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Buffalo Bills News - April 4, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills Care Package - Special Delivery [2:39 PM] reports: A group of elite special forces personnel serving in Afghanistan recently received a special package containing Bills hats, shirts and other paraphernalia from Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

Marker Free-agent acquisitions can alter draft needs [12:17 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Perhaps Buffalo is in the cat-bird seat to entertain trading down with a team that's eager to nab Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, picking up a bevy of picks in the process.

Marker Rob Johnson Seeks Revival with Gruden, Bucs [12:14 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "I knew what they wanted," said Johnson. "I didn't want to go in there and get into a situation where the fans were always yelling for the other guy to play. I've dealt with that plenty already in my career."

Marker Rookie Review: Brandon Spoon [11:23 AM] reports: I got picked up on the second day, so it was on Saturday evening when I got really anxious and nervous. Saturday night turned out to be the longest night of my life. I was trying to sleep and relax. Right away the next morning when I got up the draft started and I got my phone call.

Marker Bills in the running to land Grady Jackson [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jackson is friendly with Bills Director of Pro Personnel John Guy, who coached defensive ends in Oakland during Jackson's first two seasons.'

Marker Ex-Bill Sean Moran signs with 49ers [8:25 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Moran is a six-year veteran who spent his first four seasons with Buffalo and the last two with the Rams, where he was a part-time starter in the 2000 season. He'll add depth to the Niners' defensive line. "He's got a great motor, and he's going to have a good presence in the locker room," Donahue said of Moran. "He's been an inside pass-rusher before, but we see him on the (defensive) end."

Marker Jackson to Buffalo? [7:45 AM]
Shout! reports: @ Raiders free agent tackle Grady Jackson was in Buffalo to check out the scene. Jackson is a 6'2", 325-pound take-up-spacer. That's short for "he takes up space," and holds his line at the point of attack.

The problem is Gregg Williams doesn't like fat guys....

Marker Raiders' lineman Jackson visits Bills [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'Jackson started for the Raiders the last two years and has 19 career sacks. Last fall, he recorded 69 tackles and four sacks after 2000 shoulder surgery.'

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April 3, 2002

Marker Questions to DT Grady Jackson from media on Wednesday [9:39 PM] reports: @ Interview Transcript with Oakland Raiders DT Grady Jackson.

Marker 2001 cellar dwellers look to improve [9:36 PM]
ESPN reports: GM Tom Donahoe can come out of this draft with some huge improvements. First, he'd love to find a way to seal a Bledsoe trade and still have the first pick available to take OT Mike Williams. It's not out of the question for him to look at Harrington, but the best way to improve the Bills is to be more experienced at QB and more talented on the OL.

Marker Bills announce preseason schedule [4:07 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills will meet three of their preseason opponents -- all but the Colts -- again in the regular season.'

Marker Bills sign tight end Brady McDonnell [1:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Tight end Brady McDonnell signed with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday after spending last season on injured reserve with the New York Giants.'

Marker Bills Sign Brady McDonnell [12:16 PM] reports: McDonnell was made an offer and decided to accept it. The 24-year-old McDonnell (6-3, 268) signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent last April out of the University of Colorado. He suffered a knee injury during the 2001 preseason and spent the entire regular season on the team?s injured reserve list.

Marker Scouts Are Left to Guess on Defensive Backs [12:14 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Donohoe talks about the art of drafting DBs.

Marker Bills Announce Preseason Dates [10:44 AM] reports: The Bills will face three of their four preseason opponents again in the 2002 regular season - the Colts are the only exception (all times EST).
08/09 Fri Cincinnati at Buffalo, 7:30 pm
08/16 Fri Minnesota at Buffalo, 7:30 pm
08/24 Sat Buffalo at Indianapolis, 7:00 pm
08/29 Thu Buffalo at Detroit, 8:00 pm

Marker Draft Prospects continue with running backs [9:53 AM] reports: RB William Green (Boston College) is expected to be one of the first running backs drafted in this year's draft on April 20-21.

Marker Kicker open-minded about visit to Buffalo [9:03 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Dawson knows an offer, if made, probably won't come near the surprising four-year, $4.7 million deal Kris Brown received to jump from Pittsburgh to Houston. "It definitely helped define the market,'' Dawson said. "So as a fellow member of the market, that did make me feel quite good. But I'm here to be fair."'

Marker Browns kicker Dawson visits Bills but has no deal [9:01 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Dawson has until April 15 to receive an offer sheet. Otherwise he would remain with the Browns.'

Marker New duds on the way for Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills confirmed Tuesday they will be sporting new uniforms this season and also interviewed five players they think might look good in them.'

Marker Compensatory picks add four selections for Bills, help others [8:32 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: @ No doubt Buffalo will experience addition by subtraction, gaining four draft picks in the April 20-21 draft as compensation for free agent losses a year ago that included All-Pro DE Marcellus Wiley.

Marker Five Free Agents Visit Buffalo [8:01 AM] reports: Five more free agents visited One Bills Drive on Tuesday. Read the transcripts from their interviews with the media:
Browns PK Phil Dawson
Giants TE Brady McDonnell
Packers S Billy Jenkins
Steelers FB Richard Huntley
Titans LB Eddie Robinson

Marker Five players visit Bills [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Five more free agents visited Ralph Wilson Stadium on Tuesday: outside linebacker Eddie Robinson of Tennessee; kicker Phil Dawson of Cleveland; tight end Brady McDonnell of the New York Giants; strong safety Billy Jenkins of Green Bay and fullback Richard Huntley, formerly of Pittsburgh.'

April 2, 2002

Marker Robinson shows interest in playing with the Bills [7:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Robinson said he hasn't planned to visit any other teams, and also hasn't ruled out returning to play in Tennessee, where he still resides.'

Marker Bills uniform to undergo changes [7:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Although final design changes have yet to be determined, it will be the first modification to the Bills uniform since the mid-1980s, when they switched from blue to white pants for road games.'

Marker Bills Statement On Uniforms [4:50 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has decided to modify its uniforms in time for the 2002 NFL season.'

Marker Complete list of free agent visits [4:42 PM] reports: The Bills have been busy entertaining free agents during the offseason. Here is a complete list of the players that have visited Buffalo during the past month.

Marker April Wallpaper by 'Moose' [11:34 AM] reports: Tom Donahoe and Ralph Wilson are the subjects in honor of draft day.

Marker RB Curtis Alexander Player Profile [11:06 AM] reports: Information on Alexander who is allocated to NFL Europe - Frankfurt Galaxy.

Marker Bills awarded four compensatory picks [10:03 AM]
ESPN reports: @ Last year, the Bills were cap-strapped throughout the offseason. They ended up getting a league-high four draft choices -- a third-rounder and three seventh-round choices. Defensive end Marcellus Wiley, who went to the Chargers from Buffalo, was considered perhaps the top free agent in 2001. The Bills also lost cornerback Donovan Green and offensive lineman Marcus Spriggs to Miami

Marker Compensatory draft choices announced [9:23 AM] reports: The Bills were granted four Compensatory draft choices.
3rd - loss of Marcellus Wiley
7th - loss of Donovan Greer
7th - loss of Marcus Spriggs
7th - One of three awarded teams with worst records (Detriot, Buffalo, Carolina)

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