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Buffalo Bills News - March 24, 2003

Marker DT Sam Adams agrees to deal with Bills [10:58 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The 6-3, 330-pound Adams will enter his 10th NFL season after spending 2002 with the AFC champion Oakland Raiders. He spent six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and two with the Baltimore Ravens and has 29 career sacks.'

Marker Broncos courting Beuerlein as backup [10:58 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: Former Broncos running back Olandis Gary finally will dip his toes into the free-agent waters. He is scheduled to visit Buffalo on Thursday, and a meeting this week with Jacksonville also is in the works. He also is scheduled to visit the New York Giants next week, and possibly Dallas.

Marker Bills, Adams agree on four-year deal [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The big thing is we entered the offseason feeling that we had to impact the inside of our defense, our run defense especially," Bills coach Gregg Williams said Sunday at the NFL owners' meetings. "Sam obviously would be a huge factor in improving that area of our defense."'

Marker Bills beat clock to land DT Adams [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'A deal finally came together when Adams, who was eager to play alongside friend Pat Williams in the middle of the Billsí impressively remade defense, agreed to Buffaloís incentive-laden offer.'

Marker Chiefs' Hunt wants to eliminate first-round playoff byes [5:21 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs offered contracts to recent visitors to Arrowhead Stadium -- running back Shawn Bryson and defensive lineman Jeff Zgonina.'

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March 23, 2003

Marker Bills agree to deal with Adams [11:17 PM]
AP reports: Adams, a nine-year veteran, is a noted run-stuffer who played with last season's AFC champion Oakland Raiders. Released by the Raiders last month for salary-cap reasons, Adams quickly identified the Bills as his top choice after visiting the team more than two weeks ago. Adams was credited with 22 tackles and two sacks in 15 games last year. His best season came in 1997 with Seattle, when he had 52 tackles, seven sacks and one forced fumble.

Marker Former Raider Adams agrees to four-year deal [7:05 PM]
ESPN reports: The deal came together Sunday when Adams agreed to an incentive laden deal that rewards him for playing time and performance. "Now, I'm going to work to be the player they want me to be,'' Adams said. "I think this move in signing me will help get this team to the Super Bowl.''

Marker Uncertainty during war only strengthens Reed's brotherly love [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"No matter where he goes," Josh says, "he's proud to tell people I'm his brother."'

Marker Centers gave Bills more than talent [6:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe and Williams would have loved to keep both men, if only for the touch of class they gave the organization. But this isnít 1980, even 1990.'

Marker Reed salutes his own heroes [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'The last time Josh spoke to his older brother was Jan. 27. Josh was flying from Rayne, La., to Buffalo that day to begin his rigorous off-season training program. Norbert, meanwhile, was shipping out to the Middle East.'

Marker Lame-duck coach could hinder Bills' playoff hopes [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe hasnít made many mistakes this off-season, but when a coach goes from 3-13 to 8-8 in his second season, isnít it time to give Gregg Williams a contract extension?'

Marker Centers Explores His Options [6:02 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Fullback Larry Centers is exploring his other options around the league before deciding whether to accept a relatively modest contract with the Washington Redskins, NFL sources said yesterday.'

March 22, 2003

Marker Spikes was a very inviting free-agent target [7:37 PM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: "Yeah, I was contacted by the Eagles," said Spikes, who was the Bengals' leading tackler for four years, and was in on more than 100 tackles in each of his five NFL seasons. "I wanted to get creative and do something that would put Cincinnati in a bind and also help the team out."

Marker Bills' signee to compete with Prioleau [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills gave Izell Reese a wedding present Friday: a job.'

Marker Ex-Bronco joins Buffalo defense [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'ďI consider myself to be able to do a little bit of everything back there, being that Iíve played every position,Ē said Reese during a visit earlier this week to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.'

