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Buffalo Bills News - March 26, 2003

Marker Bills To Host Free Development Program For Area Youngsters [12:56 PM] reports: The Bills, the National Football League, and Buffalo Public Schools will host Buffalo's first Junior Player Development (JPD) program from May 27th to June 12th. JPD is a 12-session football program that is free for participants between the ages of 12 and 14.

Marker Where Are They Now: Justin Cross [9:54 AM] reports: Forget about Carmen Sandiego. Where in the world is … Justin Cross? The former offensive tackle has gone from the field to the friendly skies. He’s become a commercial pilot and has gotten around more than a rumor about J.Lo.

Marker AFC East paying attention to Bills' upgrades [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm glad they don't have (wide receiver) Peerless Price anymore because we haven't tackled him yet," Miami Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said during Tuesday's AFC coaches' media breakfast at the NFL meetings. "But they have added some good people to the mix. I think they should be picked to win the division this year."'

Marker Bills fan in Kuwait files war reports from hub of action [6:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'AlSabah studies English literature at Kuwait University. He saw his first football game 10 years ago while watching Super Bowl XXVII broadcast on television. He fell in love with the sport and was drawn to the Bills.'

Marker Lions Sign Running Back Shawn Bryson to One-Year Contract [6:34 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The Lions didn't disclose financial terms of the contract. The National Football League's minimum salary for players with four years of experience is $530,000.'

Marker Finding NFL job no snap for Glenn [4:30 AM]
Ottawa Sun reports: 'For two years, it's appeared as if Glenn, who worked out last winter for the Buffalo Bills, would be taking his own competitive game south. The latest proposition cropped up with the Browns. Glenn learned of the Browns' sudden interest in him when they lost veteran LS Kuehl to the Giants. Since the query for Glenn's services came after the Feb. 28 deadline for CFL players in the option year of their contract to sign with NFL teams, the Browns would have had to obtain a release of Glenn from his current contract with the Renegades. But in the end, it wasn't needed.'

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March 25, 2003

Marker Bills sign Brown, ex-CFL receiver [8:25 PM]
AP reports: 'Receiver Antonio Brown, who spent last season playing in the Canadian Football League, signed with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.'

Marker Jack Kemp To Chair USA Football [4:20 PM] reports: Jack Kemp, whose pro football career helped launch him to a successful career in public service, will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of USA FOOTBALL, it was announced today.

Marker Bills Sign Antonio Brown [3:57 PM] reports: Brown (5-10, 170) most recently played for the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2002 and finished the year with 14 catches for 208 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Marker Talks With Ismail Break Off [1:17 PM]
Washington Post reports: 'Sources said that free agent fullback Larry Centers is generating interest from several teams around the league, but it remains unclear whether any club will be willing to pay him the sort of money he is seeking. The Redskins would like to sign Centers, who was released by the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, to a modest contract.'

Marker "Kids Day" Against Rams Highlights Preseason Schedule [1:12 PM] reports: 'Saturday, August 9 at Baltimore, 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 16 at Tennessee, 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 23 ST. LOUIS, 7:00 PM
Thursday, August 28 DETROIT, 7:00 PM'

Marker Player Profile: De'Mond Parker [9:19 AM] reports: Originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (159 overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft…during his two seasons in Green Bay he played in 19 games and ran for 269 yards on 54 carries (average of 5.0 yards) with two touchdowns…he also caught 13 passes for 65 yards.

Marker Adams can't wait to create havoc [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The fans in Buffalo are awesome," said Adams, who plans to live in Ted Washington's Buffalo-area home. "You come from a place like Oakland, the only other place you can go is Buffalo to find the fans that players want to play for. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Buffalo until I left, I just said, "I can't wait to get back here and start working with my teammates and doing my part to help this team win the Super Bowl.'"'

Marker Bills kick in $4.2 million to sign Lindell [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills needed a new kicker after contract talks with free agent Mike Hollis fell apart. Lindell, 25, is younger and at 6-foot-3 and 237 pounds looks more like a linebacker than a kicker.'

Marker Thinking Bills could be Super isn't off-center [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That '88 team wasn't quite mature enough for great things. The Super Bowl run came two years later. This team might not be ready yet, either. But it's a different NFL; teams can achieve big things in a hurry.'

