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Buffalo Bills News - April 10, 2002

Marker Hollis agrees to one-year deal with Bills [4:58 AM]
AP reports: '"They both got something out of it," Hollis' agent, James Gaetano, said. "It'll help Mike in the sense that here's a team that needs somebody in that position. And with the way they played last year, they looked like they could've been helped by somebody that could give them a boost in that area."'

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April 9, 2002

Marker Bills map out draft plans [8:32 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'They met the media to map out their draft plans today and GM Tom Donahoe offered little clues as to which way he's leaning. He did say there's a lot of speculation and guessing about draft picks this time of year.'

Marker Joey Harrington Visits Bills [8:29 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: "Everybody is (talking about trading down). Like I said, nobody is going to give me a straight answer. 'Well, we like you, we might take you or we might trade down or we might pass on you, or we might take you and trade you.' There are no straight answers."

Marker Bills Sign New Kicker [8:28 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The agent for the Jaguars veteran free agent [Mike Hollis] confirms to WIVB-TV that Hollis has agreed to a one year contract.'

Marker Ryan Sims visits Bills [8:17 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: 'What did the Bills tell you that they would want out of your position and you specifically? Basically, just continue to do what I do. Just play hard, play every snap. Run to the ball and just make big plays when you need it.'

Marker Ed Reed Visits Bills [8:15 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: 'What did the Bills staff talk to you about? We talked about my agent, me not having an agent and how my trip was going. Just basically how it was going to be after the draft, once you get drafted to whatever city you go to.'

Marker Bills keep everyone guessing on draft and Bledsoe [8:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe has already begun laying a new foundation, bolstering his roster with six free-agent acquisitions over the past month. Those additions include two likely starters: linebacker London Fletcher and offensive tackle Trey Teague. As a result, the Bills most pressing concerns entering the draft are at defensive line, where they need another nosetackle to complement returning veteran Pat Williams, and at strong safety.'

Marker Bills sign Mike Hollis [7:25 PM]
WGR Sports Radio 55 reports: WGR Sports Radio 55's Bills reporter Chris Brown reports that Buffalo has agreed to terms with Jacksonville free agent kicker Mike Hollis. Brown says it's a one year deal for $650,000 and no signing bonus. Hollis was 64% on field goals last year. He is 10 for 14 from beyond the 49 yard line, and is 80% lifetime on field goals.

Marker Updated Salary cap figure - $7,262,000 under [7:11 PM]
ESPN reports: @ As compiled by John Clayton as of April 9. Bills are in 4th best salary cap shape, followed by Eagles, Texans and Vikings (best shape).

Marker Interesting insights into Donhoe and Modrak's drafting MO [7:05 PM]
ESPN reports: Maybe John Butler isn't such a fool after all: "Of the team's starters in '01, 15 were drafted by the Steelers (NFL average: 12), including these Pro Bowlers: quarterback Kordell Stewart, guard Alan Faneca and linebackers Jason Gildon and Kendrell Bell (the defensive Rookie of the Year). Faneca is the only No.1 pick in that group. Last year, opening day rosters across the league featured 26 players drafted by the Steelers. Only the Bills, with 27, drafted more."

Marker Buffalo Bills Draft Tidbits [6:54 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: Less than a month to the 2002 NFL Draft, all focus is surrounding Buffalo's 11 draft picks. Here are a few things you may have not known about Buffalo's draft history.

Marker Van Pelt is forgotten man in QB picture [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Van Pelt, the number of sacks allowed dropped significantly and the offense functioned much better. He also has the respect of his teammates.'

Marker Peppers' road trip stops in Buffalo [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peppers, a 6-foot-6, 285-pounder, is rated as the top defensive lineman in the draft. He is expected to be taken with the second overall pick by the Carolina Panthers, who have a glaring need at defensive end.'

Marker With QB receiving so much attention, Bledsoe is best option [8:12 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: Bills management seemingly has made no bones about wanting to bring other quarterbacks onto the roster. The Bills have been in touch with Blake, Chandler & Quinn (or their agent). The argument can be made that Bledsoe is the best option at QB.

Marker Bills are dreaming of picking Peppers [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'Peppers was the third defensive lineman to make a visit, following Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth and Georgia's Charles Grant. The interest in Oakland Raiders free-agent tackle Grady Jackson is said to have cooled, so doing last-minute checks on college draft talent could be an indication of where the Bills are leaning.'

