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Buffalo Bills News - February 28, 2003

Marker Bills think Posey about to blossom [8:29 PM]
Shout! reports: Posey recorded eight sacks as weakside linebacker in the Houston Texans' 3-4 scheme last season. Many of his sacks came when he was a down lineman. He showed good speed around the corner and an ability to gain enough leverage against a tackle to dictate where he was going to go. He's not just a pure speed-rusher. He has some physicalness to him.

Marker Mark Campbell Career BIO/STATS [4:23 PM] reports: Named Ed Block Courage Award recipient for his rehabilitation from knee injury in 2001…Started all 16 games at tight end and had career-highs with 25 receptions, 179 yards and 3 TDs…Recorded a career-high 7 receptions for 34 yards and a TD at N.Y. Jets 10/27/02.

Marker Jeff Posey Career BIO [4:22 PM] reports: Re-wrote his career stats in 2002…finished with a team-high eight sacks on the season, which ranked him 12th in the AFC…had a career-high 71 tackles…also contributed with six solo tackles on special teams…picked up his first career interception against the Giants to seal a 16-14 win…forced Giants RB Tiki Barber to fumble on the Giants first play from scrimmage…totaled four tackles and one sack of Drew Bledsoe in the meeting with the Bills.

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Posey [4:21 PM] reports: A veteran of five NFL seasons, the 27-year-old Posey signed with Houston as a free agent last season and recorded a team-leading eight sacks in 16 games for the Texans in 2002 while making nine starts.

Marker Browns trade Campbell to Bills [4:20 PM]
AP reports: 'The Browns will get a middle-round draft pick in 2004 in exchange.'

Marker Campbell Traded To Buffalo [3:47 PM] reports: '“Mark was a good player for us and was an enjoyable player to coach,” Head Coach Butch Davis said. “However, because of the depth we have at tight end with Steve Heiden, Rod Monroe, Darnell Sanders and Aaron Shea along with NFL Europe designee Chad Mustard, we felt now was the appropriate time to make this trade. We wish Mark all the best.”'

Marker Bills Acquire Campbell In Trade With Browns [3:44 PM] reports: 'The Bills have acquired tight end Mark Campbell from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a future conditional draft pick.'

Marker Posey agrees to sign with Bills [2:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Linebacker Jeff Posey agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills on Friday, the first player to change teams on the first day of the 2003 free-agent season. Posey, a five-year veteran, appeared in 16 games and started nine with the Houston Texans last season. The agreement was confirmed by a source within the league who requested anonymity.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with free agent LB Posey [1:49 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Posey, 27, emerged as legitimate playmaker for the expansion Houston Texans last season. He was a marginal player with San Francisco from 1998-2000 and split the 2001 season between Carolina and Jacksonville.'

Marker Bills waste no time in signing Posey [11:24 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Striking quickly in the wee hours of Friday morning, the Bills reached a four-year agreement with linebacker Jeff Posey, who played for the Houston Texans in 2002.'

Marker Bills Prepare For Free Agency Period [9:50 AM] reports: Rest assured, Buffalo Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe has constructed a plan of attack for free agency. "The one thing you do is establish a plan before free agency begins, and we like to think we've got a pretty good plan," said Donahoe earlier this week.

Marker Bills start shopping for defensive help [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They have about $7.55 million of room under the salary cap to do their spending.'

Marker Bills clear cap room to pursue 'D' [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo starts the free agent signing period today roughly $7.5 million to $8 million under the ceiling.'

Marker Flexibility is part of the plan [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '“The one thing you do is establish a plan before free agency begins, and we think we’ve got a pretty good plan,” Donahoe said. “But 48 to 72 hours into free agency, it could be blown to smithereens, the whole plan, and then you have to regroup.'

Marker Bills ready to go on the defensive [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'If the Bills don’t get a free agent defensive linemen they like at a price they like, there is always the April draft, which is top heavy with quality players at tackle and end. “It’s extremely deep,” Donahoe said.'

