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Buffalo Bills News - March 16, 2002

Marker Texans ink Allen, fulfill goal at RB [8:43 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The team made a formal offer to restricted free-agent kicker Kris Brown late Friday evening, but the offer sheet was completed too late to reach the league office by the close of business. It will be filed Monday morning. Brown, who spent the past three seasons with Pittsburgh, also visited Buffalo but prefers Houston because it's only four hours from his hometown of Southlake.'

Marker 2001 Class of Blue Coats Annual awards reception recap [8:22 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills would like to congratulate their 2001 Class of Blue Coats on a job well done. The Blue Coat annual awards reception was held Friday, February 22nd at Brierwood Country Club and top Blue Coats were recognized for their accomplishments in 2001.

Marker Pair of offensive tackles visit Bills [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think this is a great place to play, because they have a chance to win," Riley said.'

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March 15, 2002

Marker Riley, Teague talk with Bills [7:59 PM]
AP reports: '"Buffalo seems like a nice city, the coaching staff seems sincere and it looks to be going in the direction I want to go. I want to be on a good team that's on an upswing, and they're definitely headed in the right direction."'

Marker Flutie promises no QB controversy [9:42 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'If Brees won the job, Flutie told his new head coach, he would be supportive as his backup. There would be no sulking. There would be no lobbying. There would be nothing associated with Flutie's contentious relationship with Rob Johnson in Buffalo. In short, there would be no controversy.'

Marker OTs Teague and Riley Visiting Bills [9:40 AM]
Rocky Mountain News reports: While the Denver Broncos continued to look at prospective left tackles, their starter at the position last season headed to Buffalo for a visit. Trey Teague, who is an unrestricted free agent, was scheduled to fly to Buffalo on Thursday night and meet with Bills officials today. Coincidentally, Victor Riley, whom the Broncos brought in for a visit Wednesday, also was scheduled to arrive in Buffalo on Thursday night. Teague has a standing offer to return to the Broncos, but he is testing the market to establish his value. Riley, a starter with the Kansas City Chiefs, also has visited Cleveland.

Marker Gilbride makes Bills attractive to Blake [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Blake first met Gilbride as a freshman in college at East Carolina, where Gilbride served as offensive coordinator.'

Marker Gilbride wants balancing act from the Bills [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It looks like a young team in some spots," Gilbride said, "but a team that has a chance to be competitive if we can just get a few more pieces put together and do a good job coaching them."'

Marker Bills consider changing uniform [8:55 AM]
AP reports: 'The team said no change has been decided upon, but that paperwork has been filed with the NFL office.'

Marker Free-agent QB Blake likes Bills [5:07 AM]
D and C reports: '"It's got everything I'm looking for," Blake said. That would be good receivers to throw to (Eric Moulds, Peerless Price), a coach he's played for and respects (offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride), friends on the team and a nice community to raise his family.'

Marker Jaguars notebook [5:06 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"My meetings [with the Bills] have gone very well. It's refreshing that there are coaches who are different than Tom [Coughlin]."'

Marker Redskins turn attention to Blake [5:05 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'But there are two issues with Blake. First is whether Spurrier believes the quarterback can fit into his offense. Second, whether the Redskins are willing to meet Blake's contract demands. Blake would be more expensive than Matthews, who is scheduled to earn $750,000 this season.'

March 14, 2002

Marker Getting warmer [9:21 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Williams doesn't have to deliver a winning season to the rebuilding Bills, but he does have to show real improvement to avoid the hot seat. Another 3-13 level debacle and he might not be asked back for the third and final year of his contract.'

Marker Blake's foot could be deal-breaker [5:02 PM]
Shout! reports: Jeff Blake's right foot is the biggest question mark holding up a deal with the Bills. If Buffalo signs him, it will be facing a similar situation that it faced with Sam Cowart: the team will have to calculate the risk of buying a player's services against the possibility that this player might never return to the form he once had before a debilitating injury.

Marker Blake talks with Bills [4:38 PM]
AP reports: '"They have the weapons, the running game, the offensive line is coming along and definitely with (defensive coordinator) Jerry Gray bringing in the players he wants, they'll have a good defense," Blake said of the Bills.'

Marker Free Agent visit recap [9:26 AM] reports: The Bills have been busy entertaining free agents during the past two weeks as 10 different players have visited Buffalo.

Marker Did you know? Bill Conaty [9:24 AM] reports: Classic Rock - I can't pick only one song. I like 100's of them.

Marker Marcus Price Press Conference (03/13) [9:23 AM] reports: I was already leaning favorably to coming here. I like the coach, the organization and the direction that they are trying to go. I wanted to be a part of it.

Marker Bills statement on uniforms [9:22 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills continue to consider the possibility of a modification to its uniform for the upcoming 2002 season.

Marker Bills' uniforms may be getting face lift [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team said no change has been decided upon, and it's not certain any change will be made. The Bills have filed certain paperwork with the NFL office that is required by teams exploring the possibility of any uniform change.'

Marker Bills' draft shrouded in smoke signals [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Debating Williams vs. McKinnie easily could fill this space, but what's the sense? There's no guarantee the Bills will use the pick on an offensive tackle, not after Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington lit it up in the Fiesta Bowl and worked out to rave reviews at the combine.'

Marker Bills meet with Steelers' kicker Brown [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Should Brown receive a contract offer from the Bills or Texans, the Steelers have seven days to match. If they decline, the team signing Brown owes them a seventh-round draft choice as compensation. That's a small price for a 25-year-old, proven kicker with a long future ahead of him.'

March 13, 2002

Marker Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremoney moved [9:17 PM]
reports: The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony for Jim Kelly among others, traditionally conducted on the front steps of the Hall of Fame, will be held this year at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium.

Marker Price is right for Bills [9:10 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'This could mean Price and Marques Sullivan will battle for the starting left tackle spot, although several factors could change that. Should the Bills draft a tackle high in the first or second round in next month's NFL draft, that player would almost certainly go into camp as the starter.'

Marker Bills sign Marcus Price [4:37 PM] reports: 'In all, Price has seen action in 31 games in his career, including 12 with the Saints last season.'

Marker Bills sign Marcus Price [4:36 PM]
AP reports: 'His contract with Buffalo is for $1.8 million over three years and includes a $150,000 signing bonus.'

Marker Bills sign tackle [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marcus Price, an unrestricted free agent from the New Orleans Saints, approved terms of a three-year, $1.87-million contract with the Bills.'

Marker Ex-Saint Glover becomes anchor of Cowboys' rebuilding efforts [6:26 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Former Saints quarterback Jeff Blake will visit the Buffalo Bills today, although he said he doesn't expect to sign a contract.'

Marker Bills seek to add depth at quarterback [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Visiting with the coaching staff Tuesday was unrestricted free agent Jonathan Quinn, a backup with Jacksonville the past four years. Due in today is Jeff Blake, a former Pro Bowl performer with Cincinnati who was released by New Orleans in a salary cap move.'

Marker Texans impress Ayanbadejo [5:14 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Because Brown, who will visit Buffalo today, is a restricted free agent, the Steelers have the right to match any offer he receives. If the Steelers choose not to match an offer, the team signing Brown must give Pittsburgh a seventh-round draft pick as compensation.'

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