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Buffalo Bills News - March 4, 2001

Marker Teams interested in Flutie better do their homework [8:20 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'And while Flutie should be held in esteem for overcoming the odds and accomplishing everything he has, there isn't a stop he has made in the past 16 years where he hasn't at least contributed to some degree of friction in the locker room.'

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March 3, 2001

Marker Chargers try to woo Wiley [4:44 PM]
North County Times reports: '"It went well,'' Wiley said of the visit, before heading home to Los Angeles. "They don't have much selling to do; I have already researched the situation and it's a team that I have tremendous respect for, despite their record.'

Marker Ex-Bill Wiley exits without Bolts offer [4:42 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The Chargers may yet sign Wiley, but their decision not to make him an offer might have been an attempt to keep from bidding against themselves. By allowing Wiley to visit with other teams, the Chargers can see what the market will bear.'

Marker New Titans kicker may be veteran [9:23 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Tennessee contacted two veteran kickers yesterday, engaging in preliminary conversations that could lead to visits by John Carney and Steve Christie.'

Marker Clearing the air [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How important are the Bills to this community? When Donahoe officially made the announcement that Johnson was the man at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the news conference was carried live by Channel 2, Channel 23 (Channel 4's sister station) and Empire. And all three 11 p.m. newscasts led with the Bills' selection.'

Marker Credibility gap [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Speaking of mistakes, local radio outlets certainly were having a field day with another blunder by WGR-AM on a big Bills story.'

Marker Koshinski admits to muffing Thomas coverage [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Stop the presses. A broadcasting executive has admitted a mistake. Bob Koshinski, the general manager of the Empire Sports Network, deserves some applause for admitting that he blew it when he decided against carrying Thurman Thomas' retirement as a Buffalo Bill live on Wednesday afternoon.'

Marker Bills, Johnson rework contract [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills saved some more salary cap room by spreading out money in Johnson's contract. The terms were finalized late Thursday night, an NFL source told The News. The Bills now stand about $2.8 million under the NFL salary cap of $67.4 million, according to a source with the NFL Players Association.'

Marker Lighthearted Flutie confident new door will open for him [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Doug Flutie entered the rotunda of the historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Friday with a bounce in his step and a smile on his face. This hardly looked like a man who had lost the battle to be the Buffalo Bills undisputed starting quarterback to Rob Johnson.'

Marker Flutie glad to be free [8:39 AM]
AP reports: '"I'm not bitter," the 37-year-old quarterback said. "I'm looking at it as a great opportunity for me. For the first time as a free agent in the NFL, I'm not knocking down doors. They're looking for me."'

Marker Wiley, Armstrong top Raiders' shopping list [8:22 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'His 2000 sack total was two more than he recorded in his first three seasons combined. The consensus among NFL observers is that Wiley is capable of being a dominant player for many years.'

Marker Flutie enjoys freedom [6:49 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"The only thing that makes me shake my head is wondering what more could I have done? But they're basically saying they think Rob is better than I am, but that (sense of hurt) basically lasted for two hours. I'm in the driver's seat now."'

Marker Flutie's convinced he will fill the bill as No. 1 somewhere [6:45 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'After hearing from four teams in the past two days, the popular quarterback thinks he'll find a starting job for next season.'

March 2, 2001

Marker Wiley visits Chargers [9:13 PM]
AP reports: 'Wiley also plans to meet next week with Oakland and Seattle, said his agent Brad Blank. The defensive end has also said he'll give the Bills a chance to re-sign him.'

Marker Chargers move on; is Flutie in plans? [1:28 PM]
North County Times reports: 'Butler and Smith have chased Flutie before, when bringing him to the Bills from the CFL three years ago. And while the 5-foot-10 Flutie hasn't grown since, his NFL stature has, after winning 21 of his 30 starts.'

