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Buffalo Bills News - April 22, 2002

Marker Players reaction to Bledsoe Trade [6:00 PM] reports: I'm excited like everybody else. I think all of Western New York is excited. Especially the players and myself because we have a great quality quarterback. - Eric Moulds

Marker Statement from Drew Bledsoe [3:56 PM] reports: “I am very excited to join the Buffalo Bills, a team I have come to deeply respect over the past decade. I apologize for not being available to media and fans on Sunday but my little boy was in the hospital and my wife, Maura, and I were attending to him.

Marker Priestley signs with Buffalo [1:58 PM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Pitt quarterback David Priestley was not selected in the NFL Draft, but was signed as a free agent immediately after. Priestley joined the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night. He'll attend mini-camp next week to battle for the No. 3 quarterback spot with two-year veteran Travis Brown.'

Marker Bledsoe will throw in Buffalo [1:52 PM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"Buffalo's getting a good player," Belichick said. "Buffalo is paying a significant price, and they are getting a significant player."'

Marker Talk of trade is finally over [1:51 PM]
Springfield Union News reports: ' this franchise quarterback finds himself gone with the Buffalo wind. And it's no cool, refreshing breeze, either, but a harsh, cold one that tells us some decisions are left to the cruelty of fate and the whim of sport.'

Marker Bledsoe finally a Bill [1:39 PM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Coach Bill Belichick of the Patriots said, "We all knew what the situation was. A football team can have only one starting quarterback. In the end, it can be only one guy. When you put it all together, this is probably best."'

Marker Get ready for Bledsoe vs. Belichick [1:05 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: '"We at first approached Mr. Kraft at the owners meeting (in mid-March),'' said Bills general manager Tom Donahoe. "We just took a shot at it. We didn't know how he would react to it. We had some hesitation whether they would be reluctant to trade within the division, Mr. Kraft said it wasn't (a problem) if it was the right deal."'

Marker announces contest winner [12:29 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills would like to congratulate Chad Smith of North American Health Plans as the winner of the "Meet The Draft Picks" promotion.

Marker Virtual War Room [12:26 PM] reports: Meet the new picks, hear, read and watch what they had to say in the Virtual War Room.

Marker Bills aquire Bledsoe in Trade with New England [12:24 PM] reports: The Bills yesterday announced that the team has acquired quarterback DREW BLEDSOE from the New England Patriots in exchange for a first-round pick in 2003.

Marker Bledsoe is the talk of the town [11:10 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: '"We'll always be loyal, win or lose, but we wanna win. We will with Bledsoe," said a Buffalo fan.'

Marker 3 more 'Dogs receive call [10:40 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'Wright finished with more catches (222) than any player in school history, despite missing several games because of injury. His 3,274 receiving yards and 23 touchdown receptions rank second and third, respectively, on the Bulldogs' career list.'

Marker Bills catch a star in Bledsoe [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills were sorely lacking in star power the past year. Not any more.'

Marker Bledsoe deal comes to pass [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His Friday offer of a second-round pick in next year's draft had been flatly rejected by the Patriots. But acquiring Bledsoe was simply too good of an opportunity to pass up. It was time to sweeten the deal.'

Marker Bledsoe left an indelible mark in Patriots' annals [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Patriots didn't arrive at this decision lightly. They know the risk of dealing the holder of virtually all of their passing records to an AFC East rival. They accept the fact they might be playing Russian roulette by going with Tom Brady as their quarterback.'

Marker Bills' draft likely to pay off from the start [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills walked away from the NFL draft Sunday with four players who have a chance to start or see significant playing time as rookies.'

Marker Deal for Drew caps an astonishing offseason [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The fans deserve it," Donahoe said.'

Marker The Drew Bledsoe file [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Serves as International Chairman of the Children's Miracle Network. . . . Founded the Drew Bledsoe Foundation, whose mission is to improve the lives of American children by teaching parenting skills to parents.'

Marker Stanford LB wired for switch [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They are going to have to kick me out of the film rooms because I am going to be in there as much as possible, learning that position and doing everything I can to make up for all the years I have not been a defensive back," Wire said.'

Marker A touchdown for the Bills and Tops [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In addition, a four-pack of seats is being offered for $120 - 30 percent less than the regular individual game ticket price. This deal brings the cost of tickets within reach of more families, and eases the minds of parents who never knew if they were going to be seated next to an obnoxious fan.'

Marker Feel a draft? It's doors opening for four Rebels [9:10 AM]
Las Vegas Review Journal reports: 'Cornerback was one of the Bills' most pressing needs. Thomas, last season's Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was Buffalo's only cornerback draftee. Be it the sixth or fourth or second round, he has his chance. "That's what I want,'' Thomas said. "I've just got to prove something now. Basically, growing up, I've always had to prove myself. It's another phase. When I prove myself, everybody will see."'

Marker Bledsoe becomes a Bill [6:19 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think if there's not a bounce in everybody's step, I'll be surprised after what's happened this weekend," Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills' new big gun [6:18 AM]
D and C reports: '''I've been around this team for many years, and this trade is one of the most exciting we've ever made, maybe the most exciting,'' Wilson said.'

Marker Donahoe pulls off a dream deal [6:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'For the first time since 1996 when Jim Kelly retired, the Bills actually have a top-shelf NFL quarterback to guide their offense.'

Marker Bledsoe trade caps a great weekend [6:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"We were ready to go, and it was a significant draft. And it's nice icing on the cake when you can top the weekend off with Drew Bledsoe. Our job has just started, but we think it's a great start."'

Marker Van Pelt has mixed feelings over deal [6:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm disappointed that I won't get the chance to play but I'll do what I can to be prepared and to help him (Bledsoe) be successful," Van Pelt said. "As a backup, you're one play away so I'll prepare myself like I have for the last eight years."'

Marker Drew Bledsoe: Just the facts [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bledsoe is New England's all-time leader in completions (2,544), attempts (4,518) and yards (29,657), and he ranks second in TD passes with 166 behind only Steve Grogan (182). Bledsoe also owns the single-game and single-season team marks in completions, attempts and yards.'

Marker Bills marketing plan promotes family image [6:15 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Donahoe, just a little more than year on the job in Buffalo, said that is a leading question among the many letters he receives from fans. Credit the Bills, who are seriously trying to develop and re-develop a stronger fan base, with responding.'

Marker Bledsoe betters Bills [6:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In the end, Tom Donahoe realized he could expend a decade of first-round picks and possibly never come close to drafting a player with Drew Bledsoe's talent.'

Marker Bledsoe is traded to Bills [6:13 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The trading of Bledsoe was the last act of a personal passion play in New England, a story that began as a love affair with a kid from the West Coast and ended as a drama filled with broken promises, angry words (although most of them were mumbled under the breath of the people involved), and the emergence of a second kid from the West Coast who took the Patriots to one of the most unexpected Super Bowl victories in NFL history.'

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