Marker Loyal Steinbrenner still repaying Saban for favor [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The friendship between George M. Steinbrenner III and former Buffalo Bills coach Lou Saban has endured since the summer day they met on a playground in Cleveland 55 years ago.'

Marker Lindell looks forward to joining Bills [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“Nothing fazes this guy,” said Paul Sheehy, Lindell’s agent. “His mentality is absolutely perfect for a kicker. He’s never too high or too low. I think this is a great fit.”'

Marker Bills lure Adams with incentives [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'The playing time incentive takes into consideration Buffalo’s use of rotating linemen and the fact that the Bills potentially could be protecting a lot of leads using extra defensive backs against the pass.'

Marker Seahawks let Bills acquire Lindell [5:18 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: '"It's not breaking my heart that I'm leaving (Seattle)," said Lindell, who was born in Vancouver and attended Washington State.'

Marker Lindell gone after Hawks don't pay hefty Bills [5:17 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Lindell had one streak of eight consecutive field goals last season, and two with seven in a row. He also missed three attempts in two games at one point, and Coach Mike Holmgren was close to replacing him on several occasions in the past two years. The Seahawks have had six workouts for kickers in that time span, but Holmgren never found the right person to take over the job.'

Marker Seahawks let Lindell shuffle off to Buffalo [5:16 AM]
Everett Herald reports: '''(Buffalo) almost has a college town feel to it,'' Lindell said. ''It kind of reminded me of a bigger Pullman - a huge Pullman. So I thought it would be the perfect place for me.'''

Marker Seahawks allow kicker Lindell to join Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'The Seahawks were generally satisfied with his field-goal kicking, but wanted more depth on kickoffs. The Bills cited Lindell's kickoffs as a plus in making a four-year, $4.2 million offer last week.'

Marker Gary still searching for work [5:14 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'Unfortunately for Gary, none of those teams has a starting running back job available. Travis Henry is entrenched in Buffalo's backfield, Fred Taylor in Jacksonville, Tiki Barber in New York and James Stewart in Detroit. What's left now are backup jobs and backup wages. Most likely, the 27-year-old Gary will sign a one-year contract that allows him to showcase his skills before testing the free-agent waters next winter, when Denver's former 1,000-yard rusher hopes the need for his services will be greater.'

March 24, 2003

Marker Bills sign kicker Lindell to four-year deal [9:53 PM]
Fox Sports reports: '“What we had to ask ourselves is who is he as a kicker? We think he’s a good kicker. But probably at that level ($4.2 million), we wanted a great kicker."'

Marker Bills Sign Defensive Tackle Adams, Kicker Lindell [9:39 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Lindell made 23 of 29 field-goal attempts and all 38 extra- point tries last season for a career-high 107 points. He's made 58 of 78 career field-goal attempts, including seven of 12 from 50 yards or longer, and has six game-winning kicks. He's also made all 96 of his extra-point attempts.'

Marker Lions sign RB Shawn Bryson [9:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Bryson ran for 967 yards and two touchdowns during his first four NFL seasons, all with the Buffalo Bills. Bryson will compete for the backup spot behind James Stewart.'

Marker Seahawks don't match Buffalo's offer to Lindell [9:37 PM]
AP reports: 'Lindell is not worried about the swirling winds that are common in Ralph Wilson Stadium during the winter. He played at Washington State and kicked for two years at Husky Stadium while the Seahawks' new facility was being built. ``For me it's just about kicking the ball,'' Lindell said.'

Marker DT Sam Adams agrees to deal with Bills [9:36 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The 6-3, 330-pound Adams will enter his 10th NFL season after spending 2002 with the AFC champion Oakland Raiders. He spent six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and two with the Baltimore Ravens and has 29 career sacks.'

Marker The 1983 draft: A class to remember [9:36 PM] reports: Of course, the Class of '83 will be forever known as the "Year of the Quarterback," because of the six signal-callers chosen in Round 1 -- Elway, Marino, Jim Kelly, Eason, Ken O'Brien and Todd Blackledge. But the overall talent produced in that draft -- from top to bottom -- makes the quarterback story just one chapter of a blockbuster tale.

Marker Restricted free-agent kicker heads to Bills [9:35 PM]
ESPN reports: In addition to his physical skills, Lindell appeals to Bills officials because of his age, and his potential to stabilize the kicker position for several years.

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