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Buffalo Bills News - February 1, 2002

Marker Bills lures away Calgary Stampeders' outstanding rookie DE James Cotton [11:25 AM]
Calgary Sun reports: Cotton, is being projected as a linebacker with the Bills, who did not disclose details of the contract. Cotton said the Bills will give him his shot as a LB specializing as a pass rusher. Cotton, an Ohio State product, had nine QB sacks, 53 tackles and three forced fumbles last season. Cotton as a junior played with Antoine Winfield during his senior year.

Marker February Wallpapers feature Bills Pro-Bowlers [11:10 AM] reports: Wallpaper featuring Larry Centers is available and wallpaper featuring Ruben Brown will be loaded soon.
The artist Gina Mustico is an alumni of TBD (she started doing wallpapers for TBD) and posts on the stadium wall as "Moose".

Marker Ex-Bill Antowain Smith enjoying spotlight, feels he's vindicated [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There are no hard feelings toward Buffalo. They have a new coach and new general manager, so they wanted to go in a different direction. But I knew I could still play in this league, and New England gave me the opportunity. I'm just happy to be in a place where I'm wanted."'

Marker Is Jim Kelly worthy of the Hall of Fame? [6:36 AM]
ESPN reports: I believe Jim Kelly is worthy of the Hall of Fame and I think he'll make it. He was one of the great quarterbacks of his era -- maybe not in the Elway and Marino class, but a great passer on a Bills team that did something remarkable (four straight Super Bowls). Not only that, but Jim has a heart of gold.

Marker Bills waiting on Rams' QB coach [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: ''It's an honor to be considered by such a fine organization like the Bills," Ramsdell said. "Right now, I'm just trying to get through this week and go from there."'

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January 31, 2002

Marker Saimes was tenacious, unassuming star [9:17 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Saimes returned to Canton the same year his playing days ended. That was 1974. He is 60 now and has worked as a scout in the NFL the last 18 years. Currently, he works for the Houston Texans.'

Marker Fame voters make strong case for Jim Kelly [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm not saying Kelly is Montana, but we don't need to take up our time. He should be in."'

Marker Ramsdell focuses on game, not Bills [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm flattered," Ramsdell said Wednesday morning. "I'm honored the Bills would consider me. Nothing has happened to this point. I'm just trying to get through this week right now. We're pretty busy. But I will talk to them at some point after this week."'

Marker Van Pelt signs new deal [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The deal is worth about $6 million, according to Van Pelt's agent, Eric Metz, and could more than double in value if certain incentives are met.'

Marker Phillips set to accept Falcons' job [6:41 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Phillips flew in from his home in Austin, Texas, to meet with head coach Dan Reeves for a second interview Wednesday. Following the all-but-certain approval of the sale of the Falcons to Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank Saturday in New Orleans, Phillips is expected to be named the defensive coordinator.'

Marker Source: Phillips expected to become Atlanta's defensive coordinator [6:38 AM]
AP reports: '"It'd be accurate to say he's more than the leading candidate," the source. "It's his job, and he wants it. We just have to wait until this weekend before we can say anything."'

Marker Dolphins won't let Bills talk to Shula; Turner in Tampa [6:29 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The Dolphins did not want to risk losing Shula if they cannot land Turner as their offensive coordinator. However, if Turner joins Wannstedt's staff, then Shula could become a candidate in Buffalo if its job remains open.'

Marker Mike Shula declines offer to interview with Bills [6:26 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"I'm flattered the Bills were interested in me as their offensive coordinator," said Shula, who held that position in Tampa Bay from 1996 to 1999. "Right now, I'm happy here in Miami and I'm looking forward to continuing to contribute to our success next season whether it's in my current role or any other capacity that Dave wants."'

Marker Q & A with Marv Levy [6:11 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'There's no devastation worse than losing the game. Even though you feel great exhilaration when you win and great despair when you lose, the exhilaration never exceeds the intensity of the despair.'

Marker Will Patriots become the new Buffalo Bills? [5:20 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'The wisdom in Western New York is that, well, they might have lost four in a row, but at least they got there. This is, of course, nonsense.'

Marker Modrak quickly back on the job [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"The doctors really did a great job. I can't jog but, I couldn't jog before so it's not a big deal. But I'm pretty close to getting back to where I'm at least 80 percent. I don't have any real problems doing anything that I need to get this job done at this point. If I was lifting bales of hay, it'd be a problem."'

