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Buffalo Bills News - April 10, 2002

Marker Top Defensive Line Prospects [4:41 PM] reports: DT Ryan Sims (North Carolina) says he can fit in anywhere. Does he fit into the Bills plans? Here are the top defensive line prospects.

Marker Bills aren't giving away any secrets [11:58 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Our job is to look at the player. There's only one way to evaluate a player coming into this league and that's to sit down and look at the tape...the tape is still the most important thing. But the draft has almost become a cult...and people have so much fun with it. Still, a lot of information out there is not necessarily how we feel and we can't react to every piece of information that's thrown out there by a draft guru."'

Marker Rookie Review: Reggie Germany [11:13 AM] reports: Q: What went through your head when you heard that you had been drafted?
A: I was a little disappointed I thought that I was going to go higher than I did. But then the way it turned out, this is probably the best place for me. I got the opportunity to get out on the field right away and showcase my talents. That's what I am here for and that's exciting for me.

Marker Bills get their kicks with Hollis [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hollis signed for the veteran minimum of $650,000 with no signing bonus. Under a new league rule he will count only $450,000 against the salary cap.'

Marker Bills discuss plans to deal for Pats' Bledsoe [8:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As for his first pick on draft day April 20, Donahoe vowed the Bills would opt for "the best available player" regardless of position. "When you are 3-13, I don't think you have a starting anything," Donahoe said, referring to the team's showing last season.'

Marker Bills quiet on QB pick [5:03 AM]
D and C reports: '"I have no idea," said Harrington when asked point-blank if the Bills are going to take him. "Not a clue, not an inkling of an idea, I'm just as clueless as you guys."'

Marker Free agent Hollis agrees to terms [5:02 AM]
D and C reports: '"Buffalo was a little more impatient and wanted to get something done,'' said agent Jim Gaetano, who confirmed the deal. "They really wanted Mike."'

Marker Bills keep Bledsoe in mind [5:01 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''All we've tried to do with any of these other quarterbacks is to research them and see if it makes sense. Obviously, we have to go to camp with more than two quarterbacks. We'll have four quarterbacks when we go to camp. Will that be another veteran? Will it be a draft pick? Will it be a young guy? I don't know the answer to that at this point."'

Marker Donahoe plays it close to vest [5:00 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"We have two pretty good quarterbacks here," Donahoe said. "Alex Van Pelt did a quality job for us last year and Travis Brown is an outstanding prospect. Obviously we have to go to training camp with more than two quarterbacks. Will it be another veteran? Or a draft pick? Or a young guy? I don't know the answer to that at this point."'

Marker Kicker Hollis signs with Buffalo [4:59 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Hollis had hoped to get a bigger deal in free agency but his bargaining power was hurt when he made only 18 of 28 field goal attempts last year. The Bills told him they would make the offer to another kicker if he didn't accept and he decided it was his best option.'

Marker Hollis agrees to one-year deal with Bills [4:58 AM]
AP reports: '"They both got something out of it," Hollis' agent, James Gaetano, said. "It'll help Mike in the sense that here's a team that needs somebody in that position. And with the way they played last year, they looked like they could've been helped by somebody that could give them a boost in that area."'

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April 9, 2002

Marker Bills map out draft plans [8:32 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'They met the media to map out their draft plans today and GM Tom Donahoe offered little clues as to which way he's leaning. He did say there's a lot of speculation and guessing about draft picks this time of year.'

Marker Joey Harrington Visits Bills [8:29 PM] reports: "Everybody is (talking about trading down). Like I said, nobody is going to give me a straight answer. 'Well, we like you, we might take you or we might trade down or we might pass on you, or we might take you and trade you.' There are no straight answers."

Marker Bills Sign New Kicker [8:28 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The agent for the Jaguars veteran free agent [Mike Hollis] confirms to WIVB-TV that Hollis has agreed to a one year contract.'

Marker Ryan Sims visits Bills [8:17 PM] reports: 'What did the Bills tell you that they would want out of your position and you specifically? Basically, just continue to do what I do. Just play hard, play every snap. Run to the ball and just make big plays when you need it.'

Marker Ed Reed Visits Bills [8:15 PM] reports: 'What did the Bills staff talk to you about? We talked about my agent, me not having an agent and how my trip was going. Just basically how it was going to be after the draft, once you get drafted to whatever city you go to.'

