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Buffalo Bills News - March 12, 2003

Marker Bowen becomes Redskin [2:24 AM]
Washington Times reports: Meanwhile, long snapper Ethan Albright confirmed that he was cut and re-signed last week to take advantage of the veterans' cap credit. He wanted to make the move last year but the NFL wouldn't allow it. He said Cleveland and Buffalo both called during the five minutes he was on the market, but he never had any intention of leaving the Redskins.

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March 11, 2003

Marker Bills To Officially Introduce Takeo Spikes [10:48 PM] reports: Recently-acquired linebacker Takeo Spikes will be in Buffalo on Wednesday, March 12, to be officially introduced as the newest member of the Buffalo Bills. Bills fans currently have the opportunity to purchase a limited number of Authentic Takeo Spikes Reebok Jerseys by ordering them in the Online Pro Shop. Orders will also be taken now for Reebok Replica Jerseys, which will be first available for delivery on April 11, 2003.

Marker Bills Fans Play Big Role In Recruiting Spikes [3:49 PM] reports: "I thought I was coming out in Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium that last game of the year," said Spikes. "They made me feel welcome. So that's a big plus. I remember one guy said, 'Play well, Takeo. Just don't hurt anybody so you can get ready for us next year.' It was impressive."

Marker Moe Williams (Vikings) Visits Bills [12:44 PM] reports: Free Agent running back tours Buffalo.

Marker LeBeau, Spikes together again [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Talks between Adams' agent and the Bills appear to be in a holding pattern while the Bills entertain more free agents. Adams, a two-time Pro Bowler, was the key run-stuffer on two AFC Super Bowl teams the last three years (Baltimore and Oakland). He remains interested in joining his friend, Pat Williams, on the Bills' defensive line.'

Marker Bills nail down Spikes [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'A dialogue with Adams’ agent, Angelo Wright, was kept open through the weekend and the sides spoke again on Monday. “I’m upbeat,” Wright said. “I think both parties recognize Sam could be an integral cog in the Bills getting to a Super Bowl.”'

Marker Williams, LeBeau foresee teamwork on Bills [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: '“He brings a ton of NFL experience, and we’re very excited about what he can add to our organization, what he can add to our coaching staff and what he can add to our team with his ability. We’re excited about what he can bring to us to help take us to the next step. For 40-plus years Dick has been one of the best in the league.”'

Marker Miracle man Dyson relives play during visit to Buffalo [5:29 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''If I don't sign here, it was a lateral,'' he said. ''If I sign here, it was a completely phony, bogus play that shouldn't have counted.'''

Marker Spikes leaves No. 51, Cincinnati in his past [5:28 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Spikes will be reunited with his old coach and defensive coordinator, Dick LeBeau, who was introduced Monday as Bills assistant head coach. "That's my man," Spikes said.'

Marker Bengals 'new day' begins without Spikes [5:27 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Calling it "the beginning of a new day in the Bengal organization and in the shaping of the team under my direction," head coach Marvin Lewis announced the club won't match Spikes' six-year, $32 million contract with Buffalo, allowing him to join the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker LeBeau's going to add zone-blitz fire [5:26 AM]
Shout! reports: New assistant head coach Dick LeBeau began his Bills coaching career on Monday. He will primarily be involved in better implementing the zone-blitzing schemes into Buffalo's defense, particularly the pass coverages that help make zone blitzing so effective.

March 10, 2003

Marker Washington is busy, but so is Buffalo [9:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Also pretty active are the Buffalo Bills, who officially added linebacker Takeo Spikes to what was one of the NFL's worst defenses last season.'

Marker LeBeau, Spikes reunited to bolster Bills defense [9:39 PM]
AP reports: '``I didn't even know he was coming,'' LeBeau said of Spikes. ``But I'll tell you one thing, you've got a pretty good football player in that young man.'''

Marker Lewis' New Day doesn't include relieved Spikes [8:11 PM] reports: “It works out for both parties,” said cornerback Artrell Hawkins. “It’s only fair after Takeo has said he doesn’t want to be here to let him try to make a name for himself somewhere else. It was a pretty fair deal because we get three really good players in spots we need.

Marker Peter King: Free-agent frenzy [8:07 PM] reports: I called Price Friday afternoon to ask him whether he is confident he can be Michael Vick's franchise receiver in Atlanta, despite the fact a lot of people who watch the game think Price will struggle in that role. Price is 26, and at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, he'll take some punishment from some very good defenses in Tampa Bay, Carolina and New Orleans in the AFC South. "It's interesting," he said of the Moulds' comparison. "I weighed that in my decision. I think Moulds and me complemented each other. Given the opportunity to be a No. 1, I knew I could do it, and I wanted to do it. I know everyone thinks I'm a No. 2, but that's not what I think. The thing I don't think people realize is what happened to us in coverage last year. After we got off to such a great start in Buffalo with Drew [Bledsoe], teams started playing us Cover Two Man -- a corner on us all the time, usually with the safety over the top. So I feel like I got doubled almost every play for the last 10, 12 games of the season. Ask the coaching staff in Buffalo. They'll tell you we saw pretty much the same coverage."

