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Buffalo Bills News - February 25, 2001

Marker It's decision time: Johnson or Flutie [8:08 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Don't be surprised if it's the other way around -- Johnson over Flutie. Johnson has more upside and seems ideally suited for the West Coast system Williams plans to install. They also save more against the cap by waiving Flutie ($3 million) than Johnson ($1.6 million).'

Marker Combine plays key role [6:55 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"Even if we didn't have the salary cap issue, these guys couldn't be on the same team. This has gone almost beyond not liking each other."'

Marker Wiley move will result in a jackpot [6:48 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Marcellus Wiley got his wish Thursday. He lost his job.'

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February 24, 2001

Marker QB speculation inaccurate [10:58 PM] reports: "The answer is, emphatically, that no decision will be made until next week," Donahoe said. "Any other report or speculation would be false and premature."

Marker Flutie's Proven Record Speaks For Itself [10:57 PM]
ESPN reports: 'More people on the Flutie Wagon.'

Marker Johnson could be making an exit [10:56 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Other hints that Flutie may be the man....'

Marker Mauck sounds off on quarterbacks, performance of line [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But there's no doubt who Mauck thinks was the best man for the offense in 2000. "Doug got sacked one out of 23 pass attempts, Rob got sacked one out of six," Mauck said from his office in Detroit, where he is the Lions' offensive line coach. "I think you can figure it out for yourself."'

February 23, 2001

Marker A Flurry of Player Movements [12:39 PM] reports: Provides a team-by-team summary of cuts, franchise tags, transition players, and signings as of 2/22/01

Marker Buffalo battles [11:40 AM]
CNN/SI reports: '"They do not like each other," said Donahoe, not exactly breaking that story. "Both of them were committed to being the guy. As long as the other guy wasn't there. ... Even if we didn't have a [salary] cap issue, these two guys can't be on the same team. This has almost gone beyond not liking each other."'

Marker Unplugged: Washington among Bills' cuts [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Unfortunately we have some rules we have to live by. . . . We have to bite the bullet so we can get a handle on the cap in the future."'

Marker Ex-Bill could be in Jets' mix [6:56 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The Jets are near his Western New York home of the past five seasons. They also have a need at tackle, especially if they shift to a 4-3 style. And they have his old Bills defensive coordinator, Ted Cottrell.'

Marker If Bills keep Flutie instead of Johnson, they are making big mistake [6:45 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'So why are the Buffalo Bills having such a tough time deciding between Rob Johnson and Doug Flutie as their quarterback? Doesn't it look easy? It should be, with Johnson looking the part, and Flutie wishing he did.'

Marker Bills Inc. [6:36 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Flutie or Johnson? It's a question that splintered the Bills and led to the release of head coach Wade Phillips. It's the issue that must be laid to rest before this franchise moves forward into free agency and the off-season.'

Marker Bills decimated by cap cuts [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'Quarterbacks Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson, defensive end Phil Hansen, linebackers Sam Rogers and John Holecek, cornerback Ken Irvin, running back Antowain Smith and long-snapper Ethan Albright remain candidates for release.'

Marker Bills to tackle quarterback issue [5:59 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills general manager Tom Donahoe, coach Gregg Williams and several offensive assistants will meet at the Indianapolis Scouting Combine tomorrow night to discuss the team's quarterback quandary.'

Marker Bills keep uniforms [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have discussed changes in their uniform but there are no plans to follow through with any of them.'

February 22, 2001

Marker Dolphins Release Thurman Thomas, Tony Martin [11:00 PM]
Reuters reports: 'Thurman Thomas, a five-time Pro Bowl running back, was cut loose by the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, paving his way to rejoin the Buffalo Bills so that he can retire with the team he helped to four Super Bowls.'

Marker Age over Flutie [10:25 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Could it be? An article logically arguing for the retention of Johnson?'

Marker Bills deny report, say decision to be made Wednesday [10:02 PM]
AP reports: Williams said he's talked to 50 or 60 people about the situation... "I don't know who else I can talk to," Williams said. "We've talked to the media people in Buffalo about how they handled that, we've talked about community relations and whether they wanted to live in Buffalo."

Marker Flutie's proven record speaks for itself [8:34 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Doug can't throw the deep in route. He is not able to attack the middle of the field with his arm. To account for this, the coaches have developed alternatives with fade routes and an increased reliance on tight end Jay Riemersma.'

Marker Bills release Washington, Panos and Mohr [8:28 PM]
D and C reports: 'Washington, Panos and Mohr were scheduled to eat up $12.412 million in cap room in 2001. Instead, the Bills trimmed approximately $5.05 million from the more than $18 million they must cut by next Friday.'

Marker Bills still haven't made decision on QB situation [8:26 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'When he accepted the position of Buffalo Bills president and general manager last month, Tom Donahoe didn't realize that putting out brush fires was a significant part of the job description. But there he was Thursday morning dragging out the hose again.'

Marker Bills' Price considers testing free agent market [8:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Backup Shawn Price is considering testing the free agent market next week, a move that would further deplete the Buffalo Bills defensive line.'

Marker Thomas on ESPN's UpClose [8:04 PM]
ESPN reports: Thurman Thomas will be on ESPN's UpClose, Friday from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm ET. He will be on the show along with 2001 Daytona 500 Winner: Michael Waltrip. (Thurman and Michael will split the 30 minutes). The show re-airs Saturday morning on ESPN2 from 2:30 am to 3:00 am ET.

Marker Is Johnson shuffling off from Buffalo? [7:41 PM]
North County Times reports: 'A couple comments by RJ and how Mike Riley goes googoo eyed talking about him...'

Marker Dolphins Release Tony Martin And Thurman Thomas [2:54 PM]
Miami Dolphins reports: The Miami Dolphins released wide receiver Tony Martin and running back Thurman Thomas today, the team announced. "I appreciate the contributions that Thurman made to the Dolphins this past season, in addition to his professionalism," Wannstedt said. "We wish him well in whatever career decision he chooses to make."

Marker Combine presents a special challenge for training staff [1:51 PM] reports: 'Bud Carpenter, head athletic trainer for the Bills, will head to his 17th scouting combine this weekend in Indianapolis, a process in which he will try to evaluate the physical condition of over 300 NFL prospects and administer physicals on each one.'

Marker Combine set to start in Indianapolis [1:51 PM] reports: 'It is a rite of passage for all draftees who want to be wearing an NFL uniform next season: going through the physical and mental grind that is the college scouting combine this weekend at RCA Dome in Indianapolis.'

Marker Breaking down the combine [1:50 PM] reports: 'They say there is no offseason in the NFL... After the Super Bowl comes the Pro Bowl... And all the while, teams must step up their preparation for the draft in April. That preparation started months ago, but it really heats up this weekend when college players from around the country gather in Indianapolis for the NFL combine.'

Marker Flutie may get nod as starter for Buffalo Bills [1:46 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'A source told the MetroWest Daily News the Bills want to restructure the contract of whichever quarterback it keeps and that Johnson resisted and Flutie was more agreeable.'

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