Marker Bills keep everyone guessing on draft and Bledsoe [8:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe has already begun laying a new foundation, bolstering his roster with six free-agent acquisitions over the past month. Those additions include two likely starters: linebacker London Fletcher and offensive tackle Trey Teague. As a result, the Bills most pressing concerns entering the draft are at defensive line, where they need another nosetackle to complement returning veteran Pat Williams, and at strong safety.'

Marker Bills sign Mike Hollis [7:25 PM]
WGR Sports Radio 55 reports: WGR Sports Radio 55's Bills reporter Chris Brown reports that Buffalo has agreed to terms with Jacksonville free agent kicker Mike Hollis. Brown says it's a one year deal for $650,000 and no signing bonus. Hollis was 64% on field goals last year. He is 10 for 14 from beyond the 49 yard line, and is 80% lifetime on field goals.

Marker Updated Salary cap figure - $7,262,000 under [7:11 PM]
ESPN reports: @ As compiled by John Clayton as of April 9. Bills are in 4th best salary cap shape, followed by Eagles, Texans and Vikings (best shape).

Marker Interesting insights into Donhoe and Modrak's drafting MO [7:05 PM]
ESPN reports: Maybe John Butler isn't such a fool after all: "Of the team's starters in '01, 15 were drafted by the Steelers (NFL average: 12), including these Pro Bowlers: quarterback Kordell Stewart, guard Alan Faneca and linebackers Jason Gildon and Kendrell Bell (the defensive Rookie of the Year). Faneca is the only No.1 pick in that group. Last year, opening day rosters across the league featured 26 players drafted by the Steelers. Only the Bills, with 27, drafted more."

Marker Buffalo Bills Draft Tidbits [6:54 PM] reports: Less than a month to the 2002 NFL Draft, all focus is surrounding Buffalo's 11 draft picks. Here are a few things you may have not known about Buffalo's draft history.

Marker Van Pelt is forgotten man in QB picture [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Van Pelt, the number of sacks allowed dropped significantly and the offense functioned much better. He also has the respect of his teammates.'

Marker Peppers' road trip stops in Buffalo [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peppers, a 6-foot-6, 285-pounder, is rated as the top defensive lineman in the draft. He is expected to be taken with the second overall pick by the Carolina Panthers, who have a glaring need at defensive end.'

Marker With QB receiving so much attention, Bledsoe is best option [8:12 AM] reports: Bills management seemingly has made no bones about wanting to bring other quarterbacks onto the roster. The Bills have been in touch with Blake, Chandler & Quinn (or their agent). The argument can be made that Bledsoe is the best option at QB.

Marker Bills are dreaming of picking Peppers [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'Peppers was the third defensive lineman to make a visit, following Tennessee's Albert Haynesworth and Georgia's Charles Grant. The interest in Oakland Raiders free-agent tackle Grady Jackson is said to have cooled, so doing last-minute checks on college draft talent could be an indication of where the Bills are leaning.'

Marker Bills, Patriots mulling deal for Bledsoe [5:05 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"We've had some discussions to let them know our interest, and those discussions are ongoing," Donahoe said.'

April 8, 2002

Marker Kevin Gilbride: Leading the Offensive Charge [3:54 PM] reports: In Gilbride's eyes, Buffalo has players who can take the ball and run with it. The Bills also have players who can catch the ball and do something dazzling

Marker DE Julius Peppers Visits The Bills [2:31 PM] reports: I'm just trying to take it all in. I'm not really getting that excited about it. I'm just trying to stay calm but I think I will be getting more excited as it gets closer.

Marker Ticket Sale Dates [10:05 AM]
TBD reports: The following are the dates for specific ticket sales.

Select-A-Seat - May 11th and 12th
Season Ticket Holder Additionals - May 13th
Group Tickets - May 20th
Individual Game Tickets - July 13th

Season Ticket holder's may get additional tickets at these numbers:
2: 50, 4: 150, 6: 300, 8: 500, 10: any amount

Marker Will Bledsoe stay or go? [9:21 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Since Buffalo is the only bidder, the Bills aren't offering the Patriots a big deal. They're certainly not going to give the Patriots the fourth pick in the draft. The Patriots have countered by saying they could bring Bledsoe back, even though that may not be realistic. That's why Bledsoe is likely to still be a Patriot when the draft opens a week from Saturday. Then it becomes interesting. The Bills are likely to test the Patriots' resolve during the draft after they make their first-round pick.'

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