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Buffalo Bills News - March 3, 2004

Marker What should the Buffalo Bills top priority be in free agency? [7:39 PM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'Whether it's Drew Bledsoe's confidence to stand in the pocket, or bigger holes for Travis Henry, improving the offense starts in the trenches, and that's where I'd spend my money first.'

Marker Vincent Visits. Woody Had Not Been Contacted [7:39 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills say reports on CNN/SI report that they're close to coming to terms with free agent Damien Woody are false.'

Marker Bills Make Villarrial First Free Agent Signing Of 2004 [7:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 30-year-old has proven to be durable while playing for the Bears. Villarrial will likely be plugged into Buffalo's starting lineup, as he was a mainstay on the Bears' offensive line. He started in 109 of the 116 games he appeared in, including 13 games last season. Villarrial also has experience at center, where he played 11 games in 1997.'

Marker Buffalo inks Villarrial [7:37 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Villarrial, 30, had spent his first eight seasons with the Chicago Bears and started in 109 of the 116 games that he appeared in. Last year, Villarrial started all 13 games he played.'

Marker Bills released TE Moore [7:36 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 12-year veteran spent the past two seasons in Buffalo, where he had 11 starts in 29 games. He had only seven catches for 82 yards last season.'

Marker Bengals get defensive [4:46 PM] reports: '...Eagles’ five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent...Vincent, visiting Buffalo today and expected in Cincinnati Thursday according to agent Linda Bodley...'.

Marker Another Veteran Released In Dave Moore [11:08 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'That leaves the Bills with Mark Campbell and Ryan Neufeld at TE.'

Marker Raiding the champs [11:04 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are close to adding more juice to their AFC East rivalry with the New England Patriots by nearing a contract agreement with offensive lineman Damien Woody, one of the NFL's most highly regarded unrestricted free agents.'

Marker Bills release TE Moore [10:38 AM]
AP reports: 'His release should save the Bills about $800,000 against the cap.'

Marker Bills Release Dave Moore [10:31 AM] reports: 'Moore spent the last two seasons with Buffalo. In that time he appeared in 29 games (11 starts) and caught 23 passes for 223 yards with four touchdown receptions.'

Marker Winfield cornering the market [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Winfield is an interesting test for the market. He has not yet made the Pro Bowl and has just one interception in his last 37 games. However, his track record as an excellent all-around player and his age (he will be 27 in June) arguably make him more valuable than the other cornerbacks available. Meanwhile, the Bills made another anticipated salary cap cut Tuesday when they released backup tight end Dave Moore. The move saved about $800,000 of cap space. Moore, 34, who caught seven passes last season, was scheduled to count $1.2 million against the cap this season.'

Marker Bills set for free agency [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Our roster is in a different position and our cap is different,” Donahoe said. “Last year, we needed a lot of bodies, particularly on defense, and we still need some players. But the difference is that we have some good players on our team and we have some players who we think — that with different coaching — can get even better. Are we going to be involved in free agency? We will, but probably not to the same degree as last year.”'

Marker OL Sullivan re-signs with Bills [5:15 AM]
AP reports: 'Sullivan's best season came in 2002, when he started all 16 games at right guard. But he lost his starting job to Mike Pucillo in training camp and the Bills tried converting Sullivan into a tackle.'

Marker Sullivan Signs And Free Agency Begins [5:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He started four games last season at left tackle after spending the 2002 season as a starter at right guard.'

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March 2, 2004

Marker Bills Should Benefit From Williams' Draft Decision [4:59 PM] reports: 'Southern Cal defensive end Kenechi Udeze or Ohio State defensive end Will Smith would be a solid pick. The Bills ranked ninth in the NFL in sacks a year ago, but they need a better pass-rushing defensive lineman to complement Aaron Schobel.'

Marker Donahoe ready for free-agency period to begin [4:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills will not re-sign any of their unrestricted free agents before Wednesday. Besides Winfield, that group includes fullback Sam Gash and running back and special teams captain Sammy Morris.'

Marker Signed: Marques Sullivan [4:46 PM] reports: The Bills choose to lock restricted free agent Marques Sullivan up long term by signing him to a multi-year deal and preventing any other team from even making an offer to him. Sullivan, who started all 16 games for the Bills at right guard in 2002, is expected to be in the mix to replace Ruben Brown at left guard. "Marques started here for a year and played pretty well two years ago," Tom Donahoe said on Monday.

Marker Ruben's guarded respect factor [10:17 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Personally, and just out of curiosity, I’ve checked game tapes a few times just to see what the fuss was about, and found #79 to be even better than I’d even thought. He’s always been a solid run blocker, but his pass protection has improved a great deal over time, as he’s even shed weight to help his quickness.'

Marker Brown says he's sad to leave Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I plan to continue to raise my family in Orchard Park and continue the charitable activities of which I have made so many friends," Brown said.'

Marker Bills say Brown gone, Winfield going [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manger Tom Donahoe said Monday he is resigned to losing Winfield to another club.'

Marker Brown takes his turn to bid adieu [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ultimately, they cut him for a simple reason: They didn't think he was good enough.'

Marker Bills Set Offseason Camps [8:44 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced a list of important dates for their offseason camps.'

Marker Bills Release Eight-Time Pro Bowler Brown [6:55 AM]
Reuters reports: 'Brown's status with the club has been up in the air since he was "excused" from playing the final game of the season at New England, with no reason being given by the team. Brown has said that he missed the game for disciplinary reasons after he had a disagreement over offensive philosophy with the team's former coaching staff.'

Marker End of line for Brown with Bills [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ultimately, though, Mularkey and new line coach Jim McNally made a determination that Brown’s play had slipped, and despite his leadership and team-record eight consecutive Pro Bowl trips, he did not fit into their plans.'

Marker Deal for Henson not looking good [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I basically told him what our position would be, and if they are interested in our position, we can talk further, and if they’re not, maybe somebody will be interested in his position,” Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills expecting Winfield to say bye-bye [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Here’s my feeling on it: When you approach somebody to talk with them about a contract and they have no interest, it’s usually a pretty good sign they want to go somewhere else.”'

Marker Brown ends stay in Buffalo a bit underrated [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ruben wasn’t eight Pro Bowls good; we all knew that. But he wasn’t as hapless as his worst critics suggested. He was flagged too often and the team surrendered way too many sacks, but it was no easy task pass protecting for the likes of Rob Johnson and Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Cowboys, Bills show interest in Texans' Henson [5:14 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"We saw the workout (in Houston). We had more people at the workout than anybody else in the league. We know what his abilities are. It appears there would be a lot of hoops you'd have to jump through to do the contract. Right now, from what we've heard, we wouldn't be comfortable with it. I just had a talk (Monday) morning with Tom and told him what our position would be. If they're interested in our position, we can talk further."'

March 1, 2004

Marker Bills Release Ruben Brown [8:35 PM] reports: 'Brown, who played in his eighth straight Pro Bowl last month, says he will continue to live and raise his family in Orchard Park. He thanked the fans for what he called "some of the happiest years of my life."'

Marker Bills Part Ways With Guard Ruben Brown [8:34 PM] reports: 'Donahoe said the decision to release Brown was based on a number of factors and that to single out one area - his playing ability, absence from the final game, or the effect on the salary cap - would be incorrect. "I think the coaches did a very thorough job of talking about it and analyzing it and based on the fact that it was a new staff and we are trying to go in a different direction this might be the best decision to make," Donahoe said.'

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