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Buffalo Bills News - March 3, 2003

Marker Blank sells Hall on Falcons [11:18 PM]
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: The Falcons spoke briefly with the Buffalo Bills about the possibility of a trade for wide receiver Peerless Price, whom the Bills have labeled a franchise player. It was the first discussion with the Bills since Price's visit to Flowery Branch on Saturday.

Falcons executive vice president Ray Anderson described the conversation as "uneventful" but was hopeful for future talks.

Marker Addition of Rob Johnson is questionable move by Washington [10:55 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: But I just can’t get past the fact that Rob Johnson is still, well, Rob Johnson.

This is the guy who took 80 sacks during his 20-game stint with the Bills. He took 19 sacks in six appearances with the Bucs last season and has thrown just eight more TDs than interceptions in his career. He has never been anything special in the NFL and considering the schizophrenic nature of the Redskins’ QB situation over the past year, there’s a good chance that Johnson will get to see the field at some point.

Marker Falcons trade linebacker Simoneau to Eagles [9:55 PM]
ESPN reports: has learned that the Falcons actually pitched Simoneau to the Buffalo Bills last week as part of the teams' discussions about a trade that would bring wide receiver Peerless Price to the Falcons.

Marker Watch for Price gouging [9:50 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'There’s no doubt playing indoors on the carpet of the Georgia Dome favors Price. And having Michael Vick to get the ball downfield fits with Price’s speed. On the other hand, there isn’t another Falcons’ receiver who legitimately would draw enough attention away from Price. And that’s why most scouts question how Price would perform without Eric Moulds supporting him. So what’s the price? A large multi-year contract after sending the Buffalo Bills a couple important draft picks.'

Marker Donahoe not done upgrading Buffalo defense [9:31 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have not made an offer to Spikes, Donahoe said. ``We do have interest in the player,'' he said. ``We've had some discussion with the agent.'''

Marker Donahoe Speaks on the Record [4:54 PM]
ESN reports: Tom Donahoe spoke to the media on the record on Monday about several free agents. Donahoe said the team did have LB Mike Peterson in today and that he was still busy making his rounds with other teams. He also stated that the team has had conversations with LB Takeo Spikes' agent but that no offer had been made. In regard to DT Sam Adams, Buffalo likes him and have also been in contact with his agent.

The situation with kicker Mike Hollis does not look like it will be resolved very quickly. When asked where the team stood with the kicker, Donahoe replied "No where." As reported by Empire Sports/WNSA over the weekend, the Bills made an offer to Hollis that was not accepted. Hollis' agent, James Gaetano countered that offer which was unacceptable to the Bills. Donahoe would like to have Hollis back but admitted that he was not going to wait for something to happen and would be checking the market for available replacements if need be.

Marker Bills Fans Across America [1:21 PM] reports: Hey Bills Fans: We are looking for you! Across the country it is common knowledge that Bills fans are some of the best fans in the NFL. Instead of being classified as "some" of the best it's time to prove that we are "the" best! It's time to show the rest of the country that there are Bills Backers everywhere!

Marker Bills Introduce Linebacker Jeff Posey [1:08 PM] reports: '"I got a chance to visit with coach (Gregg Williams) and I believe I'm going to have a lot to do with rushing the passer and also being a strong outside linebacker. I believe I can come in and help this team because I know with the offensive move they had last year (they have the offensive tools). I'm just looking forward to coming here and becoming an asset to this team and help lead this team to a Super Bowl."'

Marker Mike Peterson Visits Buffalo [12:33 PM] reports: Free Agent News: Linebacker Mike Peterson (Colts) is visiting with the Bills today.

Marker Rob Johnson signs with Redskins [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: Johnson agreed to a deal worth approximately $1 million per season, apparently for two or three years, and is slated to back up Patrick Ramsey next season. The former Buffalo Bills starter backed up Brad Johnson for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.

Marker A new game [9:05 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The stadium lease, as a result, has become a year-to-year deal. It could remain in force for the next 10 years, or it could be canceled as soon as next February. It will be up to the Bills - and only the Bills - to decide.'

Marker It's time to keep the Bills in WNY [9:04 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'How jittery should we be? Nervous enough to renegotiate the lease and toss in a provision that keeps the team here. Buffalo already has one vacant old arena. It's on the verge of having an empty new one.'

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March 2, 2003

Marker Redskins Reach Aggreements With R. Johnson, Hall [7:30 PM]
Washington Post reports: Former Bill Rob Johnson agreed to a two- or three-year deal worth about $1 million per season and is slated to back up Patrick Ramsey next season. Redskins have been spending money on offensive linemen (G Randy Thomas, G Dave Fiore, re-signing G Tre Johnson and signing G/C Lennie Friedman) earlier in the free agency period. (registration required)

Marker Hollis rejects Bills offer [6:49 PM]
ESN reports: According to report on Empire, PK Mike Hollis rejected an offer from Bills. More details will be posted when available. He joined the Bills as an unrestricted free agent on 4/12/02 after spending the previous seven seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Marker Larry Felser: Repair of Bills' Defense Starts to Take Shape [6:26 PM]
ESN reports: There were so many impressive defensive linemen at the annual Indianapolis Meat Market that the Bills are just about convinced that they should trust the supply of rookie prime beef to upgrade their defensive line, dealing with their need of a A-1 linebacker through free agency.

