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Buffalo Bills News - April 3, 2002

Marker Bills Sign Brady McDonnell [12:16 PM] reports: McDonnell was made an offer and decided to accept it. The 24-year-old McDonnell (6-3, 268) signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent last April out of the University of Colorado. He suffered a knee injury during the 2001 preseason and spent the entire regular season on the team?s injured reserve list.

Marker Scouts Are Left to Guess on Defensive Backs [12:14 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Donohoe talks about the art of drafting DBs.

Marker Bills Announce Preseason Dates [10:44 AM] reports: The Bills will face three of their four preseason opponents again in the 2002 regular season - the Colts are the only exception (all times EST).
08/09 Fri Cincinnati at Buffalo, 7:30 pm
08/16 Fri Minnesota at Buffalo, 7:30 pm
08/24 Sat Buffalo at Indianapolis, 7:00 pm
08/29 Thu Buffalo at Detroit, 8:00 pm

Marker Draft Prospects continue with running backs [9:53 AM] reports: RB William Green (Boston College) is expected to be one of the first running backs drafted in this year's draft on April 20-21.

Marker Kicker open-minded about visit to Buffalo [9:03 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Dawson knows an offer, if made, probably won't come near the surprising four-year, $4.7 million deal Kris Brown received to jump from Pittsburgh to Houston. "It definitely helped define the market,'' Dawson said. "So as a fellow member of the market, that did make me feel quite good. But I'm here to be fair."'

Marker Browns kicker Dawson visits Bills but has no deal [9:01 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Dawson has until April 15 to receive an offer sheet. Otherwise he would remain with the Browns.'

Marker New duds on the way for Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills confirmed Tuesday they will be sporting new uniforms this season and also interviewed five players they think might look good in them.'

Marker Compensatory picks add four selections for Bills, help others [8:32 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: @ No doubt Buffalo will experience addition by subtraction, gaining four draft picks in the April 20-21 draft as compensation for free agent losses a year ago that included All-Pro DE Marcellus Wiley.

Marker Five Free Agents Visit Buffalo [8:01 AM] reports: Five more free agents visited One Bills Drive on Tuesday. Read the transcripts from their interviews with the media:
Browns PK Phil Dawson
Giants TE Brady McDonnell
Packers S Billy Jenkins
Steelers FB Richard Huntley
Titans LB Eddie Robinson

Marker Five players visit Bills [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Five more free agents visited Ralph Wilson Stadium on Tuesday: outside linebacker Eddie Robinson of Tennessee; kicker Phil Dawson of Cleveland; tight end Brady McDonnell of the New York Giants; strong safety Billy Jenkins of Green Bay and fullback Richard Huntley, formerly of Pittsburgh.'

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April 2, 2002

Marker Robinson shows interest in playing with the Bills [7:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Robinson said he hasn't planned to visit any other teams, and also hasn't ruled out returning to play in Tennessee, where he still resides.'

Marker Bills uniform to undergo changes [7:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Although final design changes have yet to be determined, it will be the first modification to the Bills uniform since the mid-1980s, when they switched from blue to white pants for road games.'

Marker Bills Statement On Uniforms [4:50 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has decided to modify its uniforms in time for the 2002 NFL season.'

Marker Complete list of free agent visits [4:42 PM] reports: The Bills have been busy entertaining free agents during the offseason. Here is a complete list of the players that have visited Buffalo during the past month.

Marker April Wallpaper by 'Moose' [11:34 AM] reports: Tom Donahoe and Ralph Wilson are the subjects in honor of draft day.

Marker RB Curtis Alexander Player Profile [11:06 AM] reports: Information on Alexander who is allocated to NFL Europe - Frankfurt Galaxy.

Marker Bills awarded four compensatory picks [10:03 AM]
ESPN reports: @ Last year, the Bills were cap-strapped throughout the offseason. They ended up getting a league-high four draft choices -- a third-rounder and three seventh-round choices. Defensive end Marcellus Wiley, who went to the Chargers from Buffalo, was considered perhaps the top free agent in 2001. The Bills also lost cornerback Donovan Green and offensive lineman Marcus Spriggs to Miami

Marker Compensatory draft choices announced [9:23 AM] reports: The Bills were granted four Compensatory draft choices.
3rd - loss of Marcellus Wiley
7th - loss of Donovan Greer
7th - loss of Marcus Spriggs
7th - One of three awarded teams with worst records (Detriot, Buffalo, Carolina)

Marker Bills get third-rounder among extra picks [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The extra picks were among 32 awarded by the league as part of the compensatory pick system that is part of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any team losing more or better free agents than it acquires in a year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.'

