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Buffalo Bills News - March 19, 2003

Marker Donahoe’s moves have fans excited [1:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With training camp still four months away, and the draft over five weeks off, Bills’ fans are already cranked up over the coming season. And the reason is Donahoe’s aggressive personnel acquisitions via free agency that have addressed Buffalo’s defensive shortcomings in emphatic fashion.'

Marker Alumni Update: Andre Reed [11:06 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: No one has played in more games, has caught more passes, has more receiving yards and has hauled in more touchdowns for the Buffalo Bills than Andre Reed. A two-time ECAC All-Star at Kutztown (PA) University, Reed realized during the first day of Buffalo’s training camp in 1985 that he had what it took to make the transition from Division II to the NFL.

Marker Bills speak with safety [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I never expect to be given a starting position," Reese said. "I know at safety there's some opportunity here. I'm well aware of that. All you can ask for is to compete for the job."'

Marker Packers notebook: Packers sign Navies, may pursue Giants’ Jones [8:28 AM]
PackersNews.com reports: Brian Levy, Holliday’s agent, said that Buffalo has dropped out of the running to sign the unrestricted free agent. Levy wouldn’t name the other two teams that might try to sign his client because they haven’t decided whether to get in the running.

Marker Adams says no to Bills contract [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '“The offer is there if he wants to take it, but there’s one thing about (general manager) Tom Donahoe: He sizes up talent, their value to the team, he makes an offer and that’s it. Otherwise you’re going to get yourself into this game of just going up and up. We were in that cycle and we’re trying to get out of (it).”'

Marker Wilson big on Bills' chances [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '“It’s the best front office organization we’ve ever had in 43 years,” Wilson said.'

Marker Reed among key replacement parts to face scrutiny [5:28 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Can Reed pick up where Price left off? There are some around the league who question whether Reed can do it, wonder if his lack of big-play speed is a detriment to what the Bills will want to do on offense.'

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March 18, 2003

Marker CB Irvin makes free agent visits Lions [8:56 PM]
DetroitLions.com reports: Prior to joining the Saints in 2002, Irvin spent seven seasons in Buffalo, where he started 46 games from 1997 to 1999. He originally was a fourth-round pick of the Bills in the 1995 NFL Draft out of Memphis.

Marker Chris Brown: Bills Sign RFA Kicker to Offer Sheet [7:43 PM]
WGR reports: The offer sheet for Lindell is proof that the Bills were not going to pay top ten kicker money for Mike Hollis, who was looking for about $1.3 million a season. That's a 50 percent raise from last year's $650 thousand dollar salary.

Bills GM Tom Donahoe was apparently convinced that Hollis was going to stick to his guns on that figure in light of recent deals for John Hall (5 years $7.13M) and Chicago's Paul Edinger (5 years $7M) and decided to look elsewhere.

Marker Divorcing the disgruntled: Sometimes it's the only answer [7:39 PM]
Sporting News reports: Dan Pompei throws an interesting jab at Buffalo : For Spikes, he no longer is encumbered by the history of losing and the humiliation of wearing stripes. When he signed with Buffalo, he said he wanted to smell the playoffs. He had to be reminded that it's about more than smelling playoffs in Buffalo (it's also about losing Super Bowls).

Marker Baker's Dozen [7:05 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'The Bills have attacked the offseason as effectively as anyone in the league, with Spikes being the centerpiece of that well coordinated plan.'

Marker Free Agent Safety Izell Reese Visits [5:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I think more importantly safety. More so free safety, which is good. That's where I feel more comfortable, that's where I have the most experience. I am aware that we have a young group here to. That's a good thing, playing with a young group of guys. That could play well in my favor."

Marker Room to roam [1:12 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'And just think. Donahoe still has plenty of plans to peruse and the salary cap room to roam, and opening day is still over five months away.'

Marker New Kicker? Lindell Sign Offer Sheet [12:50 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills have signed restricted free agent kicker Rian Lindell to an offer sheet. Lindell, 26, has kicked for the Seattle Seahawks the past three seasons and has connected on 74.4 percent (58 of 78) of his field-goal attempts.

