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Buffalo Bills News - March 1, 2001

Marker Dropping Flutie first step toward rebuilding team [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'In my Fantasyland, Flutie's 27 and Rob's in high school cruising for chicks. But reality bites. And like the choice or not, the Bills took one more step toward becoming a true team again.'

Marker Johnson has much to prove to Bills' faithful [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Sadly, Doug will be working his magic elsewhere, while the Bills pin their hopes on a quarterback whose potential no longer seems unlimited.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Wallpaper [12:38 AM]
TBD reports: 'Download great Buffalo Bills' artwork to use as wallpaper for your PC. Includes a calendar for the month of March!'

Marker Rob lives [12:08 AM]
Shout! reports: 'When Wade Phillips introduced Rob Johnson three years ago as quarterback of the Buffalo Bills he said he hoped it would be the start of the Rob Johnson-Wade Phillips era. Well, on Wednesday night, Feb. 28 the Johnson era really and belatedly began as general manager and president Tom Donahoe ...'

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February 28, 2001

Marker Johnson Stays, Flutie Goes [10:35 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: "There is no more controversy," Williams said. "The locker room is unified."

Marker Johnson logically prevails in turf war [8:45 PM]
ESPN reports: 'First of all, the word has always been that the Bills' players preferred Johnson at quarterback.'

Marker Bills to cut Flutie, retain Johnson as starting QB [8:41 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Donahoe said last week that the one quarterback who remains probably will have to restructure his contract to accommodate the team's tight cap status. Flutie has a 2001 cap value of $7.753 million and Johnson of $8.292 million.'

Marker Doug is Done - Bills choose to keep Johnson as starting QB [6:05 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'After weeks of internal debate on the merits of their two quarterbacks, the Bills have decided in favor of Rob Johnson. The team will officially announce the decision to retain Johnson at a 7 p.m. EST news conference at the team complex.'

Marker Bills to keep Johnson, cut Flutie [6:04 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills were forced to make a decision mostly for salary-cap reasons as they had to cut almost $8 million off their payroll in time for Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline.'

Marker Bills tap Johnson as quarterback [5:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'One day after saying goodbye to Thurman Thomas Tuesday, the Buffalo Bills looked towards the future in retaining quarterback Rob Johnson as the team's starting quarterback in 2001. With the large amount of money the team's two quarterbacks would count when the salary cap numbers are enforced Thursday evening, the Bills decided they could only keep one of their two quarterbacks. After an exhaustive review of film, interviews with other players and coaches, and thought to the future direction of the club, the Bills retained the younger Johnson.'

Marker Talk about this decision on the Stadium Wall! [5:15 PM]
TBD reports: Now that Johnson is the man in Buffalo, head over to the Stadium Wall message board and tell us what you think of the decision! (If you were reading the Wall last night you would have had this information before ANYONE on the internet!).

Marker Rob Johnson in - Doug Flutie out [5:01 PM]
TBD reports: 'Multiple media sources are reporting that a press conference will be held at 7:00 pm to announce that Rob Johnson has survived his battle for the starting quarterback position for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Dolphins don't want Johnson [4:32 PM]
Dolphins Digest reports: 'If the Dolphins don't want him, why would we?'

Marker Thurman Thomas Video Tributes [4:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'No explanation necessary...'

Marker Pro Bowler Washington to visit Bengals [1:49 PM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ted Washington, released last week in a salary cap move by the Buffalo Bills, will meet with Bengals coaches and officials Monday at Paul Brown Stadium.'

Marker Hawks ready for big visitor [1:46 PM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'If the 6-foot-5, 340-pound Washington does not immediately sign with Seattle, he plans to visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday. No other visits have been arranged, although Cleveland is another possibility.'

Marker Thurman Thomas: One of the Greatest Ever [12:20 PM]
Sportstalk.com reports: Great article about a great back.
Read it today before it is replaced with another column.

Marker Thoroughly Thurman [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I always considered Thurman my adopted son, and he always called me dad," Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. said. "It was a running repertoire between Thurman and myself. . . . Thurman is the best all-around back I've ever seen."'

Marker Thurm the man proves worthy of the moment [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'See you in Canton.'

Marker QB choice rife with financial implications [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills can save at least $4 million at the quarterback position, whether Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson is the choice.'

Marker NFL Films: Thurman Thomas Video Retrospective [8:41 AM]
NFL.com reports: Site contains 7 videos requiring RealVideo. Typical net video quality.

Marker Seahawks to meet with Ted Washington [6:18 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'Seattle definitely can use Washington...But can the Seahawks afford him?'

Marker Emotional Thomas bids NFL farewell [6:15 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'He reined back tears on several occasions as he bid farewell to former teammates and thanked his wife, coaches, and parents.'

Marker Free agent Washington set to talk to Seahawks, others [6:11 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Wright declined to comment on what it will take to sign Washington, a 10-year veteran and one of the league's premier run-stuffers in a 3-4 front. "But we're not going somewhere on the cheap, I know that," Wright said.'

Marker Hansen agrees to reduce 2001 base salary from $3M to $2.5M [6:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Concluding nearly three weeks of negotiations, Hansen agreed to reduce his scheduled 2001 base salary from $3 million to $2.5 million, thereby granting the Bills the salary cap relief they needed from him. The restructuring, sources told SportsLine.com, will be officially signed Wednesday.'

Marker Johnson could be guy if deal with bonus can be reached [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Johnson and Flutie have salary cap figures of nearly $8 million each and whomever is chosen to remain in Buffalo will have to restructure his contract. Adding additional years to help in the accounting of bonus money makes more sense financially with Johnson, who is 10 years younger than Flutie.'

Marker Once a Bill, always a Bill [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Doctors who operated on Thomas' right knee in December shook their heads.
"They told me that if I reinjured it, I could end up with a permanent limp," Thomas said.'

Marker Thomas reminds fans of lost chemistry [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'The wounds that festered after Buffalo's incomprehensible act of cutting their all-time rushing leader in a tawdry salary cap move, were healed in a classy ceremony in the field house attended by his family, former teammates, coaches, administrators and owner Ralph Wilson.'

Marker Rob Johnson to remain a Buffalo Bill? [2:04 AM]
TBD reports: Since everyone else is posting information from our message board, we might as well too. According to a trusted poster on the Stadium Wall message board, Rob Johnson has survived the final battle between him and Doug Flutie. This is the earliest report of the quarterback decision on the internet. (TBD normally doesn't post such items here, since we tend to be cautious with "unofficial" news.)

This source has broke several stories, including the hiring of Gregg Williams, before any other media outlet. That includes CNN/SI, ESPN, the Buffalo News, and the AP. That is why other internet sites are so confident in publishing information from our message board community. We are honored to be their source of information!

However, TBD cautions that nothing is final until GM Tom Donahoe makes an announcement.

February 27, 2001

Marker Hansen agrees to reduce 2001 base salary from $3M to $2.5M [10:31 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Concluding nearly three weeks of negotiations, Hansen agreed to reduce his scheduled 2001 base salary from $3 million to $2.5 million, thereby granting the Bills the salary cap relief they needed from him. The restructuring, sources told SportsLine.com, will be officially signed Wednesday.'

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