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Buffalo Bills News - February 28, 2005

Marker Notes, quotes [7:07 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"I've seen a lot of changes on all the teams I've been on. I've seen Darrell Green go in Washington and Emmitt Smith go in Dallas, so from that standpoint, nothing surprises me in the NFL." -- Bills guard Ross Tucker reacting to the release of 12-year veteran Drew Bledsoe, the NFL's 10th all-time passer.'

Marker Cowboys have line on bulk [6:43 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"He's immobile," former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson said of Bledsoe. "He can't move."'

Marker NFLPA: Bledsoe's deal worth $14 mil [6:31 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'According to NFL Players Association figures, Drew Bledsoeís three-year deal is worth $14 million with essentially $5.5 million guaranteed.'

Marker Buck shots [5:36 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Drew Bledsoe is a good signing for the Cowboys, and why? Because I'm from Buffalo. We need some sort of revenge for the way you beat us in the Super Bowl. If you can protect Bledsoe, he's not a bad QB. If you can't ... well, just take your blood-pressure meds with you. GO BILLS!'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:35 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'It is believed Jennings is seeking a contract that would make him one of the highest-paid players at his position. That's a demand the Bills aren't likely to meet.'

Marker Free Agency Questions & Answers [5:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'From March 2 to the day before the season begins, a club's top 51 salaried players count towards the cap, plus pro-rated signing bonuses, incentives, etc., but not base salaries of other players on the roster up to 80. Thereafter, all salaries on a club's roster count towards the cap.'

Marker Bills Plan for Thorough Check at Combine [5:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The scouting process is hitting the home stretch and the Bills hope all the questions they have surrounding this year's draft crop will be answered as the coming months unfold.'

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February 27, 2005

Marker A little Bledsoe banter and Ty talk [4:46 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Bledsoe is no fool. He's got plenty of money. Parcells and Dallas offer him a shot again at greatness -- something Gregg Williams or Mike Mularkey weren't going to deliver in Buffalo.'

Marker Bills see little risk in Losman [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We felt at times this year that the offense was a little too predictable and not varied enough," Donahoe said. "We've got some good young players on the offensive side of the ball, and we think J.P. can add to that."'

February 26, 2005

Marker Bledsoe still has 'tons' left [5:56 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"I backed up (Bledsoe) for two years and I couldn't sniff the field," said Alex Van Pelt, a 1988 Churchill graduate. "He will stay in the pocket while trying to make a play and take hit after hit and get back up. He's as tough as nails."'

February 25, 2005

Marker Gash To Start A Coaching Career [10:12 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bills GM Tom Donahoe is at the Indianapolis combine this week. He's told numerous media outlets that the Bills won't be able to get Jonas Jennings or Pat Williams signed before free agency hits March 2nd. Donahoe has not ruled out resigning either one after free agency begins.'

Marker Cardinals shopping for a running back [9:40 AM]
East Valley Tribune reports: 'Green and Cardinals vice president of football operations Rod Graves arenít scheduled to meet with the media until Saturday. In the meantime, the idea of a swap of Henry for Arizona offensive tackle L.J. Shelton hasnít gone away. Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said Thursday the Bills will give the Cardinals the same chance to visit with Henry as the Cards did with Shelton last week. Donahoe also said he has talked to five teams about trading for Henry. As for acquiring Shelton, "We donít have a crystal ball," he said.'

Marker All eyes, ears focus on Clarett at NFL Scouting Combine [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't wish the kid ill will, and I didn't wish him that last year with the comment that I made," Donahoe said. "But I think when you're on display, this is a job interview and you should do everything that you can to put your best foot forward. I don't think he did that last year, but I hope he will this year."'

Marker Is he super -- or not? [8:24 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Jones' rationale goes beyond a simple judgment call on Bledsoe. It might, more than anything, be a sign of what he and the Bills think of the readiness of their young quarterbacks. The Bills were willing to take the leap of faith with J.P. Losman. The Cowboys were not willing to do the same with Drew Henson.'

Marker Friday's Dallas Coverage [8:23 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Bledsoe has reins; can he hang on? (Dallas Morning News)
Is he super -- or not? (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Henson won't concede job to Bledsoe (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Bledsoe Couldn't Pass Up Parcells Reunion (DallasCowboys.com)

Marker Bills' Henry still on Cards' list [5:01 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'The proposed trade is more complicated than just swapping Shelton for Henry, because Henry has just one year left on his contract. Before agreeing to the deal, the Cardinals probably would like to reach agreement on a long-term deal with Henry.'

Marker Immobility sends Bledsoe on the move [5:00 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'The problem was Bledsoe's mobility, or lack of it. "We just felt that our offense needed a little more mobility," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "Some of the things we like to do with running the quarterback and his ability to escape. Every year the pass rush just seems to get more fierce and faster, and we just felt we needed a little more mobility. We knew what we had with Drew. We think this is a step forward."'

