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Buffalo Bills News - March 31, 2002

Marker Read Wilson's lips: No moving vans [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wilson thought he was reassuring the customers when he said, "I don't want the fans to worry. I want to get them to get a good night's sleep." Nice thought, but they'll still toss and turn, counting moving vans in their heads. This is Buffalo, remember.'

Marker The Grapevine [8:11 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'As for Drew Bledsoe scuttlebutt, it's looking more and more as if the Bills are earnestly after Bledsoe.'

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March 30, 2002

Marker Steve Christie to revisit Buffalo in 2002 as San Diego Charger [10:57 PM]
ESPN reports: The Chargers retained UFA kicker Christie, signing the 12-year veteran to a one-year contract Friday night. Christie was initially signed to a one-year deal late last year after he was released by Buffalo on the eve of the regular-season opener. He spent much of the season rehabilitating a groin injury and then joined the Chargers when incumbent Wade Richey struggled. The one-year contract includes a base salary of $750,000.

Marker First Bills West, now Bills South [10:41 PM]
ESPN reports: The Atlanta Falcons have reached a contract agreement in principle with unrestricted free agent linebacker John Holecek, a six-year veteran who should aid the team's transition to a 3-4 defensive front. Holecek, 29, played for Wade Phillips when the Falcons' new defensive coordinator was the head coach in Buffalo and becomes the second former Bills starter to move to Atlanta in free agency. The team earlier signed safety Keion Carpenter, a three-year veteran.

Marker Rusty Jones: The Man Behind The Machines [10:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: @ Jones has been with the Bills his entire career and is entering his 18th season with the team. He is recognized around the league as one of the finest, strength, conditioning and nutrition experts in the business. He gained league-wide notoriety for getting the Bills players in top physical condition when Buffalo enjoyed the tremendous success with the "no-huddle" offense in the early 1990's.

Marker Schulz seeks return to Buffalo [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Kurt Schulz, who played eight seasons for Buffalo (1992-99) before joining the Detroit Lions as a free agent, could rejoin the Bills soon if the sides can cut through some contract language, his agent said. "We're trying to work something out," Keith Schulefand said. "Assuming the terms and conditions are right, Kurt would love to come back and play. We're just trying to break through a logjam."'

Marker Bills won't feel guilty about TV overexposure [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Only four of the NFL's 32 teams have been judged not worthy of prime-time exposure: Buffalo, Carolina, Kansas City and San Diego.'

Marker Bring Bledsoe to Buffalo [5:21 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Would you rather pay a 10-million dollar signing bonus and a salary to an unproven college player like Joey Harrington, or bring in Bledsoe's 5-6 million dollar salary and his 30-thousand yards passing, 166 touchdowns, and 3 Pro Bowl appearances.'

Marker Bills get a season in the sun [5:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The last time Buffalo didn't have a prime time game was in Levy's first full season with the Bills, 1987.'

March 29, 2002

Marker Blake still looking for new home [6:27 PM]
ESPN reports: 'And the Bills believe Blake might still be looking for a job two or three weeks from now, and will spend that time before the draft in earnest pursuit of a trade for New England backup quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Blake's agent, Ralph Cindrich, this week faxed the Bills a contract proposal. It called for a two-tiered signing bonus, $1 million this year and then $4.1 million in 2003, but Buffalo is hardly leaping to the phone to respond.'

Marker Donahoe Delivering for Bills [1:45 PM]
Empire Sports reports: "Donahoe is beginning to exhibit the front office skills that the national media and NFL insiders knew he had. He could have had several jobs but he chose instead to take the job in Buffalo."

Marker Bills sign ex-Broncos OT Trey Teague [1:29 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: @ Desperate to improve their offensive line, the Bills signed free-agent OT Trey Teague to a four-year, $10 million contract with a two-tiered signing bonus of $3.5 million that will be spread over this year and next. Teague, 27, played his first four years in the league with Denver. He started all 16 games at left tackle for the Broncos last year.

Buchsbaum: At one point, the Broncos felt Teague was going to be a good replacement for Tony Jones at left tackle. But last year as a starter, he really struggled. The Bills feel he?ll be an upgrade over John Fina, and now that he?s got the starting experience under his belt, he?ll only get better. He is a good athlete and he does have good feet.

Marker Lonely Down There [1:16 PM]
The Sporting News reports: @ You almost have to feel bad for the Bills, who have an early season schedule against the Jets, Vikings, Broncos, Bears and Raiders that could leave them at 0-5. Don't look for any Bills sleepers until the second part of the year.

THE EDGE GOES TO . . .

Five winners: Dolphins, Browns, Vikings, Packers, Cardinals.
Five losers: Giants, Bengals, Rams, Bills, Patriots.

Marker Being in the East makes Bills' schedule a beast [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' schedule is tied for eighth-toughest in the league - based on last year's records, which, of course, is not always a reliable indicator of this year's performance.'