Marker Jim Kelly to co-own Busch team with Cicci [10:29 AM] reports: Kelly, the former NFL quarterback with the Buffalo Bills, is the minority owner of Frank Cicci Racing with Jim Kelly, which will field cars for at least 10 races in 2003.

"I hope everybody has the same attitude going in that I've always had when I played football," Kelly said. "You just keep going, keep pushing. As long as you're focused and never say die, that's all I'm looking for.

"I want excitement. I'm not the type that just sits back. That's the way my life was with the no-huddle offense. I've always been fast-paced, and I want everybody to have the same enthusiasm I have."

Marker Bills hope Posey continues to blossom at linebacker [9:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He had a breakout year last year," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "He's done a very good job of playing the run very stout. He was targeted by us because he has some very good pass-rush ability. That will help our overall defense in getting off the field on third down and limiting the big strikes down the field in the passing game. You have to upgrade the pass rush as much as possible."'

Marker Donahoe's quickness out of the gate lands Bills a Posey [9:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Anyway, this could turn out to be a steal for the Bills. Donahoe and Tom Modrak, the assistant GM, have a reputation for identifying linebackers on the rise. Posey had eight sacks last season in a breakthrough year for the expansion Texans. The Bills' top four linebackers (London Fletcher, Keith Newman, Eddie Robinson and DaShon Polk) had six sacks combined last season. Plus, Posey will count only $1.01 million against this season's salary cap.'

Marker Bills still could get good defensive linemen from this year's draft [9:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The premature color of his hair gives him the look of a gray fox, and on the job he is just as wily. Tom Donahoe has moved like Reynard to get the re-making of the Bills' defense off to a sprinting start.'

Marker Price takes tour with Falcons [7:15 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Executive vice president Ray Anderson said the Falcons would prefer to agree upon trade terms with the Bills before advancing into contract talks with Price. The Falcons and Bills have had only one preliminary conversation about a trade.'

March 1, 2003

Marker Posey signs four-year deal with Buffalo [1:38 PM]
AP reports: '''The first thing I thought about was the cold weather,'' Posey said at a news conference Saturday. ''It took me some time to think about it. This could be a great move to improve the defense, and it could lead to a championship.'''

Marker Buffalo Bills Free Agency Tracker [12:39 PM] reports: "We will probably be when it's all said and done, around the average in the league of dead money," said Donahoe. "We're not out of the woods totally. We have to be careful what we do with our players, with potential free agents, with the cap. We're not in a total situation where we can go out and lead the pack in terms of being mega spenders."

Marker Bills Free Agency Center [12:39 PM] reports: On Saturday, the Bills introduced strong side linebacker Jeff Posey in a press conference at the team's training facility. Listen to the archived audio.

Marker Updated Bills Roster [12:37 PM] reports: Latest Bills Roster

Marker Browns trade Campbell to Bills for 2004 draft pick [12:29 PM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: 'Campbell (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) never fit the complete mold coach Butch Davis seeks in a tight end. He doesn't have the speed necessary to stretch coverage, and he's not a strong blocker.'

Marker Bills take Campbell in trade with Browns [12:29 PM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Campbell had 16 starts in 2002, but it became clear by November that Davis was grooming Steve Heiden for a larger role. Heiden was re-signed to a two-year extension recently.'

Marker Bills find linebacker, tight end on first day [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 27-year-old Campbell, the Bills got a player with excellent hands and limited speed. He's a possession receiver, not as much of a downfield threat as Jay Riemersma, who the Bills cut on Thursday. Of course, the Bills did not ask their tight ends to go downfield much last season.'

Marker Eager Bills sprint into market [7:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Posey’s deal averages $1.6 million a year over four seasons and came with a $1.75 million bonus. Posey, who was scheduled to sign his deal late Friday, will be introduced to the media today at an 11 a.m. news conference at the stadium.'

Marker Browns ship Campbell to Bills for draft pick [7:28 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Campbell, heading into his fourth season, was dealt to the Bills for a seventh-round pick in the 2004 draft if he makes the 2003 roster, according to a source. It could improve to a sixth-round pick depending on playing time.'

Marker LB Posey shuffles off to Buffalo [6:14 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'In what could become an interesting game of tit-for-tat, free-agent linebacker Keith Newman will visit the Texans on Monday. Newman has spent his four-year career withBuffalo, enjoying his best season in 2000 when he had eight sacks for former coach Wade Phillips, who used the 3-4 defense. Playing in the 4-3 defense for new coach Gregg Williams, Newman had only 6 1/2 sacks over the past two seasons.'

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