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Buffalo Bills News - February 22, 2001

Marker MLB John Holecek restructes contract [1:46 PM]
ESPN reports: 'ESPN is reporting that the Bills and John Holecek have agreed to restructure the MLB's contract.'

Marker Donahoe: No decision yet on Flutie, Johnson [1:44 PM]
ESPN reports: 'How reliable is WGR's "source"? Chris Mortenson is reporting that Tom Donahoe is adamant that no decision has been made with regards to Flutie or Johnson.'

Marker Bills release Washington, Panos and Mohr - more cuts expected [11:55 AM]
AP reports: '"Our salary cap situation has made this is a difficult time for our fans and the organization," Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. "But these are moves that have to be made..".

Marker Bills Release Three [11:04 AM]
TBD reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has released punter Chris Mohr, guard Joe Panos, and nose tackle Ted Washington.'

Marker Report: Flutie gets nod in Buffalo [9:33 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Unfortunately for Johnson fans, it appears the 28-year-old quarterback will be let go and Doug Flutie will return as the team's undisputed starter next season. It is also believed that Flutie took a pay cut or is willing to take a pay cut to help the Bills, who are frantically trying to trim the payroll to meet salary cap requirements.'

Marker Ode to the Old Boss [9:11 AM]
TBD reports: 'Now that the new administration is wasting little time in putting its mark on the Buffalo Bills, I thought that I would share my worst moment of the 2000 season with you as a catharsis to wash away the past. The image is still fresh in mind (not a pretty one), as if branded by a nightmare that woke me from a happy sleep.'

Marker Salary Cap Solution [9:10 AM]
TBD reports: 'Keep in mind that the Bills must now count the 2.5 million the newly signed Moulds counts for 2001 plus pay about a million for 2 restricted free agents, 4 million set aside for draft picks and who knows how much for any unrestricted free agents from the Bills or other teams.'

Marker Bills ready to start slashing payroll [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ted Washington, Sam Rogers and Joe Panos are expected to be among the players released by the Bills. Today is the first day in which NFL teams can waive players, and there will be a large number of veteran players cut loose across the league.'

Marker Bills pick Flutie over Johnson: report [6:35 AM]
CP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have chosen quarterback Doug Flutie over Rob Johnson, according to a local all-sports radio station. WGR 55, quoting unidentified "sources close to Rob Johnson," said the Bills plan to release Johnson and make Flutie the starter. An official announcement is not expected until next week, the station said.'

Marker QB not the only position for Bills [6:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are looking at offensive and defensive linemen, running backs and defensive backs.'

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February 21, 2001

Marker 2001 Doug Flutie/Running Back Package [10:55 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Great deal on the following items:
Flutie Replica jersey - (Blue or White), 4-player lineup (Price, Moulds, Linton, Smith), A. Smith Distressed T-shirt... all for only $15.95!!!'

Marker 2001 Rob Johnson Package [10:53 PM]
Shout! reports: 'This package consists of three great items featuring Rob Johnson:
Replica Jersey - Blue, 2-sided workout t-shirt, Oval T-shirt,... all for only $15.95!!!'

Marker Some big-contract veterans out of jobs [10:34 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Washington... was scheduled to make about $7.6 million -- including bonus money -- next season. That's deemed far too expensive for the salary-cap strapped Bills who are projected to be more than $13 million over the cap... Numerous reports speculate that the Bills will also consider releasing LB Sam Rogers and OL Joe Panos.'

Marker Washington expects to be cut by Bills [8:34 PM]
AP reports: '"They're going to let him go," Washington's agent Angelo Wright said on Wednesday.'

Marker In Search of Buffalo, NY [5:05 PM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Article giving love to Buffalo printed earlier this month from the Sun a week before the positive article from USA Today. Maybe Marvin Lewis should have read this before making his decision that Buffalo wasn't good enough for him.'

