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Buffalo Bills News - September 4, 2003

Marker New Lawyer in Buffalo [4:40 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"We think he's still a good football player," said general manager Tom Donahoe. "We heard a lot of stories out of New England that Bledsoe was washed up too."'

Marker Milloy Price Too High [4:39 AM]
Viking Update reports: 'VU has been told that the Vikings were willing to offer Milloy something in the neighborhood of $2 million a year for a short-term deal, which was quickly dismissed. The Bills thought they had a deal done Tuesday, but Milloy's agent gave the Vikings, Jets, Saints and Redskins a chance to sweeten their offers. In the end, the Bills upped their own offer and signed Milloy.'

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September 3, 2003

Marker Gregg Williams Talks about Lawyer Milloy [3:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I don't' think it's just pigeon holed to just a Lawyer. This happened to Neil O'Donnell. It happens every year, that's just part of the business. You have got to deal with now in this league. We dealt with that two years ago a bit, so we're out of the back end of those types of things. I think Tom (Donahoe) has addressed this before in the past. We hope that we can manage the situation so that we're not going through this type of situation this late in preseason, this late in training camp. We're not in that kind of situation right now. It's unfortunate that it happens but that's just a tough part of the business that we're in, in the NFL now."'

Marker 'Jumbogate' gets a 1-year reprieve [3:30 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"Although we're saddened that this will be the last year for 'Jumbogate,' we are thrilled with the cooperation we received from the Buffalo Bills and the NFL that let us go forward with the event," said Michael Gross, executive director of Heritage Centers.'

Marker Washington, New Orleans also in pursuit [2:43 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills want more big plays from their safeties and their current starters, Pierson Prioleau and Coy Wire, combined for zero interceptions in 2002.'

Marker Bills wait as Milloy considers his options [2:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Still, Donahoe doesn't think Milloy lost any edge. ''We think he's still a good football player. Obviously, they do to. They tried to keep them,'' Donahoe said.'

Marker Tom Donahoe Talks About Lawyer Milloy [2:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We're kind of in a holding pattern with this. We've been told that we are one of the teams that Lawyer is seriously taking a look at. We hope to know something today. We had hoped to know something last night but I guess they are still looking at the offers and trying to decide what they want to do."'

Marker Say it ain't so [1:13 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Either way, Milloy is outta here. His next stop? Would you believe the Bills, who just happen to be the Patriots' opponent in Sunday's season opener in Orchard Park, N.Y.? Buffalo, after all, had success with the last ex-Patriot to come down the pike. If Bledsoe can help broker a deal - ESPN.com had the suitors narrowed to the Bills, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins - Milloy, 29, could suit up for one of the Pats' fiercest competitors just five days after being pink-slipped.'

Marker Bills on hold with Lawyer Milloy [1:08 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have made a contract offer to safety Lawyer Milloy, who was cut Tuesday in a salary cap move by the New England Patriots, but Bills President Tom Donahoe says he needs a decision by today so the team can focus on Sunday’s opener against the Patriots.'

Marker Bills in the hunt for Milloy [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If signed, Milloy undoubtedly would play against his former team on Sunday. His greatest value to the Bills this week might be as provider of inside information on the elaborate defensive schemes devised by New England coach Bill Belichick.'

Marker Departed Jones realized his knee wasn't ready [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Marcus was as classy as anybody I ever cut, the way he handled things," said Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe. "He did the best he could do. In the end, he realized and we realized it just wasn't back enough to where he could trust it to put his leg in there and play the way he wanted. As a matter of fact, he told me (Sunday) he would have been disappointed if we would have kept him because he would have felt like he was stealing money."'

Marker With Beefed-Up Defense, Bills Appear Primed for Playoff Push [8:06 AM]
Washington Post reports: A burning question, however, is how well and how soon -- if at all -- the new players will fall into place as a cohesive unit. That said, there is plenty of talent on the roster. (registration required)

Marker Bills chasing released Milloy [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Yes, we are interested,” Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said.'

Marker Perfectionist [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Every kick is the same to me. We can be up by 40 in the fourth quarter, but to me it’s a huge kick. It’s not like I go out there and say ‘ We really, really need this one’ because I think we need every one.”'

Marker For Bills, D is the key [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"One of the things last year is Drew probably felt that every time he went out there he had to score because we would give up a lot of points," Donahoe said. "You're not going to do that and win in this league. Our offence is still going to have the potential to be explosive, but at least now we have some balance. The next step and the biggest step is to see if we can put it all together."'

