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Buffalo Bills News - March 7, 2003

Marker Buffalo make offer to LB Spikes [8:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Asked how serious he was about joining the Bills, Spikes said: ``Yeah, I would not have come if it weren't for real.'''

Marker Bills sign transition free agent LB Spikes to offer sheet [8:27 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"We could have put together an offer sheet even if we didn't make the trade, but yes there is more room (under the cap)," Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said after tendering the offer sheet.'

Marker President/GM Tom Donahoe Talks About Bills Activity [5:43 PM] reports: "Not too bad at this point but we have a long way to go. It's amazing that we've only been in free agency for a week but it seems like 10 years. We had a couple of things that we wanted to try to do quickly. For us linebacker was obviously a priority, tight end was a priority. We have some other things to do. The offer to Takeo will put us in a holding pattern for a while but we have other things to do yet."

Marker Unrestricted Free Agent Sam Adams Visits [5:40 PM] reports: "This is a first class organization, facility, administration and staff. This organization is geared towards winning a world championship. As a player, a free agent especially, this is a situation that you want to be involved. From the janitor to the owner they are committed to winning a championship and that's something that every player wants to be a part of."

Marker Spikes Signs Offer Sheet [4:53 PM] reports: Tom Donahoe has announced that free agent linebacker Takeo Spikes has signed an offer sheet from the Bills. The Bengals have seven days to match the offer. During his visit, Spikes said he was "very impressed" with everything he saw. Will the Bengals match?

Marker Bills re-sign veteran WR Charles Johnson [4:43 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Last season, Johnson had three catches for 39 yards and added 15 tackles and a recovered on-side kick on special teams.'

Marker Spikes mulls Bills' offer [3:23 PM] reports: “We’ll know here pretty soon,” Donahoe said. “They either walk in, shake hands, and leave, or they walk in, shake hands, and we say, ‘Talk to you in a week.’ We could have put together an offer sheet (for Spikes) if we didn’t make the trade but, yes, there is more room.”

Marker Said What? - Price Quotes During the 2002 Season [2:51 PM] reports: "Eric (Moulds) has helped me a lot along the way. He's been a tremendous help. This year alone, Drew Bledsoe and Kevin Gilbride (have helped me). Drew from the standpoint of having confidence in me and believing in me. Coach Gilbride for the schemes and all the things he allows me to do." -- Price after catching 7 balls for 126 yards and a TD against the Raiders on Week 5

Marker Bills Acquire 23rd Overall Selection [2:22 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has traded free agent wide receiver Peerless Price to the Atlanta Falcons. In exchange, Buffalo received Atlanta's first round selection in the 2003 NFL Draft (23rd overall).

Marker Atlanta Falcons Acquire Wide Receiver Peerless Price [1:44 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Price, who has lived in Atlanta during the offseason since 2000, had been unable to agree on a new long-term contract with the Bills. Since Price was listed as a ``franchise'' player with the Bills, Atlanta had to compensate Buffalo with its first-round pick, No. 23 overall, under NFL rules.'

Marker Falcons acquire WR Price from Bills for first-round pick [1:42 PM]
Sportsticker reports: "The Falcons give me the opportunity to be a No. 1 receiver and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with Mike Vick," Price said. "He (Vick) creates so many more opportunities for me with his ability to scramble. That creates more offense for me."

Marker The Price is Right [1:23 PM] reports: 'The Atlanta Falcons announced today that they have acquired WR Peerless Price in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. In exchange for Price, the Falcons gave Buffalo their first-round pick in the 2003 draft (23rd pick overall).'

Marker Johnson re-signs with Bills [1:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Receiver Charles Johnson re-signed with the Buffalo Bills on Friday. Johnson appeared in all 16 games last year, mostly on special teams.'

Marker Donahoe does it again, plus other notes [1:14 PM]
Shout! reports: Congratulations to Tom Donahoe for having the foresight to franchise-tag Peerless Price a few weeks ago and then move him to Atlanta for a first-round pick. That was a shrewd maneuver; one I suspect other NFL general managers might copy when unrestricted free agency occurs in the coming seasons.

Marker Price is right: Peerless to Falcons [11:35 AM]
AP reports: To complete the deal, Price and the Falcons agreed on a seven-year contract. Tim McGee, the receiver's agent, wouldn't give specific terms, but did say the signing bonus was at least $10 million and the total compensation was between $35-40 million.

Marker Price heading to Falcons, pending NFL approval [11:29 AM]
ESPN reports: 'While complete details of the contract Price will sign with the Falcons were not yet available, has learned it is a seven-year deal and includes a $10 million signing bonus.'