Marker Izell Reese Bio [10:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Izell Reese joined the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent from Dallas, signed April 1, 2002. Reese has played in 71 career games and started 30, displaying great versatility by making starts at both strong and free safety, as well as at cornerback.

Marker Safety Izell Reese (Denver) Visiting Bills Today [10:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Safety Izell Reese, who most recently played with Denver, is visiting with the Bills today. Reese started 15 games at free safety and posted 58 tackles (48 solo), a half sack, five passes defensed and a forced fumble, while also adding three tackles on special teams for the Broncos last season.

Marker Here's the kicker: Bills stay active [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It seems unlikely the Seahawks will try to keep Lindell. They tendered him a one-year, $609,000 offer, which gives them the right of first refusal. It's a significant raise over the $375,000 he made last year. But Lindell, 26, was looking for a long-term deal.'

Marker Ex-CBA, Irish star finalist for fame [8:41 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Buffalo chapter of the National Football Foundation nominated Patulski, who played four seasons with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills await word from Adams [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: '“Nothing is changed from our end,” general manager Tom Donahoe said. “We’d like to have Sam. We have what we feel is a very fair offer (on the table). The decision is really up to Sam.”'

Marker Bills turn focus to special teams [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: '“We watched him on tape and we played against him two years ago, so we’ve see him kick enough,” Donahoe said. “He’s a young kicker who has a big strong leg and we think not only does he have great range, he can also help us with kickoffs.”'

Marker Levy to speak here [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy will be the keynote speaker Saturday night at the Sheen Housing “Building Hope Together” gala dinner at Monroe Country Club in Pittsford.'

Marker Williams, Newman lured by 'great vibe' [5:40 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The 6-foot-2, 248-pound Newman, who's from Tampa, spent his first four seasons in Buffalo, including two when Phillips was the Bills' coach. He started 40 games at strongside linebacker the past three seasons. Newman, 26, will compete with strongside starter Matt Stewart and projected weakside starter Will Overstreet.'

Marker Lindell fits Bills; Hawks have 7 days to match [5:39 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'The Seahawks tendered Lindell a $605,000 offer last month, so they retain the right to match the offer. But because Lindell entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Washington State in 2000, the Seahawks will not receive draft-pick compensation from the Bills if they decide not to match.'

Marker Holliday might not fit in the Seahawks' plans after all [5:38 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Lindell, 26, was tendered a one-year, $605,000 offer late last month to remain in Seattle. He made $375,000 last season, in which he made 23 of 29 field goals but did not have a touchback on a kickoff. The Bills are in need of a kicker after they were unable to reach a deal with Mike Hollis, an unrestricted free agent.'

Marker Jaguars notebook [5:37 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Jaguars took another hit to their depth at wide receiver when Bobby Shaw signed a three-year, $2.7 million deal with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Falcons Sign Free-Agent Linebacker Keith Newman From Bills [5:36 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Newman was a fourth-round draft pick in 1999 from the University of North Carolina and had spent his four-year National Football League career with Buffalo. His signing reunites him with Falcons defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who coached him with the Bills.'

March 17, 2003

Marker Buffalo Bills, Free-Agent Receiver Bobby Shaw Agree to Contract [9:41 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Shaw played in all 16 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season and made 10 starts. He caught a career-high 44 passes for 525 yards and one touchdown and averaged 12.4 yards on 24 punt returns, including a 69-yard score.'

Marker Atlanta signs LB Newman [9:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Reaching certain incentives could push Newman's salary as high as $800,000 this year. Newman, a fourth-round draft pick out of North Carolina in 1999, has 238 career tackles and 14 1/2 sacks.'

Marker Kicker signs offer sheet from Buffalo [9:31 PM]
AP reports: 'The deal is for four years and worth more than $4.2 million, said agent Paul Sheehy.'

Marker Bills sign wide receiver Shaw [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Shaw was drafted by Seattle in the sixth round of the 1998 draft and spent the next three years with Pittsburgh, catching 92 passes 1,468 yards and nine touchdowns.'

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