Butler tight-lipped on Bolts' shopping plans [1:24 PM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '...the moves could help them make a run at quarterback Doug Flutie and defensive end Marcellus Wiley, both of whom were brought to Buffalo by Butler. In fact, Butler spoke with Wiley's agent, Brad Blank, after the opening of free-agency at 9 PST last night. The two agreed to talk again today to arrange a visit.'
'One hell of a ride' [1:20 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As a businessman, this has been one hell of a ride, and I'll be forever grateful to Doug Flutie and Buffalo Bills fans," Ballou said. "But marketing is all about reinventing yourself, so that's what we'll do. Who knows, maybe we'll be back with Flutie Flakes for San Diego or Cleveland, or wherever Doug lands."'
End of the 7-11 debate [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is, to put it mildly, counterintuitive to keep a quarterback who has a starting record of 7-10 over the past three seasons and cut a quarterback who went 21-9 over the same span. But it seems to us the Bills made the right choice.'
Rogers joins cap victims [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Starting outside linebacker Sam Rogers was cut, as expected, as the Bills made their final moves to get under the $67.4 million salary cap every NFL team had to meet by 4 p.m. Thursday. Rogers, a six-year starter, joins nose tackle Ted Washington as the prime Bills defenders on the waiver wire.'
Second guesses [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the Buffalo Bills have finally voted one quarterback off the island. Even though there's a survivor, that doesn't necessarily end the Great Quarterback Controversy. On the contrary, for Internet junkies and talk show groupies, it's only just now getting good.'
Flutie not on Bucs' short list [8:01 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'It appears as though the Bucs and Buffalo Bills have something in common. Both teams believe they can succeed without quarterback Doug Flutie running their offense.'
Salary Cap Squeezes N.F.L.'s Big Names [7:58 AM]
New York Times reports: 'One National Football League team official said yesterday that there are at least eight teams interested in Flutie, including the San Diego Chargers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins.'
Free agent DE poised to strike It rich [7:12 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Wiley very soon will not only sign the biggest contract ever for a former Columbia University football player, but he could get the biggest contract in the free agent class of '01, checking in at around $50 million.'
QB rift was deep [6:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Finding himself on the other side of a sack for a change, Rob Johnson yesterday had a chance to celebrate. Instead, the survivor of the Buffalo Bills quarterback controversy resisted sniping at former teammate Doug Flutie.'
Johnson confident in his ability [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: '"I wish you guys knew the total situation of how divided the team was and how mentally draining it can be," Johnson said. "I mean, coaches were taking sides, it was that bad. "Guys would come out of meetings and they'd say, 'Boy, they really bad mouthed you in there and they're rooting for the other guy.'"'
Flutie hoping to play in sun [6:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flutie, released by the Buffalo Bills Wednesday in favor of Rob Johnson, told WCMF's Brother Wease "the only thing that really ticked me off is the perception that Rob beat me out -- that's he's better than me."'
Bills' Rogers is a cap victim [6:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Running back Antowain Smith survived the Buffalo Bills' final roster purge of players to meet yesterday's NFL's salary cap deadline. Linebacker Sam Rogers wasn't so lucky.'
Flutie again left holding short end of the stick [6:29 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Now, once more, he is available to any team that wants to win. He knows he can, if only they would let him.'
Say It Ain't So [9:14 PM]
CNN/SI reports: The Chargers and Bills made QB decisions ...
CNNSI.com puts them in historical perspective.
Sports fans love to reminisce over the days when it all went wrong: the wasted draft pick, the tragic trade or the defecting hero. These may not be, by definition, the worst roster moves ever made, but they were the ones that affected us on a personal level. These are the events that caused -- and still cause -- us to sit on our bar stools and lament the cruel twists of life.
Decision to keep Johnson the right choice [9:12 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Johnson has not endeared himself to many fans because of his knack for getting injured. He was knocked out of nine of 19 starts with the Bills. Some of that was attributed to his maddening habit of holding the ball to long, which resulted in far too many sacks.'
Bills cut Rogers and Albright [8:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Rogers, who was to make more than $6.3 million next season, was cut along with long-snapper Ethan Albright. Also gone are safety Daryl Porter and cornerback Ray Hill, restricted free agents who were not tendered offers.'
Johnson ready to emerge from Flutie's shadow [8:09 PM]
AP reports: '"Doug Flutie's going to have fans when he's 60 years old. He's that type of guy," Johnson said. "My job is to win football games. The people of Buffalo will respect that when we win."'
Bills' QB Choice a Head-Scratcher [3:38 PM]
SF Chronicle reports: 'Flutie may have been 21-9 as a starter for the Bills, but Johnson (7-11 in 18 starts) is much taller. And you know how important that is...'
To most of Rob's female fans it is!
Sam Rogers and Ethan Albright released [3:35 PM]
reports: 'President and General Manager, Tom Donahoe, said on WNSA that OLB Sam Rogers has been released and the Bills are now under the cap.'
Flutie released by Buffalo [1:17 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '"Doug's a free agent now, that's an upside," said Flutie's brother, Darren, last night. "He has options. But nobody likes rejection. And that's what they said to Doug. We don't want you in Buffalo.'
MetroWesters: Flutie a proven winner [1:16 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'The release of Natick's Doug Flutie from the Buffalo Bills struck a chord with many MetroWest residents who pointed out the NFL franchise flourished under the 38-year-old quarterback&'s leadership.'
Bills blew it by dumping Flutie [10:47 AM]
MSNBC reports: 'Bills blew it by dumping Flutie... New GM Donahoe made wrong choice in Buffalo's quarterback controversy.'... What does he know??
Leaf, Flutie Are Among Players Cut [10:46 AM]
LA Times reports: 'Chargers end association with quarterback; Bills make decision to go with Johnson.'
Buffalo News web site is having problems [10:41 AM]
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Bills keep Johnson, cut Flutie [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Today's decision may not be a popular one with all of our fans, but our responsibility as an organization is . . . to make the right decisions," Donahoe said. "We would like to thank Doug Flutie for his efforts here in Buffalo."'
In Rob they trust [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds supports the Bills' decision, but will miss Flutie. The two developed a close relationship, and Moulds had some of his greatest games when Flutie was the starter.'
Bills show confidence in staff teachers [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And as of Wednesday, they have put their reputations in the hands of a flawed, fragile quarterback who has yet to prove he can be a consistently healthy, effective NFL starter.'
Talent wins out for Johnson [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know we've got the right guy for this offense. Rob can make all the throws. He can make every throw that needs to be made. He's mobile. We've got to coach him to be smarter in how he takes care of his body. We've got to coach him to get rid of the ball quicker."'
As victories mounted, Flutie ignited passionate debates [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But over the past three seasons, Flutie energized a city that longed for a new hero in the aftermath Jim Kelly's retirement in 1996. Flutie rejuvenated a franchise many thought was going to leave town. He also stirred more passionate debate in Western New York than any Bills player in recent memory.'
Well thought out [6:38 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'If the end of the Doug Flutie versus Rob Johnson melodrama felt a bit anticlimactic to you Wednesday, it's because in the final analysis, logic prevailed.'
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