Marker Thoughts on Burk, A-10 and Larry Centers [5:29 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Last season, in Kevin Gilbrideís offense, Centers was a little-used third-down back. And since he never was even a fair blocker, his on-field contribution was marginal, at best, and couldnít justify his salary, albeit modest. But, that said, Centers was one of the most positive locker room influences in team history ... and a media favorite.'

Marker Seahawks waiting for right player at right price [5:28 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'The Seahawks will have to make at least one decision by Monday: Whether to match the offer sheet kicker Rian Lindell, a restricted free agent, signed this week with the Buffalo Bills. Don't expect it to happen, after the pros and cons have been weighed.'

Marker Redskins Are Looking To Bring Centers Back [5:27 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Washington Redskins hope to sign former Pro Bowl fullback Larry Centers, NFL sources said yesterday. Club officials wanted to move quickly to bring about a reunion with Centers after he was released Thursday by the Buffalo Bills, for whom he played the past two seasons after being abruptly cut by then-Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer.'

Marker Clinton's athleticism is unbelievable [5:26 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'When Donahoe took over the Bills two years ago, the team was in salary cap hell. Today, there are eight players left from that team, the Bills are $7 million under the salary cap and nobody would laugh if you would suggest that they have a chance to compete for the AFC Championship.'

March 21, 2003

Marker Adams Talks Progressing [9:16 PM]
WNSA Radio reports: Don't count Sam Adams out of the Buffalo Bills' lineup for 2003 just yet. An NFL source said talks between the defensive tackle and the club are progressing and both sides have stated publicly in the past that they want to get the deal done. It appears that still could happen.

Marker Mike Doser: Centers, Robinson became expendable [8:41 PM]
Shout! reports: 'One time Centers remarked to my colleague Lary Bump that he trusted the Bills' coaches and management so much that he felt he could shoot craps with them over the telephone. Now he's an ex-Bill - I wonder if his opinion of team management has changed.'

Marker Bills sign safety Reese [3:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Reese had a career-high 51 tackles while starting 15 games for the Denver Broncos last season.'

Marker 2002 Blue Coat Season [2:53 PM] reports: 'With the goal of expanding the presence of the Bills and improving the overall game day experience, their visibility and involvement within the community exceeds expectations.'

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Reese [2:52 PM] reports: 'Reese, 28, was selected by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the 1998 Draft out of Alabama-Birmingham. He spent the 1998-01 seasons with the Cowboys before spending last season with Denver. In his career, he has played in 71 total games with 30 starts and has recorded seven interceptions.'

Marker The Bills and the Draft [1:52 PM] reports: If there is one reason the Buffalo Bills have maintained their competitive position in the AFC despite the rapid turnover of personnel in the NFL, itís their picks in the NFL draft. The Billsí 2002 final roster contained 23 of their draft picks. Fourteen of those players started in 2002.

Marker CB Reese to sign two-year contract with Bills [1:24 PM]
ESPN reports: The Buffalo Bills added veteran depth and versatility to their secondary on Friday, agreeing to terms with Izell Reese, an unrestricted free agent who played for the Denver Broncos in 2002.

Marker Win a Takeo Spikes Autographed Football [9:23 AM] reports: Win a Wilson Authentic NFL Game Ball autographed by linebacker Takeo Spikes!

Marker Bills cut thirtysomethings Centers and Robinson [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Centers made the Pro Bowl in 2001 after catching 80 passes, seventh most in team history. Last season, however, the Bills were more willing to throw the ball to starting running back Travis Henry. Centers and Henry each caught 43 passes. Centers was much more of a factor in Mike Sheppard's West Coast offense than Kevin Gilbride's attack.'

Marker Bills Release Fullback Larry Centers, Linebacker Eddie Robinson [7:31 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The moves allowed the Bills to save about $2 million against the league's $75 million salary cap.'

Marker Centers, Robinson released by Bills [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'ďI didnít feel like I was given a whole lot of opportunities to help determine the outcome of the games, and thatís something that Iím not used to,Ē said Centers, whose 808 career receptions is No. 3 among active players and ninth overall in NFL history.'

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