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Buffalo Bills News - March 9, 2001

Marker Flutie close to deal with Bolts [10:09 AM]
North County Times reports: 'It appears free-agent Doug Flutie is the man being asked to resurrect the Chargers' tepid offense, as sources confirmed his agent, Kristen Kuliga was to arrive in San Diego late Thursday night.'

Marker Chargers still waiting for right quarterback [10:08 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Flutie is expected in Kansas City Sunday night to give the Chiefs a serious look...Even if K.C. is an alternative, will Flutie's loyalty to Chargers executives John Butler and A.J. Smith ---- for giving his NFL career CPR in 1998 ---- sway him toward San Diego?'

Marker Johnson keeps good works to himself [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Rob is very understated and that may be why our community has underestimated his role and his involvement," Kahn said. "He has an innate understanding that sometimes media can exploit sick kids. We don't want to put our kids on display and Rob understands that. And he doesn't want that. He wants to do it in a quiet way that's meaningful."'

Marker Report: Flutie to sign with San Diego Chargers [6:12 AM]
AP reports: '...the team would hold a news conference Friday to announce the signing.'

Marker Flutie charges forward [6:06 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Financial terms of the agreement have not been revealed but it could be a six-year deal for the 38-year-old Flutie, who was released last week by the Buffalo Bills.'

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March 8, 2001

Marker Flutie deserves better [8:09 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'I'm betting the Bills take a big fall next season, whether the oft-injured Johnson stays healthy or not.'

Marker San Diego May Opt For Flutie [3:36 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Doug's a much better fit for the Chargers.'

Marker Players 2000 community donations [2:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'For the second straight year, several Bills launched performance-based charity contribution campaigns. Last September, the players made pledges to specific charities based on their potential performances. After the season, they tallied up their statistical marks and made considerable donations to eleven local charities and national affiliates.'

Marker Bills to hold off season conditioning program [2:44 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills will hold their first voluntary off-season conditioning program next Monday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 14. Tom Donahoe recently sat down with buffalobills.com and talked briefly about plans for this program as well as the entire off-season schedule.'

Marker Steelers talking with tackle [1:37 PM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Washington is seeking a contract in line with what the Seahawks gave defensive tackle John Randle (five years, $25 million, with a $5 million signing bonus). "We're not going to play for peanuts," Wright said. "These teams think they can bottom-feed."'

Marker TSN NFL Draft 2001 [12:34 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Now that Marcellus Wiley has signed with the Chargers and Ted Washington was let go, more mock drafts are predicting the Bills will use their first pick on a defensive lineman. This one has them taking Shaun Rogers of Texas.

Marker Collins starting is Chiefs' worst nightmare [12:03 PM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'This is a nightware which was reality for the Bills for one year [1997]. A *TRUE* QB controversy is when you do not have a QB you want to start, as Cleveland had at the end of last year or the Chiefs will if Collins is the starter. People will start cheering for the punter to start as QB.'

Marker Chargers get new QB option [11:08 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The cons: At 38, can [Flutie] still perform at a high level?...Openly bickered with Rob Johnson over who should start, raising questions about his willingness to tutor Vick.'

March 7, 2001

Marker Flutie & Chargers like what they saw [5:11 PM]
reports: Some quotes from the article:

"I'm going to go where the best football situation is for now. It's only a few more years for me, and wherever that may be, I want to make the most of it on the football field," Flutie said.

"As much as he's a friend off the field, on the field, I just think he can make the biggest impact for us at that position, out of all the other names out there," Wiley said.

Marker Butler's Services Paying Dividends for the Chargers [1:28 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: '"As soon as [Butler] was released from Buffalo--it was still during the season--people in the locker room were talking, 'San Diego,' " said Wiley, 26, who had 10 1/2 sacks for the Bills last season, his first as a starter. "[Linebacker] Sam Rogers is coming in to visit too."'

Marker Chargers about to be in 7th heaven? [11:56 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Free-agent quarterback Doug Flutie visited the Chargers on Tuesday and, by his account, it couldn't have gone much better.'

