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Buffalo Bills News - June 15, 2004

Marker LB Gildon keeps options open in meeting with Bills [7:05 PM]
AP reports: '''I haven't really discussed in depth with coach Mularkey either way, but defensive end could be a possibility,'' Gildon said, referring to Bills coach Mike Mularkey. ''Right now, I'm just exploring all offers.'''

Marker Palafox signs with Bills, practices at team's mini-camp [5:14 PM]
Sweetwater Reporter reports: 'Palafox was a star linebacker at Sweetwater in the late 1990s, twice earning all-district honors and being named the dis-trict's defensive MVP in his se-nior year when the Mustangs reached the state quarterfinals.'

Marker Transcript: Jason Gildon Q&A Session [5:10 PM] reports: 'I was fortunate enough to be in Pittsburgh his whole time there. Mike's a great guy. He's a guy I get along with and as far as coming here to Buffalo, it's always nice to go somewhere where you know someone. I know him and a few guys he brought with him as well as a few players I had a privilege to play with. It helps, anytime you're out there looking for somewhere else to start over. It always helps to see a familiar face, someone you know. Someone that has gone through the same things you've gone through, and can relate and just ease the transition. From that standpoint, it definitely helps.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Daryl Porter [1:23 PM] reports: 'After returning back to his home area of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he has a two-year-old son, Daryl, for the past year, he has owned and operated Porterís Place []. "Itís a sports bar and restaurant. We have a full menu, steaks, garlic shrimp. Itís pretty big, 8,000 square feet. We do a lot of entertainment, jazz bands, blues. Basically, itís just something I had the knack for, being around people and making sure people are comfortable.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Chris Spielman [1:23 PM] reports: '"I think that people respected the decision that I made," Spielman said. "It was an easy decision to make, but it still felt like you were letting people down. I certainly made the right decision, donít get me wrong. I felt like the people in Buffalo, for the two years, treated me great and I loved playing there and being a part of it, but I still felt like I let them down. I guess it justified my decision to not play football, because I got a standing ovation. It made me feel good, obviously. I guess that I was accepted as a Buffalo Bill."'

Marker Gildon meets with Bills [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Gildonís agent Peter Schaffer said his clientís visit is scheduled to last through today. The Bills are an attractive stop for Gildon, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers for salary-cap reasons two weeks ago, Schaffer said.'

Marker Bills Flirt with Gildon [5:23 AM] reports: 'Gildon was a 1994 draft selection by Buffalo president Tom Donahoe for the Steelers. Gildon played ten years in Pittsburgh and his 77 career sacks are a team record.'

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June 14, 2004

Marker LB Gildon meets with Bills [9:33 PM]
AP reports: 'Gildon is a two-time Pro Bowl selection who's production has tailed off the last two years. After registering 13½ sacks in 2000 and 12 in 2001, he combined for just 15 in the past two seasons. That included just six last season, his fewest since 1997.'

Marker Former Steelers LB Gildon To Meet With Bills [9:11 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gildon is entering his 11th year in the league and had spent his entire career with the Steelers. He was released following the season.'

Marker Bills sign CB Dixon, FS Palafox; cut LB Acholonu [9:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo also released linebacker Dilibe Acholonu, an undrafted free agent the team signed in April.'

Marker Bills Sign Dixon and Palafox [9:09 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed cornerback Gerald Dixon and rookie free agent safety Jonathon Palafox.'

Marker Eric Moulds Fan Memory Contest Winners [3:27 PM] reports: 'Fans had to write an essay about their favorite Eric Moulds moment on or off the field, how it affected them personally, and why it was special to them. The hundreds of entries on memories provided by the longest current tenured Bills player were whittled down to a group of four finalists.'

Marker Bills upbeat on prospect of selling out the season [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills already are on the verge of selling out four home games this season - even before individual tickets go on sale to the general public - and they're confident they will sell out all eight games for the second year in a row.'