February 24, 2005

Marker Bills GM gives Henry permission to visit Arizona [10:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Shelton has already visited Buffalo, and Donahoe said the Bills have given Henry permission to visit Arizona altough that has not yet happened. "That's as far as the talks have gone," Donahoe said.

Marker Bills prepared to let Jennings and Williams become free agents [10:24 PM]
AP reports: '''We'd like to get both back if we can, but it may not be cost effective,'' Bills president Tom Donahoe said at the NFL combine in Indianapolis Thursday.'

Marker Cardinalsí front office facing busy stretch [12:17 PM]
East Valley Tribune reports: 'Teams also can begin making trades March 2, and the Cardinals are expected to deal tackle L.J. Shelton at some point. One possibility is to Buffalo for disgruntled running back Travis Henry, a deal that would likely have to include a contract extension for Henry to get completed. The Cardinals are playing coy on any of the Shelton talks, although they are known to be in discussions about dealing Shelton for Henry.'

Marker Bills like Matthews as their backup to Losman [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills are confident the more mobile Losman will add spark to their 25th-ranked offense. But will reliability be sacrificed for versatility?'

Marker Bledsoe Buries Bitter Divorce With Buffalo [5:00 AM]
DallasCowboys.com reports: '"The sense that I got from talking to (Bills head coach) Mike Mularkey and (Bills president/general manager) Tom Donahoe was that the move was more that they felt like they needed to get the other kid on the field," said Bledsoe, who signed a three-year deal with Dallas on Wednesday. "I suppose I can understand that. It wasn't something that I agreed with, but I've moved on and moved on to something that I believe is better."'

Marker Thursday's Dallas Coverage [4:59 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Quick fix (Dallas Morning News)
Reunions are overrated, Bill (Dallas Morning News)
What's the problem? Bledsoe is a good option (Dallas Morning News)
Parcells' past hampering Cowboys' future (Dallas Morning News)
Cowboys' receivers call Bledsoe good fit (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Is 8 enough? (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Blame Big Bill for another miss at Cowboys QB (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Bledsoe reunites with Parcells (San Antonio Express News)
Tuna should have left Bledsoe out of cart (Corpus Christi Caller Times)
Bledsoe Arrives In Dallas Proclaiming Himself The Starter (DallasCowboys.com)
Bledsoe Buries Bitter Divorce With Buffalo (DallasCowboys.com)
Dysfunction in Dallas is overblown (ESPN)
Cowboys reunite Parcells with his first Drew (AP)
Cowboys sign QB Bledsoe (Sportsticker)
Bledsoe reunites with Parcells in Dallas (The Sports Network)
Quarterback Bledsoe Agrees to Deal with Cowboys (Reuters)

February 23, 2005

Marker What's the problem? Bledsoe is a good option [9:53 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Bledsoe doesn't fit as a player nearing career sunset. In fact, he should be at or near career peak. Even his near peak looks better to me than the offerings of predecessors Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Clint Stoerner, Chad Hutchinson and Testaverde. Who among them was better?'

Marker Bledsoe Introduced In Dallas [9:51 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'One surprising statement made by Bledsoe was he was upset Mike Mularkey didn't open up the job to a competition between him and J.P. Losman. Had that happened, Bledsoe indicated he may have stayed. He said he couldn't live with not being given a chance to hold on to his job.'

Marker Bledsoe signs [9:50 PM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: '"I'm very excited to be a Dallas Cowboy. I can't wait to go home and dress my kids with the little stars and get rid of the old gear from the other team," Bledsoe said.'

Marker Dysfunction in Dallas is overblown [5:48 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The decision to sign Bledsoe, and to adopt a more prudent approach in the development of Henson (about whom some Dallas coaches have real doubts) will be viewed in a lot of different ways over the next few days. For what it's worth, here is one contrarian take on the signing: Parcells extended the career of Bledsoe by bringing him aboard. If Bledsoe plays well enough, wins, say, nine games in 2005, he'll help extend Parcells' stay as well.'

Marker Veteran's day [5:10 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Bledsoe said he was "disappointed and angry" he was released by Buffalo but "energized" to be in Dallas. "The passion is still there...any thoughts of retirement were fleeting," Bledsoe said.'

Marker Cowboys reunite Bledsoe, Parcells [2:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Parcells makes no secret of his affinity for his former players, believing he can trust them more. His collection in Dallas already included receivers Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn and running back Richie Anderson. Glenn played with Bledsoe from 1996-2001 in New England.'

Marker Cowboys agree to deal with Bledsoe, sources say [2:23 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'According to several sources, the Cowboys and Bledsoe have an agreement in principle, and the veteran quarterback is in Dallas today to finalize the deal. The Cowboys have scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference.'

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