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Buffalo Bills News - March 16, 2005

Marker Experience counts in quarterback movement [7:42 PM] reports: Bills wanted the eight seasons of experience that Kelly Holcomb, set free by the Browns, could offer to help prop up Losman as a first-year starter.

Marker Redskins sign Prioleau, prepare to welcome Brown [7:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Prioleau's signing reunites him with Redskins assistant coaches Gregg Williams and Steve Jackson, who both coached him in Buffalo. Prioleau will compete with starters Sean Taylor and Matt Bowen for playing time.'

Marker Bills Announce 2005 Preseason Opponents [7:42 PM] reports: 'The Bills will open the preseason at Indianapolis and will host Green Bay in the second week of the preseason. Buffalo will then travel to Chicago before closing out the preseason at home vs. Detroit.'

Marker Packers and Favre highlight Bills preseason slate [7:42 PM]
AP reports: 'It will be the first time the Packers and Bills have met in the preseason since 1997, when the two teams played in Toronto.'

Marker Redskins ink DB Pierson Prioleau [7:42 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Prioleau spent the past four seasons with Buffalo and last year finished with 38 tackles and one fumble recovery in 16 games.'

Marker Redskins Sign Veteran DB Prioleau [7:42 PM] reports: 'During his time in Buffalo, he played for Redskins assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams and safeties coach Steve Jackson.'

Marker Brett Favre Comes To Buffalo For The Preseason [7:42 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The dates and times of the games have not yet been announced.'

Marker Bills boosters turn their attention to the kitchen [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While she admits her sister is a fan of her Polish-style carrot cake with poppy seeds, and she has spent the winter experimenting with chili, she is more eager to talk about the Bills than food. She has high hopes for quarterback J.P. Losman. "He's not afraid to hang on to the ball when he does have it," said Opalka, who works at a downtown insurance company. "I'm keeping my fingers crossed."'

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March 15, 2005

Marker NSU coaching hopefuls visit Aberdeen this week [4:33 PM]
Aberdeen American News reports: 'Kyle Achterhoff, offensive coordinator at Northwestern College, will interview today and Wednesday, while Paul McCord, special assistant coach for the Buffalo Bills, will be in town Wednesday and Thursday.'

Marker Bills release Prioleau [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It appears the Bills also might eventually release Coy Wire, another of their backup safeties. An escalator in his contract that went into effect this year brings his base salary from $455,000 to $1.43 million, according to union records. His release would save $975,000.'

March 14, 2005

Marker Bills Cut Safety [9:55 PM] reports: 'Prioleau started 24 games over three years for Buffalo including all 16 games in 2002. The six year veteran began his career in San Fransico.'

Marker Bills release S Prioleau; re-sign TE Neufeld [9:37 PM]
AP reports: 'Prioleau's agent, Brian Mackler, said Buffalo offered his client a new three-year deal, which included restructuring the final year of his current contract. But Prioleau turned it down, hoping to find a better opportunity with another team. Mackler described the Bills' offer as fair, but Prioleau was willing to explore his options after being relegated to mostly special teams last season. After starting a career-high 16 games with Buffalo in 2002, Prioleau had only two starts last season.'

Marker Prioleau Released/Neufeld Coming Back [9:35 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In his career, Prioleau has only recorded one interception in 80 games.'

Marker Bills Re-Sign Neufeld/Release Prioleau [5:41 PM] reports: '"Ryan is a versatile player who does a lot of good things offensively for us," Bills head coach Mike Mularkey said. "He is not only a tight end, but also welcomes his playing time as a fullback. He is an important asset on special teams as well, and we are excited to have him on this team and look forward to his contributions."'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:34 PM] reports: 'At the present time there is not enough interest to make a trade and if things continue in that vein we would expect to have Travis back again next year for the final year of his contract.'

Marker Inside slant [7:20 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The No. 2 quarterback job in Buffalo has been among the loneliest in the NFL over the past three seasons, what with the slow but durable Drew Bledsoe starting all 48 games. But after Bledsoe was released last month, and the reins were handed to J.P. Losman, a solid insurance policy suddenly became important for Buffalo again.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [7:20 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Center. The Bills have to start getting serious about upgrading their line; it's just not in the league of Pittsburgh's, Indianapolis', or New England's, the teams to beat in the AFC. Landing a veteran or good rookie would allow Trey Teague to be shifted to left tackle.'

