Forbes reports Bills among NFL's most profitable [11:13 AM]
Buffalo Business Journal reports: In its 2002 valuation, the Bills showed an operating income of $29.4 million, seventh-best out of 30 teams. The magazine said the Bills generated revenue of $131 million. The high-standing income comes despite the fact that the Bills, playing in one of the NFL's smallest markets, are rated just 25th in valuation at $458 million.
Buchsbaum’s quick hits [11:08 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: The Chargers are also looking for a backup running back, and there’s a chance that they’ll do something with the Bills with regard to that. The possibility is that one of their backup linebackers (possibly Orlando Ruff, a starter last year) will go to Buffalo for a running back.
Former Bills First Rounder a Victim of Bad Timing [11:07 AM]
profootballnews.net reports: Perhaps a position change is the next step for Flowers, who will most certainly be signed in the near future. In the NFL, speed on defense is held at a premium, and teams will be hard pressed to find a player with more pure, straight-ahead velocity than Erik Flowers. But as NFL teams are beginning to realize, there’s more to being a football player than speed.
Bills cut Flowers, welcome Ahanotu [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said Ahanotu (whose name is pronounced CHEE-dee uh-HAHN-uh-too) would not play Saturday in Indianapolis.'
Training camp billboard [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The defense doesn't have to be great because the offense is going to be pretty damn good," he said. "But if they stop the run on first down, now they can dictate to the offense and tee off on the quarterback in the passing game."'
Bills Release Nine [8:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Erik Flowers among the nine players released by the Bills.
Daryon Brutely, CB (Northern Iowa) Erik Flowers, DE (Arizona State) Demetrious Maxie, DT (UTEP) Jeremy McDaniel, WR (Arizona) Devonte Peterson, DT (Catawba) David Priestley, QB (Pittsburgh) Milton Proctor, S (Kansas State) Marc Samuel, K (Georgetown) Tom Schau, C (Illinois)
Help arrives for defense [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ahanotu and Price bring a combined 18 seasons, 240 games and 47.5 career sacks to a defensive unit that's raised nothing but red flags this preseason.'
Flowers cut [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flowers, taken with the 26th pick by former general manager John Butler, started only six games. He had four sacks.'
Price shopping proves wise [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'To be sure, after the horrific play of the offensive line in 2001, bringing in just about anybody to bolster that unit qualified as an upgrade.'
Buffalo Bills fan of the day [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"I was hoping for a winning record, but now it looks more like six or seven wins. We just can't stop anyone with our defensive line."'
Larry Felser: Bills Thoughts After Two Preseason Games [1:07 AM]
ESN reports: The Buffalo pass rush is so flimsy that it might be more productive to send threatening letters to enemy quarterbacks.
Bills cut loose DE Flowers [11:23 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills reshuffled their undermanned defensive line by signing veterans Shawn Price and Chidi Ahanotu, but they opened a roster spot by releasing 24-year-old defensive end Erik Flowers, the 26th player selected in the 2000 draft. Flower's release was expected because he had fallen onto the third team in the defensive line rotation before the signings of Price and Ahanoto. The 273-pound Flower only started six games in two seasons and had only four sacks. The Bills invested a first-round choice in Flowers with the hopes of developing him into an every down pass-rusher. Foot problems slowed him, and his playing time diminished once Gregg Williams took over as head coach last season.
Bills Sign Free-Agent Defensive End Chidi Ahanotu to Contract [8:41 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The Bills didn't disclose financial terms. The National Football League's minimum salary for players with nine years of experience is $650,000.'
Schobel challenged to build on rookie season [8:04 PM]
AP reports: '"I feel I played pretty good last year for being a rookie. But I've got to keep improving to keep that position," Schobel said, as the Bills continue training camp in suburban Rochester. "Six-and-a-half sacks is good for a rookie. But I need to improve. I need to try to get double digits."'
The Month Of August In Bills History [6:50 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Important dates in Buffalo Bills history
London Fletcher Diary: Entry #7 [6:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Away games are a little different from home games. I have to pack two uniforms and make sure that I have all my necessary toiletries along with my Walkman for the plane ride and pre-game in the locker room. Being on the road, we have to adjust to sharing a room and sleeping in a different bed.
Bills bolster defensive line with Ahanotu [4:47 PM]
AP reports: '"When London said he was leaving the Rams, I said, 'I'm going where ever you go, London,"' said Ahanotu, impressed by how Fletcher quarterbacked the Rams defense. "I didn't think it would happen. But here I am. ... I was watching. It was in the back of my brain of why I might come to Buffalo."'
Wingin' It in Buffalo [4:46 PM]
ESPN reports: 'I have looked forward to visiting Buffalo ever since I met Scooter almost two decades ago, and he immediately began raving about his hometown. He has long driven me nuts by naming every athlete who ever played or lived in the city, and when I finally reached the Queen City this weekend and met his family, I found out where he gets it from. They're even more like Scooter than Scooter is.'
Ahanotu agrees to one-year deal with Bills [1:25 PM]
AP reports: '"He is super excited," said Ahanotu's agent, Scott Langley. "The Bills are a storied franchise and he wants to help them."'
Bills Sign Chidi Ahanotu [12:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: St. John Fisher College - The Bills today announced that the team has signed defensive end Chidi Ahanotu (pronounced CHEE-dee uh-HAHN-uh-too).
Ahanotu Inks With the Bills [11:29 AM]
Empire reports: Defensive end Chidi Ahanotu has signed with the team and is expected to be available for the Monday afternoon practice session. The agreement is a one-year deal.
Pat Williams: Working In The Trenches [10:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: He is a 6-foot-3, 310-pound Cinderella…a Cinderella story that is. Sixth year pro Pat Williams has elevated himself from an undrafted rookie free agent in 1997 to a key member of the 2002 Bills team defense. Working his way through the trenches known as the defensive line he is making his presence known.
Two Minute Drill… With Larry Centers [10:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Fullback Larry Centers on his 2002 teammates.
Undrafted Bills making names for themselves [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here's how some of the young free agents are doing as the Bills enter the final week of training camp at St. John Fisher College...'
Keeping Price comes in handy [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'He's no All-Pro, he's no superstar, but you don't last 10 years in the NFL without having done a few things well along the way, and that's why the Buffalo Bills are thrilled they were able to re-sign Price last Friday.'
Henry making strides on the ground [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Henry is reveling in the fact that Bledsoe is here, and Rob Johnson isn't.'
Buffalo Bills fan of the day [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"I was at the opening (preseason) game and Drew Bledsoe really took charge. He got right up after that first sack and took them right down the field. You wouldn't have seen that with Rob (Johnson) last year."'
Price practices after signing with Bills [7:44 PM]
AP reports: '"We're so young there," said Bills team president Tom Donahoe. "Although we like a lot of our guys, Shawn gives us some experience. He did a good job for us last year, when he played hurt. Ahanotu wanted a couple of days to think about our offer, and we'll probably get his decision the early part of next week."'
Balanced Bills get offense running [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Last week we came out on fire with the passing game. This week we really wanted to establish the run and really work the ball with both a passing and running attack. We seemed to accomplish what we set out to do."'
After eight seasons, Ostroski nears the end of the road [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams has been tossing around the word "conditioning" lately, but what he really means is Ostroski is overweight.'
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