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Buffalo Bills News - February 17, 2001

Marker Peter King on Eric Moulds signing [12:26 AM]
CNN/SI reports: Peter King writes: 'Buffalo did the right thing in paying through the nose -- about $6 million a year -- to keep wide receiver Eric Moulds. Why? One AFC scout told me this week the Bills have no offensive weapon remotely close to Moulds in his ability to break a game open. As the scout said, Moulds can turn every eight-yard cross into a Randy Moss - type home run. Buffalo has no one else to strike fear into a defense. Though the Moulds' signing will likely cost the Bills the services of valuable defensive players Ted Washington, Phil Hansen and John Holecek because of salary-cap constraints, this was easily the most vital of new GM Tom Donahoe's goals.'

Marker Good communicators [12:23 AM]
Shout! reports: Mike Doser likes what he hears from this new cast of coaches: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams introduced his offensive coaches Thursday afternoon. All of these people seem to be well spoken. Fans should enjoy this new era of Bills football simply because these coaches have no problem communicating their thoughts to the public. It's refreshing.'

Marker 2000 NFL special teams rankings [12:22 AM]
Dallas News reports: 'The league's 31 teams are ranked in 19 categories and assigned points according to their standing one for the best, 31 for the worst. Can you guess where the Bills rank?'

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February 16, 2001

Marker Bills re-sign Moulds [8:50 PM]
AP reports: '"Eric wanted to be here. He wants to be a part of what we're trying to build here. He's made a commitment to us and we've made a commitment to him," Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills sign WR Eric Moulds to six-year deal [8:48 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I could have gone on the free agent market, but I wanted to be part of something big with the Buffalo Bills," Moulds said. "I always wanted to remain a Buffalo Bill."'

Marker Eric Moulds re-signs with Bills [4:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills re-signed one of the players that would have been a hot commodity on the free agent market, as WR Eric Moulds Friday signed a long-term deal to remain with the franchise that drafted him in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State. As per team policy, the length and terms of the deal were not disclosed.'

Marker Report: Moulds deal for six years, $40-45M [12:27 PM]
AP reports: 'A 4 p.m. ET news conference has been scheduled for Friday to announce the signing.'

Marker Ripple Effect [10:11 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'CNN/SI's Pat Kirwan follows a possible path relating to Marcellus Wiley and the Bills cap woes in general. It doesn't look good.'

Marker Flashback: February 12th, 1993 [9:05 AM]
TBD reports: 'The media blitz by Bills' personnel continues as John Butler held a press conference Wednesday and participated in a radio call-in show from the Indy Combine, Friday night.'

Marker The West Coast offense: Chapter I [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Thursday, Mike Sheppard began what is sure to become an exhaustive, monumental task: Explaining his offense.'

Marker True story: new coaches love to tell 'em [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Somebody pinch me. These new Bills coaches actually like to talk. Sipowicz couldn't have gotten a straight answer out of the old regime. Ask Gregg Williams a question, he recites the NFL Encyclopedia.'

Marker NFLPA sets new pay structure [8:33 AM]
AP reports: 'The NFLPA released the new figures, which were set to coincide with the increase in the league's salary cap from $62.4 million to about $68 million. Under the new scale, veterans with five or more seasons will be paid a minimum of $484,000, up 9.1% from the $440,000 minimum of last season. The scale runs down to $212,000 minimum for players with less than one year's experience. The tender offer for free agents also went up. A team must now offer a RFA $519,000 if it wants right of first refusal on him. Last year, that figure was $471,000. If a team wants first refusal and a first-round choice for a free-agent, the minimum tender is $1.13 million. For 1st and 3rd round choices and right of 1st refusal, it's $1.508 million.'

Marker Bills' staff has yet to settle on QB [8:28 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Apparently the battle will rage on until they do. Please let it end!'

Marker Question: Which free agent intrigues you the most? [8:03 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Wiley is chosen by one of the editors at Pro Football Weekly.'

Marker Moulds deal close, but not yet final [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'Eric Moulds expected to become one of the NFL's highest-paid wide receivers yesterday. He'll have to wait one more day.'

