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Buffalo Bills News - February 18, 2001

Marker Levy could still coach, but cap doesn't fit him [7:35 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Levy retired as head coach of the Buffalo Bills after the 1997 season. The Bills were among the best teams in the AFC throughout the 1990s before stumbling home 6-10 in 1997. The losing didn't get to Levy. The salary cap did.'

Marker Fairchild rounds out Bills staff [7:34 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'A college quarterback at Colorado State, and a second-team all-WAC selection behind Jim McMahon as a senior, Fairchild spent the past four seasons at his alma mater as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Like most of his colleagues on the Buffalo staff, he is viewed as a strong teacher.'

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February 17, 2001

Marker Bills name Fairchild running backs coach [4:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Fairchild, 42, spent the last four seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Colorado State.'

Marker Catching up with Elbert Dubenion [11:58 AM] reports: 'As a wide receiver, Dubenion spent eight years with the Bills (1960-1968). The team awarded him its highest honor by selecting him to the Wall of Fame in 1993. After retiring, Dubenion served as a scout for the Bills.'

Marker Bills History: 1960 season [11:55 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills officially returned to the ranks of professional football on July 10, 1960, as the new AFL squad opened training camp in East Aurora, NY. Buffalo had an earlier version of the squad in the old All-America Football Conference during the late 1940s, but the team disbanded along with the league a decade before the new AFL was born.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with running backs coach [11:38 AM]
TBD reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with Steve Fairchild as running backs coach. Fairchild, 42, spent the last four seasons at Colorado State, including the last four as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.'

Marker Sports radio execs see room for both stations on dial [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'WNSA seems to be making a tactical programming error that gives that argument some credibility. Far too often, the station is focused on the Sabres when the talk of the town is the Bills.'

Marker Bills make Moulds their big-pay receiver [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds signed the richest contract in team history. According to a league source, it's worth a total of $40 million over six years with a $12.5 million signing bonus... That puts Moulds virtually even with Tampa Bay's Keyshawn Johnson at the top of the pay list for NFL receivers. (Moulds' deal averages about $6.6 million a year, Johnson's about $6.68 million).'

Marker 'Cap jail' makes Bills' switch to 4-3 defense more difficult [8:44 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'But this question: After the Bills finish tending to their salary cap overage for 2001, will they still have four veteran defensive linemen with which to enact the new scheme?... [Also,] it appears, for now at least, that Donahoe and rookie coach Gregg Williams aren't close yet to a decision on which quarterback they will keep. '

Marker Moulds in, but Wiley 'doubtful' [8:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'The asking price for Wiley will be close to the $32-million the New York Giants gave Michael Strahan. That included a $12-million signing bonus. "We would certainly like to keep him," Wilson said, referring to Wiley. "Maybe we can work something out, but I will have to put that on the doubtful list."'

Marker Color change for Bills definitely a bad choice [8:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'What's wrong with the current colors?: red helmets and socks, white pants and blue jerseys. To my eye, the Bills have one of the best-looking uniforms in the NFL.'

Marker Charity begins at home [8:37 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Kelly got emotional as he talked about his bed-ridden son. The disease attacks Hunter's brain, robbing him of his motor skills and the ability to breathe on his own. Hunter is on a respirator 24 hours a day and has nurses tend to him around the clock. He must be fed through a tube attached to his stomach.'

Marker Bills re-sign Moulds [12:28 AM]
Shout! reports: Shout's Lary Bump breaks down the Bills re-signing of Eric Moulds: 'Eric Moulds will be a Buffalo Bill for the next six seasons. He and the Bills signed a contract Friday, Feb. 16, that will keep him in Buffalo through the 2006 season. The amount of the contract wasn't disclosed, but a source said estimates of $40 million-$45 million were accurate.'

Marker Peter King on Eric Moulds signing [12:26 AM]
CNN/SI reports: Peter King writes: 'Buffalo did the right thing in paying through the nose -- about $6 million a year -- to keep wide receiver Eric Moulds. Why? One AFC scout told me this week the Bills have no offensive weapon remotely close to Moulds in his ability to break a game open. As the scout said, Moulds can turn every eight-yard cross into a Randy Moss - type home run. Buffalo has no one else to strike fear into a defense. Though the Moulds' signing will likely cost the Bills the services of valuable defensive players Ted Washington, Phil Hansen and John Holecek because of salary-cap constraints, this was easily the most vital of new GM Tom Donahoe's goals.'

