Bills, Jags gain, Eagles, Cards lose in free agency [5:50 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Bills bolstered their defense, which ranked 29th against the run last year, by signing Cincinnati's best defensive player in linebacker Takeo Spikes; space-eating tackle Sam Adams (from Oakland), another productive linebacker in Jeff Posey (eight sacks with Houston), and safety Izell Reese (Denver).'
Nascar Notebook [9:23 AM]
Macon Telegraph reports: 'Jim Kelly is scoring again. The football great, who is the only NFL quarterback to lead his team to four consecutive Super Bowls, will be the grand marshal for Sunday's race.'
Jints near deals with Levens, Hollis [9:15 AM]
New York Post reports: '...the Giants believe they have lured [Mike] Hollis with a five-year deal - the team last night would not confirm this - to further spice their special teams with a veteran flavor.'
Joe DeLamielleure Autograph Session [8:20 AM]
TBD reports: Joe DeLamielleure will be appearing in St. Louis this Sunday April 6th, from 9:30-12:30.
RB Dorsey Levens agrees to terms with Giants [8:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Giants also are close to reaching agreement with veteran placekicker Mike Hollis, who played with Buffalo last season after a long career in Jacksonville, the source added.'
Printable 2003 Buffalo Bills Schedule [4:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The schedule features two nationally televised Sunday night games on ESPN - September 21 at Miami and October 26 at Kansas City. Those two contests kick off at 8:30 PM (ET).
'Endless possibilities' for Bills' defense [3:12 PM]
NFL.com reports: Spikes, a dominant force from the Cincinnati Bengals, and Posey, a rising talent from the Houston Texans, should do plenty to enhance the Bills' pass rush, which generated a mere 31 sacks last season. Their tremendous injection of speed and athleticism -- along with the quickness of incumbent middle linebacker London Fletcher -- will go a long way toward allowing the Bills to generate more heat on the passer.
Offseason additions make Buffalo a team to watch [3:11 PM]
ESPN reports: '"We've worked hard but we've also been fortunate," Donahoe said. "When the Bengals put the ("transition") tag on Takeo, for instance, we didn't know if we could do enough to get him. But some things went our way. In dealing with (Adams), it was obvious he was close with Pat Williams, and he really liked (defensive line coach) Tim Krumrie. On Marcus Jones, heck, we just signed him on a wing and a prayer, but it looks like it might work out for us. If it all comes together, yeah, maybe we've closed the gap now in our division."'
Failure happens, but recognize the good, Super Bowl coach says [1:17 PM]
Syracuse Daily Orange reports: 'The Bills made it to the Super Bowl four times in a row under Levy's coaching — and lost all four times. Levy remained undeterred, believing that persistence and a positive response to rejection are key to success on the field. "Fight 'til your last gasp," he said. But if you lose, "don't be too harsh on yourselves, recognize the good, make a plan and then work on that plan because a brilliant idea is just a job half done."'
Lacina may head back to Buffalo [10:21 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"It's a business and I'm prepared to move on," Lacina said. "Buffalo would be a great situation. I'd like to finish where I started."'
Schedule presents Bills a grueling stretch [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The good news is the Bills play their opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The bad news last season was the Patriots whipped the Bills, 38-7, in Buffalo and, 27-17, in Foxboro, Mass. Had the Bills won both of those games, they would have made the playoffs.'
A Sunday kind of team [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'But while players and coaches -- who view playing on MNF as prestigious and fun -- may take that as a slight, the Bills marketing department openly welcomes Sunday games starting at 1 p.m. That’s because it’s much easier for fans from Rochester, the Southern Tier and Canada -- about 40 percent of the attendance at Ralph Wilson Stadium -- to make the round-trip drive.'
Bills to open and close against Patriots [4:20 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills, coming off an 8-8 season, will play 11 games against teams that were .500 or better last year and the schedule includes six games against 2002 playoff teams. Three of the final four games will be against AFC East opponents.'
Bills Announce 2003 Schedule [1:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The schedule features two nationally televised Sunday night games on ESPN - September 21 at Miami and October 26 at Kansas City. Those two contests kick off at 8:30 PM (ET).'
