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Buffalo Bills News - March 27, 2003

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.'

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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.”'

Marker Bills lure Adams with incentives [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'The playing time incentive takes into consideration Buffalo’s use of rotating linemen and the fact that the Bills potentially could be protecting a lot of leads using extra defensive backs against the pass.'

Marker Seahawks let Bills acquire Lindell [5:18 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: '"It's not breaking my heart that I'm leaving (Seattle)," said Lindell, who was born in Vancouver and attended Washington State.'

Marker Lindell gone after Hawks don't pay hefty Bills [5:17 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Lindell had one streak of eight consecutive field goals last season, and two with seven in a row. He also missed three attempts in two games at one point, and Coach Mike Holmgren was close to replacing him on several occasions in the past two years. The Seahawks have had six workouts for kickers in that time span, but Holmgren never found the right person to take over the job.'

Marker Seahawks let Lindell shuffle off to Buffalo [5:16 AM]
Everett Herald reports: '''(Buffalo) almost has a college town feel to it,'' Lindell said. ''It kind of reminded me of a bigger Pullman - a huge Pullman. So I thought it would be the perfect place for me.'''

Marker Seahawks allow kicker Lindell to join Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'The Seahawks were generally satisfied with his field-goal kicking, but wanted more depth on kickoffs. The Bills cited Lindell's kickoffs as a plus in making a four-year, $4.2 million offer last week.'

Marker Gary still searching for work [5:14 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'Unfortunately for Gary, none of those teams has a starting running back job available. Travis Henry is entrenched in Buffalo's backfield, Fred Taylor in Jacksonville, Tiki Barber in New York and James Stewart in Detroit. What's left now are backup jobs and backup wages. Most likely, the 27-year-old Gary will sign a one-year contract that allows him to showcase his skills before testing the free-agent waters next winter, when Denver's former 1,000-yard rusher hopes the need for his services will be greater.'

March 24, 2003

Marker Bills sign kicker Lindell to four-year deal [9:53 PM]
Fox Sports reports: '“What we had to ask ourselves is who is he as a kicker? We think he’s a good kicker. But probably at that level ($4.2 million), we wanted a great kicker."'

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