Marker Mike Doser predicts Flutie will be the QB [1:23 PM]
Shout! reports: 'I think Doug Flutie will be the Bills' starting quarterback in 2001. If this happens, it will be a marvel for Flutie. Just when you thought his Buffalo career was over, he comes back for an encore. It will be another chapter in his book and part of the climax of his movie.'

Marker Johnson's Out, Flutie's In [11:52 AM]
WGR55 reports: 'According to very reliable sources close to Rob Johnson, WGR Sports Radio 55 has been told that the Buffalo Bills have apparently made their decision on which quarterback they plan to keep and which quarterback they plan to cut lose.'

Marker Decision-makers can't answer all questions at NFL scouting combine [11:50 AM]
AP reports: "If 75 guys don't work out, 50 to 65 percent of them eliminate themselves because you will have a question about their numbers," he said. "So you say, 'OK, we had a question about his temperament and now he's not going to work out, so forget him.' It winds up hurting most of the guys who don't work out."

Marker WGR55 reporting that Johnson is odd man out [9:40 AM]
WGR55 reports: 'WGR55 is reporting that sources close to QB Rob Johnson said he is the odd
man out. Meanwhile, Bills fans wait for the official word from One Bills Drive that will finally put an end to a controversial chapter in Bills history.'

Marker Cap purge will begin Thursday [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Linebacker Sam Rogers, nose tackle Ted Washington and guard Joe Panos are three veterans who almost have to go due to the salary crunch.'

Marker Bills will test new staff's teaching skills [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Gregg Williams became the Buffalo Bills' head coach, he said the assistants he hired would be great teachers. They had better be.'

Marker Fairchild leaves CSU for NFL job [6:58 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'First-year Buffalo coach Gregg Williams' staff could be called the Mountain West Conference East. Besides Fairchild and Sheppard (who coached a wide-open New Mexico offense before Dennis Franchione's arrival), Bills wide receivers coach Fred Graves left Utah last week.'

Marker The last word [6:06 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In other words, if Flutie has two good years left, that may be enough. Two more years of waiting for Johnson to blossom may be too long.'

Marker Bills QB epic in final chapter [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will announce their choice at quarterback of either Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson next week, president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. Donahoe and his new coaching staff met with Flutie at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Monday and with Johnson yesterday.'

February 20, 2001

Marker Wiley not ruling out re-signing with Bills [8:23 PM]
AP reports: '"I gave them my word that no matter what happens, even if we don't do anything before free agency starts, (the Bills) will get their chance," Wiley's agent Brad Blank said on Tuesday.'

Marker Flutie, Johnson meet with Bills to argue their case to stay [8:22 PM]
AP reports: '"As we stated previously, we want to have an in-depth conversation with each quarterback and get feedback from each on various topics," Williams said. "It will be a thorough two days (of interviews), and I prefer not to comment any further on the subject at this time."'

Marker Bills to release Pro Bowl NT Washington on Thursday [7:44 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'One of the NFL's premier nose tackles over the past 10 seasons will become an unrestricted free agent Thursday, with confirming Tuesday that the Buffalo Bills intend to release 10-year veteran Ted Washington when the league waiver wire system is activated that day.'

Marker Bills ready to Sheppard in new offense [2:02 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Implementing [the West Coast offense for the Bills] will be Mike Sheppard, the 49-year-old offensive coordinator who was most recently quarterbacks coach of the Seattle Seahawks.'

Marker Washington Cut Happening Thursday [1:02 PM]
KFFL reports: 'As an update to previous reports, Mike Sando reports for the Tacoma News Tribune that the Buffalo Bills will release DL Ted Washington on Thursday in a salary cap move.'

Marker Washington Could Fit In With Seahawks [12:46 PM]
The News Tribune reports: 'This article talks about how Ted Washington's agent, Angelo Wright, has been assured he will be released tomorrow in a cap cutting move and speculates how he might fit into the Seahawks plans. It will be sad to see Big Ted go as well as the "package".'

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