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Buffalo Bills News - March 24, 2003

Marker Rian Lindell Becomes A Bill [4:50 PM] reports: 'A restricted free agent, Lindell signed an offer sheet with the Bills last week that his previous team, the Seattle Seahawks, has opted not to match.'

Marker Lions reach agreement with Bryson [4:47 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Bryson preferred to sign a one-year contract, hoping he can demonstrate to teams that his knee is 100 percent rehabilitated, and then be eligible for free agency again next spring.'

Marker 5th Down: The Survivors [3:07 PM] reports: Here's a question that ought to be easy: How many players on the Buffalo Bills roster today were on the team two years ago? Or put another way, how players have been here longer than Tom Donahoe and Gregg Williams?

Marker Bills New TE Mark Campbell Talks with Media [2:33 PM] reports: '"It feels great. I've only been here a couple of time before for personal reasons and I've only been really since yesterday. I haven't gotten to see a whole bunch but I'm excited about the opportunity here and with everything I've seen so far. We have amazing fans, I'm really looking forward to that."'

Marker Bills Reach Verbal Agreement With Sam Adams [2:32 PM] reports: '"It would be an honor to play next to Pat (Williams)," said Adams during his visit to Buffalo on March 7. "You can't go to war with someone that you can't trust. Pat's been a part of the family for a long time and he's one of the best tackles in the league and together we can do some damage."'

Marker NFL Announces Nationally Televised Kickoff Weekend Games [2:24 PM] reports: The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open September 8 on ABC’s NFL Monday Night Football (9:00 PM ET) against the Eagles in Philadelphia’s new Lincoln Financial Field, a rematch of the NFC Championship Game.

Marker Win a Takeo Spikes Autographed Football [12:40 PM] reports: Win a Wilson Authentic NFL Game Ball autographed by linebacker Takeo Spikes!

Marker The Week In Bills History (March 24-31) [12:32 PM] reports: March 29, 1973 - BILLS SET HOME ATTENDANCE RECORD Kenneth Souliske purchased the 46,207th season ticket for the 1973 season, assuring the Bills of their largest home attendance ever.

Marker DT Sam Adams agrees to deal with Bills [10:58 AM]
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 Broncos courting Beuerlein as backup [10:58 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: Former Broncos running back Olandis Gary finally will dip his toes into the free-agent waters. He is scheduled to visit Buffalo on Thursday, and a meeting this week with Jacksonville also is in the works. He also is scheduled to visit the New York Giants next week, and possibly Dallas.

Marker Bills, Adams agree on four-year deal [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The big thing is we entered the offseason feeling that we had to impact the inside of our defense, our run defense especially," Bills coach Gregg Williams said Sunday at the NFL owners' meetings. "Sam obviously would be a huge factor in improving that area of our defense."'

Marker Bills beat clock to land DT Adams [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'A deal finally came together when Adams, who was eager to play alongside friend Pat Williams in the middle of the Bills’ impressively remade defense, agreed to Buffalo’s incentive-laden offer.'

Marker Chiefs' Hunt wants to eliminate first-round playoff byes [5:21 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs offered contracts to recent visitors to Arrowhead Stadium -- running back Shawn Bryson and defensive lineman Jeff Zgonina.'

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March 23, 2003

Marker Bills agree to deal with Adams [11:17 PM]
AP reports: Adams, a nine-year veteran, is a noted run-stuffer who played with last season's AFC champion Oakland Raiders. Released by the Raiders last month for salary-cap reasons, Adams quickly identified the Bills as his top choice after visiting the team more than two weeks ago. Adams was credited with 22 tackles and two sacks in 15 games last year. His best season came in 1997 with Seattle, when he had 52 tackles, seven sacks and one forced fumble.

Marker Former Raider Adams agrees to four-year deal [7:05 PM]
ESPN reports: The deal came together Sunday when Adams agreed to an incentive laden deal that rewards him for playing time and performance. "Now, I'm going to work to be the player they want me to be,'' Adams said. "I think this move in signing me will help get this team to the Super Bowl.''

Marker Uncertainty during war only strengthens Reed's brotherly love [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"No matter where he goes," Josh says, "he's proud to tell people I'm his brother."'

Marker Centers gave Bills more than talent [6:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe and Williams would have loved to keep both men, if only for the touch of class they gave the organization. But this isn’t 1980, even 1990.'

Marker Reed salutes his own heroes [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'The last time Josh spoke to his older brother was Jan. 27. Josh was flying from Rayne, La., to Buffalo that day to begin his rigorous off-season training program. Norbert, meanwhile, was shipping out to the Middle East.'

Marker Lame-duck coach could hinder Bills' playoff hopes [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe hasn’t made many mistakes this off-season, but when a coach goes from 3-13 to 8-8 in his second season, isn’t it time to give Gregg Williams a contract extension?'

Marker Centers Explores His Options [6:02 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Fullback Larry Centers is exploring his other options around the league before deciding whether to accept a relatively modest contract with the Washington Redskins, NFL sources said yesterday.'

March 22, 2003

Marker Spikes was a very inviting free-agent target [7:37 PM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: "Yeah, I was contacted by the Eagles," said Spikes, who was the Bengals' leading tackler for four years, and was in on more than 100 tackles in each of his five NFL seasons. "I wanted to get creative and do something that would put Cincinnati in a bind and also help the team out."

Marker Bills' signee to compete with Prioleau [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills gave Izell Reese a wedding present Friday: a job.'

Marker Ex-Bronco joins Buffalo defense [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: '“I consider myself to be able to do a little bit of everything back there, being that I’ve played every position,” said Reese during a visit earlier this week to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.'

Marker Thoughts on Burk, A-10 and Larry Centers [5:29 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Last season, in Kevin Gilbride’s offense, Centers was a little-used third-down back. And since he never was even a fair blocker, his on-field contribution was marginal, at best, and couldn’t justify his salary, albeit modest. But, that said, Centers was one of the most positive locker room influences in team history ... and a media favorite.'

Marker Seahawks waiting for right player at right price [5:28 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'The Seahawks will have to make at least one decision by Monday: Whether to match the offer sheet kicker Rian Lindell, a restricted free agent, signed this week with the Buffalo Bills. Don't expect it to happen, after the pros and cons have been weighed.'

Marker Redskins Are Looking To Bring Centers Back [5:27 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'The Washington Redskins hope to sign former Pro Bowl fullback Larry Centers, NFL sources said yesterday. Club officials wanted to move quickly to bring about a reunion with Centers after he was released Thursday by the Buffalo Bills, for whom he played the past two seasons after being abruptly cut by then-Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer.'

Marker Clinton's athleticism is unbelievable [5:26 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'When Donahoe took over the Bills two years ago, the team was in salary cap hell. Today, there are eight players left from that team, the Bills are $7 million under the salary cap and nobody would laugh if you would suggest that they have a chance to compete for the AFC Championship.'

March 21, 2003

Marker Adams Talks Progressing [9:16 PM]
WNSA Radio reports: Don't count Sam Adams out of the Buffalo Bills' lineup for 2003 just yet. An NFL source said talks between the defensive tackle and the club are progressing and both sides have stated publicly in the past that they want to get the deal done. It appears that still could happen.

Marker Mike Doser: Centers, Robinson became expendable [8:41 PM]
Shout! reports: 'One time Centers remarked to my colleague Lary Bump that he trusted the Bills' coaches and management so much that he felt he could shoot craps with them over the telephone. Now he's an ex-Bill - I wonder if his opinion of team management has changed.'

Marker Bills sign safety Reese [3:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Reese had a career-high 51 tackles while starting 15 games for the Denver Broncos last season.'

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