Marker Bills Introduce Dick LeBeau [7:40 PM] reports: "Basically I really wanted to coach but once you make a commitment to an employer, it's always been my goal to think that he got a good deal in the agreement and I wanted to make sure that I could hold up my end. I want to go into a position with an earnest work ethic to try to accomplish and help anybody who was interested in my services. Coach (Williams) expressed that interest and I was certainly interested in his football team and his organization. It was mostly just getting into a situation where I felt positive and knew this is where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. That's why I'm here."

Marker Coach Gregg Williams Discusses Free Agency [7:40 PM] reports: "It's been awful exciting here in a short free agency period. I think that we will continue to work all the way up to training camp, that's when the off-season ends. It's been exciting to see us hit the ground running. We had a plan; we worked hard to develop in January and February. It's nice to see that we've made an impact early."

Marker Bills Officially Acquire Takeo Spikes [7:39 PM] reports: The Cincinnati Bengals have officially declined to match the Buffalo Bills' offer sheet to Takeo Spikes. "We're very excited," said Gregg Williams. "He's a tremendous addition to our team in the respect of ability at that position." Spikes is expected to be in Buffalo later this to week to be introduced as the newest member of the Bills.

Marker A Price-less Trade- and Much More [4:47 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe for Peerless Price. Would YOU make that swap? I don't care if it's bubble-gum cards, fantasy football, or real live players. Anytime you can deal Peerless Price and get Drew Bledsoe, it's a darn good trade. And that's exactly what the Buffalo Bills did on Friday when they shipped Price's signing rights to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a first-round draft slot this April.

Marker Bengals Lose Spikes, Acquire Tory James [3:21 PM]
Reuters reports: 'Spikes had been Cincinnati's leading tackler four of the last five years but after five losing seasons he had asked the team not to stand in the way of move.'

Marker Bengals Don't Match Buffalo's Offer Sheet to Linebacker Spikes [3:19 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Spikes joins a Buffalo defense that ranked 27th of 32 teams in points allowed last season. The Bills, who had an 8-8 record in 2002, were 28th against the run and forced a league-low 19 turnovers.'

Marker Bills hire Dick LeBeau as assistant coach [2:19 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'LeBeau played cornerback with the Detroit Lions from 1959-72 and was voted to three Pro Bowls. He also was an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.'

Marker Bengals decline to match Bills' offer sheet to LB Spikes [1:16 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"Takeo has been a good player for the Bengals and in the community, and I wish him well with his career in Buffalo," Lewis said. "Today is the beginning of a new day in the Bengal organization and in the shaping of the football team under my direction."'

Marker Lewis: Spikes' departure marks new start for Bengals [1:15 PM]
ESPN reports: 'For the Bills, the acquisition of Spikes is a giant step toward upgrading their linebacker corps. He becomes the second linebacker added since the start of the free-agent period.'

Marker Bengals allow LB Spikes to move to Buffalo as free agent [1:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Takeo Spikes will become a Buffalo Bill.'

Marker Spikes now a Bill, plus other notes [1:13 PM]
Shout! reports: Takeo Spikes is coming to Buffalo. The Bengals announced today that they will not match the Bills' offer sheet so Buffalo will get the weakside linebacker ...

Marker Bengals don't match Spikes [1:13 PM] reports: '“Takeo has been a good player for the Bengals and in the community, and I wish him good luck with his career in Buffalo,” Lewis said. “Today is the beginning of a new day in the Bengal organization, and in the shaping of the football team under my direction.”'

Marker The Week In Bills History (March 10-16) [12:45 PM] reports: March 11, 1987 - STEVE FREEMAN TRADED TO VIKINGS Bills' DB Steve Freeman was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for what was called "past considerations."

Marker WR's Kevin Dyson & Bobby Shaw Visit [12:10 PM] reports: Bills entertain two players on Monday.

Marker Bills Hire Dick LeBeau [11:50 AM] reports: A native of London, OH, LeBeau attended Ohio State where he was and all-Big Ten selection as a defensive back and helped the Buckeyes win the national championship in 1957. He then played 14 seasons as a cornerback in the NFL with the Detroit Lions (1959-72) and appeared in three Pro Bowls. In that time, he appeared in an NFL-record 171 consecutive games at cornerback and his 62 career interceptions are tied the seventh most in NFL history.

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