Fina 'proud' of years with Bills [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'His fate was all but sealed when the Bills spent the fourth overall pick in April's draft on Texas tackle Mike Williams. They also signed free agent Marcus Price for backup help. Still, Fina leaves without any bitterness.'
Bills Release Starting Left Tackle John Fina to Reduce Payroll [9:19 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Fina was the last player on Buffalo's roster who played on any of the Bills teams that lost four straight Super Bowls from 1991-94.'
It's Final For Fina [9:12 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: '"I am pleased, proud an honored to have been a part of the Buffalo Bills franchise for the past 10 years and equally proud to have been an employee of Ralph Wilson, a fine and honorable man." said Fina today from his home in Tucson, AZ. "I'll truly miss living in Buffalo. My family and I have come to love the city and everything about it. The kindness and generosity that has been extended to us by the Buffalo community is something we'll always cherish and will always lead us to return. It was the place where I enjoyed some of the best times of my life. I can only hope that the next phase of my life will be as enriching as the last 10 years have been for me in Buffalo and with the Bills."'
Bills release Fina [8:56 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills are estimated to be about $4.7 million under the salary cap, more than enough room to sign their draft picks, including No. 1 choice Mike Williams of Texas, who is will help fill Fina's spot.'
Fina not officially on waiver wire yet [6:51 PM]
ESPN reports: Fina and Brown didn't appear on Monday's waiver wire but their teams announced that they have been released. Officially, he will appear on the Tuesday waivers, which delays his ability to talk to interested teams for a day. Cutting Fina saves $3 million this year but costs $5,693,526 in dead money against 2003 salary cap. Ex-Bill Glenn Parket was going to cut Tuesday but he made it to the office in time to fail a physical. Parker, who may retire from the NFL, was placed on the waiver wire as released-failed physical.
WGR Exclusive: Bryson Trade Rumors More Than Rumors [6:03 PM]
WGR reports: Two NFL sources, one very close to the Eagles, have confirmed for WGR Sportsradio 55 that the Bills and Eagles have had talks. The Bills asking price at this point for Bryson is a day-one draft pick because he’s considered starter material, but the Eagles, who are only looking for a backup to Duce Staley, are offering no more than a fifth round selection right now.
5th Down Book: Top Seasons [5:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: In the golden decade of Bills football, each season was simply super. The players were perfect. No matter what the score or situation, you always had a feeling that the Bills would win.
Fina Cut By The Bills [5:09 PM]
ESN reports: John Fina has had nothing but good things to say about Buffalo "My family and I have come to love the city and everything about it."
Bills Release John Fina [4:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Fina was the last player on the Bills roster who had played on any of the franchise’s four Super Bowl teams.
Talks with Riemersma might linger into July [4:32 PM]
by Fanball Staff reports: Jay Riemersma is willing to redo his contract in order to remain with the Bills, but he is not as cool with taking a pay cut to make it happen.
RB Curtis Alexander Scores Game-Winning TD To Lift Frankfurt [3:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: RB Curtis Alexander, Frankfurt Galaxy - Started and rushed for 88 yards and one touchdown and caught three passes for 56 yards against Amsterdam.
Bills Uniform History Fact Of The Day [3:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Fact #12: Since they switched to the red, white, and blue look in 1962, the numbers on the Bills uniform have remained pretty consistent. The blue jerseys have featured white numbers outlined in red and the white jerseys have had blue numbers outlined in red. The most-issued jersey in team history...
June Wallpaper On buffalobills.com [3:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The June wallpaper features top draft pick Mike Williams.
Photo Gallery Of Old Bills Helmets [1:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Photos of past Bills helmets
Uniform University With Stan Herman [1:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Stan Herman, award-winning designer and Jet Blue uniform designer discusses his 30 years of experience and his thoughts on the Bills and other professional sports uniforms in this in-depth interview.
Rockpile Renaissance [1:14 PM]
The Buffalo News reports: From 1960-72, there was nothing bigger than Buffalo Bills game days, where residents fired up their grills and charged fans $2 to park in their driveways. During baseball season, foul balls landed on Dodge Street followed by a mad scramble for the balls by the neighborhood kids. Meeting the players was an even bigger thrill.
Evolution Of The Bills Helmet [12:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: In 1974, the Bills decided that they were a team "no longer standing still." The team adopted a new official team logo, the charging buffalo now familiar to modern NFL fans.
