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Buffalo Bills News - April 12, 2002

Marker 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?'

Marker 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.'

Marker Freeney visits Bills [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The other visitors were Pittsburgh's Ramon Walker and Virginia Tech's Ben Taylor.'

Marker 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.'

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April 11, 2002

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.

Marker 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.'

April 10, 2002

Marker Chris Mortensen on Bledsoe [9:15 PM]
TBD reports: Chat summary, Buffalo Bills related, by ICE

Marker 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 ...

Marker NFL Draft Facts & Figures [9:10 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: Some facts and figures on the 67th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting

Marker 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.

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker Kicker Hollis signs with Buffalo [4:59 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Hollis had hoped to get a bigger deal in free agency but his bargaining power was hurt when he made only 18 of 28 field goal attempts last year. The Bills told him they would make the offer to another kicker if he didn't accept and he decided it was his best option.'

Marker Hollis agrees to one-year deal with Bills [4:58 AM]
AP reports: '"They both got something out of it," Hollis' agent, James Gaetano, said. "It'll help Mike in the sense that here's a team that needs somebody in that position. And with the way they played last year, they looked like they could've been helped by somebody that could give them a boost in that area."'

April 9, 2002

Marker Bills map out draft plans [8:32 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'They met the media to map out their draft plans today and GM Tom Donahoe offered little clues as to which way he's leaning. He did say there's a lot of speculation and guessing about draft picks this time of year.'

Marker Joey Harrington Visits Bills [8:29 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: "Everybody is (talking about trading down). Like I said, nobody is going to give me a straight answer. 'Well, we like you, we might take you or we might trade down or we might pass on you, or we might take you and trade you.' There are no straight answers."

Marker Bills Sign New Kicker [8:28 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The agent for the Jaguars veteran free agent [Mike Hollis] confirms to WIVB-TV that Hollis has agreed to a one year contract.'

Marker Ryan Sims visits Bills [8:17 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: 'What did the Bills tell you that they would want out of your position and you specifically? Basically, just continue to do what I do. Just play hard, play every snap. Run to the ball and just make big plays when you need it.'

Marker Ed Reed Visits Bills [8:15 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: 'What did the Bills staff talk to you about? We talked about my agent, me not having an agent and how my trip was going. Just basically how it was going to be after the draft, once you get drafted to whatever city you go to.'

Marker Bills keep everyone guessing on draft and Bledsoe [8:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe has already begun laying a new foundation, bolstering his roster with six free-agent acquisitions over the past month. Those additions include two likely starters: linebacker London Fletcher and offensive tackle Trey Teague. As a result, the Bills most pressing concerns entering the draft are at defensive line, where they need another nosetackle to complement returning veteran Pat Williams, and at strong safety.'

Marker Bills sign Mike Hollis [7:25 PM]
WGR Sports Radio 55 reports: WGR Sports Radio 55's Bills reporter Chris Brown reports that Buffalo has agreed to terms with Jacksonville free agent kicker Mike Hollis. Brown says it's a one year deal for $650,000 and no signing bonus. Hollis was 64% on field goals last year. He is 10 for 14 from beyond the 49 yard line, and is 80% lifetime on field goals.

Marker Updated Salary cap figure - $7,262,000 under [7:11 PM]
ESPN reports: @ As compiled by John Clayton as of April 9. Bills are in 4th best salary cap shape, followed by Eagles, Texans and Vikings (best shape).

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