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Buffalo Bills News - March 11, 2002

Marker Former Bill gives heartfelt thanks [9:07 AM]
USA Today reports: 'As the gift of life happily beat inside Goodwin's massive chest, the old Buffalo Bill was immensely grateful for the stranger's kindness. But as the post-op fog lifted, he glanced up at his television and wondered why-in-the-devil they were showing a Godzilla movie in the recovery room of a heart transplant patient.'

Marker Bills close to signing Tampa Bay tight end [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are close to a contract agreement with Tampa Bay unrestricted free agent tight end Dave Moore, an NFL source said Sunday.'

Marker A Story with Heart [8:41 AM] reports: Today is Monday, March 11, 2002. It has been exactly six months since the September 11th attacks that forever changed this nation. The life of a one-time Bills player will be forever linked with the events of that dark day.

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March 10, 2002

Marker Dan Jilek Obituary [1:08 PM]
Ann Arbor News reports: 'After graduation from Michigan, Dan was drafted by the Buffalo Bills of New York to continue his football career. He played for the Bills for four years, furthering his education in the off-season by earning a masters degree from the University of Michigan in urban planning.'

Marker Buccaneers Agree to Contract With Free-Agent QB Rob Johnson [9:40 AM]
Bloomberg reports: '"He has a lot of interesting qualities," new Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden said in a press release. "He's young, talented and has experience as a starting quarterback in the National Football League."'

Marker He Awoke to A Different World [9:29 AM]
Newsday reports: "Doug's story is one of the most incredible stories I've ever heard of in my whole life,” Kemp said. "I just shudder when I think about it.”

Marker After Carr and Peppers, the draft crystal ball gets muddy [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Any way you slice it the Bills are in a great position. They're going to get somebody very good, one way or the other.'

Marker A Miracle Amid the Chaos [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Monday will be a bittersweet day for the man who was a backup fullback on the Buffalo Bills' 1965 American Football League championship team.'

Marker Bucs make off with QB prospect [5:21 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'It is believed Johnson changed his mind about the Texans because the situation offered no guarantee for how many starts he would get before the coaching staff decided Carr was ready.'

Marker Another Entrant In Bucs' QB Derby [5:15 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Johnson balked at the Texans' one-year, $1 million offer, and the team's apparent desire to groom rookie David Carr as the starter.'

Marker Johnson crowds QB field [5:14 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'Terms of the contract were not released, but it is expected to be similar to the one-year, $1-million deal Johnson was offered by the Houston Texans last week.'

Marker Double Take [5:13 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'In Tampa Bay, the former Southern California star will be reunited with two of his Trojans teammates in Keyshawn Johnson and linebackers coach Joe Barry, with whom he roomed.'

March 9, 2002

Marker Bucs agree to terms with free agent QB Rob Johnson [3:15 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Two weeks after Gruden was introduced as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' new coach, Johnson agreed to terms on a free agent contract Saturday.'

Marker Bucs add Rob Johnson to quarterback mix [3:14 PM]
AP reports: '"I can't wait to get to work with Coach Gruden and his staff," Rob Johnson said in a statement released by the Bucs. "He is a special coach and this team has special players. I look forward to competing and contributing here."'

Marker Johnson agrees to deal with Bucs [3:13 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Clearly, the Bucs organization believes that Johnson possesses too much physical skill to ignore, but it's not his athletic ability that has ever been questioned. Johnson never fit in with the Bills and did not make himself a part of the Buffalo community. He never bought a home, even rented an apartment, and lived in a hotel during the season there.'

Marker Bucs Nab Rob Johnson [3:03 PM]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers reports: 'In Rob Johnson, who threw for Gruden Friday morning and delayed his original flight out of Tampa to begin immediate negotiations that evening, the Bucs have found another intriguing option, an intelligent and tough passer with a strong arm and excellent mobility.'

Marker Healing Conaty signs new deal [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe said the Bills have not decided on whether to try tackle John Fina at center.'

Marker Dinkins heeds European vocation [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dinkins is the most intriguing of the seven players the Bills are shipping overseas.'

