M&T Bank's Grand Prize Winner in Paradise [9:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalobills.com and partner M&T Bank were proud to introduce the M&T In the Huddle Contest during the 2002 season. Grand Prize Winner Marc Adler, from Western New York, shares his Hawaiian experience.
Rookie of the Year: Josh Reed [9:23 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Consistent is the one word that describes Reed's rookie season. Although he didn't get the opportunities that Eric Moulds and Peerless Price had, Reed made the most of his chances. The second round pick by the Bills in 2002 (36th overall) caught a reception in 15 of 16 games (first 13 games) and became the seventh Bills rookie with 500+ receiving yards (514) and first since Andre Reed had 637 in 1985.
Price is tagged - and he's not happy about it [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're scratching our heads because no one has informed us of anything," McGee said by phone. "As far as we're concerned, he's not even franchised because we're hearing it from the media. The Bills haven't given us the professional courtesy to call."'
Bills place franchise tag on Price [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Price’s $5.01 million salary -- he made $433,000 last year -- counts immediately on Buffalo’s salary cap. The Bills are still an estimated $4 million under the cap for next season.'
Bills decision to tag Price a surprise [5:04 AM]
ESPN reports: 'It's not out of the question that the Bills retained Price in order to get value in a trade. The problem might be getting a first-round choice. This is considered a good draft for tall receivers with speed.'
Bills Name Receiver Peerless Price as Their Franchise Player [9:12 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The Bills can remove the franchise tag later.'
Bills keep Price with franchise tag [9:07 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Donahoe will have a bit of quick fence mending to do. McGee hadn't even been told by the Bills about the franchise tag late Wednesday afternoon when contacted by Ch2 Sports. Price was sitting right next to his agent at the time, and both seemed a bit miffed they hadn't even received a phone call before the news broke in the local media.'
Bills place franchise tag on WR Price [7:54 PM]
AP reports: The Buffalo Bills all but assured themselves of retaining their rights to wide receiver Peerless Price on Wednesday by making him their franchise player.
Bills put franchise tag on Price [7:54 PM]
D and C reports: The Buffalo Bills today slapped their ``franchise’’ label on Price, meaning the team hopes to re-sign the receiver before the start of the 2003 season.
Where Are They Now: Al Bemiller [7:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills were 5-8-1 in 1960, their first season in the AFL. Earlier that year, Syracuse University won its first and only National Championship. Al Bemiller helped the Orangemen win the title as an All-East center, nevertheless, he was still surprised when Buffalo chose him in the seventh round of the ‘61 draft.
Bills Place Franchise Tag On Peerless Price [5:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills have decided to place the franchise tag on receiver Peerless Price. "We did place the franchise tag on Peerless Price today and we continue to try to find a way to sign Peerless and keep him here in Buffalo, said President/General Manager Tom Donahoe via phone from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. "We remain optimistic that this will be accomplished."
Bills Kids Club Birthdays [12:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills would like to wish a Happy Birthday to the following Buffalo Bills Kids Club members: Dylan Drzal (2/17), Jacob Hodges (2/17), Tyler Valentine (2/17), Dylan Gruschow (2/17), Breanna Kowal (2/18), Maya Armand (2/18), Ben Thompson (2/18), Sean Niles (2/19), Cheyenne Mongeon (2/19), Julie Williams (2/19), Ryan Zielinski (2/19), Jacob Petkovsky (2/19), Joshua Jones (2/20), Patrick McNamara (2/20), Philip Piendel (2/20), Brandon Prince (2/20), Seth Anderson (2/20), Maddie Csont (2/21), Casey Edsall (2/21), Phil Kattato (2/22), Matthew Wise (2/22), Emily Hall (2/23)
Rookie of the Year? [11:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Few teams got more production out of their first-year players than Buffalo. Two draft picks became instant starters (OT Mike Williams and SS Coy Wire) and four others (WR Josh Reed, DT Justin Bannan, DE Ryan Denney (only 5 games - mostly at end of year) and CB Kevin Thomas) received significant playing time over the course of the season.
Sprinkle in the contribution of a couple of rookie free agents (RB Joe Burns, DE Grant Irons) and the rookie class of 2002 shows a bright future.
Price could be too high for Bills [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '“Peerless is seeking a long-term deal from an NFL team,” agent Tim McGee said. “Based on the comments I’m hearing, I’m very skeptical -- and probably more so than ever -- it’ll happen in Buffalo.”'
NFL lays out steppingstone for players who want to coach [8:05 PM]
USA Today reports: Former Bills TE Pete Metzelaars is participating in a NFL program designed to give former and current players an opportunity to break into coaching. It begins next week with the opening of NFL Europe training camp in Tampa.
2003 Calendar Wallpaper [2:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Show your pride by putting the Bills on your computer's desktop. We have multiple styles below, including a brand new one with a complete 2003 calendar!
Bills' alumni to dole out $40K to charity [1:20 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The group of former Buffalo Bills raised $40,000 last year through their annual fall golf tournament.'
