Zeigler Braces For Pink Slip [6:16 AM] D and C reports:
'"I don't know what's going to happen," said Zeigler, the Bills starter at center since Kent Hull retired after the 1996 season. "I'm looking at it like whatever happens happens. If I get cut, hopefully some other team picks me up. Maybe it won't happen right away, it might be in mid-season if somebody gets hurt. You're always an injury away from playing. I can see that happening."'
Bills Cut Roster [6:33 AM] Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
'Players cut Monday included quarterback Mike Cawley, ...wide receivers Tony Akins, Todd Floyd and A.C. Tellison; guards Mercedes Hamilton, Corey Hulsey and Andy Meyers; linebackers Craig Guest and Dusty Renfro; running back Kendall Cleveland, safety Raion Hill, tight end Eric Stocz and kicker Jaret Holmes.'
Bills' Gray Makes A Bid For Berth On Roster [6:25 AM] D & C reports:
'Gray survived yesterday's first roster cut, and with seven running backs/fullbacks left, seems assured of being one of the five ball carriers the Bills normally keep.'
Free-Agent Linemen Among First To Go [6:23 AM] D & C reports:
'Based on past numbers kept at each position, the Bills have no cuts to make at quarterback (three) or linebacker (nine). They do need to trim three receivers to get to five, two offensive linemen (nine), one tight end (three), two running backs (five), two defensive linemen (nine), two defensive backs (nine) and one punter (one).'
Choice One Joins Roster Of Bills Sponsors [6:34 AM] Business First of Buffalo reports:
'The sponsorship agreement adds to the Bills' impressive list of corporate sponsors that includes Pepsi, Wegmans, Xerox, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Anheuser Busch, Molson, Cellular One and McDonalds. The Bills, according to the National Football League, are among the top tier franchises in generating revenue through local and regional corporate deals.'
When Ralph's Gone, Will His Name Live On? [6:30 AM] Business First of Buffalo reports:
'Is it possible that Rich/Bills/Ralph Wilson Stadium may one day again have a different name on it? That, it seems, may hinge on what kind of deal the next owner of the Bills strikes..."What the contract says is the Bills have a right to name the stadium," said Michael Hughes, spokesperson for Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski, of the new lease agreement signed earlier this year. "The county has the rights to review it if the Bills sell the name of it."'
Bills Ready For Season; Bengals Running Out Of Time [6:22 AM] Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
'Both of their quarterbacks look sharp, the backup receivers are putting on a show and the defense is as stingy as ever. No wonder the Buffalo Bills feel so good about themselves two weeks shy of the season opener.'
August 29, 1999
Rick Gosselin's Pro Football Report: AFC Notes [8:28 AM] Dallas Morning News reports:
'Doug Flutie passed the Buffalo Bills into the playoffs and himself into the Pro Bowl last season. But you wouldn't know it by the treatment he has received from coach Wade Phillips this summer.'
Smith Could Make Debut Against Bills [9:26 AM] Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
'Smith is expected to make his pro debut tonight in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills. It won't amount to much -- after signing a contract earlier this week, the quarterback from Oregon needs to catch up before he can play much.'
Bills Play Naming Game With Quarterbacks [9:24 AM] Syracuse Post-Standard reports:
'Phillips has been evasive and prickly about the subject of his quarterbacks, each of whom earns a starter's salary. "Maybe I'm being hard-headed about it," Phillips said. "We've got two good quarterbacks, our team is happy about that. That's it."'