Marker Notes, quotes [7:19 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'QB J.P. Losman, who grew up in Los Angeles, has found adjusting to a small city like Buffalo difficult, but in a good way. "It's weird being in a new city and it's been a little overwhelming my time thus far in Buffalo," he said. "The fan support has been overwhelming. It's not something I'm used to. I've never known so many people that have so much knowledge and passion about their team. "(Heading through the tunnel on game days), the energy you feel in the stadium makes you feel on top of the world, like we're gladiators or something. It's not something I'm used to and I feel very fortunate to be in this situation.''

Marker Two legislators ask Bills to forego payment [5:04 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The two lawmakers admit their request to the Bills could open a Pandora's Box. "We fully understand that this appropriation is mandated under the lease and any failure on the part of the county to fund this appropriation would nullify the agreement," they wrote in a Feb. 28 letter to Bill Munson, Bills vice president of operation. "It is not our intention to challenge or nullify the previously signed agreement; however, as Erie County Legislators we must make every inquiry into possible expenditure reductions that will aide us in balancing our 2005 budget."'

Marker Where It Started [5:03 AM] reports: 'For Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, and Bruce Smith the latter parts of their hall of fame careers will be an after thought, as they’ll always be remembered as Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:02 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Starting C Trey Teague may get a look at left tackle during the spring minicamps.'

March 12, 2005

Marker Lions QB choices on the go [5:22 PM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Guard Rick DeMulling, who visited the Lions on Wednesday, apparently will choose between Detroit and Buffalo. Both teams are said to be negotiating for his services.'

Marker Eric Moulds heads home for rest and good weather [5:20 PM]
Mississippi Press reports: 'Moulds said he never really thought he would make it in the NFL, he thought if he went pro it would be playing basketball. Moulds has been playing for the Buffalo Bills for nearly 10 years because he didn't put limits on himself, he said.'

March 11, 2005

Marker Bills interview lineman and tight end [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question for the Bills and other teams is where is Womack best suited? Seattle is interested in bringing him back to play guard. He likely would make more money at tackle. "I've played more tackle, but I'd be comfortable at guard if they put me there," Womack said. "I just try to be versatile and help the team wherever I can. "They have great chemistry here and I'd like to be part of it."'

March 10, 2005

Marker Pair of Free Agents Visit Buffalo [5:14 PM] reports: '"I sat down with coach Mularkey and coach (Jim) McNally to go over some plays and some technique and I think I could fit in pretty good here," added Womack. "Just looking at the team, they have very good chemistry here and I want to be a part of it."'

Marker Bills Have More Free Agent Visitors [4:03 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'TE Marcellus Rivers has spent the past four seasons with the Giants. He has 27 catches for 227 yards and excels on special teams.'

Marker Tight End Marcellus Rivers Visits Bills [12:35 PM] reports: '2003: Played in 12 games with 5 starts. Inactive for the season’s final 4 games with a knee injury. Posted career-high totals of 17 receptions for 155 yards and recorded 12 tackles on special teams. Started against Buffalo (11/30) and had 2 receptions for 22 yards before leaving the game with a knee sprain that would sideline him for the remainder of the season.'

Marker Lineman Floyd Womack Visits Bills [12:31 PM] reports: 'Nicknamed “Pork Chop” by his mother who thought Floyd resembled Pork Chop Cash, a local pro wrestler, when Floyd was a baby.'

Marker Teague may shift to tackle [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Today the Bills are expected to entertain Seattle lineman Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack. He is a four-year veteran who has started 22 games the last three seasons, mostly at right tackle, but he also has played guard and left tackle. If the Bills don't find what they're looking for in the free agent market, Teague will become a much stronger possibility to play tackle.'

Marker Defensive linemen impress Krumrie at UW pro day [5:01 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: 'Having just watched his defensive line coach put six NFL draft hopefuls through something that from now on should simply be called "The Krumrie Drill," Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey found himself wondering if maybe 44-year-old Tim Krumrie should still be playing the position instead of coaching it.'

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