Bills braintrust divided on Fina but agent says no offer to keep him [8:13 AM]
ESN reports: Eric Metz, agent for Buffalo Bills tackle John Fina, has told Empire Sports and WNSA that after many discussions with the Bills he does not anticipate an offer from the team to keep the lineman in a Bills uniform.
Another NFL source said the Bills decision was not an easy one with the team's braintrust being divided on the issue of whether to keep Fina or release him.
Talks are expected to continue through the weekend, but Metz believes when all is said and done Fina will be released perhaps as early as Monday.
There are receivers aplenty for free agent shoppers [9:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills may look to add another player or two on the defensive line. There are not any difference-makers available...'.
Curtis Alexander leads Galaxy in win over Admirals [11:50 PM]
NFL Europe reports: Running back Curtis Alexander punched in the decisive touchdown to break a 13-13 tie and Admirals hearts and remain on course for a World Bowl X clash with rival Rhein Fire. He also had 20 carries for 88 yards including a 25 yard run and a winning TD run. He also had three catches for 56 yards including a 52 yard reception being pushed out of bounds at 2 yard line. David Dinkins on opposite side had 4 runs for 14 yards. Despite being #2 in the depth chart in name, another QB was put in when Admirals QB was injured.
NFL investigates Moulds for supplement endorsement [6:08 PM]
AP reports: '"If a company makes something on our banned list, you can't endorse anything that company sells," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in a story published on Saturday. "(Moulds) may not be aware of that side of the policy."'
Donahoe / Riemersma's contract proposal details [1:00 PM]
ESPN reports: Agent Jack Wirth and GM Tom Donahoe have discussed a new, four-year contract, but it would mean reducing his compensation this season to about $1.6 million. The Buffalo proposal calls for a two-tiered signing bonus, in which the Bills would have to pay Riemersma a second signing bonus next spring to exercise the option on the 2003-2005 seasons.
Bills set to pull plug on Fina [10:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The veteran tackle is expected to be a salary cap casualty, perhaps as early as Monday, according to an NFL source. Meanwhile, Jay Riemersma probably will keep his job, even though his agent has not been able to strike a deal to restructure the tight end's contract.'
NFL investigating Bills receiver [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'The NFL is investigating whether an endorsement of a body building supplement by Buffalo Bills star receiver Eric Moulds violates the league's steroid policy.'
Rehabbing players have teams feeling better [1:17 AM]
ESPN reports: Bledsoe and Jerry Ostroski are members of the 2001 All-Injury Squad.
The five biggest winners in free agency [1:14 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 5. Bills
Key additions: QB Drew Bledsoe, LB London Fletcher, OT Trey Teague.
Buffalo has been looking for the right leader since Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season. Although his performance has tailed off the last three seasons, Bledsoe is only 30. He still has a lot of production left in him and could thrive in the Bills' new offense if he gets enough protection. Although undersized, Fletcher is a quick, instinctive middle linebacker who can make plays from sideline to sideline. Teague replaces an aging John Fina at left tackle and will be counted on to protect Bledsoe's blind side.
Bills & Buffalo Zoo Host Community Day On Sunday [12:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills and the Buffalo Zoo will host a Community Day at the Buffalo Zoo this Sunday, June 2nd. There will be interactive games, face painting, and appearances by Bills players including Ruben Brown, Brian Moorman and Tony Driver between noon and 3:00 PM. Also participating will be Buffalo Jills, team alumni and Billy Buffalo.
Hall Of Fame Seating Policy Announced For Aug. 3 [11:01 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Reserved tickets can be ordered only by mail, with a limit of 10 tickets per order. Requests for tickets should be sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Attn. Enshrinement Tickets, 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton, OH 44708.
Seating Policy Announced for Enshrinement on Aug. 3 [10:21 AM]
Pro Hall of Fame reports: The August 3, 2002 ceremony has been moved to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium. The new location will provide a seating capacity of 20,348 seat. As a result, the Hall of Fame is able to offer to the public an opportunity to purchase reserved seats.
Half of spectators will see HOF enshrinement for free [9:29 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“I think every bar in Buffalo has a sign-up sheet for people to come watch the enshrinement,” said Joe Horrigan, the Hall’s vice president-communications/exhibits, who was born in Buffalo and retains close ties to the city. “With those fans coming from Buffalo, along with the fans who come from Pittsburgh every time a Steeler is inducted, we are expecting a huge, huge crowd."'
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