Vic Carucci Live Chat transcript [4:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: On Trey Teague signing: This signing definitely diminishes the need for an offensive tackle. It's a great pickup because the Bills now have a known quantity, a player with experience who doesn't have to be broken in as a rookie would. I think they could concentrate on a defensive lineman and/or a safety in the first round.
Speed is only a factor if it is functional speed [2:34 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo general manager Tom Donahoe, one of the NFL's premier talent scouts, continues to insist the 40 times is only a small part of a player's résumé. He recalled that former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll won four Super Bowl championships by stressing "playing strength and playing speed."
Speed is only a factor, Donahoe said, if it is functional speed. If a player runs 4.2 on a track but plays at 4.7 once he puts on he pads, the dropoff in efficiency is significant. "You look at a kid on tape and he's making all kinds of plays," Donahoe said. "But then you time him and he's kind of average. Does that make him a different player because he didn't run fast that one day? We don't think so. We try to look at the entire picture."
Will Blake make the roster? [2:02 PM]
WKBW reports: @ The Bills probably will know by the middle of the week whether they'll have quarterback Jeff Blake on the roster. His agent says Blake is a day or two away from deciding where to go.
Trey Teague agrees to deal with Bills [2:02 PM]
AP reports: 'Teague was a durable starter for the Denver last season after missing the final 14 games of the 2000 season with a knee injury. He was drafted in the seventh round by Denver out of Tennessee in 1998.'
Bills sign Teague and re-sign Watson Official Release [11:18 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with offensive tackle Trey Teague, an unrestricted free agent, and also reached agreement on a new contract with restricted free agent cornerback Chris Watson.
First hand account of Buffalo Bills Booster Meeting [9:45 AM]
The Stadium Wall reports: Marques Sullivan spoke, prior to the news of Trey Teague. He is HUGE, and seems very shy. He just got back to Buffalo on Monday so he didn't have much news to pass along.
Tony Driver has been here all along, and what a nice guy he is. Got into the crowd and joked with a lot of the people, and even hassled Sullivan with some questions. Driver says his ACL is coming along ahead of schedule and the trainers are pulling back the reigns a bit to ensure he heals correctly. He won't participate heavily in the mini-camps.
Both seem to be tremendous representatives for the Buffalo Bills. Both were very positive with the moves that have been made in the off-season, and both emphasized that Bills fans will not be disappointed.
Bills reach deal with Denver tackle [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Teague approved a four-year deal worth a total of about $10 million that includes a two-tiered signing bonus, the source said. Teague will get a signing bonus of about $1.5 million this year. If the Bills are satisfied with him, they have the option of giving him a second signing bonus before next season.'
DTs Bills may nab in the draft [8:00 AM]
Shout! reports: @ Defensive tackle is a high priority, seeing that teams could bust through the middle on Buffalo all last season without someone such as Ted Washington. That doesn't mean, however, Buffalo will go for someone the size of Washington - remember Gregg Williams doesn't like fat guys.
Bills lure Teague with more guaranteed money [5:18 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'Teague, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to terms Tuesday with the Buffalo Bills. The four-year deal is worth about $10 million and includes a two-tiered signing bonus. Teague will receive $1.5 million to sign this year and another $2 million or so if the Bills opt to pick up the remaining three years of his contract after the season.'
Losing Teague makes Broncos shuffle [5:17 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'They spent much of the past two days pondering whether to increase their offer to Teague, who started all 16 games last season at left tackle. They allowed Teague to go to a Bills team that needed help on its offensive line and had been projected to use the No. 4 pick in next month's draft on one of college football's two premier tackles, Mike Williams of Texas or Bryant McKinnie of Miami.'
Second time is the charm for Bengals, Burris [10:09 PM]
ESPN reports: @ A former Notre Dame star, Burris entered the NFL as a first-round choice of the Buffalo Bills in 1994. He played four seasons in Buffalo before signing with the Colts as a free agent in 1998.
Out of Bounds: An interview with Nick Bakay [10:08 PM]
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: ESPN sportswriter talks about his feelings about the Sabres and Bills. "For me, the worse Super Bowl was when the Bills played the Cowboys in Pasadena, Calif. (Super Bowl XXVI), because not only did they get trounced, when the whole second half is like an arena football game for the other team, it's just so bad."
Promising offensive tackle Teague to sign with Bills [7:29 PM]
ESPN reports: 'By acquiring Teague, the Bills provide themselves with plenty of options in the 2002 draft. The conventional wisdom has been that general manager Tom Donahoe will take one of two standout offensive tackle prospects, either Mike Williams of Texas or Miami's Bryant McKinnie, with the fourth overall choice next month.'
All about cornerback Pierson Priolea [3:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Q: If you could do any job for one day, what would it be? A: I would want to work in a Toll Booth because I've always wondered how they made it.
10 Worst choke artists of all-time [3:24 PM]
ESPN reports: 8. 1992-93 Houston Oilers
Up 35-3 at halftime against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game, the Oilers managed to turn backup Bills quarterback Frank Reich into a one-day folk hero by losing 41-38 in OT, the biggest in-game turnaround in NFL history. This was particularly painful, since the Oilers never made the Super Bowl during their years in Houston.