Marker Good communicators [12:23 AM]
Shout! reports: Mike Doser likes what he hears from this new cast of coaches: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams introduced his offensive coaches Thursday afternoon. All of these people seem to be well spoken. Fans should enjoy this new era of Bills football simply because these coaches have no problem communicating their thoughts to the public. It's refreshing.'

Marker 2000 NFL special teams rankings [12:22 AM]
Dallas News reports: 'The league's 31 teams are ranked in 19 categories and assigned points according to their standing – one for the best, 31 for the worst. Can you guess where the Bills rank?'

February 16, 2001

Marker Bills re-sign Moulds [8:50 PM]
AP reports: '"Eric wanted to be here. He wants to be a part of what we're trying to build here. He's made a commitment to us and we've made a commitment to him," Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills sign WR Eric Moulds to six-year deal [8:48 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I could have gone on the free agent market, but I wanted to be part of something big with the Buffalo Bills," Moulds said. "I always wanted to remain a Buffalo Bill."'

Marker Eric Moulds re-signs with Bills [4:25 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills re-signed one of the players that would have been a hot commodity on the free agent market, as WR Eric Moulds Friday signed a long-term deal to remain with the franchise that drafted him in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State. As per team policy, the length and terms of the deal were not disclosed.'

Marker Report: Moulds deal for six years, $40-45M [12:27 PM]
AP reports: 'A 4 p.m. ET news conference has been scheduled for Friday to announce the signing.'

Marker Ripple Effect [10:11 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'CNN/SI's Pat Kirwan follows a possible path relating to Marcellus Wiley and the Bills cap woes in general. It doesn't look good.'

Marker Flashback: February 12th, 1993 [9:05 AM]
TBD reports: 'The media blitz by Bills' personnel continues as John Butler held a press conference Wednesday and participated in a radio call-in show from the Indy Combine, Friday night.'

Marker The West Coast offense: Chapter I [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Thursday, Mike Sheppard began what is sure to become an exhaustive, monumental task: Explaining his offense.'

Marker True story: new coaches love to tell 'em [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Somebody pinch me. These new Bills coaches actually like to talk. Sipowicz couldn't have gotten a straight answer out of the old regime. Ask Gregg Williams a question, he recites the NFL Encyclopedia.'

Marker NFLPA sets new pay structure [8:33 AM]
AP reports: 'The NFLPA released the new figures, which were set to coincide with the increase in the league's salary cap from $62.4 million to about $68 million. Under the new scale, veterans with five or more seasons will be paid a minimum of $484,000, up 9.1% from the $440,000 minimum of last season. The scale runs down to $212,000 minimum for players with less than one year's experience. The tender offer for free agents also went up. A team must now offer a RFA $519,000 if it wants right of first refusal on him. Last year, that figure was $471,000. If a team wants first refusal and a first-round choice for a free-agent, the minimum tender is $1.13 million. For 1st and 3rd round choices and right of 1st refusal, it's $1.508 million.'

Marker Bills' staff has yet to settle on QB [8:28 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Apparently the battle will rage on until they do. Please let it end!'

Marker Question: Which free agent intrigues you the most? [8:03 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Wiley is chosen by one of the editors at Pro Football Weekly.'

Marker Moulds deal close, but not yet final [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'Eric Moulds expected to become one of the NFL's highest-paid wide receivers yesterday. He'll have to wait one more day.'

February 15, 2001

Marker Bills, Moulds closing in on deal [8:33 PM]
AP reports: '"In all probability, we will not have not have a formal announcement today," Donahoe said. "Hopefully, we can dot the I's and cross the T's, do all the things that have to be done with a deal of this type...We're optimistic we can get it completed."'

Marker Receiver Moulds, Bills reach contract agreement [8:32 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Team sources confirmed Thursday that only the final details of the package remained to be completed.'

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