Marker Bills, Patriots mulling deal for Bledsoe [5:05 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"We've had some discussions to let them know our interest, and those discussions are ongoing," Donahoe said.'

April 8, 2002

Marker Kevin Gilbride: Leading the Offensive Charge [3:54 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: In Gilbride's eyes, Buffalo has players who can take the ball and run with it. The Bills also have players who can catch the ball and do something dazzling

Marker DE Julius Peppers Visits The Bills [2:31 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: I'm just trying to take it all in. I'm not really getting that excited about it. I'm just trying to stay calm but I think I will be getting more excited as it gets closer.

Marker Ticket Sale Dates [10:05 AM]
TBD reports: The following are the dates for specific ticket sales.

Select-A-Seat - May 11th and 12th
Season Ticket Holder Additionals - May 13th
Group Tickets - May 20th
Individual Game Tickets - July 13th

Season Ticket holder's may get additional tickets at these numbers:
2: 50, 4: 150, 6: 300, 8: 500, 10: any amount

Marker Will Bledsoe stay or go? [9:21 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Since Buffalo is the only bidder, the Bills aren't offering the Patriots a big deal. They're certainly not going to give the Patriots the fourth pick in the draft. The Patriots have countered by saying they could bring Bledsoe back, even though that may not be realistic. That's why Bledsoe is likely to still be a Patriot when the draft opens a week from Saturday. Then it becomes interesting. The Bills are likely to test the Patriots' resolve during the draft after they make their first-round pick.'

Marker Draft Prospects: Tight Ends [8:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Based on several publications reviewed by buffalobills.com, here are the top quarterback, offensvie line, running back and wide receiver prospects in this year's draft. Click on the player's name for a detailed bio.

Marker Bills have to draw up a deal to get Drew [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So, for the time being, neither the Bills nor the Pats have the upper hand when it comes to leverage.'

April 7, 2002

Marker Bills Free Agent Recap [3:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Is your head spinning trying to keep up with all the offseason activity the Bills have been involved in? Worry no longer, here is a complete summary of what has happened at One Bills Drive during the past three months.

Marker Fear of a Flutie-Johnson flare-up might bring Bledsoe to Buffalo [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills and Pats talked further this week about a deal. The Bills remain in a position of bargaining strength. There's no other team at the moment that is interested in talking trade with the Pats. So the Bills have the luxury of waiting - probably until draft week - and seeing if the Pats will blink.'

Marker Winning or losing hinges on second day of draft [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills already have been awarded four extra draft choices, a third-rounder and three in the seventh, and they have to be prepared to use them well. The glamour and fizz take place on the first day of the draft, but the difference between a winning and losing season often hinges on how well a team does on Day Two, when the names mean little to the average fan.'

Marker Drew watch [6:18 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Bills can either stick with Alex Van Pelt, deal for Bledsoe, or sign either Jeff Blake or Chris Chandler, a couple of free agents they've maintained contact with. Pasquarelli, who worked with Bills general manager Tom Donahoe at ESPN, said the guy they want most is Bledsoe.'

April 6, 2002

Marker Tom Donahoe will never sign someone who's not completely healthy [9:37 PM]
Shout! reports: @ He just won't take those kinds of chances with Ralph Wilson's money.

Marker Bump: Bills WILL TRADE No. 4 pick and here's why [9:35 PM]
Shout! reports: @ Reasons?
1. Lure team desperate for QB/OT
2. Plenty of DTs available
3. Save significant salary-cap dollars in this and future years

Marker Here's ladder Rob Johnson has no problem climbing [6:12 PM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'At Buffalo, Johnson was flattened like a hash mark more times than his scrambled mind cares to remember. In fact, in 20 games over the past two seasons with the Bills, he was sacked 79 times for a loss of 487 yards. "When I was out there, I thought I played fine. I just couldn't stay healthy," Johnson said. "I got hit a bunch, whether it was scheme or me holding the ball or not protecting, it was one of those things that happened. When I've been healthy, I've played well."'

Marker Buffalo's Offseason Recap Center [6:11 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: Is you head spinning trying to keep up with all the offseason activity the Bills have been involved in? Worry no longer, here is a complete summary of what has happened at One Bills Drive during the past three months.

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