Get ready to watch Donahoe wheel and deal on draft day [9:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe has jockeyed around in draft-day deals in seven of the nine drafts he has overseen.'
Can the Bills afford to pass on Bledsoe? [7:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Bills have three home dates in December and if the team is losing, there won't be a steady pilgrimage from the Tonawandas to see Alex Van Pelt lead the way.'
A price to pay for commodity [6:43 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Will Donahoe come away with nothing? Will he have to opt for journeyman Jeff Blake? Take a chance on a young kid such as Joey Harrington? Now there's word through Fred Edelstein's newsletter that his sources indicate the Oakland Raiders may enter the Bledsoe sweepstakes.'
Teams seeking to speak [6:40 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'This reportedly is the tack the Patriots are taking with Drew Bledsoe. Buffalo and Cincinnati are very interested, but the Patriots have put a gag order on their veteran quarterback. ''How do we know if he wants to play for us if we don't get a chance to talk to him?'' said a key member of one of those organizations.'
Random mutterings [6:39 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'This is a hunch: In the second round of the draft, Buffalo is going to make a call to the Patriots with an offer to take Drew Bledsoe off their hands for the Bills second-round pick this year and a conditional No. 1 next year.'
As comedian, Ashcroft's no Reno; expect Bills movie in September [9:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '[Gil] Bellows, who plays the backup quarterback who leads the Buffalo Bills to a Super Bowl victory in the TNT movie, "Second String," told me at the Final Four in Atlanta that the film is now expected to air this September before the start of the NFL season.'
Chandler joins Bears' quarterback stable [12:24 AM]
espn.com reports: Chandler and agent Frank Bauer had several inquires since the quarterback was released and, even earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills remained interested in him. The negotiations with the Bears started last month and Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo has been in close contact with Bauer ever since. The deal turned in Chicago's favor when the Bears agreed to include the escalator clauses in the contract.
The Success Of An NFL Leader [12:24 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: The city of Buffalo has a new asset in town, an experienced middle linebacker who is ready to make a difference both on the field and off. London Fletcher is not just your ordinary NFL professional football player.
Bills Looking At Several QB Options [12:23 AM]
Pro Football Talk reports: A year ago, the Buffalo Bills had to make a choice between two solid quarterbacks who already were on the roster, Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson. This time around, the Bills have far less talent on a depth chart that is headed by Alex Van Pelt, a career journeyman who woke up one day as the starter...
Bottom Line - no Bledsoe [3:46 PM]
ESPN reports: Bottom line is that GM Tom Donahoe isn't going to be able to pry qb Drew Bledsoe away from the Patriots, but that doesn't mean he will go for Harrington, since he doesn't like his arm strength. Like several teams in the top 10, the Bills wouldn't mind moving down a few spots, but not too far down. If they stay here, it appears the choice is among three players: offensive tackle Mike Williams, safety Roy Williams or DT Ryan Sims.
Speculation abounds at One Bills Drive [1:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills' acknowledged needs are on the offensive and defensive lines, safety and quarterback. But which is most important and where is the best player available?'
Pats coach has doubts about Bledsoe trade [9:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I would be very surprised if anything happened before the draft in that area," Belichick said Thursday at the Patriots' predraft news conference.'
Freeney visits Bills [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The other visitors were Pittsburgh's Ramon Walker and Virginia Tech's Ben Taylor.'
A different show [8:36 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'As I see it, Dwight Adams deserves that spotlight again, even if it has to be somewhere else, and another group of writers and sportscasters will enjoy learning while being entertained at the same time. He can't be copied. He IS the original.'
Bills Sign Former Jaguars Kicker Mike Hollis for One Year [9:40 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Hollis is coming off the worst season of his seven-year career, having made only 18 of 28 field-goal attempts, for Jacksonville. He also made 29 of 31 extra-point tries.'