Marker One eye on Flutie, other on Aikman [11:52 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'NFL sources said yesterday the Chargers want to proceed slowly with Flutie because they're waiting to see if the Dallas Cowboys will release veteran Troy Aikman tomorrow.'

Marker Bills looking at Defensive Line and draft very deep in DT [11:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Tom Donahoe stated 'As far as the Bills, the three areas we're looking the hardest at are the defensive line, offensive line, and the secondary.' CBS Sportsline says that this is one of the deeepest drafts for DT and rates the DT's. Big Ted is only rated #8 on their list.'

Marker Christie will NOT be going to the Titans [10:59 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Tennessee Titans is one possible team Christie will NOT be going to. The Titans signed vagabond Nedney to replace Al Del Greco who was let go after failing to perform in a clutch multiple times last year.'

Marker Tom Donahoe Q & A (3/6) [7:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We did look at Alex Van Pelt this morning, and we have some interest in signing him. We probably would go to training camp with four. It's likely we will sign an additional one in the off-season, and probably look in the draft. Going into the camp with four, it will create some competition...'

Marker Bills plan on keeping Van Pelt [6:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Said Van Pelt, who owns a home in Orchard Park: "I feel positive. My wife and family love it in Buffalo, so if things can work out here, it's where we want to be."'

Marker Bengals sign Williams after Washington turns them down [6:18 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bengals broke off talks with Washington after the two sides failed to narrow a huge gap in virtually every facet of the contract proposals. Cincinnati offered a two-year contract with a $2.5 million signing bonus. Washington's agent, Angelo Wright, countered with a four-year proposal at $22 million and including a $6.5 million signing bonus.'

Marker As team's quarterback options shrink, Collins looking better to Chiefs [6:17 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Vermeil suggested the Chiefs would try to talk to Doug Flutie but made no outward attempt to bring him in for a visit. Flutie visited San Diego on Tuesday, but the sides told The Associated Press they didn't discuss a contract because Flutie plans to visit other teams, which he wouldn't identify.'

March 6, 2001

Marker Todd Collins hopes for chance to compete at QB [11:18 PM]
Kansas City Star reports: '[Where are they now?] Todd Collins, who could not unseat Warren Moon and has since retired, hopes to compete for the starting QB.'

Marker Salary cap status of all 31 teams [10:15 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Listed is the amount of money each team can spend under the $67.4 million cap during the 2001 veteran free agency signing period as of March 5... Buffalo Bills - $2.8 million.'

Marker It's time to stop playing 'tag' [9:41 PM]
ESPN reports: ESPN's John Clayton argues that the "franchise" tag designation has outlived its usefullness when the Colts can name their backup TE, Marcus Pollard, their franchise player. He notes that former Bills GM John Butler began the demise of the franchise tag, by discovering how to make it reusable from year-to-year. He proposes to replace the "franchise" tag with a single, reusable, transition tag for each team, each year.

Marker Flutie visits with Chargers [8:06 PM]
AP reports: 'Marcellus Wiley, a teammate of Flutie's the last three years at Buffalo, said he heard Washington, New England and Tampa Bay were interested in Flutie.'

Marker Kiper's first-round draft projection [2:27 PM]
ESPN reports: Junior Kiper thinks that the Bills will go after a cover corner in the first round. And to the dismay of Fred Smoot fan's, he predicts the Bills may go after Syracuse's Will Allen, who did well at the recent combine.

Marker Chargers, Wiley make it official [11:51 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Flutie will tour the practice facility and spend more time with the coaching staff today, then fly out tonight for a visit with an unidentified team, his representative said.'

Marker Bengals' attention turns to Williams [9:51 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The Bengals have concerns about Washington's age (32), weight (350-370 pounds, give or take a steak) and asking price...The club has been negotiating with several other tackles simultaneously and is likely to make an offer to Tony Williams of the Minnesota Vikings today.'

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