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Buffalo Bills News - February 27, 2003

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: 'ďItís not so much a strategy as much as we have no choice,Ē McGee said. ďIf we canít get what we want, weíll take the bird in hand -- the $5 million.Ē'

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.'

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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: Itís just a little overwhelming because Iím 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 didnít make all-city in high school. The same guy who didnít get to start until his senior year in college. So where youíre constantly trying to prove yourself - and maybe thatís 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: 'Itís in both partiesí 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: 'Priceís agent, Tim McGee, handled the complaining in his clientís name saying the former Tennessee star understood that Moulds was the teamís No. 1 receiver and he wanted to go to a club where he could fill that same role. No mention was made of Priceís contention that he wouldnít 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.'

Marker Coy Wire To Lead Bills Team In Corporate Spelling Bee [9:39 AM] reports: Safety Coy Wire will lead the Bills three-person team into battle against squads from other area companies in the Ninth Annual Corporate Spelling Bee to benefit the Community Music School.

February 24, 2003

Marker The Week In Bills History (Feb. 24-Mar. 2) [2:05 PM] reports: February 24, 1965 - BILLS TRADE COOKIE GILCHRIST TO DENVER The Bills traded running back Cookie Gilchrist to the Denver Broncos for running back Billy Joe, the AFL's rookie of the year in 1963.

Marker Top Fantasy Player [11:27 AM] reports: 'Hollis was consistent for the Bills this season. Although he didn't always have many field goal chances, he accumulated a good number of PAT's (40) and finished with 115 points.'

Marker Price -With Patience - Will Be All Right [9:59 AM] reports: 'Presumably, both Price and the Bills want a long-term deal. And that's the tricky part: McGee is free to shop his client's services to any team (and there are several interested), but if another club signs Price, it has to compensate the Bills with either two first-round draft picks or a different package that fits president Tom Donahoe's liking.'

February 23, 2003

Marker Draft is deep where Bills are thin [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to several coaches and scouts, as many as 12 defensive linemen could go in the first round and up to 20 in the first two rounds combined.'

Marker Ex-Bills QB Harris paid his dues en route to front-office prominence [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Harris started four games for a bad Bills team in '69 and only a couple the next two years in Buffalo. He said racism was a constant obstacle. "There was a lot of hate mail, a lot of name-calling during that time, a lot of postcards with negative pictures," he said. "Those were things I had to work through and play through. I had to look beyond that."'

Marker Jets look like best in East [7:59 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'But the more serious problems to be addressed in the offseason are on defense, where there was very little pass-rush. Buffalo's defensive linemen accounted for only 20 sacks and tackle Pat Williams, their best defensive player, didn't have one of them.'

February 22, 2003

Marker Q&A With Head Coach Gregg Williams [12:35 PM] reports: "I'm a Peerless Price fan. The fact that we know he's going to be back with us next year, I'm excited about the fact we are not going to decrease our offensive explosiveness. The way we're able to keep the football offensively by doing the things we want to do and to continue to expand on what we did offensively this year, helps our defense also. We'll continue to work this offseason on improving our defense. But he was a pivotal part of keeping our offense intact."

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