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Buffalo Bills News - February 28, 2003

Marker Bills Prepare For Free Agency Period [9:50 AM] reports: Rest assured, Buffalo Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe has constructed a plan of attack for free agency. "The one thing you do is establish a plan before free agency begins, and we like to think we've got a pretty good plan," said Donahoe earlier this week.

Marker Bills start shopping for defensive help [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They have about $7.55 million of room under the salary cap to do their spending.'

Marker Bills clear cap room to pursue 'D' [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo starts the free agent signing period today roughly $7.5 million to $8 million under the ceiling.'

Marker Flexibility is part of the plan [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '“The one thing you do is establish a plan before free agency begins, and we think we’ve got a pretty good plan,” Donahoe said. “But 48 to 72 hours into free agency, it could be blown to smithereens, the whole plan, and then you have to regroup.'

Marker Bills ready to go on the defensive [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'If the Bills don’t get a free agent defensive linemen they like at a price they like, there is always the April draft, which is top heavy with quality players at tackle and end. “It’s extremely deep,” Donahoe said.'

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February 27, 2003

Marker Bills Release Tight End Jay Riemersma, Safety Billy Jenkins [10:20 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Riemersma, a seventh-round draft pick in 1996 from the University of Michigan, has started 64 of 90 career games, catching 204 passes for 2,304 yards and 20 touchdowns.'

Marker Bills release Riemersma, Jenkins [10:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Riemersma, who ranks second behind Pete Metzelaars as the Bills' most accomplished pass-catching tight end, had completed the third of a four-year deal which was to pay him $3.5 million next season. His release did not come as a surprise after Bills president Tom Donahoe said he was prepared to cut Riemersma if he failed to take a significant pay cut earlier this month.'

Marker Bills Release Riemersma & Jenkins [3:44 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has released tight end Jay Riemersma and safety Billy Jenkins.

Marker Riemersma declines salary reduction [3:36 PM]
ESPN reports: 'By releasing Riemersma, 29, the Bills created $3.5 million in cap room, an amount equal to his scheduled base salary for 2003. Buffalo must still count $1.372 million, the final segment of a previous signing bonus, against its spending limit for this year.'

Marker Price's agent right to force Bills' hand [1:53 PM]
Shout! reports: It's smart that agent Tim McGee is urging his client Peerless Price to sign the Bills' franchise-tag offer within a week, which would pay the Bills receiver $5.01 million this season. Though Buffalo could afford that contract, it would not behoove the team to be carrying that salary cap number for a perceived No. 2 receiver, particularly when the team has other needs to fill when free agency opens Friday.

Marker Bills Part of Preseason National TV Schedule [12:52 PM] reports: The NFL has announced that its 11-game preseason television schedule will feature the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, August 16 on ESPN. The Bills will travel to Tennessee to take on the AFC South champion Titans in an 8:00 PM kickoff.

Marker Bills Booster Club Leaders Named For 2003 [11:34 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills Booster Club has elected a new Board of Directors including a new slate of officers and trustees for the 2003 season.

Marker 2003 NFL Free Agency Questions & Answers [10:21 AM] reports: What are the categories of free agency? What is the time period for free agency signings this year? Can a club decide to withdraw its franchise or transition designations on a player? Questions such as these are answered in this Q&A

Marker Bills take look at dealing Peerless [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had very preliminary contact Wednesday with the Atlanta Falcons about a trade for the veteran receiver, according to a league source.'

Marker Price's agent applies pressure [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '“It’s not so much a strategy as much as we have no choice,” McGee said. “If we can’t get what we want, we’ll take the bird in hand -- the $5 million.”'

Marker Falcons make $1.3M offer to QB Johnson [5:18 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: ''Obviously, Buffalo has granted permission to talk to other teams [about a trade],'' said Price's agent, Tim McGee, who was not otherwise specific. So, have Falcons officials spoken with McGee or Buffalo officials? ''No comment,'' Ray Anderson said.'

