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Buffalo Bills News - July 17, 2003

Marker Moorman signs contract extension [5:15 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: 'At Pitt State, Moorman was the football program's first four-time All-American. From 1995-98, Moorman boasts Pitt State's best career average with 44 yards a punt. In 1997, he set the school's season record with 46 yards a punt. He also holds the record for most punts in a career with 157.'

Marker Bills' training camp preview [5:14 AM]
MSNBC reports: 'Josh Reed is being counted on to replace deep threat Peerless Price, who was lost to Atlanta in a trade forced by salary cap issues. Reed lacks Price’s explosive speed but the Bills believe his quickness and ability to run after the catch can lead to the same results. Buffalo needs the second-year man from LSU to burn defenses the way Price did when he faces single coverage.'

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July 16, 2003

Marker Bills P Moorman agrees to 6-year extension [8:41 PM]
AP reports: 'As part of the deal, the Bills restructured the third and final year of Moorman's existing contract, giving him an $870,000 raise over the $380,000 he was scheduled to make this season. The extension will pay Moorman an average of $900,000 a season, not including bonuses.'

Marker Bills agree to long-term contract with P Brian Moorman [8:41 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Buffalo Bills apparently have rewarded punter Brian Moorman handsomely for two strong seasons.'

Marker Bills agree to contract extension with Moorman [8:40 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 27-year-old product of Pittsburg State signed with the Bills as a free agent before the 2001 season.'

Marker Bills, Winfield in no rush to get contract extension done [6:58 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: This season is the final year in Winfield’s contract, and the way we hear it, there’s no rush on either end to get an extension done. It’s not because of dissatisfaction though. The Bills certainly want to re-sign him, but they may let it slide until next offseason, under the belief that Winfield or his agent won’t be pushing to get a deal done either. Winfield has been a fine cover corner for the Bills and an even better run supporter. He’s part of the team’s up-and-coming tandem of Ohio State corners along with Nate Clements, and there’s little doubt Buffalo would like to keep that intact, especially after this year’s overhaul on defense. However, one thing about apathy that could bite the Bills in the long run is, if the pass rush improves, Winfield’s numbers could spike, and that could cost the Bills more money to keep him.

Marker Bills And Moorman Agree On Contract Extension [2:20 PM] reports: The Bills announced that the team has agreed to terms on a new long-term contract with punter Brian Moorman. In accordance with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. His 84-yard punt at Green Bay on 12/22/02 was the NFL’s longest of 2002 and ranks as the longest in Bills history.

Marker Moorman Looks To Build On Last Season [1:20 PM] reports: '"This team has a great attitude throughout the locker room," Moorman said. "Everyone is excited and anxious to start the season. This is going to be a big year for us. Anything less than making some damage in the playoffs is going to be a big disappointment."'

Marker Bills kick in seven years for punter Moorman [10:28 AM]
ESPN reports: 'But in choosing to instead sign Moorman to a long-term contract, the Bills hope to gain the kind of stability they had at the punter position before 2001, when Chris Mohr owned the job for a decade. For his part, Moorman nearly trebles what he was scheduled to earn in 2003, and also gets future security.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: George Flint [9:49 AM] reports: Even though he was named All-Border Conference three times at Arizona State University, when the AFL and NFL drafts took place in December 1961, George Flint, who played both offensive and defensive tackle, was not selected. As a free agent, he could have seemingly tried out with any of the 22 teams in the two leagues. He choose the Bills.

Marker New Roster numbers [8:10 AM] reports: Kicker Jason Witczak now has #7, NFLE star RB Ken Simonton now has #40 and former Redskins/Cowboys Ross Tucker has #65. Ronald Boldin is no longer listed on roster although he was not a recent cut (previously was not assigned a number). Eighty-Four players are now listed on roster.

Marker No deal yet for McGahee [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Rosenhaus and the Bills must find common ground on a deal that protects the team’s cap should McGahee fail to recover fully. Deuce McAllister’s 2001 rookie deal with New Orleans - six years, $6.2 million with a $3.9 million bonus that was delivered in portions - has given both sides a starting point. McAllister was also picked 23rd overall and had injury issues.'

Marker Return home special for Jaguars' Harris [5:18 AM]
Monroe News Star reports: 'Harris left Grambling as an eighth-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills in 1969 and later became the NFL's first African American quarterback to start a regular-season game.'

Marker Bills release four [5:17 AM]
AP reports: 'In addition, cornerback Jason Bostic has been waived/failed physical.'

