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Buffalo Bills News - March 2, 2005

Marker Bills O-line depleted by free agency [9:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Entering free agency, the Bills have only six returning linemen left on their depth chart not including hefty tight end Jason Peters.'

Marker It's a Year for Second-Line Free Agents [9:09 PM]
Yahoo reports: The prototypical 2005 free agent may be Buffalo's Jonas Jennings, an offensive tackle who will probably be in demand simply because numerous teams need help at that position and he's probably the best remaining available tackle. He'll command big money even though he's far below Jones and Pace.

Marker Racing monsters of the tundra [9:08 PM]
Buffalo News reports: WOW what a great time. I'm glad they are using the Ralph for something else than football.

Marker Vikings add DT Williams [9:08 PM]
Fox Sports reports: FOXSports.com has learned that the Vikings have agreed to terms with former Bills defensive tackle Pat Williams on a three-year, $13 million deal that includes $6 million in bonus money. With incentives the contract can eventually reach $15 million.

Marker "Comeback Game" DVD Winner #3 [3:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'As Van called the opening kickoff I remember predicting the final score to my father: fifty-one to zero, Buffalo Bills. A half-hour later the gut feeling gave way to the sick feeling that I may have finally predicted a Bill's game correctly, only backwards.'

Marker Welcome To Free Agency - Jennings And Williams Already On The Move? [3:10 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With the midnight deadline expiring the Buffalo Bills let Jonas Jennings, Pat Williams, Marcus Price, Izell Reese, Bradford Banta, Shane Matthews and Drew Haddad hit the open market.'

Marker Thomas Gets Tendered [3:10 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills did not tender RB Joe Burns or G Mike Pucillo making them unrestricted free agents.'

Marker NFL looks at new faces in new places [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are expected to be looking for offensive line help, because they are sure to lose left tackle Jonas Jennings. Jennings is the only left tackle in the NFL who started last year and is unrestricted, so he is likely to hit the jackpot. Defensive tackle is another question mark for the Bills, because they are likely to lose starter Pat Williams. He's the best of a thin group of available defensive tackles.'

Marker Jennings, Williams officially are free [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Early speculation centered on Jennings drawing interest from the AFC East rival New York Jets and Chicago Bears. Williams could land in Minnesota and a reunion with former Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell. The Jets, Cincinnati, Miami and Arizona are other possibilities.'

Marker Closing in on OT Jennings [5:00 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The offense is in flux, but could get a quick reprieve with strong indications that left tackle Jonas Jennings is close to signing with the Jets.'

Marker Bills Tender Contract To CB Thomas [4:59 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'By tendering offers on the team's Restricted Free Agents (RFA) - a player who just finished his third season in the league and his contract is about to expire - the Bills will be given draft-round compensation should the players sign elsewhere.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Free Agency Primer [4:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Below is a complete list of Buffalo's 2005 free agents, broken down into their respective categories...'.

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March 1, 2005

Marker NFL Free Agency About To Begin [9:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Unless some last minute deals are made, Marcus Price, Ryan Neufeld, Izell Reese, Shane Matthews, Drew Haddad and Bradford Banta will also become unrestricted free agents.'

Marker Bills lose DT Williams to free agency; LT Jennings likely gone, too [9:36 PM]
AP reports: '''They definitely had their chance. I wanted to come back,'' Jennings told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ''But I have to go and let my star shine somewhere else.'''

Marker "Comeback Game" DVD Winner #2 [1:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Jason was eager to leave, and I was happy to get away from that miserable crowd. But to my utter astonishment, Dave said, "Man, we're here. Relax. Maybe they'll come back."'

Marker Rival coaches think Losman will shine [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Based on what I saw of him at the Senior Bowl last year, you could see that he has all the tools," said Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. "He's an athletic guy, he can make all the throws and he'll do what he has to do to win in the NFL. The sky's the limit for the kid, I really believe that."'

Marker Bills face tough roster choices [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Unless the Bills decide to strike deals with offensive left tackle Jonas Jennings and defensive tackle Pat Williams by the stroke of midnight today, signaling the start of free agency, Buffalo's respective front walls will have holes large enough to drive cement trucks through.'

February 28, 2005

Marker Super Bowl star speaks on football, his faith [5:29 PM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'Saturday afternoon, Beebe returned to North Aurora and the Union Congregational Church to send a message to dozens of listeners. Beebe, now coach of the Aurora Christian football team, spoke about football and his faith.'

Marker "Comeback Game" DVD Winner #1 [12:42 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'For one day a whole community came together and learned an important lesson; no matter how bleak things look, if you work hard you can overcome anything.'

Marker Bills, Verizon Wireless renew sponsorship [11:31 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and Verizon Wireless have extended their marketing deal for another three years. The contract pays the team a low seven-figure amount annually.'

Marker Budget crisis could change the future of the Bills [11:30 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Legislator Al DeBenedetti has been against the deal with the Bills and Raplh Wilson from the beginning. “It's just a question of five million more dollars he doesn't have to spend. That he gets to keep as profits, that comes out of the pockets of the taxpayers of Erie County at a very difficult time,” said Legislator Al DeBenedetti.'

Marker Inside slant [7:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Other free agent activity for the team is expected to center on finding a reliable No. 2 quarterback and running back, obtaining a tight end and looking for more upgrades for the offensive line.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [7:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills want to take advantage of Losman's mobility, but they don't want him to be Michael Vick, tucking and running on every pass call. Meanwhile, they have to plan for the very real possibility he won't start all 16 games if he can't rein in his reckless play. The backup job has suddenly become important again.'

Marker Notes, quotes [7:07 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"I've seen a lot of changes on all the teams I've been on. I've seen Darrell Green go in Washington and Emmitt Smith go in Dallas, so from that standpoint, nothing surprises me in the NFL." -- Bills guard Ross Tucker reacting to the release of 12-year veteran Drew Bledsoe, the NFL's 10th all-time passer.'

Marker Cowboys have line on bulk [6:43 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"He's immobile," former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson said of Bledsoe. "He can't move."'

Marker NFLPA: Bledsoe's deal worth $14 mil [6:31 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'According to NFL Players Association figures, Drew Bledsoe’s three-year deal is worth $14 million with essentially $5.5 million guaranteed.'

Marker Buck shots [5:36 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Drew Bledsoe is a good signing for the Cowboys, and why? Because I'm from Buffalo. We need some sort of revenge for the way you beat us in the Super Bowl. If you can protect Bledsoe, he's not a bad QB. If you can't ... well, just take your blood-pressure meds with you. GO BILLS!'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:35 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'It is believed Jennings is seeking a contract that would make him one of the highest-paid players at his position. That's a demand the Bills aren't likely to meet.'

Marker Free Agency Questions & Answers [5:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'From March 2 to the day before the season begins, a club's top 51 salaried players count towards the cap, plus pro-rated signing bonuses, incentives, etc., but not base salaries of other players on the roster up to 80. Thereafter, all salaries on a club's roster count towards the cap.'

Marker Bills Plan for Thorough Check at Combine [5:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The scouting process is hitting the home stretch and the Bills hope all the questions they have surrounding this year's draft crop will be answered as the coming months unfold.'

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