Football has little room for budding Van Goghs [1:20 PM]
Shout! reports: 'But often the scripts, plans, preparations, systems and routines can lead to square-peg-in-the-round-hole syndrome. For instance, Buffalo's defense the last two seasons was not even close to being the kind of defense that could run the 46-hybrid.'
Important dates in Buffalo Bills history (Feb. 17-23) [12:06 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: February 18, 1997 - BILLS MAKE A TRADE FOR A QB The Buffalo Bills made a trade to upgrade the depth at QB by trading their third-round pick in the 1997 draft to the Oakland Raiders for Billy Joe Hobert.
5th Down: Dusting Off the Shelf [11:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: So that's why this week I'm dusting off the bookshelf and sharing with you some of my favorite Buffalo Bills-related books. Maybe they'll help fill in the news gaps during the coming months. This list is not comprehensive, but it is close. Most of these books can be found at a library or through online booksellers. Some of them are still available at bookstores, too.
Outside the Comfort Zone [10:51 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'It has leaked out that both coordinators have had their contracts extended through the 2004 season, while Williams is still a lame duck as of this writing. This is no accident, as I see it. I think Donahoe is sincere when he says he likes the job Williams has done in his first two seasons here, especially considering the lack of tools he had for the job in year one. But does Donahoe give a flip that Williams might be burning a bit by the recent pub surrounding his own underlings? Hardly. Williams will probably get his extension soon, if he doesn’t have it already, but it will be on Tom’s time, not Gregg’s.'
12th Man Award: Game of the Year [10:03 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Braving blustery, wintry conditions, Bledsoe finished 15-for-27 for 306 yards, breaking the game open by scoring touchdowns on three consecutive drives in the second half. The game began with a temperature of 25 degrees and ended in near whiteout conditions as a heavy snow fell through most of the fourth quarter. Watch Video Highlights.
Capology 2003 (or) Money Talks [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As a result they figure to enter this free agency season with about $10 million of room to spend on free agents.'
Mike Holbrook: Rams’ QB situation; Peerless Price [7:18 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: FW: Is Price better off somewhere else?
Holbrook: I don’t think so. It’s curious to me that Price had his best season in a contract year. He made positive strides his first 3 seasons but was still an underachiever until this past season when he found himself working with skilled players like Bledsoe, Moulds and RB Travis Henry. I think Price is an outstanding No. 2 WR, but not a #1. He needs someone like Moulds to draw the main focus of a defense and allow Price to work against a No. 2 or No. 3 corner and exploit that matchup.
Riemersma Still Unsure About Future With Bills [5:26 AM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: '''I've talk[ed] to Mr. Wilson (Bills owner Ralph Wilson) on occasions, last year, not this year,'' Riemersma said. ''And I think he's involved more than any other owner in the NFL and he does a great job and that's why he garners so much respect among the players. Mr. Wilson has always treated me so fairly and the Buffalo community and the fan base has always been great to my family and this is where I want to be.'''
Free agency married to the draft [10:32 PM]
NFL.com reports: This is a much stronger draft at QB than it is in free agency. This year, Carson Palmer, Byron Leftwich, Rex Grossman, Chris Simms, Kyle Bollar, Dave Ragone and Ken Dorsey lead a group that is being compared to the classes of '83 and '99. But things have changed in the NFL since the class of '83 and club executives realize they're dealing with a different set of circumstances these days.
The class of '83 included Dan Marino, John Elway, Jim Kelly and Ken O'Brien. All four played for one NFL team their whole career. That will not be the case with this draft class or any other in the near future.
What's Next in the AFC East by John Clayton [10:31 PM]
ESPN reports: Biggest Decisions: Donahoe has to decide whether or not to keep Price or let him go through free agency. It isn't an easy decision. If the Bills franchise Price, it throws the balance of their cap onto the offense, which will limit the ability to rebuild the defense. On the other side, can the Bills afford to lose a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver when they aren't certain that Josh Reed is ready to take over for him. Odds favor the Bills letting Price go.
Bills' rivals could sign Davis, Spikes [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Miami reportedly is contemplating making a contract offer to Spikes despite Cincinnati’s plan to tag him as the team’s transition player.'
NFL player Jay Riemersma to speak at Boys & Girls Club benefit [5:14 AM]
Holland Sentinel reports: 'Riemersma, a Zeeland High School graduate, played football with the University of Michigan before joining the National Football League.'
Felser: Bills Need Spikes More than Price [4:47 PM]
ESN reports: I say use the money which might retain Price and use it on Spikes to help bring the Bills' nearer to parity with its own attack. Defense wins. Donahoe saw Tampa Bay win the Super Bowl like everyone else did. He really doesn't need to be convinced.
The Bills' window of opportunity will last for two years, three at the most, then another salary-cap exodus will begin. What their defense needs most is a playmaker. Spikes answers that description. He's also a team leader and a young one.
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