July 15, 2003

Marker Two Former Student-Athletes to be Enshrined into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame [8:27 PM] reports: 'Enyart was a second round NFL draft selection of the Buffalo Bills, playing two seasons, before his career was ended by a knee injury in 1971 while with the Oakland Raiders.'

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [4:36 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has released the following four players: defensive lineman Andy Bowers, cornerback Ken Hilliard, offensive lineman Joey Hollenbeck, and defensive lineman Merceda Perry.'

Marker Bills report: Notes, quotes, anecdotes [3:12 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: With contract talks with rookies underway, veteran agent Ralph Cindrich provided this insight into how Bills GM Tom Donahoe is working his side of the table: "He's extremely smart... He's a pain in the butt to deal with. He has little or no patience in negotiations because his focus is on the whole picture and while negotiations are extremely important, it's just a small part of the duties of a GM."

Marker Bills report: Strategy and personnel [3:11 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "I'm a competitor to the fullest, and I want to get my hands on anything they want," Shaw said.
"It hasn't been spelled out but as of now, that's part (return specialist) of what I'm here to do. If that's the case, it's fine with me. It's another opportunity to get my hands on the ball and help anyway I can."

Marker Bills report: Inside slant [3:06 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: If Takeo Spikes is the next Cornelius Bennett for the Buffalo Bills, then what does that make Jeff Posey? Darryl Talley?

When the Bills played the Texans, Posey beat LT Jennings for a clean sack. Against Indianapolis' top tackle, Tarik Glenn, Posey notched two sacks. Posey worked out of a 3-4 scheme with the Texans and will have to prove he can adapt to Williams' version of the 4-3, which so far, has been abysmal in Buffalo.

Marker Reich brings message to LaFayette church [11:48 AM]
Walker County Messenger reports: 'Reich attributes the Bills’ tenacity and relentlessness in the team getting to four straight Super Bowls. “Being relentless is how you come back from defeat,” he said. “That’s the word people used to define us. We were called relentless because we were not controlled by circumstances.”'

Marker Tickets to Bills' practice prove to be popular [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tickets for the second session, Aug. 4, will be available starting at 9 a.m. Monday at participating Tops Friendly Markets.'

Marker Levy on leadership: Success is the glory [8:32 AM]
Buffalo Business Journal reports: Levy is one-third finished with his autobiography. When he reaches the Buffalo chapters, he won't be able to single out who's responsible for the Bills' success. "There is no one person," Levy said. "It was the interworkings that made the difference."

Marker Bills remain a hot ticket [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills needed just 30 minutes Monday to distribute all the tickets for their evening practice on July 28 at the Bills Bausch & Lomb Training Camp at St. John Fisher College.'

July 14, 2003

Marker Bills' first Monday night pactice "sold out" [9:38 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: One of the most popular elements of the camps in Rochester, the practices feature autograph sessions from the entire team after the practice, which runs from 6-30 to 8-30pm.

Marker CNNSI Bills Training Camp Preview [9:33 PM]
CNN/SI reports: The AFC East is brutally tough. The Bills, Jets and Patriots have franchise quarterbacks, and the Dolphins have arguably the best running back in Ricky Williams. Tiebreakers will be the key, so they are toast if they go 2-4 in the division again.

Marker Over kill [9:32 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'It all added up to an 8-8 season, the club's third in a row without a playoff berth. Although making the playoffs this year will be just as tough in the ultra-competitive AFC East, at the very least the Bills hope to be more than an easy parlay play.'

Marker Tickets For First Evening Practice Gone In 30 Minutes [1:46 PM] reports: 'Tickets for the second session taking place on Monday, August 4 will be available next Monday, July 21st starting at 9:00 AM. Once again, tickets to the night practices are free and limited to six per person.'

Marker There's a Hike of Interest with Conaty Addition [12:11 PM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Bill Conaty, whose six-year tenure with the Buffalo Bills officially ended when he signed with the Patriots July 3 as an unrestricted free agent, will always be grateful to have been a Bills center. He started his NFL career in Buffalo as an undrafted rookie out of Virginia Tech, where he got to play in the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl. Married and a father of two, he's made a nice living in the NFL.'

Marker Inside Dish: Vikings' run may depend on a rookie [12:10 PM]
Sportingnews reports: Word coming out of Buffalo is that the team is altering the wide-open system it used last season with quarterback Drew Bledsoe. The Bills are showing signs of being more conservative, hoping to rely on an improved defense and turning to a solid running game and play-action passes to control the clock.

Marker Celebs discuss futures in NFL, baseball [5:31 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: '"It's always a new season," Moorman said. "I feel like the Bills have done some good things. There's a lot of excitement going on with our team right now. We don't to expect anything less than the playoffs and beyond."'

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