January 30, 2002

Marker Buffalo gives Van Pelt a raise [7:58 PM]
USA Today reports: The Buffalo Bills re-signed quarterback Alex Van Pelt to a five-year contract, rewarding the longtime backup for capably filling in for injured starter Rob Johnson. It's a hefty raise for Van Pelt, who earned the veteran's minimum of $477,000 last season [plus $10,000 per TD bonus], and comes two years after he found himself on the verge of forced retirement.

Marker Rams assistant up for offensive coordinator job [7:50 PM]
AP reports: St. Louis Rams quarterbacks coach John Ramsdell has a Super Bowl to deal with on Sunday, then he'll interview with the Buffalo Bills for their vacant offensive coordinator job.

Marker Tidbits on Bills offseason [6:01 PM]
WGR reports: Latest news on Bills by reliable Chris Brown
Van Pelt: signed 5 year/$6 Million
OC: Competition has been heavy for Tom Clements, who interviewed in Buffalo Tuesday, will reportedly interview for the Jacksonville OC job next week and perhaps Saints as well.
Mike Sheppard: interviewing for Saints vacant QB coaching job
Phillips: Turns down Giants job - "I appreciated Jim talking to me. I'm a New Yorker, but I'm really a Buffalo, New Yorker. It's crowded up there."

Marker PFW's Spin On... Tom Modrak [5:55 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Comments on how Modrak built Steelers and Eagles.

Marker Bills re-sign QB Van Pelt [12:58 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The 31-year-old Van Pelt could emerge as the starter next season. Johnson has one year left on his contract worth $11.2 million against the salary cap and recently was left available for next month's expansion draft.'

Marker Bills Re-Sign Quarterback Van Pelt [12:52 PM]
AP reports: The Buffalo Bills re-signed QB Alex Van Pelt to a five-year contract, rewarding the longtime backup for capably filling in for injured starter Rob Johnson. The deal, agreed to on Tuesday, is believed to be worth $6 million, but also includes additional incentive clauses should Van Pelt become the Bills permanent starter.

Marker Bills' job search shifts to Steelers, Rams aides [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It appears that former San Diego head coach Kevin Gilbride, who previously worked with Bills coach Gregg Williams, will not be a serious candidate for the job, even though he has interviewed for it.'

Marker Phillips out of the running for post [9:02 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Why weren't the Giants right for Phillips? "I'm a New Yorker, but I'm really a Buffalo, New Yorker," said Phillips, who coached with the Bills from 1995-2000. "Wherever I go, I'd like to pick it. There's nothing wrong with New York people, certainly, but it's crowded up there."'

Marker Phillips says no to Giants [9:02 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Speaking from his home in Texas, Phillips said, "It just didn't fit good. It's got to be the right situation. They have great players, a great coach, and it's a great organization. They were more personal things than anything else. For whatever reasons, it wasn't the right fit for me at this time in my career."'

Marker Rob-friendly coordinators in the mix [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'In Clements, Childress and Ramsdell, Williams is eyeing a position coach from behind three of the four quarterbacks in last weekend's conference championship games (Kordell Stewart, Donovan McNabb, Kurt Warner). However, none of the three has been a coordinator at the NFL level.'

Marker West Coast suits Van Pelt [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'Van Pelt on Tuesday signed a five-year deal he had agreed on in principle earlier this month, his agent confirmed. Van Pelt's contract is worth nearly $6 million - top pay for an NFL backup - but comes with incentives and escalator clauses that more than triples if he becomes the team's permanent starter.'

Marker Hayes fired; Mularkey, Clements interview elsewhere [5:36 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Clements, a McKees Rocks native who has been credited with helping Kordell Stewart's development, interviewed yesterday for the offensive coordinator position with the Buffalo Bills and will talk with the Jacksonville Jaguars next week about a similar job.'

Marker Mularkey, Clements to interview with other teams [5:35 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, credited with helping resurrect Kordell Stewart's career, finished his first interview Tuesday to become the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator. Within the next week, he will interview for the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars.'

January 29, 2002

Marker Bills seek to interview Rams QB coach for coordinator job [8:56 PM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Under league rules, the Bills can't interview Ramsdell until after the Rams' season ends. Zygmunt indicated Monday that Martz would have no problem with Ramsdell interviewing for the position. adding that Martz doesn't try to stand in the way of assistants who have a chance at career advancement.'

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