Marker Falcons expected to announce Price progress [11:27 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons have called a 1 p.m. press conference today, where the team is expected to announce they've taken a major step toward acquiring Buffalo Bills wide receiver Peerless Price. It is not immediately known whether it is to announce that the team has acquired his rights in a trade from the Bills, or that the team has not only acquired his rights, but also actually reached a contract with him.'

Marker Bills get closer on Peerless trade [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills might have to give up a pick in the 2004 draft, along with Price, to make the deal work.'

Marker Price dealt? [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'Contrary to some broadcast reports, the transaction is not complete, Falcons executive Ray Anderson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.'

Marker Bills turn to Spikes [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '“The one thing that’s a little difficult with this type of deal, if you put the offer sheet in, the team that has the tag has a chance to match it. We wouldn’t know for seven days, so that part of it is a little risky because you may be doing (the Bengals) work for them.”'

Marker Spikes might be Buffalo-bound [5:24 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"They made me feel welcome," Spikes said of Bills fans. "So that's a big plus. I remember one guy said: 'Play well, Takeo. Just don't hurt anybody so you can go ahead and get ready for us next year.' I saw posters out there. I even (heard) some guy say, 'Spikes, I love Buffalo, but I'm going to take my jersey off today and put a Cincinnati jersey on.' And he put it on."'

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March 6, 2003

Marker Bills moving programming to WKBW-TV [10:27 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'For the first time, the Bills two home preseason games at Ralph Wilson Stadium will be televised on a tape-delayed basis. Channel 7, the ABC affiliate in the Buffalo market, will televise the Bills' preseason opener at Baltimore versus the Ravens. The second preseason game at Tennessee versus the Titans will be carried nationally on ESPN. Home preseason games will follow against the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions. Final dates and times have not yet been determined..

Marker Falcons want Price and more from Bills [10:16 PM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Contrary to some reports Thursday night, the transaction is not complete, if nearly imminent. "Those are musings," said Falcons chief administrative officer Ray Anderson. "The trade has not been finalized. I'd like to be optimistic and say we hope to make progress [today]."'

Marker Bills close to dealing tagged receiver Price to Falcons [9:39 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are reportedly close to a deal that will send wide receiver Peerless Price to Atlanta for the Falcons' No. 1 choice in the draft, the 23rd overall choice.'

Marker Jonas Jennings says Peerless Price's rights traded to Atlanta [9:12 PM]
WCNN 680 AM Sports Radio reports: Bills OT Jonas Jennings, a former Georgia Bulldog, tells an Atlanta radio he got a call from Peerless saying that a deal was made to trade his rights to Atlanta. Details forthcoming and Jonas Jennings to be on radio again tomorrow (Friday) evening.

Marker Spikes' visit with Bills is picture perfect [8:32 PM]
AP reports: '"Yeah, I would not have come if it weren't for real," Spikes said Thursday after meeting with Bills officials, including team owner Ralph Wilson. Spikes then pulled out a disposable camera and had a team staff member take a picture of him posing with reporters. "I just wanted to thank you for welcoming me," Spikes said. "It's for my scrapbook."'

Marker NFL influenced by USFL's schemes, former coaches [8:05 PM]
ESPN reports: "Spreading the field like we did, with 4 WRs and throwing all the time in the 'run-and-shoot,' that was kind of radical back then," allowed HOF QB Jim Kelly, trigger man for the Houston Gamblers' audacious offense before signing with the Buffalo Bills. "Now you see it all the time in the NFL and not just on third down. People can say whatever they want to (about the USFL), but we tried to be exciting. The coaches had kind of an 'anything goes' attitude, you know?"

Marker USFL: A team-by-team history [7:56 PM]
ESPN reports: Best (Bills) Players: Jim Kelly, Doug Flutie & Scott Norwood

Worth remembering: The Run-and-Shoot was born here. Houston rolled up 1,162 points in two seasons, and QB Jim Kelly was the main ingredient. He threw for a remarkable 5,219 yards and 44 touchdowns in his rookie season, and followed that up with 4,623 yards and 39 TDs in 1985 despite missing several games with an injury.

Marker Spikes impressed with Bills organization, top to bottom (Interview) [7:05 PM] reports: "That was impressive by all the fans. I thought I was coming down to Cincinnati and Paul Brown Stadium in the last game of the year. They made me feel welcome. I remember one guy… 'play well Takeo, just don't hurt anybody so you can get ready for us next year.' I saw posters out there. I even saw some guys (say)… 'Spikes I love Buffalo but I'm going to take my jersey today and put a Cincinnati jersey on today.' He put it on, it was impressive."

Marker Press Conference Photo: Takeo Spikes [6:33 PM]
Yahoo reports: Takeo Spikes, currently a LB for the Cincinnati Bengals, speaks to the media during a press conference after meeting with the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Thursday, March 6, 2003. Additional Page

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