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Buffalo Bills News - May 12, 2001

Marker Bills offer job to ex-Eagles executive [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe has offered a job to his friend and highly respected former colleague, Tom Modrak.'

Marker Butler got job as a result of Jimmy Johnson indirectly [8:19 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Regarded as an unbiased source by Chargers president Dean Spanos, Johnson told Spanos over the course of a half-dozen phone conversations and two meetings in the Florida Keys that the team needed to get the best possible general manager while retaining coach Mike Riley. [Unbiased? With his star pupil coaching the team he used to coach and Butler GM of their chief rival? Sounds like JJ & Butler talked to each other.]

Marker NFL not beating a path to unemployed XFL players' doors [8:17 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "It wasn't a league that developed players or tried to make its own stars," Donahoe said. "It was a league comprised of players who, for whatever reason, just weren't good enough to make it in the NFL. We didn't scout (the XFL) and I doubt you'll see even one of their players in our camp."

Marker Bears to interview Modrak [7:38 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'In a twist, Modrak could have some options, with Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe telling on Friday he has offered his old colleague a job. The two men worked together in Pittsburgh...'.

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May 11, 2001

Marker How to be a Buffalo Bill [7:00 AM] reports: 'Aspiring to play for the Buffalo Bills? Here's some stuff you'll need to know...'

Marker Q & A with Head Coach Williams [6:59 AM] reports: 'Very interesting comments from coach!'

Marker Bills kick off new marketing game [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Any fallout from the release of Flutie has been negligible, he said...Donahoe said several fans he spoke with threatened to cancel their season tickets because of the Flutie decision but to date, "nobody's presented a number to me (of actual cancellations)."'

Marker Healthy Farris would be big wheel [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'This season, the Bills are rolling the dice with offensive tackle Kris Farris, a 6-foot-8, 322-pound man mountain of unfulfilled potential. An intriguing player whose future rests tenuously on a surgically repaired bone in his foot.'

May 10, 2001

Marker Bills vs. San Diego - Sign up today! [10:17 AM]
TBD reports: Join readers of TBD and fans from around the country as the Bills meet the Chragers on October 28. TBD readers have the choice of two options - sitting with the large group of San Diego Bills Backers or sitting with a smaller group closer to the field. Visit the link above for more information.

Marker Join TBD on opening day! [9:57 AM]
TBD reports: TBD will be getting together on September 9th (opening day) for our Annual Tailgate Party! Time is running short to get your tickets in our section - ticket money needs to be by Monday morning - so don't delay! Read the details at the link above and then visit the tailgate party message board to get the latest updates.

Marker Bills coach raves over Centers [8:13 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Hopefully Centers can live up to Williams' glowing praise!'

May 9, 2001

Marker Centers deal gives Bills a good-hands fullback [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' acquisition of veteran fullback Larry Centers should aid that cause. Centers, who agreed to free-agent contract terms with the team Tuesday, figures to add a dimension to the Bills' offense that was too often absent last year - the dump-off pass to the back in the flat.'

Marker Bills sign Centers [7:47 AM] reports: 'A native of Tatum, TX, Centers was a fifth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the 1990 NFL draft out of Stephen F. Austin and went on to play in Arizona from 1990-98. He is the Cardinals' all-time receptions leader and set an NFL record for receptions by a running back with 101 in 1995.'

Marker Billy Buffalo to sign autographs/Select A Seat Week [7:46 AM] reports: 'Billy Buffalo will be on hand this Saturday to meet fans and pose for photographs during the kick-off Select A Seat Week this Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.'

Marker Gregg Williams on Sam Cowart moving to OLB [7:45 AM]
reports: "I don't care what he thinks, I don't care what you (the media) think or anybody else thinks. Sam Cowart's job is to play where I tell him to play."
as told to the Buffalo News.

Marker Diamonds In the Rough [7:24 AM]
reports: 'Former Jets personnel guy Pat Kirwan discusses the value of rookie free agents. He mentions Keion Carpenter, as an example. A cap freindly signing in the Butler era??? Who knew???'

Marker Bills move towards Centers [7:22 AM] reports: 'Centers is a good, pass-catching fullback that is a perfect fit in the new West Coast offensive scheme. With the signing, the team gains a fullback that can provide quarterback Rob Johnson another dangerous two-dimensional threat out of the backfield.'

Marker Centers catches on with Bills [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'The NFL free-agent market was glutted with big-name fullbacks, but the Buffalo Bills feel they landed the one that best fits their needs.'

May 8, 2001

Marker Bills reach agreement with star FB Centers [7:31 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Centers doesn't exactly fit the prototype of the fullback as used in the game now, since he is not renowned for his blocking skills. He is, however, an accomplished receiver out of the backfield and his 685 career receptions represent a league record for catches by a back. That includes 81 receptions last season, a Redskins team high.'

Marker Bills sign fullback Centers [7:23 PM]
AP reports: 'Among all NFL backs, only Richie Anderson of the Jets (88) caught more passes last season.'

Marker Bills sign free agent FB Larry Centers [7:21 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Larry Centers, the premier pass-catching fullback in the NFL, on Tuesday reached an agreement with the Buffalo Bills. Terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Larry Centers signed [11:19 AM]
WKBW reports:

Marker Antowain Smith on Cutting Block [11:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Len Pasquarelli says the Bills tried to send Smith to Carolina on draft day, but couldn't get the deal done. They need the $900,000 in cap room the release of Smith will carve out for them to sign rookies.

May 6, 2001

Marker Where do we go from here? [9:01 PM]
USA Today reports: '... the Bills are in the middle of the pack in season ticket sales. Buffalo's season sales are in the mid 30,000 rage. And even though Ralph Wilson Stadium's capacity was reduced by nearly 5,000 with the addition of new luxuryboxes and club seats, the Bills' must move 75,339 tickets for a sellout.'

Marker Bear hunt [8:35 PM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"Director of football operations? Would it be appealing? Yes, particularly in Chicago. I'd have to say that," Levy said. "It's intriguing."'

Marker Beefy middle [8:31 PM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Washington, listed at 330 pounds in your program, weighed in at 385. The Bears were so concerned, they immediately placed a phone call to Buffalo to find out if this was particularly unusual. Former Bills coach Wade Phillips assured them that Washington's normal playing weight the last few seasons was closer to 360 pounds than 330.'

Marker Williams sets a new tone for Bills players [3:27 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Asked by reporters about the positional relocation of linebacker Sam Cowart, the Bills top defender, Williams said matter-of-factly he didn't care what Cowart or anyone else thought about it. Players play, coaches coach.'

Marker Wall of Fame Sunday becomes kids' day for Kelly, Smerlas [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When we go out in public and people ask for my autograph, sometimes she'll say, "Daddy, can I have your autograph, too?'"'

Marker Brave new Bills [7:39 AM] reports: 'The new coaching staff has also instated a more concentrated approach to conditioning, emphasizing speed and strength. Weight and bulk are out, lean and mean are in vogue at One Bills Drive.'

Marker Kentucky Derby History [7:35 AM] reports: 'Ralph Wilson, Jr. had two horses in rthe Derby in past years: in 1971 his horse, Jim French, placed 2nd and in 1992 in horse, Arazi, placed 8th. In this year's race, Congaree is the offspring of Arazi."

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