Bills Tender Contracts To Restricted Free Agents [4:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com 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.
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.'
Lofton's speed and "soft hands" made him a deep-threat [3:08 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Itís just a little overwhelming because Iím 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 didnít make all-city in high school. The same guy who didnít get to start until his senior year in college. So where youíre constantly trying to prove yourself - and maybe thatís 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."
Bills' Moulds dials season ticketholders [11:47 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'In the message Moulds thanks season ticket holders for their support and reminds them now is the time to renew. A Bills' spokesperson said this is the first time the team has tested this type of marketing approach. In the past staff telemarketers have reached out to season ticketholders.'
Bills rush to land DE McKenzie [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If he is healthy, McKenzie could be a strong candidate this summer to make the Bills as a backup left end.'
Falcons could recover lost chance in '99 draft [6:48 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'In case you're wondering, Price is like many of his peers in pro sports: He lives in Atlanta, which means he sort of likes it here.'
Buffalo Bills Sign Free-Agent Defensive End Keith McKenzie [6:41 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Buffalo was seeking another defensive end because Chidi Ahanotu, who started 14 games and had five sacks last season, is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the month.'
Bills won't move quickly [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Itís in both partiesí interest to avoid having Price under contract for one year at a cap-heavy $5.01 million salary.'
Bills sign veteran end McKenzie [5:19 AM]
Shout! reports: 'When McKenzie played in Green Bay the first time, critics charged that he was not physical enough against the run. So he mostly played in pass-rushing situations and he started just two games in four seasons there.'
12th Man Award: Play of the Year [5:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Fourth-year wide receiver Peerless Price hauled in a 48-yard touchdown from quarterback Drew Bledsoe with 4:48 left in overtime as the Bills rallied for a 45-39 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Price finished with a career-high 13 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Watch Video Highlights of the nominees.
Bills sign free agent McKenzie [4:56 PM]
AP reports: 'McKenzie, a seven-year veteran with 29.5 sacks in his career, split last season between Chicago and Green Bay. He had eight sacks each season from 1998-00.'
Bills Sign McKenzie [3:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'McKenzie, 29, spent the first five weeks of the 2002 season with the Bears and started three of the four games in which he appeared before being released. He then re-signed with the Packers in November and appeared in five games for Green Bay at the end of the year.'
Price tag is no bargain for the Bills [2:50 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Priceís agent, Tim McGee, handled the complaining in his clientís name saying the former Tennessee star understood that Moulds was the teamís No. 1 receiver and he wanted to go to a club where he could fill that same role. No mention was made of Priceís contention that he wouldnít mind being franchised. Suddenly, being assigned that tag was tantamount to his being dissed. Sorry Peerless, but rather than being an insult, the franchise tag is the highest form of flattery.'
Coy Wire To Lead Bills Team In Corporate Spelling Bee [9:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Safety Coy Wire will lead the Bills three-person team into battle against squads from other area companies in the Ninth Annual Corporate Spelling Bee to benefit the Community Music School.
The Week In Bills History (Feb. 24-Mar. 2) [2:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: February 24, 1965 - BILLS TRADE COOKIE GILCHRIST TO DENVER The Bills traded running back Cookie Gilchrist to the Denver Broncos for running back Billy Joe, the AFL's rookie of the year in 1963.
Top Fantasy Player [11:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Hollis was consistent for the Bills this season. Although he didn't always have many field goal chances, he accumulated a good number of PAT's (40) and finished with 115 points.'
Price -With Patience - Will Be All Right [9:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Presumably, both Price and the Bills want a long-term deal. And that's the tricky part: McGee is free to shop his client's services to any team (and there are several interested), but if another club signs Price, it has to compensate the Bills with either two first-round draft picks or a different package that fits president Tom Donahoe's liking.'
Draft is deep where Bills are thin [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to several coaches and scouts, as many as 12 defensive linemen could go in the first round and up to 20 in the first two rounds combined.'
Ex-Bills QB Harris paid his dues en route to front-office prominence [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Harris started four games for a bad Bills team in '69 and only a couple the next two years in Buffalo. He said racism was a constant obstacle. "There was a lot of hate mail, a lot of name-calling during that time, a lot of postcards with negative pictures," he said. "Those were things I had to work through and play through. I had to look beyond that."'
Jets look like best in East [7:59 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'But the more serious problems to be addressed in the offseason are on defense, where there was very little pass-rush. Buffalo's defensive linemen accounted for only 20 sacks and tackle Pat Williams, their best defensive player, didn't have one of them.'
Q&A With Head Coach Gregg Williams [12:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I'm a Peerless Price fan. The fact that we know he's going to be back with us next year, I'm excited about the fact we are not going to decrease our offensive explosiveness. The way we're able to keep the football offensively by doing the things we want to do and to continue to expand on what we did offensively this year, helps our defense also. We'll continue to work this offseason on improving our defense. But he was a pivotal part of keeping our offense intact."
Price's agent weighs range of options [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to sources close to the negotiations, the Bills are offering more than $3 million per year with a split signing bonus of $4.5 million this year and a little more than $2 million in 2005. It is believed McGee wants more up-front bonus money.'
Q&A With Tom Donahoe [3:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '[Q:] Reasons for franchising Peerless: [A:] "We still feel we can sign him. We wanted to have more discussion. We're hopeful that the discussion starts to be two way instead of one way. The only way we could do that, the only way we could guarantee that we could do that was to put the tag on him. Our intentions are still to try and sign him to get a long-term deal done, and we've been very upfront with the agent right from the beginning. We'd like to keep Peerless, but it has to fit within the framework of what we're trying to do."'
Free Agents Who Have Been Tagged [2:22 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Franchise (FFA): Unrestricted free agents who have been designated as the "Franchise" player. Current team has the right to match any offer. If they refuse they are given compensation by the new team the player has signed to play for.
Bills tagged Price to force negotiations [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe, who plans to meet with McGee today, said there's no urgency to hammer out a new contract before Feb. 28.'
Bills deserve credit [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'The franchise tag was his way of saying ďI like you.Ē Now itís up to Price to put his hurt feelings aside and work toward a long-term deal that benefits both sides.'
Bills still want long-term deal for Price [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have left the door open for trading Price, who would have been coveted by several teams as an unrestricted free agent starting Feb. 28. Under whatís called a ďsign-and-tradeĒ clause, teams can sign a franchise player to a contract, deal him to another club, and not incur a salary cap hit if all of the paperwork is done on the same day.'
Franchise tag might not stay on receiver forever [10:04 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Essentially, the Bills weren't about to allow Price to escape and have zero to show in return. If they cannot get him to agree to a long-term contract, rest assured, the Bills will dangle Price in trade talks. They feel that Price is right for some team, themselves or another franchise, and will work hard to find an option that makes sense.'
Donahoe: Franchising Price was 'last resort' [9:47 PM]
AP reports: '''We would like to try to keep the player, and the only way we can ensure that we continue to talk to the player is that he has the tag.'''
Draft is only the beginning, Donahoe says [4:22 PM]
AP reports: '''We probably put as much time and effort into the seventh-round players as we have in the first- and second-round players. That's just our philosophy on the draft,'' Donahoe said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. A lot of times, people think after the first-round selection, the draft is over. But we've always felt it's just beginning,'' he said. ''There's always good bargains in the later rounds."'
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