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Buffalo Bills News - February 22, 2001

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]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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]
BuffaloBills.com 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.'

Marker MLB John Holecek restructes contract [1:46 PM]
ESPN reports: 'ESPN is reporting that the Bills and John Holecek have agreed to restructure the MLB's contract.'

Marker Donahoe: No decision yet on Flutie, Johnson [1:44 PM]
ESPN reports: 'How reliable is WGR's "source"? Chris Mortenson is reporting that Tom Donahoe is adamant that no decision has been made with regards to Flutie or Johnson.'

Marker Bills release Washington, Panos and Mohr - more cuts expected [11:55 AM]
AP reports: '"Our salary cap situation has made this is a difficult time for our fans and the organization," Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. "But these are moves that have to be made..".

Marker Bills Release Three [11:04 AM]
TBD reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has released punter Chris Mohr, guard Joe Panos, and nose tackle Ted Washington.'

Marker Report: Flutie gets nod in Buffalo [9:33 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Unfortunately for Johnson fans, it appears the 28-year-old quarterback will be let go and Doug Flutie will return as the team's undisputed starter next season. It is also believed that Flutie took a pay cut or is willing to take a pay cut to help the Bills, who are frantically trying to trim the payroll to meet salary cap requirements.'

Marker Ode to the Old Boss [9:11 AM]
TBD reports: 'Now that the new administration is wasting little time in putting its mark on the Buffalo Bills, I thought that I would share my worst moment of the 2000 season with you as a catharsis to wash away the past. The image is still fresh in mind (not a pretty one), as if branded by a nightmare that woke me from a happy sleep.'

Marker Salary Cap Solution [9:10 AM]
TBD reports: 'Keep in mind that the Bills must now count the 2.5 million the newly signed Moulds counts for 2001 plus pay about a million for 2 restricted free agents, 4 million set aside for draft picks and who knows how much for any unrestricted free agents from the Bills or other teams.'

Marker Bills ready to start slashing payroll [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ted Washington, Sam Rogers and Joe Panos are expected to be among the players released by the Bills. Today is the first day in which NFL teams can waive players, and there will be a large number of veteran players cut loose across the league.'

Marker Bills pick Flutie over Johnson: report [6:35 AM]
CP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have chosen quarterback Doug Flutie over Rob Johnson, according to a local all-sports radio station. WGR 55, quoting unidentified "sources close to Rob Johnson," said the Bills plan to release Johnson and make Flutie the starter. An official announcement is not expected until next week, the station said.'

Marker QB not the only position for Bills [6:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are looking at offensive and defensive linemen, running backs and defensive backs.'

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Marker 2001 Doug Flutie/Running Back Package [10:55 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Great deal on the following items:
Flutie Replica jersey - (Blue or White), 4-player lineup (Price, Moulds, Linton, Smith), A. Smith Distressed T-shirt... all for only $15.95!!!'

Marker 2001 Rob Johnson Package [10:53 PM]
Shout! reports: 'This package consists of three great items featuring Rob Johnson:
Replica Jersey - Blue, 2-sided workout t-shirt, Oval T-shirt,... all for only $15.95!!!'

Marker Some big-contract veterans out of jobs [10:34 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Washington... was scheduled to make about $7.6 million -- including bonus money -- next season. That's deemed far too expensive for the salary-cap strapped Bills who are projected to be more than $13 million over the cap... Numerous reports speculate that the Bills will also consider releasing LB Sam Rogers and OL Joe Panos.'

Marker Washington expects to be cut by Bills [8:34 PM]
AP reports: '"They're going to let him go," Washington's agent Angelo Wright said on Wednesday.'

Marker In Search of Buffalo, NY [5:05 PM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Article giving love to Buffalo printed earlier this month from the Sun a week before the positive article from USA Today. Maybe Marvin Lewis should have read this before making his decision that Buffalo wasn't good enough for him.'

Marker Mike Doser predicts Flutie will be the QB [1:23 PM]
Shout! reports: 'I think Doug Flutie will be the Bills' starting quarterback in 2001. If this happens, it will be a marvel for Flutie. Just when you thought his Buffalo career was over, he comes back for an encore. It will be another chapter in his book and part of the climax of his movie.'

Marker Johnson's Out, Flutie's In [11:52 AM]
WGR55 reports: 'According to very reliable sources close to Rob Johnson, WGR Sports Radio 55 has been told that the Buffalo Bills have apparently made their decision on which quarterback they plan to keep and which quarterback they plan to cut lose.'

Marker Decision-makers can't answer all questions at NFL scouting combine [11:50 AM]
AP reports: "If 75 guys don't work out, 50 to 65 percent of them eliminate themselves because you will have a question about their numbers," he said. "So you say, 'OK, we had a question about his temperament and now he's not going to work out, so forget him.' It winds up hurting most of the guys who don't work out."

Marker WGR55 reporting that Johnson is odd man out [9:40 AM]
WGR55 reports: 'WGR55 is reporting that sources close to QB Rob Johnson said he is the odd
man out. Meanwhile, Bills fans wait for the official word from One Bills Drive that will finally put an end to a controversial chapter in Bills history.'

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