February 15, 2001

Marker Bills, Moulds closing in on deal [8:33 PM]
AP reports: '"In all probability, we will not have not have a formal announcement today," Donahoe said. "Hopefully, we can dot the I's and cross the T's, do all the things that have to be done with a deal of this type...We're optimistic we can get it completed."'

Marker Receiver Moulds, Bills reach contract agreement [8:32 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Team sources confirmed Thursday that only the final details of the package remained to be completed.'

Marker How would you change the Bills uniforms? [5:30 PM]
TBD reports: 'Now that Ralph Wilson has indicated that the Bills' uniforms will change in 2002, what are your thoughts about potential uniform changes? Head on over to the Stadium Wall message board and share your thoughts about different uniform schemes with fans all around the world!'

Marker Moulds Close to New Deal [4:33 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Nothing new here on this edition of the rumors page...at the bottom lists
RJ's and Doug's potential suitors...pretty much what we've known...'

Marker Ralph Wilson Chat Transcript [4:26 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We are looking into changing the colors of the uniforms. It takes a little over a year to do that. We are presently going to apply for a change in colors that has to be done by this fall of 2001- in order to change the colors for the 2002 season. Nothing can be changed until the 2002 season.'

Marker CNNSI.com's 2001 NFL Mock Draft [12:38 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Some drafts have the Bills going for an offensive lineman, others a running back, and recently defensive backs like Fred Smoot or Jamar Fletcher seem to be the pick du jour. CNNSI's latest draft has the Bills going for someone to replace Ted "Mount" Washington on the defensive line.

Marker Buffalo Bills Free Agent List '01-'03 [12:36 PM]
TBD reports: 'We all know who the free agents are this season, but take a look into the future to see whhich players will be hitting the market in 2002 and 2003.'

Marker Chat with Ralph Wilson today [12:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: ' Join us Thursday, Feb. 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET for a live online chat with Bills Owner Ralph Wilson! To chat with Ralph, all you have to do is register a free user account. If you're already registered, just login to the chat room anytime during the event!'

Marker 2001 Salary Cap Numbers [12:21 PM]
TBD reports: 'Free agency is just two weeks away, but teams are scrambling to get players in under the $67.4 million salary cap. The Bill are $12,744,000 over the cap and are in one of the worst financial positions in the league. Here is a list of how each team currently stands in relation to the 2001 salary cap.'

Marker 2000 Salary Cap Numbers [12:20 PM]
TBD reports: 'The accountants have closed the books on the 2000 season and the final numbers are in. The New York Giants went to the Super Bowl last season with the third-lowest payroll in the league - $57.3 million. The Washington Redskins, however, spent the postseason at home with a bloated $92.4 million payroll, the most in the league.'

Marker Agent says Moulds deal is done [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wide receiver Eric Moulds and the Buffalo Bills have come to terms on a new contract, The Buffalo News has learned. Greg Johnson, one of Moulds' New Orleans-based agents, said Wednesday night there are a few details that need to be worked out regarding incentives.'

Marker Pompei: Doug Flutie is on his way out [8:44 AM]
The Sporting News reports: [NOTE: Bills are also on front page of Sporting News as well] Here is a look at some of the best players who are vulnerable to getting released:

QB Doug Flutie, Bills. The Bills can't afford to keep both Flutie and Rob Johnson, so it is likely they will chose to keep the 27-year-old instead of the 38-year-old. Even though Flutie was a better player last year, it's hard to argue against keeping Johnson.

RB Antowain Smith, Bills. This former first-round pick fell out of favor with the old regime. If the new regime doesn't think more of him, Smith will be a cap casualty.

Marker Moulds set to sign [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'Unless something unforeseen happens during last-minute negotiations, wide receiver Eric Moulds will sign a new contract with the Buffalo Bills today.'

February 14, 2001

Marker ESPN - Hodge on Thurman as "factor back" [6:37 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Any synopsis of Thurman would be incomplete, but Hodge pays Thurman the homage he deserves.'

Marker Agent: Thurman Thomas to retire with Bills [1:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Thomas will finish his career with 12,074 yards rushing, ninth on the all-time list and just 46 yards behind Franco Harris. Thomas also is sixth in all-purpose yards.'

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