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Buffalo Bills News - February 17, 2002

Marker Texans to spend but not for Bills [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Texans General Manager Charley Casserly and head coach Dom Capers wouldn't comment on specific players during a national conference call earlier this week, but they didn't seem overly enthusiastic about Johnson when asked about him.'

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February 16, 2002

Marker Van Pelt's QB Salary numbers [9:57 PM]
ESPN reports: Some catching up on the details of a few new contracts recently awarded to quarterbacks: The five-year deal signed by Alex Van Pelt of Buffalo is worth $5.4 million and it includes a $1 million signing bonus along with base salaries of $650,000 (for 2002), $750,000 (2003) and $1 million each for 2004-2006.

Marker Bills sign two free agents [9:33 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have signed guard Robert Hunt and wide receiver Andre Rone, the team announced Friday. Both were free agents.'

February 15, 2002

Marker Blank hopeful he can offer McKay GM job [8:06 PM]
AP reports: 'Blank covets McKay, whose credentials are better than the three candidates he's interviewed -- Buffalo director of football operations Tom Modrak, New Orleans general manager of football operations Randy Mueller and Seattle senior vice president Mike Reinfeldt.'

Marker Bills sign free agents Hunt, Rone [3:06 PM]
AP reports: 'Hunt, a guard, was in Kansas City's training camp last year but was released at the end of preseason. He played for the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe in 2000. Wide receiver Rone spent three seasons on Detroit's practice squad after being cut by Miami, where he had entered the NFL as a rookie free agent in 1998.'

Marker Texans unlikely to help teams looking to unload salaries [2:05 PM]
CNN/SI reports: No one believes Carolina will ever pay Sean Gilbert the $10 million he's scheduled to make or that Rob Johnson will ever see the $11 million his contract calls for.

Marker An Olympic fiasco; who do Bills lose? [1:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'This could well be the off-season's most interesting week for the Bills.'

Marker Bills sign 2 more FA. [1:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.Com reports: Today they signed WR Andre Rone and G Robert Hunt.

Marker Kelly's ailing son celebrates fifth birthday [9:36 AM]
AP reports: 'Kelly, selected for induction earlier this month, said his biggest wish is that Hunter is able to join him on the podium for the formal induction ceremonies in Canton, Ohio.'

Marker Genius du jour [7:08 AM] reports: 'If the 2001 NFL season taught us anything it was that the line between "genius" and "idiocy" is a very fine one indeed.'

Marker Community 2001 Year in Review… [7:07 AM] reports: 'During the football season, NFL players are allowed one day, Tuesday, away from their strict training regimen. The Buffalo Bills view this day, not as a day to rest, but an opportunity to give back to the community that so avidly supports them.'

February 14, 2002

Marker Texans not big on Fina [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Fina, one of five Bills made available for selection, is too old and his contract too expensive under the criteria Texans general manager Charley Casserly has developed for Monday's draft.'

Marker Levy would fit bill for Bucs [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Levy could help them shed their desperation. He would bring a touch of class and leadership to an organization that has become the laughingstock of the league. And he might just be the right man at the right time for a veteran team that still has enough talent to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2002.'

February 13, 2002

Marker Texans not interested in selecting Fina in expansion draft [9:34 PM]
AP reports: '"Any player that was over 30 years old we eliminated from our thinking," Casserly said during a telephone conference call with the media on Wednesday. Casserly added that he doesn't want to gamble on whether older players can complete the duration of expensive, long-term contracts. That's a number of strikes against Fina, who turns 33 next month and has five years left on a deal scheduled to pay him $19 million. Fina's durability is also in question after knee problems forced him to miss three games last season.'

Marker Fina to Center? Williams says it is a possibility [6:28 PM]
WGR reports: WGR's Chris Brown has reported that Gregg Williams is considering moving Fina to Center and has been since November.

Marker Salary cap status of all 32 teams [6:25 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills - $6.4 million under

Marker Building defense as easy as one, two, 3-4 [1:35 PM] reports: Four-man defensive lines were kings. The Steelers started the 2001 season as the league's only true 3-4. Gregg Williams eliminated it from the Bills' game plan after replacing Wade Phillips despite back-to-back playoff seasons.

Marker NO WAY Johnson comes back [11:54 AM]
Shout! reports: Gregg Williams hired Kevin Gilbride to oversee the Bills offense this season. That does not mean, however, that Buffalo will make amends with Rob Johnson and bring him back at a drastically reduced salary. I just don't see how that could happen.

Marker Where are they now? - Don Beebe [11:51 AM] reports: Interview with the King of Speed.

Marker Modrak waits on Falcons [5:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'Modrak has said often he would leave only for a GM position to his liking. He wouldn't say if that was Atlanta.'

February 12, 2002

Marker Len Pasquarelli's all-expansion team [9:06 PM]
ESPN reports: WR Avion Black and Safety Raion Hill are the only Bills who makes his list.

Marker New coordinator excited to work again for Reeves [7:28 PM]
AP reports: 'After his ordeal in Buffalo, Wade Phillips isn't interested in pursuing an NFL head coaching job. At least not any time soon.'

Marker Players allocated to NFL-Europe [2:50 PM]
CNN/SI reports: The following players have been allocated for NFL-Europe:
David Dinkins, QB, Amsterdam
Reggie Allen, WR, Amsterdam
Chad Sears, S, Amsterdam
Scott Keys, WR, Berlin
Curtis Alexander, RB, Frankfurt
DeVonte Peterson, DT, Scotland
Jimmy Robinson, LB, Scotland

Marker Many Buffalo Bills make Buffalo their home year round. [1:14 PM] reports: When the Buffalo Bills add players to their roster, they arrive here from places all over the world. Although many return to these places during the off-season, several players have stayed and made a home for themselves and their families in Buffalo and Western New York. Buffalo has embraced these professional athletes as valuable members of the community.

Marker Gilbride ready to sell himself [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills players complained that Sheppard's game plans were too predictable and didn't take full advantage of their skills. The Bills think Gilbride will do a better job of that.'

Marker Williams looks to experience on offense [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He'd better be right about Gilbride, because he just put his job in his hands.'

Marker Hunter Kelly released from Children's [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Kelly's 4-year-old son,Hunter, was released Monday afternoon from Children's Hospital after spending the weekend in the hospital.'

Marker Bills interested in playing in the Dome [9:08 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Donahoe said another meeting is scheduled with Syracuse officials, though he declined to say when or the time frame for making a date at the Dome.'

Marker Falcons interview Bills exec; McKay's status murky [6:23 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Owner Arthur Blank and coach Dan Reeves met Monday with Buffalo director of player personnel Tom Modrak, interviewing him for the vice president/general manager position...'.

Marker Modrak interviews while Mueller may withdraw [6:17 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Buffalo Bills director of football operations Tom Modrak, one of the league's top talent scouts, interviewed on Monday with new Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank as the team continued its search for a general manager in its restructured front office.'

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