Marker Inside slant [5:05 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Gildon, who excelled in a 3-4 alignment, could be a pass rusher off the edge in a 4-3 but the Bills expect to get more out of Jeff Posey (5.5 sacks) in that role now that he's got a year under his belt in Jerry Gray's system. Rookie free agent Dilibe Acholonu, who had a big career rushing the passer at Washington State, will also be given a good look in camp.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:05 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'President and GM Tom Donahoe said "very legitimate" contract offers are out to starting left tackle Jonas Jennings, defensive end Aaron Schobel and defensive tackle Pat Williams, who each becomes a free agent in 2005.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:04 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills are leaving no stone unturned during the organized team activities, devoting plenty of time to special teams, along with offense and defense. "They've been addressed about special teams, the best players will be on the field; starter or non-starter, rookie or 10-year vet," coach Mike Mularkey said. "The best guy who can do the job on each play will be on the field."'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:03 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'SS Coy Wire is getting a look at free safety. Wire, who's physical and instinctive, is competing against starter Izell Reese. Wire must prove he has the range and know-how to pass Reese, a smart player who's rangier than Wire but not as physical. Whoever starts must make more big plays.'

June 13, 2004

Marker Rough week for Parcells [9:46 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Despite his problems in the last year and a half and the fact that the Bills picked another quarterback in the first round of this draft, Drew Bledsoe is still Buffalo's quarterback of the present, at least in the estimation of ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski. ``I probably looked at 10-12 Bills games last year,'' said Jaworski, a former Pro Bowl quarterback with the Eagles. ``I saw no decline in his physical talent, his ability to throw the football and throw ropes 40-45 yards down the field.'' As Jaworski sees it, Bledsoe will get better once his protection improves.'

Marker Mularkey's new broom doesn't do much sweeping [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Changing head coaches plus half the starting lineup usually is a prescription for a rebuilding year. So that's either very good news for Mularkey or the Bills are overestimating their roster.'

Marker NFL's Trey Teague organizing camp for fellow 'trench warriors' [5:22 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'All that experience is something Teague has wanted to share with area high school players for several years. After much planning, he's finally worked out dates for a football camp for linemen and tight ends on July 16-17 at USJ from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. It's called ''Trey Teague's Trench Warriors'' and is for linemen in grades 9 through 12.'

June 12, 2004

Marker Bills still looking for right man at left guard [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We like all three guys," offensive line coach Jim McNally said this week as the Bills wrapped up another three days of organized team activities. "They will get a chance to show what they can do."'

Marker LaCarte wants shot with Bills [5:21 AM]
Monesson Valley Independent reports: 'The Bills invited LaCarte, a three-year starter for the University of Pittsburgh, to a group tryout in mid-May. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder excelled during the 20-yard dashes with Buffalo offensive line coach Jim McNally supervising.'

Marker Bills Counting on Vincent [5:19 AM] reports: '"I don't think I played with a better group of defensive players. You got some good talent there and that was really the main reason why I landed here in Buffalo."'

June 11, 2004

Marker Tucker Is OK. Koons Signs [6:23 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bills offensive lineman Ross Tucker has a lower leg bruise as X-rays were negative. Tucker was hurt Thursday when he got in the middle of a bunch of players that went down on a running play.'

Marker Tucker Suffers Injury In Mini Camp [6:22 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jeff Posey did return to action from an ankle problem. Others watching with "assorted bumps and bruises" were Oliver Gibson, Chris Villarrial, Darryl Towns, Lawrence Richardson and Jerel Myers.'

Marker Tucker Hopes to Return Next Week [6:20 PM] reports: '"I just got hit in the side of the leg," Tucker said. "I felt like I could get up but I wasn't able to right away. It's not serious. We got X-rays and they were negative and I'm very happy."'

Marker Koons Signs Free Agent Deal With Buffalo [6:09 PM] reports: 'Koons ended his career with 33 straight starts at center and was the anchor of the offensive line, while Day was third on the team with 94 tackles. "I'm looking forward to getting going," said Koons. "It's been a long road, but I'm glad to be in a camp. I'm just going to give it a good shot and see what happens."'

Marker Bills sign C Koons [4:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Undrafted rookie center Dan Koons signed with the Buffalo Bills on Friday.'

Marker Sunday is Bills Day at the Buffalo Zoo [4:16 PM] reports: 'At the Zoo, the Bills will have an interactive area which will include: inflatable games, face painting, tattoos, and performances by the Buffalo Jills from 12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM. Also scheduled to appear are Buffalo Bills Mascot Billy Buffalo and Bills players including, Ryan Denney, Chris Kelsay and Ryan Neufeld, who will be on-hand signing autographs from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM.'

Marker Bills Sign Koons [4:15 PM] reports: 'Koons (6-4, 286) enters his professional career after staring 33 consecutive games for Louisville. One of the most consistent contributors for the Cardinals during his career, Koons anchored the line for a Louisville offense that ranked fifth in the nation in total offense and first in yards per rush in 2003.'

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