Marker Ontario fans flock to see their squad [5:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As any visit to Buffalo talk radio will confirm, Buffalo fans are wildly passionate about their Bills. And no more so than in the Stadium on game day. "No question, it is a great football area both in Western New York and Canada," Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. "We have great fans."'

Marker The AFC Least? Not these days [5:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In December, three of Buffalo's four games are against AFC East foes, including a season-ending trip to New England. "We need to do a better job in our division," said Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who had his worst performances last year against his former team, the Patriots. "Our division is awfully tough."'

Marker Patriots pull a stunner with release of Milloy [5:13 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"When I heard the news this morning, I told anyone around here who would listen that we had to go get Lawyer," said Bledsoe from his Buffalo-area home last night. "I was as surprised as anyone because, as a former teammate and a friend, I understand as well as anyone what Lawyer brings to a team. I don't know the circumstances of what happened, but being his teammate and playing against him last year, this is a guy who is the heart and soul of your team."'

Marker Saving money may be costly [5:12 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'More significant, though, may be that they face the possibility of Milloy being in Buffalo Sunday but in the employ of the Bills -- and with the Patriots getting no compensation. The Jets, Bengals, Seahawks, Lions, Chargers, and Redskins also were talking to the Postons about Milloy yesterday, with Milloy hinting that he might give a hometown discount to Seattle.'

Marker Milloy could play against New England on Sunday [5:11 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'The Bills, in fact, made a contract offer to the four-time Pro Bowler as early as Tuesday afternoon, and if he accepts, he could be on the field Sunday when they host the Patriots in the season opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That wouldn’t surprise anyone in the Patriots’ locker room.'

Marker ‘Shack’ still wants to coach [5:10 AM]
Rockford Register Star reports: 'Picked by the Buffalo Bills in the eighth round of the 1969 draft, the Grambling star who later went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams, was named the 36th most influential minority in sports by Sports Illustrated this year. But Harris wouldn't mind if he moved down that list because that might mean more blacks are getting more higher-profile jobs, especially in the NFL.'

Marker Off-balance [5:09 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'New Orleans and Washington are the other two teams seriously pursuing Milloy, but the Bills are believed to have the inside track. A league source said Milloy and his agent, Carl Poston, planned to lay out the options Tuesday night, before reaching a decision Wednesday morning.'

Marker Bills express interest in Milloy [5:08 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills are considered to have the salary-cap room to sign Milloy, and could use an established safety in their continuing attempt to upgrade an already revamped defense. Buffalo's current starters are Coy Wire, who's coming off an encouraging rookie season, and Pierson Prioleau, a four-year veteran who was a first-time starter last season.'

Marker Bills Confirm Interest In Former Pro Bowl Safety Lawyer Milloy [5:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'An unconfirmed report says the Bills have reached a verbal agreement with Milloy. Buffalo has only three safeties on the roster in Coy Wire, Pierson Prioleau and Izell Reese.'

Marker Few surprises as Bills finalize roster [5:06 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of the 53 players, 23 weren’t on the Bills’ active roster a year ago.'

September 2, 2003

Marker Burning Questions [11:47 PM]
CNNSI reports: Buffalo's Gregg Williams: This is not your typical on-the-bubble situation. Williams is in the final year of his contract, has a team ready to win, and could wind up hitting the jackpot somewhere if he and the Bills come through. Odds are Buffalo makes the playoffs and Williams enjoys his payday in upstate New York. But if not, he and the Bills could be ex's.

Marker Negotiations heating up for Milloy's services [11:47 PM]
ESPN reports: Within two hours of Milloy's stunning release, ESPN.com reported Tuesday afternoon that the Buffalo Bills had already made a solid contract offer.

Marker Bills may need a Lawyer for Patriots opener [8:30 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Drew Bledsoe, who played with Milloy in New England, has reportedly lobbied hard for the Bills to sign the hard hitting strong safety who is also known as a solid clubhouse leader.'

Marker Bet the farm: Buffalo to take on Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXVIII [8:21 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'New England's sweep by an aggregate score of 65-24 showed just how far Buffalo had to go. Sunday's opener will demonstrate just how far the Bills have come.'

Marker Patriots travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills [8:11 PM]
Patriots.com reports: 'The Patriots are 9-2 in their last 11 games against AFC East opponents, dating back to the 2001 season.'

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