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Buffalo Bills News - March 10, 2003

Marker Peter King: Free-agent frenzy [8:07 PM] reports: I called Price Friday afternoon to ask him whether he is confident he can be Michael Vick's franchise receiver in Atlanta, despite the fact a lot of people who watch the game think Price will struggle in that role. Price is 26, and at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, he'll take some punishment from some very good defenses in Tampa Bay, Carolina and New Orleans in the AFC South. "It's interesting," he said of the Moulds' comparison. "I weighed that in my decision. I think Moulds and me complemented each other. Given the opportunity to be a No. 1, I knew I could do it, and I wanted to do it. I know everyone thinks I'm a No. 2, but that's not what I think. The thing I don't think people realize is what happened to us in coverage last year. After we got off to such a great start in Buffalo with Drew [Bledsoe], teams started playing us Cover Two Man -- a corner on us all the time, usually with the safety over the top. So I feel like I got doubled almost every play for the last 10, 12 games of the season. Ask the coaching staff in Buffalo. They'll tell you we saw pretty much the same coverage."

Marker Bills Introduce Dick LeBeau [7:40 PM] reports: "Basically I really wanted to coach but once you make a commitment to an employer, it's always been my goal to think that he got a good deal in the agreement and I wanted to make sure that I could hold up my end. I want to go into a position with an earnest work ethic to try to accomplish and help anybody who was interested in my services. Coach (Williams) expressed that interest and I was certainly interested in his football team and his organization. It was mostly just getting into a situation where I felt positive and knew this is where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. That's why I'm here."

Marker Coach Gregg Williams Discusses Free Agency [7:40 PM] reports: "It's been awful exciting here in a short free agency period. I think that we will continue to work all the way up to training camp, that's when the off-season ends. It's been exciting to see us hit the ground running. We had a plan; we worked hard to develop in January and February. It's nice to see that we've made an impact early."

Marker Bills Officially Acquire Takeo Spikes [7:39 PM] reports: The Cincinnati Bengals have officially declined to match the Buffalo Bills' offer sheet to Takeo Spikes. "We're very excited," said Gregg Williams. "He's a tremendous addition to our team in the respect of ability at that position." Spikes is expected to be in Buffalo later this to week to be introduced as the newest member of the Bills.

Marker A Price-less Trade- and Much More [4:47 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe for Peerless Price. Would YOU make that swap? I don't care if it's bubble-gum cards, fantasy football, or real live players. Anytime you can deal Peerless Price and get Drew Bledsoe, it's a darn good trade. And that's exactly what the Buffalo Bills did on Friday when they shipped Price's signing rights to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a first-round draft slot this April.

Marker Bengals Lose Spikes, Acquire Tory James [3:21 PM]
Reuters reports: 'Spikes had been Cincinnati's leading tackler four of the last five years but after five losing seasons he had asked the team not to stand in the way of move.'

Marker Bengals Don't Match Buffalo's Offer Sheet to Linebacker Spikes [3:19 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Spikes joins a Buffalo defense that ranked 27th of 32 teams in points allowed last season. The Bills, who had an 8-8 record in 2002, were 28th against the run and forced a league-low 19 turnovers.'

Marker Bills hire Dick LeBeau as assistant coach [2:19 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'LeBeau played cornerback with the Detroit Lions from 1959-72 and was voted to three Pro Bowls. He also was an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.'

Marker Bengals decline to match Bills' offer sheet to LB Spikes [1:16 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"Takeo has been a good player for the Bengals and in the community, and I wish him well with his career in Buffalo," Lewis said. "Today is the beginning of a new day in the Bengal organization and in the shaping of the football team under my direction."'

Marker Lewis: Spikes' departure marks new start for Bengals [1:15 PM]
ESPN reports: 'For the Bills, the acquisition of Spikes is a giant step toward upgrading their linebacker corps. He becomes the second linebacker added since the start of the free-agent period.'

Marker Bengals allow LB Spikes to move to Buffalo as free agent [1:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Takeo Spikes will become a Buffalo Bill.'

Marker Spikes now a Bill, plus other notes [1:13 PM]
Shout! reports: Takeo Spikes is coming to Buffalo. The Bengals announced today that they will not match the Bills' offer sheet so Buffalo will get the weakside linebacker ...

Marker Bengals don't match Spikes [1:13 PM] reports: '“Takeo has been a good player for the Bengals and in the community, and I wish him good luck with his career in Buffalo,” Lewis said. “Today is the beginning of a new day in the Bengal organization, and in the shaping of the football team under my direction.”'