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February 27, 2003

Marker Bills Release Tight End Jay Riemersma, Safety Billy Jenkins [10:20 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Riemersma, a seventh-round draft pick in 1996 from the University of Michigan, has started 64 of 90 career games, catching 204 passes for 2,304 yards and 20 touchdowns.'

Marker Bills release Riemersma, Jenkins [10:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Riemersma, who ranks second behind Pete Metzelaars as the Bills' most accomplished pass-catching tight end, had completed the third of a four-year deal which was to pay him $3.5 million next season. His release did not come as a surprise after Bills president Tom Donahoe said he was prepared to cut Riemersma if he failed to take a significant pay cut earlier this month.'

Marker Bills Release Riemersma & Jenkins [3:44 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has released tight end Jay Riemersma and safety Billy Jenkins.

Marker Riemersma declines salary reduction [3:36 PM]
ESPN reports: 'By releasing Riemersma, 29, the Bills created $3.5 million in cap room, an amount equal to his scheduled base salary for 2003. Buffalo must still count $1.372 million, the final segment of a previous signing bonus, against its spending limit for this year.'

Marker Price's agent right to force Bills' hand [1:53 PM]
Shout! reports: It's smart that agent Tim McGee is urging his client Peerless Price to sign the Bills' franchise-tag offer within a week, which would pay the Bills receiver $5.01 million this season. Though Buffalo could afford that contract, it would not behoove the team to be carrying that salary cap number for a perceived No. 2 receiver, particularly when the team has other needs to fill when free agency opens Friday.

Marker Bills Part of Preseason National TV Schedule [12:52 PM] reports: The NFL has announced that its 11-game preseason television schedule will feature the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, August 16 on ESPN. The Bills will travel to Tennessee to take on the AFC South champion Titans in an 8:00 PM kickoff.

Marker Bills Booster Club Leaders Named For 2003 [11:34 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills Booster Club has elected a new Board of Directors including a new slate of officers and trustees for the 2003 season.

Marker 2003 NFL Free Agency Questions & Answers [10:21 AM] reports: What are the categories of free agency? What is the time period for free agency signings this year? Can a club decide to withdraw its franchise or transition designations on a player? Questions such as these are answered in this Q&A

Marker Bills take look at dealing Peerless [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had very preliminary contact Wednesday with the Atlanta Falcons about a trade for the veteran receiver, according to a league source.'

Marker Price's agent applies pressure [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '“It’s not so much a strategy as much as we have no choice,” McGee said. “If we can’t get what we want, we’ll take the bird in hand -- the $5 million.”'

Marker Falcons make $1.3M offer to QB Johnson [5:18 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: ''Obviously, Buffalo has granted permission to talk to other teams [about a trade],'' said Price's agent, Tim McGee, who was not otherwise specific. So, have Falcons officials spoken with McGee or Buffalo officials? ''No comment,'' Ray Anderson said.'

February 26, 2003

Marker Price intends to sign Bills' franchise-player offer [9:03 PM]
AP reports: 'McGee said he's advising Price to sign the Bills offer to keep his options open. At the very least, the move would prevent the Bills from lifting the offer and forcing Price to become a free agent at a time when teams would have already used up most of their salary-cap room to make offers.'

Marker Bills Tender Contracts To Restricted Free Agents [4:52 PM] reports: With the free agency period set to begin on Friday, February 28, the first order of business for President and General Manger Tom Donahoe is to begin the process of exercising their option to make contact offers to their young players, who in effect remain tied to the team.

Marker Bills tender offers to seven players, including Moorman [4:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills also elected not to tender offers to defensive linemen Leif Larsen, who spent all of last season on the team's waived-injured list, and Kendrick Office. Both will become unrestricted free agents.'

Marker Lofton's speed and "soft hands" made him a deep-threat [3:08 PM] reports: It’s just a little overwhelming because I’m still the kid who went and tried out for Pop Warner football and wanted to play quarterback and then played defensive tackle. The kid who didn’t make all-city in high school. The same guy who didn’t get to start until his senior year in college. So where you’re constantly trying to prove yourself - and maybe that’s what drove me so much as a player when I got into the league. To be elected one of the best that ever played the game is just far beyond anything that I ever imagined when I first started playing football."

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