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Buffalo Bills News - March 17, 2003

Marker Atlanta signs LB Newman [9:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Reaching certain incentives could push Newman's salary as high as $800,000 this year. Newman, a fourth-round draft pick out of North Carolina in 1999, has 238 career tackles and 14 1/2 sacks.'

Marker Kicker signs offer sheet from Buffalo [9:31 PM]
AP reports: 'The deal is for four years and worth more than $4.2 million, said agent Paul Sheehy.'

Marker Bills sign wide receiver Shaw [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Shaw was drafted by Seattle in the sixth round of the 1998 draft and spent the next three years with Pittsburgh, catching 92 passes 1,468 yards and nine touchdowns.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with former Jaguars WR Shaw [9:29 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Shaw, 27, caught a career-high 44 passes for 525 yards and a touchdown last year, starting 10 of 16 games for Jacksonville. He also averaged 12.4 yards on 25 returns, bringing back one 69 yards for a touchdown.'

Marker Bills, Lindell agree to four-year contract [8:19 PM]
ESPN reports: Frustrated by unsuccessful efforts to re-sign kicker Mike Hollis, the Buffalo Bills have turned to the restricted free agent market in an attempt to bolster the position for the long-term, with learning the team on Monday evening signed Rian Lindell to an offer sheet.

Marker Seahawks are Couging it by giving Lindell the boot [6:30 PM]
Seattle Post-Intellegencer reports: Lindell is about to receive a contract offer from the Jets or Bills. The Seahawks can retain Lindell by matching it, but that's unlikely. The offer is apt to be more than the Seahawks want to pay him.

Marker 'Franchise' players begin four-month waiting period [6:26 PM]
ESPN reports: For the seven "franchise" players still without long-term deals -- the eighth, WR Peerless Price, was traded from Buffalo to Atlanta and signed a seven-year contract -- football is about to become an afterthought.

Marker Chris Brown: Shaw Agrees to Terms [6:18 PM]
WGR reports: Shaw should blend in quickly. On his visit to Buffalo, the speedy Shaw pointed out that he spent two seasons with Kevin Gilbride’s offensive system in Pittsburgh. In his three years with the Steelers (’99-’01) he averaged over 16 yards per catch. The 27-year old believes he’ll be able to reacquaint himself with the offense quickly which could help him step right in and contribute.

Marker Bobby Shaw Bio/Career WR/PR Stats [5:19 PM] reports: Talented receiver who joined Jaguars as unrestricted free agent on April 2, 2002 to replace Keenan McCardell as team's slot receiver. Possession receiver caught 92 passes in four years with Pittsburgh Steelers, missing only one game in his first three seasons.

Marker Falcons sign LB Newman, CB Williams [4:51 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Newman spent the first four years of his career with the Bills after they selected him in the fourth round of the 1999 draft. The 6-2, 248-pounder has 238 tackles and 14 1/2 sacks in 52 career games, including 42 starts.'

Marker Meet "Coach Donahoe" [4:51 PM] reports: '"Tom is the best at what he does because of how he does it," Carl says. "I don't think it's been his goal to personally be the best. It's just the end result."'

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With WR Bobby Shaw [3:19 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms on a contract Shaw. In accordance with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marker Falcons sign linebacker Newman [1:27 PM] reports: 'The Atlanta Falcons announced today that they have signed LB Keith Newman as an unrestricted free agent from the Buffalo Bills. Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team.'

Marker Win a Takeo Spikes Autographed Football [1:10 PM] reports: Win a Wilson Authentic NFL Game Ball autographed by linebacker Takeo Spikes!

Marker Kailbourne prepared if Bills revive campaign [5:21 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Now, as the clock starts ticking again on the future of the franchise, the question has arisen: Can the success of 1998 be repeated and would those who led that effort try it again.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Coaching Staff [12:19 AM] reports: Buffalo added five new coaches this offseason.

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March 16, 2003

Marker Players taste game action [9:47 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Merceda Perry, a LB out of UNC Chapel Hill, who the Bills signed on January 24th and allocated to NFL Europe had 4 sacks in a game condition scrimmage for the Barcelona Dragons.

Marker Bills' best upgrades may be the guys carrying clipboards [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The difference is in the takeaway-giveaway ratio. Tell me who had the most takeaways in a game, and I can tell you the likely winner." The Bills had 19 takeaways in each of the past two seasons. They finished in the bottom five of NFL takeaway-giveaway ratio in both years.'

Marker Adams has the stuff to give Bills a championship defense [9:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Adams is the run-plugger who will keep the blockers off Fletcher and Spikes. He automatically would make Pat Williams better.'

Marker Patriots, Bills appear most improved in AFC East [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Here is how I rate the AFC East in terms of improvement since last season ended...'.

Marker Things are shaking in the AFC East [5:28 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''The Bills have done the most to improve their team but they're the one that needed the most. They significantly improved themselves on defense by signing [linebackers Jeff] Posey and [Takeo] Spikes. They lost Keith Newman but they more than made up for that with Spikes, who should really impact their defense."'

Marker Bills on the move [5:27 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'As encouraging as the Patriots' signings of linebacker/pass rusher Rosevelt Colvin, safety Rodney Harrison and cornerback Tyrone Poole have been, Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli are still a move or two away from matching the offseason improvement of the Buffalo Bills.'

March 15, 2003

Marker Bills Work Overtime In Busy Two-Week Period [12:07 PM] reports: You would be hard pressed to find a staff that has been busier than Tom Donahoe's staff over the past two weeks. Since the free agency gates were opened on February 28, the Buffalo Bills President and General Manager has orchestrated a number of roster moves that have raised the level of excitement and anticipation among Bills backers everywhere.

Marker Two Bills Drive Mock Draft Track is alive and active [10:07 AM]
TBD reports: You can get a summary of which players various mock drafts have projected the Bills to pick from TBD and its staff of volunteers.

Marker NFL Europe Coaching Interns [10:03 AM] reports: The NFL Coaching Internship Program is a joint effort of the NFL and the NFL Players Association. This year's participants include two former Bills:
PETE METZELAARS (FC Barcelona Dragons - Training Camp) -
MARTIN BAYLESS (FC Barcelona Dragons - Full Season) -

Marker Channel 7 going to the videotape for two Bills preseason games [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills, however, are usually the top TV draw in the area. So Channel 7 should at least be able to do much better in the ratings with the Bills than they would do by carrying ABC's summer schedule of prime-time shows.'

March 14, 2003

Marker In the end, Jets unlikely to keep Coles [6:14 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Adams is smart enough to realize that the money in the free agent well is drying up quickly now and he won't wait forever on the Bills to get into what he feels his price range should be. In the next week or so, if there is no deal with Buffalo, he will begin exploring options. And don't be surprised if the Ravens are at the top of his list.'

Marker Send A FREE Buffalo Bills E-Card [12:00 PM] reports: Four different cards including one featuring recently-acquired linebacker Takeo Spikes.

Marker Another Visitor - Cornerback Alex Molden [11:57 AM] reports: Cornerback Alex Molden (San Diego) is the latest free agent to visit the Bills. Molden, a first-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in 1996, played two years for the Chargers before the team released him this year.

Marker Bills host Jenkins; Molden next [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Molden's agent is Angelo Wright, who is trying to reach an agreement with the Bills and another client, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sam Adams.'

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