Freeney bigger, faster in visit with Bills [9:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Defensive end Dwight Freeney, who set an NCAA record with 17.5 sacks at Syracuse last year, is both bigger and faster as he prepares to enter next week's NFL draft. "I ran a 4.38 and I weighed in at 263," Freeney said Thursday of his time, in seconds, in running 40 yards at a recent NFL workout. "That's the heaviest I've ever been, and the fastest I've ever ran."'
Fan Interview With Tom Donahoe [9:28 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: Recently, buffalobills.com visitors had a chance to ask GM Tom Donahoe questions regarding the Bills offseason activity and the NFL Draft on April 20-21.
Bills may pass on Bledsoe if Patriots continue to play hardball [5:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Bills have so far sent the Patriots two proposals. The Patriots countered the first with a request far above what Buffalo was willing to give up. The Bills sent another which, as far as can be determined, hasn't been countered. The Pats would like a first-round pick. The Bills, picking fourth overall, will not part with that. Since the Bills are the only team actively seeking Bledsoe at this point, they see no reason to bid against themselves. The Pats' poker face hasn't flinched.'
Chris Mortensen on Bledsoe [9:15 PM]
TBD reports: Chat summary, Buffalo Bills related, by ICE
Mike Doser: Bills so tight-lipped, their lips are BLUE! [9:12 PM]
Shout! reports: One player Buffalo won't be taking is defensive back Miami's Ed Reed, who projects as a free safety, who Dave Smith scouted: "He didn't show a lot of physical talent, but he has good ball skills." Conclusion: If he's not physical, he's not going to be in Buffalo next season. But Reed is still in Buffalo today to visit with the team; Smith just doesn't seem to like him very much ...
NFL Draft Facts & Figures [9:10 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: Some facts and figures on the 67th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting
Top Defensive Line Prospects [4:41 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: DT Ryan Sims (North Carolina) says he can fit in anywhere. Does he fit into the Bills plans? Here are the top defensive line prospects.
Bills aren't giving away any secrets [11:58 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Our job is to look at the player. There's only one way to evaluate a player coming into this league and that's to sit down and look at the tape...the tape is still the most important thing. But the draft has almost become a cult...and people have so much fun with it. Still, a lot of information out there is not necessarily how we feel and we can't react to every piece of information that's thrown out there by a draft guru."'
Rookie Review: Reggie Germany [11:13 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Q: What went through your head when you heard that you had been drafted?
A: I was a little disappointed I thought that I was going to go higher than I did. But then the way it turned out, this is probably the best place for me. I got the opportunity to get out on the field right away and showcase my talents. That's what I am here for and that's exciting for me.
Bills get their kicks with Hollis [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hollis signed for the veteran minimum of $650,000 with no signing bonus. Under a new league rule he will count only $450,000 against the salary cap.'
Bills discuss plans to deal for Pats' Bledsoe [8:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As for his first pick on draft day April 20, Donahoe vowed the Bills would opt for "the best available player" regardless of position. "When you are 3-13, I don't think you have a starting anything," Donahoe said, referring to the team's showing last season.'
Bills quiet on QB pick [5:03 AM]
D and C reports: '"I have no idea," said Harrington when asked point-blank if the Bills are going to take him. "Not a clue, not an inkling of an idea, I'm just as clueless as you guys."'
Free agent Hollis agrees to terms [5:02 AM]
D and C reports: '"Buffalo was a little more impatient and wanted to get something done,'' said agent Jim Gaetano, who confirmed the deal. "They really wanted Mike."'
Bills keep Bledsoe in mind [5:01 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''All we've tried to do with any of these other quarterbacks is to research them and see if it makes sense. Obviously, we have to go to camp with more than two quarterbacks. We'll have four quarterbacks when we go to camp. Will that be another veteran? Will it be a draft pick? Will it be a young guy? I don't know the answer to that at this point."'
Donahoe plays it close to vest [5:00 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"We have two pretty good quarterbacks here," Donahoe said. "Alex Van Pelt did a quality job for us last year and Travis Brown is an outstanding prospect. Obviously we have to go to training camp with more than two quarterbacks. Will it be another veteran? Or a draft pick? Or a young guy? I don't know the answer to that at this point."'
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