And now, the final 3 [5:24 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"It's too bad," Modrak said. "It's a great town and great fan base. It was just timing. [The Bears' search] just kept going on."'
Phillips narrows GM candidates to three [5:13 AM]
AP reports: 'Modrak, former Philadelphia Eagles director of football operations, was thought to be the frontrunner for the job. But they talked earlier Monday and Modrak told Phillips he didn't think he was the right fit for the job.'
Offseason Overview: Buffalo Bills [5:10 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills will likely need to make more cuts after June 1 to clear cap space to sign their 12 rookies. Running back Jonathan Linton and offensive lineman Victor Allotey were released and more moves may follow.'
Modrak withdraws name from Chicago GM race, agrees to join Bills staff [5:06 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'From the start, Modrak had told friends he was uncomfortable with a process that included an interview with Russell Reynolds and Associates, a Manhattan executive search firm.'
Modrak to join Bills' personnel [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Yesterday, Modrak withdrew his name from consideration to become general manager of the Chicago Bears. Instead, he is expected to accept Donahoe's standing offer of an undisclosed high-level front office position with the Buffalo Bills, likely heading up the team's college scouting department.'
Cottrell's Approach Has Calming Effect [6:18 AM]
New York Times reports: '"A lot of coaches, in their attempts to reach us, are out of touch," said Wiley, now with the San Diego Chargers. "They don't know the language. He knows all those things. He knows what we're thinking about. He was definitely like one of the guys, but not just like a private like we are. He was definitely a general."'
Former Bills RB Smith reaches crux of career [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"Antowain needs the right fit and it was the not right fit in Buffalo. He's not Thurman Thomas, he's not shifty like that. But Mr. Wilson could never make that connection."'
Linton among Bills cuts [11:38 AM]
USA Today reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' offensive backfield got even younger after they released multipurpose running back Jonathan Linton on Friday.'
Moore charged with aggravated assault [11:38 AM]
AP reports: 'Though no motive has been determined for Moore being shot, the Sun reported Moore was arrested recently in Haywood County and charged with aggravated assault. Moore was allegedly involved in a May 15 incident where a man was hit with a beer bottle, Blackburn told the Sun. Moore was released on bond.'
Kelly Wall ceremony Nov. 18 [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quarterback Jim Kelly's name will go on the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame on Nov. 18, the team announced Saturday...Individual game tickets for 2001 will go on sale on July 14.'
Bills press the flesh for image's sake [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The organization that for years seemed barely able to suffer the Western New York community, whose marketing approach might have been summed up as "The Bills: Love Us or We're Leaving," has changed its tune.'
Linton could merit solid interest in free agency [4:00 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'By releasing Linton, the Bills saved $512,000. They received rebates of $418,000 apiece on two other players who were cut loose, cornerback Ray Hill and offensive lineman Victor Allotey.
Linton could merit solid interest in free agency, because he is a big back with some speed, and has been a part-time starter in the past.'
Moore OK after shooting incident [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The bullet was lodged in soft tissue and can safely be left in Moore's leg permanently if he chooses...'.
Bills draft profile: DT Ron Edwards [7:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Here is the draft profile of recently signed defensive tackle, Ron Edwards.'
Camp won't be a vacation anymore [7:41 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Former Bills coaches Marv Levy and Wade Phillips weren't big fans of heavy offseason contact. In fact, they did so little hitting their training camps often were referred to as Club Med. Those days are over. New coach Gregg Williams is bringing a more physical attitude to his first training camp this summer. In other words, expect to see plenty of hitting with full pads.'
Corey Moore shot in leg [7:29 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'But Moore was arrested a few weeks ago in Haywood County and charged with aggravated assault. Moore allegedly was involved when a man, Jeremiah Taylor, was hit with a beer bottle on May 15, Blackburn said. He was released on bond.'
Jim Kelly: Foiled again [7:24 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Jim Kelly is on the top (at least on CNN/SI NFL front page) of 'losers' in sports. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Sometimes it works (look under Lucci, Susan). Sometimes it doesn't (under Coyote, Wile E.) In sports, there can be only one winner, which means no matter how great you are, there's a distinct possibility of losing. No matter how badly you want that elusive trophy or title, there's never a guarantee it will come to you. CNNSI.com looks at some of the "losers" in sports, legends who couldn't quite clear that one last hurdle.'
Jonas Jennings Rookie Diary [7:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills rookie lineman Jonas Jennings talks about his experiences thus far as he prepares for training camp.'
June Team Camp starts Tuesday [7:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills final pre-training camp minicamp session begins Tuesday, with players taking part in two weeks of sessions.'
AFC Team Roster Strategies [7:21 AM]
SportsTalk.com reports: 'These three players are listed not because they are overpaid, or overrated, but because they are the only players remaining on the Bills roster that can give the team some cap space if they are released. Holecek is the projected starting middle linebacker, so it is very doubtful he'll be released...'
Bills linebacker wounded in early morning shooting [7:03 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills linebacker Corey Moore was shot in the leg early Friday while stopped in his vehicle at an intersection.'
Strapped Bills release Linton [7:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Jonathan Linton was sorry to see fellow running back Antowain Smith cut by the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago. Now he's joined him on the NFL free-agent market.'
Linton among Bills cuts; draft pick Edwards signs [7:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Along with Linton, the Bills also released offensive lineman Victor Allotey and cornerback Ray Hill.'
Bills' Guy displays sharp eye for sackers [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"John is a high-character individual, and we feel very fortunate to be able to bring John in at this time," Donahoe said. "He'll work very closely with me with regard to the players that are in the league. He'll work closely with our team and coach (Gregg) Williams and also do some advance scouting."'
Retread coaches wearing thin in NFL [10:43 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "Empowerment is powerful," said Buffalo's Williams. "You have to be able to deal with the players with a hands-on approach. That's always been my way. I have to be tough enough, but you also don't want them scared when they see you in the halls."
Williams had a great rapport with the players in Tennessee when he was the Titans' defensive coordinator. They hated his constant yelling, but they came to respect him. He should make a good head coach.
Jim Rome Tour Stop lands in Buffalo [10:42 PM]
wgr55.com reports: 'Jim Rome announced today that Tour Stop 25 was awarded to Buffalo. WGR SportsRadio 55 will sponsor the Tour Stop which will be held on Saturday July 28 at Dunn Tire Park! More Details about ticket drops, times to be forthcoming!'
Bills set to kick off eight-stop summer caravan [7:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The complete caravan schedule is...Hamilton...St. Catharines...Batavia...Jamestown...Waterloo...Syracuse...Corning...Bradford.
Guy hits ground running as Bills new pro personnel director [7:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Rather than spend time congratulating Guy on his new post, it's better to get out of his way as he gets down to being the Bills chief pro scout.'
Williams promises bruises on menu at training camp [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"With a young team, we need to make sure they get acclimated to how we want to play the game. There will be a few drills with some of our goal line sessions in the middle of training camp where it's full (speed), except for the quarterbacks. And the fans will really like those situations down around the goal line and those (short-yardage) areas."'
Bills offer nighttime practices at camp [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'The practices on July 30 and Aug. 6 will run from 7:30 p.m. until just after 9 p.m. under the lights and on the artificial turf of Growney Stadium.'
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