Marker Rights without responsibility mean nothing [8:09 AM]
Buffalo Business Journal reports: With rights come responsibility as illustrated by a scene at a Bills game.

April 1, 2002

Marker MMQ Draft: a service for draftniks and NFL general managers [7:54 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Peter King's interesting note: Buffalo plays 16 Sunday afternoon games, the last 13 at 1 p.m. Don't overdrool on the safeties. This includes teams like Buffalo and Minnesota that pick in the top 10 and absolutely love Oklahoma safety Roy Williams. Only eight of the 62 starters at strong and free safety at season's end in the NFL were first-round picks. Sixteen were undrafted college free agents. Good safeties can always be found down the line in the draft.'

Marker Profootball Weekly free agent signings [7:40 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'UFA LB John Holecek has reportedly reached an agreement with the Falcons, where he should be able to help the team in its transition to a 3-4 defensive front. Holecek had also been receiving interest from the Texans, who will also employ the 3-4. Holecek is expected to compete for the second starting ILB position next to LB Keith Brooking. He played in a 3-4 scheme in Buffalo for Wade Phillips, now the Falcons defensive coordinator.'

Marker Holecek rejoins Wade Phillips in Atlanta [7:37 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'John Holecek isn't a superstar, but his lunch-pail work ethic made an impression on Falcons DC Phillips, who coached Holecek with the Bills. Holecek missed a handful of games with injuries last season in San Diego and played a minimal role in his first season away from Phillips watch. Buchsbaum: Phillips coached Holecek in Buffalo and is very high on him because of his intangibles and instincts. Granted, he gets hurt quite a bit and is neither big nor tall nor athletic, but he plays as hard as any player in the game and is a very smart player.'

Marker Ex-Rams, Broncos, Packers SS getting a look [7:32 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The Bills are looking at Packers unrestricted free agent strong safety Billy Jenkins. Jenkins was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Howard who signed with the Rams in 1997. He was the team's starting strong safety in 1999, when they won the Super Bowl.'

Marker Bills in NFL Europe update [7:19 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The teams have left for Europe, and all seven players the Bills assigned to the league have made NFLEL rosters. The season begins Saturday, April 13, and concludes with World Bowl X Saturday, June 22.'

Marker Buffalo gets four extra draft picks as compensation [5:57 PM]
AP reports: 'The additional selections give the Bills a total of 11 picks, including the fourth overall. The compensatory picks are awarded under a formula comparing the number and quality of free agents a team loses and signs the previous year.'

Marker Inside the Huddle: David Dinkins [5:55 PM]
NFL Europe reports: 'A glance at the training camp roster of the Amsterdam Admirals might be slightly misleading. The NFL Europe League has David Dinkins (Buffalo Bills) listed as a QB. While that is true, there is not enough space on the roster to list all that Dinkins does for the Admirals. During training camp, Dinkins has thrown TD passes, caught TD passes, covered punts and returned kickoffs and punts.'

Marker Bills get league high four compensatory picks and that is no joke [5:53 PM] reports: 'The Bills received a league-high four compensatory picks in the 2002 NFL Draft, the NFL announced today. The picks will come at the end of the third round (97th overall) and three in the seventh round (picks number 250, 252 and 260 overall). Combined with their own picks in each of the seven rounds and the Bills now have a total of 11 selections in the 2002 NFL Draft.'

Marker The Free Agency Chess Game [3:33 PM] reports: 'The big question, however, remains the same: What will Buffalo do with its fourth round pick? Judging from e-mails I've been receiving, picking a quarterback (Joey Harrington) is the popular choice amongst fans.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Preseason Schedule [12:26 PM]
sportsnetwork reports: 'Full league preseason schedule linked.
08/09 Fri Cincinnati at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
08/16 Fri Minnesota at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
08/24 Sat Buffalo at Indianapolis, 7:00 p.m.
08/29 Thu Buffalo at Detroit, 8:00 p.m.

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