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Buffalo Bills News - February 16, 2001

Marker Report: Moulds deal for six years, $40-45M [12:27 PM]
AP reports: 'A 4 p.m. ET news conference has been scheduled for Friday to announce the signing.'

Marker Ripple Effect [10:11 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'CNN/SI's Pat Kirwan follows a possible path relating to Marcellus Wiley and the Bills cap woes in general. It doesn't look good.'

Marker Flashback: February 12th, 1993 [9:05 AM]
TBD reports: 'The media blitz by Bills' personnel continues as John Butler held a press conference Wednesday and participated in a radio call-in show from the Indy Combine, Friday night.'

Marker The West Coast offense: Chapter I [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Thursday, Mike Sheppard began what is sure to become an exhaustive, monumental task: Explaining his offense.'

Marker True story: new coaches love to tell 'em [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Somebody pinch me. These new Bills coaches actually like to talk. Sipowicz couldn't have gotten a straight answer out of the old regime. Ask Gregg Williams a question, he recites the NFL Encyclopedia.'

Marker NFLPA sets new pay structure [8:33 AM]
AP reports: 'The NFLPA released the new figures, which were set to coincide with the increase in the league's salary cap from $62.4 million to about $68 million. Under the new scale, veterans with five or more seasons will be paid a minimum of $484,000, up 9.1% from the $440,000 minimum of last season. The scale runs down to $212,000 minimum for players with less than one year's experience. The tender offer for free agents also went up. A team must now offer a RFA $519,000 if it wants right of first refusal on him. Last year, that figure was $471,000. If a team wants first refusal and a first-round choice for a free-agent, the minimum tender is $1.13 million. For 1st and 3rd round choices and right of 1st refusal, it's $1.508 million.'

Marker Bills' staff has yet to settle on QB [8:28 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Apparently the battle will rage on until they do. Please let it end!'

Marker Question: Which free agent intrigues you the most? [8:03 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Wiley is chosen by one of the editors at Pro Football Weekly.'

Marker Moulds deal close, but not yet final [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'Eric Moulds expected to become one of the NFL's highest-paid wide receivers yesterday. He'll have to wait one more day.'

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February 15, 2001

Marker Bills, Moulds closing in on deal [8:33 PM]
AP reports: '"In all probability, we will not have not have a formal announcement today," Donahoe said. "Hopefully, we can dot the I's and cross the T's, do all the things that have to be done with a deal of this type...We're optimistic we can get it completed."'

Marker Receiver Moulds, Bills reach contract agreement [8:32 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Team sources confirmed Thursday that only the final details of the package remained to be completed.'

Marker How would you change the Bills uniforms? [5:30 PM]
TBD reports: 'Now that Ralph Wilson has indicated that the Bills' uniforms will change in 2002, what are your thoughts about potential uniform changes? Head on over to the Stadium Wall message board and share your thoughts about different uniform schemes with fans all around the world!'

Marker Moulds Close to New Deal [4:33 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Nothing new here on this edition of the rumors the bottom lists
RJ's and Doug's potential suitors...pretty much what we've known...'

Marker Ralph Wilson Chat Transcript [4:26 PM] reports: 'We are looking into changing the colors of the uniforms. It takes a little over a year to do that. We are presently going to apply for a change in colors that has to be done by this fall of 2001- in order to change the colors for the 2002 season. Nothing can be changed until the 2002 season.'

Marker's 2001 NFL Mock Draft [12:38 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Some drafts have the Bills going for an offensive lineman, others a running back, and recently defensive backs like Fred Smoot or Jamar Fletcher seem to be the pick du jour. CNNSI's latest draft has the Bills going for someone to replace Ted "Mount" Washington on the defensive line.

Marker Buffalo Bills Free Agent List '01-'03 [12:36 PM]
TBD reports: 'We all know who the free agents are this season, but take a look into the future to see whhich players will be hitting the market in 2002 and 2003.'

Marker Chat with Ralph Wilson today [12:34 PM] reports: ' Join us Thursday, Feb. 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET for a live online chat with Bills Owner Ralph Wilson! To chat with Ralph, all you have to do is register a free user account. If you're already registered, just login to the chat room anytime during the event!'