Marker $2.3 million to help rehab stadium [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The $2.3 million the county has set aside for rehabilitation work at Ralph Wilson Stadium will allow the team to replace the outdoor grass practice field with an artificial-turf field, according to county officials.'

Marker Bucs Step Up Talks With Former Bills QB Johnson [7:34 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'He is looking to secure a starting role and has targeted Houston as his most desired destination. However, Johnson reportedly was put off by the Texans' plans to draft David Carr at No. 1 overall and immediately begin grooming him as their starter. He also was said to be unhappy with the Texans' offer of $1 million for one year.'

Marker Rob Johnson visits; Dunn tours Eagles [7:33 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'As for Johnson's visit with the Bucs, the team has three quarterbacks on its roster (Brad Johnson, Shaun King and Joe Hamilton), but Gruden has said he planned to bring in more to work out with the team, which has a quarterbacks camp scheduled March 25.'

Marker TE loves Steelers but may be a Bill [7:22 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: Dave Moore, a tight end who played at Pitt, said he wants to come back and play in Pittsburgh. Instead, he might be reunited with his former Panthers quarterback in Buffalo. Moore, an unrestricted free agent from Tampa Bay, was considering an offer from the Bills, where he would be reunited with former Pitt quarterback Alex Van Pelt. The Steelers talked with Moore yesterday about a position where he would compete with Jerame Tuman for their No. 2 tight end job and also serve as their long-snapper. However, Buffalo has made him an offer where he could become their No. 1 tight end.'

Marker Gilbride Reports New Perspective [7:08 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"Being out of coaching for a year really made me appreciate how much I missed being a part of it all," Gilbride said. "The competitiveness of football - the scheming, the working, the interaction with the players and coaches. That's what made me say I thought I could enjoy doing what the media does, and I did enjoy it. It was a great experience and it gives you a different feel for things."'

Marker My take on Blake: He's not right QB [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'I'd rather go with AVP as my caretaker, and draft my potential QB of the future next month. Unless Tom Donahoe and Gregg Williams believe Blake can win the big game for them, why waste time and precious salary cap money on him?'

March 8, 2002

Marker Bills re-sign Conaty [8:59 PM]
AP reports: '"We felt last year he showed tremendous toughness and leadership on our team," Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said. "We're happy to have him because we think he's a good young player and we appreciate all that he did last year, playing hurt."'

Marker Mighty Quinn coming next week [4:36 PM]
KFFL reports: TriStar Sports Management has informed KFFL that unrestricted free agent QB Jonathan Quinn (Jaguars) will visit with the Buffalo Bills on Monday and Tuesday next week.

Marker Conaty Resigns with Buffalo [2:43 PM] reports: "It will be a similar situation to that of the quarterback situation. We'll try to improve our team any way that we can. We drafted two very good young offensive linemen last year in Jonas Jennings and Marques Sullivan. Bill Conaty our center will be coming back next season, we've signed him to a new contract. Bill got a chance to play as virtually a rookie last year."

Marker Fletcher wants to energize Bills with his passion [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My style of play is passionate," the Bills' new middle linebacker said Thursday. "That's one word I'd use. All-out effort, 110 percent. I feel I can energize a team, not just a defense. I'm going to play fast. I'm going to lead by example and from my style of play. I'm going to be physical."'

Marker Donahoe's defensive swap was impressive [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There are no questions about Fletcher's health. He gives the locker room a championship presence. The Bills potentially save $14 million on the cap over the next five seasons.'

Marker Wong gets the answer to dreams [8:01 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The Texans' search for a quarterback remains up in the air as the team awaits a decision from Rob Johnson, who seemed all but signed, sealed and delivered a few days ago. Johnson is the Texans' first choice, but general manager Charley Casserly isn't going to wait on his decision much longer. Chris Chandler, who spent the past five seasons with the Falcons, appears to be the top fallback option, and former Saints quarterback Jeff Blake's name has begun to resurface although Blake has said he's leaning toward Buffalo.'

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