February 26, 2003

Marker Price intends to sign Bills' franchise-player offer [9:03 PM]
AP reports: 'McGee said he's advising Price to sign the Bills offer to keep his options open. At the very least, the move would prevent the Bills from lifting the offer and forcing Price to become a free agent at a time when teams would have already used up most of their salary-cap room to make offers.'

Marker Bills Tender Contracts To Restricted Free Agents [4:52 PM] reports: With the free agency period set to begin on Friday, February 28, the first order of business for President and General Manger Tom Donahoe is to begin the process of exercising their option to make contact offers to their young players, who in effect remain tied to the team.

Marker Bills tender offers to seven players, including Moorman [4:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills also elected not to tender offers to defensive linemen Leif Larsen, who spent all of last season on the team's waived-injured list, and Kendrick Office. Both will become unrestricted free agents.'

Marker Lofton's speed and "soft hands" made him a deep-threat [3:08 PM] reports: It’s just a little overwhelming because I’m still the kid who went and tried out for Pop Warner football and wanted to play quarterback and then played defensive tackle. The kid who didn’t make all-city in high school. The same guy who didn’t get to start until his senior year in college. So where you’re constantly trying to prove yourself - and maybe that’s what drove me so much as a player when I got into the league. To be elected one of the best that ever played the game is just far beyond anything that I ever imagined when I first started playing football."

Marker Bills' Moulds dials season ticketholders [11:47 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'In the message Moulds thanks season ticket holders for their support and reminds them now is the time to renew. A Bills' spokesperson said this is the first time the team has tested this type of marketing approach. In the past staff telemarketers have reached out to season ticketholders.'

Marker Bills rush to land DE McKenzie [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If he is healthy, McKenzie could be a strong candidate this summer to make the Bills as a backup left end.'

Marker Falcons could recover lost chance in '99 draft [6:48 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'In case you're wondering, Price is like many of his peers in pro sports: He lives in Atlanta, which means he sort of likes it here.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Sign Free-Agent Defensive End Keith McKenzie [6:41 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Buffalo was seeking another defensive end because Chidi Ahanotu, who started 14 games and had five sacks last season, is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the month.'

Marker Bills won't move quickly [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'It’s in both parties’ interest to avoid having Price under contract for one year at a cap-heavy $5.01 million salary.'

Marker Bills sign veteran end McKenzie [5:19 AM]
Shout! reports: 'When McKenzie played in Green Bay the first time, critics charged that he was not physical enough against the run. So he mostly played in pass-rushing situations and he started just two games in four seasons there.'

February 25, 2003

Marker 12th Man Award: Play of the Year [5:01 PM] reports: Fourth-year wide receiver Peerless Price hauled in a 48-yard touchdown from quarterback Drew Bledsoe with 4:48 left in overtime as the Bills rallied for a 45-39 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Price finished with a career-high 13 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Watch Video Highlights of the nominees.

Marker Bills sign free agent McKenzie [4:56 PM]
AP reports: 'McKenzie, a seven-year veteran with 29.5 sacks in his career, split last season between Chicago and Green Bay. He had eight sacks each season from 1998-00.'

Marker Bills Sign McKenzie [3:47 PM] reports: 'McKenzie, 29, spent the first five weeks of the 2002 season with the Bears and started three of the four games in which he appeared before being released. He then re-signed with the Packers in November and appeared in five games for Green Bay at the end of the year.'

Marker Price tag is no bargain for the Bills [2:50 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Price’s agent, Tim McGee, handled the complaining in his client’s name saying the former Tennessee star understood that Moulds was the team’s No. 1 receiver and he wanted to go to a club where he could fill that same role. No mention was made of Price’s contention that he wouldn’t mind being franchised. Suddenly, being assigned that tag was tantamount to his being dissed. Sorry Peerless, but rather than being an insult, the franchise tag is the highest form of flattery.'

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