New 'D' stands for destructive [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“You’ve got to be pleased with what we’ve done so far,” said Gray, who has endured two long seasons under severe salary cap constraints. “We filled some needs -- a big run stopper, a more active (weak-side) linebacker, a good (strong-side) linebacker and we’ve got some competition back there at safety. Even without the draft, we’ve got competition on the team and that’s going to make everyone better.”'
Cawley joins Brigade [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Mike Cawley has signed with the Rochester Brigade.'
Alumni Spotlight: Marty Schottenheimer [3:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Even as an All-America linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh, Marty Schottenheimer used strategy to help determine his outcome on the field. Little did he know then that would be a sign of things to come.
Coming soon! 2003 Buffalo Bills schedule [1:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalo's 2003 Opponents
2003 Buffalo Bills Draft Central [10:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: If there is one reason the Buffalo Bills have maintained their competitive position in the AFC despite the rapid turnover of personnel in the NFL, it’s their picks in the NFL draft. The Bills’ 2002 final roster contained 26 of their draft picks. Twelve of those players started in 2002.
Sanders' decision expected this month [9:48 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: '"They gave [Gash] an opportunity to be a full-time starter," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "Sam knew what his role here was. We very much would have liked to have Sam back, but we wanted to give him the opportunity to see if there was anybody out there that wanted to approach him about being a full-time starter. It's going home for him as well. I hate to lose Sam, but those are excellent circumstances."'
Buffalo takes a shine to Spikes [6:31 AM]
USA Today reports: '"It seems like everybody knows me," Spikes says. "The guy behind the ticket counter at the airlines. Baggage handlers. The people at Children's Hospital."'
A Notch Above: Sharing A Special Bond [4:36 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Army Staff Sergeant Norbert Reed, 28, is somewhere in the Middle East. Where exactly his family doesn't even know, claiming that they haven't been in contact with him much since the fighting began. And somewhere over there, in the Persian Gulf, is Navyman Damian Jolivette, 19, Josh's cousin who he declares is more like a little brother.'
Win a Josh Reed Autographed Media Guide [3:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Win a 2002 Buffalo Bills Media Guide autographed by wide receiver Josh Reed! The winner will be notified via e-mail on April 11, 2003.
Rian Lindell [12:36 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: There's no player on Buffalo's roster-not Sam Adams, not Takeo Spikes, nor anyone else-who is more likely to single-handedly (or single-footedly, in this case) win a football game in one play. Now that we know sudden-death overtime is going to remain the rule in the NFL, that's even more true. This week, Tim O'Shei looks at Rian Lindell.
April Buffalo Bills Wallpaper [11:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Features stadium/draft logo.
Gash's return adds depth to Bills' roster [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'While Gash has played 11 seasons in the NFL, he should come to Buffalo refreshed. He saw very limited duty last season with Baltimore, as the Ravens decided to develop second-year man Alan Ricard as their blocking fullback. Gash played mostly on the kickoff return team. He did not have a carry.'
Fullback Gash returns to Bills after three-year hiatus [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'While the Bills like young fullback Phillip Crosby, Gash, 34, is a proven commodity as a blocker, and with 11 years’ experience, the last three spent with the Baltimore Ravens, he replaces some of the leadership that was lost by letting go Centers and linebacker Eddie Robinson.'
Bills agree to terms with free agent FB Gash [5:27 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Gash gives the Bills one of the NFL's best blocking fullbacks. They had lacked that the last two seasons with pass-catching fullback Larry Centers, who was released last month.'
Buffalo Bills, Free-Agent Fullback Sam Gash Agree to Contract [10:10 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The National Football League's minimum salary for players with at least 10 years of experience is $755,000.'
Ralph Wilson Awarded Seymour Knox III Award [9:53 PM]
WBEN-AM reports: The SHK III Humanitarian of the Year Award is made to give public recognition and honor to persons for meritorious achievement contributing to the betterment of the Western New York/Niagara Frontier community.'
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