Marker Bills making great strides to rebuild [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But be honest, aren't you a little intrigued and encouraged by what's been taking place out at One Bills Drive?'

Marker Local legend has heard and said it all [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the little guy at the little station made a big splash when, disappointed with the Bills' offensive performances, he criticized the organization for misusing quarterback Jim Kelly. That's when then-Bills GM Polian made his famous statement, "Marv Levy is my coach. Jim Kelly is my quarterback. And if you don't like it, you can get out of town." "You're finally getting your wish," Wander told Polian in the last half-hour of his show. "I'm getting out of town."'

Marker Bills denied prime time this season [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'All 16 games this year will be on Sunday afternoons.'

Marker Bills playing waiting game in search for quarterback [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"What we're doing is looking at all of our options right now," general manager Tom Donahoe said. "We may sign one, we might not sign anyone. All we're doing right now is research and trying to figure out what makes the most sense for our team. We're trying to stay in the loop with these players and see what might happen."'

March 28, 2002

Marker Bledsoe not out of the picture yet.... [7:22 PM]
Great Blue North Draft Report reports: The Bills hopes of acquiring Bledsoe have also reportedly been buoyed of late as the Patriots have reportedly lowered their demands. Indeed, the Patriots are now believed to be willing to throw in their first round pick - the 32nd overall - in a package deal for Bledsoe.

Marker Bills Official 2002 Schedule [3:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills will battle the New York Jets in the home opener on Sept., 8, 2002 at 1:00 PM ET.

Marker 2002 Bills schedule released [1:12 PM]
NFL.com reports: Bills open with Jets and close with Bungles. No ESPN or ABC MNF night games it appears.

Sep 8NY JETS1:00 PM
Sep 15at Minnesota4:15 PM
Sep 22at Denver4:05 PM
Sep 29CHICAGO1:00 PM
Oct 6OAKLAND1:00 PM
Oct 13at Houston1:00 PM
Oct 20at Miami1:00 PM
Oct 27DETROIT1:00 PM
Nov 3NEW ENGLAND1:00 PM
Week 10OPEN DATE
Nov 17at Kansas City1:00 PM
Nov 24at NY Jets1:00 PM
Dec 1MIAMI1:00 PM
Dec 8at New England1:00 PM
Dec 15SAN DIEGO1:00 PM
Dec 22at Green Bay1:00 PM
Dec 29CINCINNATI1:00 PM

Marker Teague signs; Trade down or DT likely [11:35 AM]
Shout! reports: @ Bills fans can just about forget acquiring LTs Bryant McKinnie or Mike Williams in the NFL Draft. By signing left tackle Trey Teague to a four-year, $10 million deal, Buffalo has basically made Teague, 6'5", 292 pounds the starting left tackle of the future.

Marker Here's a possible draft scenario, but don't mock me [11:26 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: @ When Buffalo signed Denver LT Trey Teague, it could have signaled that the Bills will not take one of the two outstanding tackles available in this draft. They have a rising star on the right side in second-year tackle Jonas Jennings, so perhaps it's a hint they'll take Oregon QB Joey Harrington or trade out of the spot. We're saying they're taking Harrington.

Marker Bills kicker options evaporating quickly [10:19 AM]
ESPN reports: 10. Special opportunities: The Bills still need to get a kicker but the options are evaporating quickly. They have restricted free agent Phil Dawson of the Browns scheduled for a visit next week. After that, they'll have to focus on Mike Hollis of the Jaguars or Doug Brien of the Bucs. Expect Gary Anderson to re-sign in Minnesota and Steve Christie to go to San Diego.

Marker Bears make offer to Chandler [10:05 AM]
ChicagoBears.com reports: @ GM Jerry Angelo revealed Wednesday that the club extended a contract offer to veteran free agent Chris Chandler this past weekend and expects a response from agent Frank Bauer by Friday. Chandler, whose role with the Bears would be to back up Miller, is believed to be investigating potential starting opportunities in Buffalo, Carolina and Washington.

Marker Mock Draft on bb.com [9:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: In preparation for the 2002 Draft, buffalobills.com is conducting a mock draft online. Visit the main Bills page to place your vote today.

Marker Rookie Review: Ron Edwards [9:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Everything was cool and great up until the night before draft day, then everything got a little bit shaky. I was a little nervous so I had to call my dad to have him calm me down.

Marker Wilson believes Bills will be sight for sore eyes [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Hey, we have a great organization," Wilson said last week in an interview with The News. "We have the best organization we've ever had in terms of talent evaluation."'

Marker Talks Continue With Veteran Quarterback Blake [5:28 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Sources said that Blake is seeking as much as $6 million in guaranteed payments, and no club has been willing to pay that thus far.'

Marker Bills make deal with Teague [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"The main thing with doing it, is so we don't get forced into necessarily taking a certain position," Donahoe said Wednesday after officially announcing Teague's signing. "It just gives you a chance to go into the draft and look at who the best players available are and make a decision based on that."'

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