive line coach for four seasons under Parcells when Bledsoe was in New England.'

Marker Bills expected to release Bledsoe [11:28 AM]
AP reports: 'Team officials have not returned several messages left by The Associated Press.'

Marker Buffalo, Bledsoe to part ways [11:26 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The impending release of Bledsoe will save the Bills $2.2 million in cap space. Had he remained on the team at his scheduled pay, he would have counted $6.5 million this year.'

Marker Bills call news conference; Bledsoe release expected [9:21 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: The Buffalo Bills have called a 1 p.m. news conference Wednesday amid reports that quarterback Drew Bledsoe is about to be released.'

Marker The J.P. Losman Era Begins [8:58 AM] reports: The Bills braintrust have made a major decision that will impact the Bills in 2005 and beyond. The Drew Bledsoe era is over in Buffalo and the reigns are being turned over to J.P. Losman, now the question remains, is it the right move at the right time?

Marker Bills set to give Bledsoe his release [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Had Bledsoe been willing to embrace the likelihood that Losman will be the starter in 2005, the Bills would have brought him back at a lower salary. But Bledsoe is determined to remain a starter in the NFL. The Bills invested first-, second- and fifth-round draft choices in Losman last April. After the Bills' non-playoff finish, the team is ready to get its quarterback of the future on the field.'

Marker Shane and Bill Matthews honored along with Ocean Springs head football coach Steve Jones [7:55 AM]
Mississippi Press reports: 'NFL quarterback Shane Matthews and his father, Bill Matthews, took home separate honors for the All-American Football Foundation's 67th annual Banquet of Champions.'

Marker Cowboys might turn to Bledsoe [5:48 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'One possible stumbling block is Bledsoe's desire to be a starter. He was given the option to stay with Buffalo as backup to second-year quarterback J.P. Losman but declined. If he signed with Dallas, Bledsoe could find himself in the same situation with Henson.'

Marker Bills parting ways with QB Bledsoe [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Per NFL rules, the Bills can't officially cut Bledsoe until Feb. 22, the start of the league's waiver system. But reported that the Bills were expected to announce the move today.'

Marker Bills to give the boot to Bledsoe [5:00 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Bledsoe started all 48 games for the Bills in his three-year stay. The Bills went 23-25 in that span, missing the playoffs all three season. Bledsoe played better during the second half of last season, getting the Bills back into playoff contention, but struggled in the season finale against Pittsburgh as the Bills lost to end their postseason hopes.'

Marker Greer proud of Jackson and mom [4:59 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'Playing in 12 games for Buffalo last season, Greer recorded 12 tackles and one sack and started one game. After a rough start to the season, the Bills won six of their final seven games to finish 9-7. Greer parted saying he wants to start a foundation to aid in all kinds of programs. In part, he wants to give back to the community that gave so much to him, starting when he was an aspiring 6-year-old football star.'

Marker Buffalo will make Losman starting QB [4:58 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The decision to move forward with Losman, a first-round choice in 2004 who missed most of the season while recovering from a broken leg, was actually made weeks ago. But club officials, particularly in discussions between Bledsoe and coach Mike Mularkey last week, afforded the classy veteran the opportunity to consider returning to the team as a backup, and at a reduced salary.'

Marker Report: Bills to release QB Bledsoe on Wednesday [4:57 AM]
Sportsticker reports: ' also reported that there were discussions between the Bills and Dallas Cowboys in recent days about a trade. If Bledsoe lands in Dallas, he would be reunited with coach Bill Parcells, who selected him first overall in 1993 while with the New England Patriots.'

Marker Bills Release Drew Bledsoe [4:56 AM] reports: 'Losman, injured for much of last season, played in just four games and threw only five passes.'

Marker Bills QB Controversy Over [4:55 AM] reports: 'Certainly the Bills wouldn’t have been contemplating about bringing Losman in during the Bills late season win streak, if they didn’t seriously think he was ready. Obviously this kid is showing strong signs or they wouldn’t have put off Bledsoe.'

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Marker Channel 2 Sports Confirms Bledsoe Release [10:07 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The source tells us Bledsoe has had several converstations with Bills Head Coach Mike Mularkey recently, and the decision is final. By NFL rule, the Bills can't officially release Bledsoe until February 22nd.'

Marker Garcia won't be only veteran QB released [9:36 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Figure on at least a quartet of big-name quarterbacks -- Drew Bledsoe of Buffalo, Tampa Bay's Brad Johnson, Rich Gannon of Oakland and Jay Fiedler of Miami -- being released in the near future, as well. Kurt Warner will void his New York Giants contract. The Bucs will part ways with Brian Griese, rather than pay him a $6 million roster bonus, if the two sides can't reach accord on a restructured contract. Chris Chandler is likely to be bounced by the St. Louis Rams. There will be at least a few serviceable veteran quarterbacks in the unrestricted free agent pool.'

Marker Bills to release QB Bledsoe [9:34 PM]
Fox Sports reports: has learned the Bills have decided to release quarterback Drew Bledsoe, and they are expected to announce the decision Wednesday, likely at a press conference.

Marker Possible Bills Decision Tomorrow [9:28 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Sources close to the Bills have confirmed to WGR that Drew Blesoe has been told that he will be released.'

Marker Drew, JP and the Super Bowl [5:29 PM]
WHAM-TV reports: 'If your goal is to sneak into the playoffs? If it is, stick with Drew. If your goal is to some day WIN the Super Bowl, you have to make a change. We don’t know if Losman will ever get the Bills to that point. I think we know now that Drew will not.'

Marker Campbell Builds Bears and Spirits at Hospital [5:28 PM] reports: 'Campbell purchased 100 teddy bears from Build-A-Bear to distribute and decorate with the patients at the Hospital. In fact, the Michigan native went so far as having special Bills t-shirts created to dress the bears. The exclusive shirt had the charging Buffalo on the front and Campbell's number 84 on the back.'

Marker Hall-of-Fame induction highlights Matthews career [12:50 PM]
Mississippi Press reports: 'Matthews and his son Shane, a former Panther great and current Buffalo Bills quarterback, will both be inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. The ceremony will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Biloxi Grand Casino.'

Marker Clearly, Bills’ QB position is clouded [12:26 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In fairness, Bledsoe owes the Bills nothing. He had his struggles on the field, mostly due to immobility, but provided some excitement, some wins — an average of almost eight a season — and a lot of leadership for a team in transition. He was also a gentleman and a class act in the face of some brutal media criticism, much of it unwarranted. If he’s not going to start here, Bledsoe deserves a chance somewhere else.'

Marker 'Limbo With Jimbo' enlivens day of hope [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I never expected this many people," Kelly said later. "We must have had a couple thousand, which is always cool. We had such a great reception, I'm going to talk to the Bills and see if we can do it here every year."'

Marker Bledsoe's time as a Buffalo Bill appears to be reaching the final chapter [5:51 AM]
National Post reports: '"It's a big business," said Mac Bledsoe, the player's father. "And the day you forget it's a big business and start thinking it's a feel-good situation or something is the day you sort of make a mistake."'

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