Marker Butler tight-lipped on Bolts' shopping plans [1:24 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '...the moves could help them make a run at quarterback Doug Flutie and defensive end Marcellus Wiley, both of whom were brought to Buffalo by Butler. In fact, Butler spoke with Wiley's agent, Brad Blank, after the opening of free-agency at 9 PST last night. The two agreed to talk again today to arrange a visit.'

Marker 'One hell of a ride' [1:20 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As a businessman, this has been one hell of a ride, and I'll be forever grateful to Doug Flutie and Buffalo Bills fans," Ballou said. "But marketing is all about reinventing yourself, so that's what we'll do. Who knows, maybe we'll be back with Flutie Flakes for San Diego or Cleveland, or wherever Doug lands."'

Marker End of the 7-11 debate [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is, to put it mildly, counterintuitive to keep a quarterback who has a starting record of 7-10 over the past three seasons and cut a quarterback who went 21-9 over the same span. But it seems to us the Bills made the right choice.'

Marker Rogers joins cap victims [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Starting outside linebacker Sam Rogers was cut, as expected, as the Bills made their final moves to get under the $67.4 million salary cap every NFL team had to meet by 4 p.m. Thursday. Rogers, a six-year starter, joins nose tackle Ted Washington as the prime Bills defenders on the waiver wire.'

Marker Second guesses [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the Buffalo Bills have finally voted one quarterback off the island. Even though there's a survivor, that doesn't necessarily end the Great Quarterback Controversy. On the contrary, for Internet junkies and talk show groupies, it's only just now getting good.'

Marker Flutie not on Bucs' short list [8:01 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'It appears as though the Bucs and Buffalo Bills have something in common. Both teams believe they can succeed without quarterback Doug Flutie running their offense.'

Marker Salary Cap Squeezes N.F.L.'s Big Names [7:58 AM]
New York Times reports: 'One National Football League team official said yesterday that there are at least eight teams interested in Flutie, including the San Diego Chargers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins.'

Marker Free agent DE poised to strike It rich [7:12 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Wiley very soon will not only sign the biggest contract ever for a former Columbia University football player, but he could get the biggest contract in the free agent class of '01, checking in at around $50 million.'

Marker QB rift was deep [6:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Finding himself on the other side of a sack for a change, Rob Johnson yesterday had a chance to celebrate. Instead, the survivor of the Buffalo Bills quarterback controversy resisted sniping at former teammate Doug Flutie.'

Marker Johnson confident in his ability [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: '"I wish you guys knew the total situation of how divided the team was and how mentally draining it can be," Johnson said. "I mean, coaches were taking sides, it was that bad. "Guys would come out of meetings and they'd say, 'Boy, they really bad mouthed you in there and they're rooting for the other guy.'"'

Marker Flutie hoping to play in sun [6:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flutie, released by the Buffalo Bills Wednesday in favor of Rob Johnson, told WCMF's Brother Wease "the only thing that really ticked me off is the perception that Rob beat me out -- that's he's better than me."'

Marker Bills' Rogers is a cap victim [6:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Running back Antowain Smith survived the Buffalo Bills' final roster purge of players to meet yesterday's NFL's salary cap deadline. Linebacker Sam Rogers wasn't so lucky.'

Marker Flutie again left holding short end of the stick [6:29 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Now, once more, he is available to any team that wants to win. He knows he can, if only they would let him.'

March 1, 2001

Marker Say It Ain't So [9:14 PM]
CNN/SI reports: The Chargers and Bills made QB decisions ... puts them in historical perspective.

Sports fans love to reminisce over the days when it all went wrong: the wasted draft pick, the tragic trade or the defecting hero. These may not be, by definition, the worst roster moves ever made, but they were the ones that affected us on a personal level. These are the events that caused -- and still cause -- us to sit on our bar stools and lament the cruel twists of life.

Marker Decision to keep Johnson the right choice [9:12 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Johnson has not endeared himself to many fans because of his knack for getting injured. He was knocked out of nine of 19 starts with the Bills. Some of that was attributed to his maddening habit of holding the ball to long, which resulted in far too many sacks.'

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