Offensive line straightening out [3:22 PM]
Denver Post reports: And the Broncos could find out today whether offensive tackle Trey Teague will re-sign or accept a more lucrative offer from the Buffalo Bills. Teague's agent, Kyle Rote, said Monday his client was about ready to make his decision.
Driver & Sullivan To Attend Tonight's Booster Club Meeting [11:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: @ Bills safety TONY DRIVER and offensive tackle MARQUES SULLIVAN, both drafted by the team last year, will appear this evening at the monthly meeting of the Buffalo Bills Booster Club.
The meeting will take place at the Calvary Episcopal Church, located at Milton and Cayuga Streets in Williamsville, and begins at 7:30 PM.
Door prizes and raffles will be awarded with all proceeds going to the Booster Club's charity program. Members of the public are welcome.
Chris Watson signed for two year deal [11:33 AM]
ESN reports: As reported on The Stadium Wall, Empire and Art Wander of WNSA FM have reported that Chris Watson has signed to remain with the Bills. Details will be updated as available (no link).
Roy Williams is choice of Buffalo fans in Mock Draft [11:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: S Roy Williams, Oklahoma received 34% of 2,218 votes.
Sleepers for latter rounds [11:19 AM]
ESN reports: Looking for some sleepers for the Bills on draft day? Try some of these for the later rounds:
Brian Westbrook of Villanova, who fits into the category of kickoff and punt returner. He also fits as a pass-catching back.
Cliff Russell of Utah, possibly the fastest receiver available. He played for Fred Graves, the Bills receivers coach.
Kyle Johnson of Syracuse, if the Bills are looking for a traditional fullback. The Orangemen considered him a winner.
Richard Williams of Gardner Webb, who started out as a defensive lineman, switched to offensive tackle and is seen as an NFL guard. He needs polish but his plusses are tenacity and athleticism.
Greg Scott of Hampton. He is fast, strong and needs polish.
Evaluating Talent for the Job [10:28 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We saw about 330 players and hopefully we can get our fair share of them," said President/General Manager Tom Donahoe. "We were very impressed with not only the workouts this year but the interviews we did in the evening."
Beef for Buffalo - Bills report: Inside slant [11:06 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Rehashes week old news, but throws in some new quotes.
"GM Tom Donahoe left the NFL owner's meetings in Orlando a day early, but not because he didn't like the sunshine or continental breakfast. Donahoe traveled to Austin, Tex. to attend the private workout of Longhorns lineman Mike Williams, who could become the Bills' desperately needed cornerstone left tackle with the No. 4 overall pick in next month's draft."
Fifth Down: Inside Football's Spin Cycle [4:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: @ Who's gonna be the next quarterback of the Buffalo Bills? Nobody knows. It could be Alex Van Pelt. It could even be Travis Brown. If the team signs Jeff Blake or trades for Drew Bledsoe, maybe that question could be answered.
Monday Morning Quarterback [4:17 PM]
Monday Morning Quarterback reports: 9. I think Drew Bledsoe plays in Buffalo this season.
Buffalo prepares...2002 NFL Draft [11:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Although the Buffalo Bills thoroughly scout for the very best players year-round, the annual combine held earlier this month kicked off the countdown to Draft Weekend, held April 20th-21st in New York City.
Live chat with Vic Carucci on buffalobills.com 1:00 - 1:30 PM Wedneday! [11:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Talk 2002 Draft with Vic Carucci, NFL Insider senior editor, on Wednesday, March 27 from 1:00-1:30 p.m. In the meantime, share your thoughts on what the Bills should do with the fourth overall pick.
Alex Van Pelt and fans pick Oscars; the results are in! [11:29 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt showed off his film study talents this past week, picking three of the five major Oscar winners.
Team sends mixed signals to Foreman [10:05 AM]
The Sporting News reports: @ The Bills never said they were disappointed with the play of right OLB Jay Foreman last season, but they seem to be telling the three-year veteran something different by entertaining other free agents to fill his spot the past few weeks. Foreman can't be happy about the Bills trying to find his replacement, but the job is still his for now. It might be just the motivation he needs to take his game to a higher level.
Bledsoe's too immobile to shine for Bills [9:54 AM]
Shout! reports: @ Even if the Bills were serious about bringing in Drew Bledsoe, which I don't believe they are, I wouldn't get too excited about having him lead the Buffalo offense. Who can be confident that the line will protect a largely immobile quarterback such as Bledsoe?
Nobody willing to give up 1st round draft pick got Bledsoe [7:55 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: @ The Bills [and most of their fans] are over the Doug Flutie-Rob Johnson debates, having jettisoned both of them, leaving them with Alex Van Pelt. Van Pelt isn't bad, but he's not going to sell tickets. Would the Patriots trade Bledsoe within their own division? If you buy into the fact that Bill Belichick has been able to get into Bledsoe's head in the past when he opposed him, wouldn't having Bledsoe in the same division be an advantage to the Patriots?
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