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Buffalo Bills News - March 28, 2003

Marker Mike Dozer: NFL off-season fills everyone with hope [9:44 PM]
Shout! reports: Well, here we are in the middle of the off-season, and already it rivals the excitement of last off-season, when Drew Bledsoe came aboard. Maybe the Takeo Spikes and Sam Adams acquisitions exceed the Bledsoe acquisition because they mean Buffalo is closer to repairing the defense and going deep into the playoffs.

Marker Ismail, Gary visit with Bills [8:33 PM]
AP reports: '''I believe Eric is the No. 1 guy, period. Outside of that, I guess everything would be open to fair game,'' Ismail said. ''It's a good fit for myself and for the Bills. But this is just a visit. Hopefully, we'll progress.'''

Marker Bills Sign Sam Adams [4:28 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has officially signed DT Sam Adams.

Marker Current OT format exciting enough [4:28 PM] reports: "It was back and forth," Buffalo Bills GM Tom Donahoe said. "Early, you thought it was going to go. Then you didn't. And then you did."

Marker QB Johnson plans to push Ramsey [4:27 PM]
The Washington Times reports: NFL talent evaluators long have felt Johnson has the tools to be a top passer. A 1995 fourth-round pick by Jacksonville, Johnson consistently has impressed with his arm strength and athleticism, plus his prototypical height (6-foot-4, 212 pounds). But he has struggled to find a comfortable situation, whether with Jacksonville, Buffalo or Tampa Bay.

Marker WR Qadry Ismail Visits Buffalo [3:43 PM] reports: '"Being that I played down the road, my college ball in Syracuse and really haven't been back up this way, I am very impressed. I'm impressed with some of the things I see; the organization and the way they are moving definitely seems like they are heading in the right direction."'

Marker RB Olandis Gary Makes A Stop In Buffalo [3:43 PM] reports: '"Things are going great so far. For a team that I didn't think that I would be visiting it's been going good. I just saw Travis Henry and we spoke for a while. I think this is a great opportunity for me."'

Marker Emmitt's New Clothes [1:28 PM] reports: 'Smith didn't fully reveal if any other teams had been talking to him, but after his press conference he did say on local radio, with Dale Hellestrae, no less, one of the talk-show hosts there in Phoenix, that his people did talk to Kansas City and Buffalo.'

Marker Player Visits: Olandis Gary, Qadry Ismal, and Sam Gash [9:39 AM] reports: Running back Olandis Gary (Denver Broncos), wide receiver Qadry Ismail (Indianapolis Colts), and fullback Sam Gash (Baltimore Ravens) are all in Buffalo today to tour the facility and meet with the coaches. Gary has rushed for 1,614 yards in four NFL seasons. Ismail had 44 catches for 462 yards last year after recording a career-high 74 grabs for Baltimore in 2001. Gash is one of the top blocking fullbacks in the league and spent two of his 11 seasons with the Bills (1998-99).

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March 27, 2003

Marker Bills' offseason moves have put them in thick of playoff race [9:48 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Based on how active Buffalo has been this offseason, I don’t think there is any doubt that GM Tom Donahoe is positioning the Bills for a major playoff run this season. In fact, I feel so confident about this, I put $20 on the Bills to win it all (at 20-1 odds) at the Rio Suites casino/hotel in Las Vegas last weekend while I was there on vacation.

Marker Player Profile: Jeff Posey [4:53 PM] reports: Quick, agile pass rusher who will suit up for his fourth team…signed by the Texans as an unrestricted free agent on 4/18/02…converted defensive end…has 84 career tackles and 40 special teams stops…played in seven games for Jacksonville and four games for Carolina last season…spent his first three campaigns in San Francisco…originally signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on 5/2/97.

Marker Football wasn't Hull's first choice [9:34 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: 'Humility has long been one of Hull's strong suits. It was among the traits he learned toiling on his family's farm near Greenwood, where the wakeup calls came early on Saturday mornings.'

Marker Alumni Spotlight: Kings On The Field [9:26 AM] reports: Long before brothers Tiki (Giants) and Ronde (Bucs) Barber made commercials celebrating the fact they are brothers both playing in the NFL, the Bills had an even more unique duo. The King brothers, Charley and Tony, both donned the red, white and blue of the Buffalo Bills and became the first pair of African American siblings to play on the same NFL team. Separated in age by only 16 months, the two played together during the 1967 season.

Marker Owners send OT idea to a sudden death [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After releasing fullback Larry Centers, the Bills are bringing fullback Sam Gash in for a visit this week. Veteran wide receiver Quadry Ismail is also scheduled to talk to Buffalo.'

Marker Bills deserve some prime time exposure [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'If NFL, ABC, ESPN and Fox officials are on the ball, they recognize that the Bills have upgraded themselves more than any other NFL team since last season ended and should plan to give them at least three prime-time games.'

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.'

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.

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