Marker 2001 Salary Cap Numbers [12:21 PM]
TBD reports: 'Free agency is just two weeks away, but teams are scrambling to get players in under the $67.4 million salary cap. The Bill are $12,744,000 over the cap and are in one of the worst financial positions in the league. Here is a list of how each team currently stands in relation to the 2001 salary cap.'

Marker 2000 Salary Cap Numbers [12:20 PM]
TBD reports: 'The accountants have closed the books on the 2000 season and the final numbers are in. The New York Giants went to the Super Bowl last season with the third-lowest payroll in the league - $57.3 million. The Washington Redskins, however, spent the postseason at home with a bloated $92.4 million payroll, the most in the league.'

Marker Agent says Moulds deal is done [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wide receiver Eric Moulds and the Buffalo Bills have come to terms on a new contract, The Buffalo News has learned. Greg Johnson, one of Moulds' New Orleans-based agents, said Wednesday night there are a few details that need to be worked out regarding incentives.'

Marker Pompei: Doug Flutie is on his way out [8:44 AM]
The Sporting News reports: [NOTE: Bills are also on front page of Sporting News as well] Here is a look at some of the best players who are vulnerable to getting released:

QB Doug Flutie, Bills. The Bills can't afford to keep both Flutie and Rob Johnson, so it is likely they will chose to keep the 27-year-old instead of the 38-year-old. Even though Flutie was a better player last year, it's hard to argue against keeping Johnson.

RB Antowain Smith, Bills. This former first-round pick fell out of favor with the old regime. If the new regime doesn't think more of him, Smith will be a cap casualty.

Marker Moulds set to sign [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'Unless something unforeseen happens during last-minute negotiations, wide receiver Eric Moulds will sign a new contract with the Buffalo Bills today.'

February 14, 2001

Marker ESPN - Hodge on Thurman as "factor back" [6:37 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Any synopsis of Thurman would be incomplete, but Hodge pays Thurman the homage he deserves.'

Marker Agent: Thurman Thomas to retire with Bills [1:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Thomas will finish his career with 12,074 yards rushing, ninth on the all-time list and just 46 yards behind Franco Harris. Thomas also is sixth in all-purpose yards.'

Marker Bills bring in a new staff of teachers [1:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Eight of Williams' assistants - including three who followed him from Tennessee and two holdovers from Wade Phillips' staff - have had previous NFL coaching experience. However, the other four..Miles Aldridge...Fred Graves...Tommy Kaiser...and Steve Kragthorpe...all developed sparkling reputations as teachers on the collegiate level.'

Marker The Buffalo Guy [11:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' he goes riding into the sunset this week after five decades of service to Buffalo journalism. He [Larry Felser] has been synonymous with Bills coverage since Day One. I wish him the best in his retirement.'

Marker Fields of Gray - Williams hires ex-Titans DB coach as DC [11:19 AM]
AP reports: 'Jerry Gray has been involved with enough good NFL defenses to understand the special challenge he faces as the Buffalo Bills' new defensive coordinator.'

Marker Vikings' Chris Walsh serving sentence in Arizona's "Tent City" [11:12 AM]
Star Tribune reports: 'Inmates work on chain gangs, eat ostrich casserole, among other menu items, and are prohibited from drinking coffee. Troublemakers are fed bread-and-water diets as part of Arpaio's deterrence program. The average meal at Tent City costs 45 cents to provide, according to Arpaio.

'Arpaio also has installed Web cameras throughout the jail. Internet users can view inmate activity at [No Bills Content]'

Marker Kaiser takes coaching job in Buffalo [11:10 AM]
Stillwater NewsPress reports: 'A seven-year veteran of the Oklahoma State football coaching staff and athletics department administration, Tommy Kaiser, will leave Wednesday to join the staff of new Buffalo Bills head coach Greg Williams.'

Marker Gray takes over as Bills DC [11:08 AM]
Syracuse Online reports: 'While he plans to instill his aggressive get-after-the-ball philosophy, Gray is aware that he can't foul up what has consistently been one of the league's best defensive units since 1997.'

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