Marker The Week In Bills History (March 10-16) [12:45 PM] reports: March 11, 1987 - STEVE FREEMAN TRADED TO VIKINGS Bills' DB Steve Freeman was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for what was called "past considerations."

Marker WR's Kevin Dyson & Bobby Shaw Visit [12:10 PM] reports: Bills entertain two players on Monday.

Marker Bills Hire Dick LeBeau [11:50 AM] reports: A native of London, OH, LeBeau attended Ohio State where he was and all-Big Ten selection as a defensive back and helped the Buckeyes win the national championship in 1957. He then played 14 seasons as a cornerback in the NFL with the Detroit Lions (1959-72) and appeared in three Pro Bowls. In that time, he appeared in an NFL-record 171 consecutive games at cornerback and his 62 career interceptions are tied the seventh most in NFL history.

Marker Charles Johnson Switches To #81 [10:08 AM] reports: After Peerless' departure, Johnson claims #81.

Marker LeBeau shuffles off to Buffalo [9:56 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'A veteran of 44 years in the NFL as a player and coach, LeBeau was a defensive coordinator on two Super Bowl teams -- the '88 Bengals and the '95 Steelers -- but his three seasons as Cincinnati's head coach weren't nearly as successful. The Bengals were 12-31 under LeBeau.'

Marker Sharpe: I'm still not sure [8:34 AM]
Denver Post reports: Former Denver DE Kavika Pittman visited the New Orleans Saints on Friday and could receive an offer from them this week. If an offer from the Saints does not materialize, Pittman could take visits to the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills.

Marker LeBeau joins staff [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'LeBeau, a respected defensive strategist, will serve under coach Gregg Williams and work with defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. He will try to improve a defense that ranked 27th in points allowed, 29th in yards rushing per game and 32nd in takeaways last season.'

Marker Dyson to visit Bills [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'The 27-year-old five-year pro had 41 catches for 460 yards and 4 TDs in 2002 and has 176 catches for 2,310 yards and 18 TDs for his career.'

Marker Dyson to Bills? It wouldn't be miracle [5:16 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'For a long time, Titans receiver Kevin Dyson wouldn't have been welcome in Buffalo. He apparently is now.'

Marker Rules of the game [5:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Five years from now, Price will be in his ninth year and he will be slowing down some. His cap figure provided he doesn't get a restructure before then, will be unmanageable. That could lead to his release. By contrast, that Bills rookie, whoever he turns out to be, will have just finished his fifth season as a cheap player.'

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March 9, 2003

Marker Inside Dish: Young courts, reunites with Parcells [8:24 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Their decision to trade a first-round pick to the Bills for WR Peerless Price came down to this: Do they make the deal and acquire a young, accomplished veteran who knows how to play the position, or do they keep their pick and draft a receiver such as Taylor Jacobs of Florida who likely would take a year or two of seasoning before he could be of much help to QB Michael Vick? There is no question Price will provide more impact this year.

Marker LeBeau joins Bills as assistant coach [4:08 PM]
AP reports: 'LeBeau, a respected defensive strategist, will serve under coach Gregg Williams and work with defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. He will try to improve a defense that ranked 27th in points allowed, 29th in yards rushing per game and 32nd in takeaways last season.'

Marker LeBeau to work primarily with Buffalo's secondary [2:27 PM] reports: After two weeks of deliberation former Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau, who was fired after three seasons, has agreed to join the Bills' staff as an assistant. The move has been rumored for weeks but LeBeau wanted to think about it before accepting the standing offer from head coach Gregg Williams and general manager Tom Donahoe.

Marker Palmer, Leftwich and Boller tabbed for first round [2:26 PM] reports: Maybe the next time the Atlanta Falcons do business with Tom Donahoe, they will realize the Buffalo Bills president/general manager usually doesn't blink first, not when he sets a level on the price of doing business. This is the 3rd story on the page.

Marker Panthers awaiting players' decisions [1:21 PM]
Charlotte Observer reports: RB Shawn Bryson and receiver Brandon Stokely are scheduled to visit Carolina Panthers Monday.

Marker Bills' lineman Williams expanding business on East Side [9:47 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: Williams is working with the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency on expanding his Water Works Auto Detail Inc., currently located on Broadway, not far from the former Buffalo Forge Co. plant. The urban renewal agency is expected to name Williams designated developer for the expansion at its March 13 meeting.

Marker Bills strike again: LeBeau on his way [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: Jerry Gray remains the defensive coordinator and will continue to call all the defensive signals on game day. Williams expects LeBeau to have a positive impact on game planning, and LeBeau will get the chance to do hands-on coaching of techniques on the field during practices.

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