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Buffalo Bills News - March 3, 2005

Marker "Comeback Game" DVD Winner #4 [4:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I think my exact quote was "dad, turn this car around."'

Marker Niners begin rebuilding O-line with Jennings [3:14 PM]
AP reports: 'He should provide the 49ers with a significant improvement on their mediocre line, which struggled during San Francisco's 2-14 season. The Niners allowed 52 sacks, and running back Kevan Barlow became frustrated with inadequate run blocking.'

Marker Losman Feels He's Ready To Be The Bills Starter [2:17 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He's not at all worried about getting the respect and confidence of his teammates. Losman said, "I'm a confident guy, it's the same old game, it's football." He feels he'll need his teammates more than ever this year as he gets acclimated to the NFL. He said to be respected in the huddle, he has to know what everybody needs to do, not just him. He has to be able to answer all questions on the field with confidence.'

Marker Bills' new QB: 'I would rather have won it' [2:06 PM]
Rochester D & C reports: "If he was going to be the starter in front of me my second year, he would've had to earn it, from my standpoint,'' Losman said today at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "I don't know if I could've beaten him out or if they would allow it to happen, but my mindset was to give him a run for his money.''

Marker Vikings sign former Bill Pat Williams [11:43 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The 6-foot-3, 315-pound veteran had just 51 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks this past season.'

Marker Bills rank high in ESPN fan ratings [11:40 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'A surprising No. 1 was Detroit (NBA) with San Antonio (NBA) ranked second. However, eight of the next 13 franchises were from the NFL, including the Bills at No. 15.'

Marker 49ers tackle O-line problem [9:03 AM]
Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports: 'Jennings has quick feet and fared well against speed rushers such as Miami's Jason Taylor and Indianapolis' Dwight Freeney. One knock on him is his durability. He missed two games last season, five in '03, one in '02 and four in '01 with minor injuries.'

Marker 49ers are close to landing Jennings [9:02 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Jennings and his agent flew to the Bay Area on Wednesday morning and by the end of the day were on the verge of finalizing a long-term deal. Team officials would only say they are "currently in negotiations" with the four-year veteran, but Jennings was seen being dropped off at team headquarters late Wednesday evening, presumably to sign the contract.'

Marker Vikes sign Williams [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There's a good chance the Bills will try to replace Williams primarily from within. The Bills invested a third-round draft choice last April in Ohio State product Tim Anderson, a 307-pounder. He was active only four games last season and saw almost no action on defense. However, the Bills were encouraged by his practice play as the season wore on. Their other incumbent option is Ron Edwards, a 320-pounder with four years experience. Edwards saw spot duty in relief of Williams last season and finished with 15 tackles and four sacks.'

Marker 49ers near deal with left tackle Jennings [6:24 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Considered to have a positive locker-room presence, Jennings' durability is one area where he might have a weakness. He missed two games last year, four in 2003, one in '02, and three in '01 with minor injuries.'

Marker Minnesota signs Williams [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo offered Williams a three-year deal last summer, but the guaranteed bonus was $2million less than he received from Minnesota. Wright contacted the Bills Wednesday. "It was obvious they weren't going to be a player," Wright said. "We're over being disappointed."'

Marker Williams agrees for 3 years, $13 million [5:20 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Williams' contract includes a $6 million guaranteed bonus and a $1.5 million first-year salary, allowing the Vikings to count at least $3.5 million and as much as $7.5 million toward their 2005 salary cap, depending on the final structure of the deal. Entering free agency, the Vikings had nearly $36 million in salary cap space.'

Marker Vikings so-so in free agency [5:19 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Williams, 32, agreed to a reported three-year, $13 million contract that includes a $6 million signing bonus. The eight-year veteran was considered one of the top two defensive tackles in this year's free-agent crop and is a favorite of Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell from his days in Buffalo.'

Marker KC busy courting help for defense [5:18 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Deep snapper Kendall Gammon should be heading to Buffalo to meet with the Bills within the next few days.'

Marker OT will earn $36 million over seven years [5:17 AM]
ESPN reports: 'That's because the 49ers reached a contract agreement with Buffalo Bills unrestricted free agent offensive tackle Jonas Jennings, arguably the highest-rated player at his position in the veteran pool. Jennings flew to the Bay Area early Wednesday, just after the signing period officially commenced, and his agent, Todd France, negotiated a deal over the course of the day.'

Marker Vikings sign Buffalo defensive tackle [5:16 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 1997 out of Texas A&M and became a full-time starter in 2001. His best statistical season came in 2002, when he had 108 tackles, seven quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.'

Marker Niners close to signing Bills lineman Jonas Jennings [5:15 AM]
AP reports: 'Kwame Harris, a first-round draft pick who has struggled at left tackle in his two seasons with the Niners, probably will move to right tackle to accommodate Jennings. Harris and Kyle Kosier split playing time at left tackle last season, but Kosier is a natural guard.'

Marker Vikings sign free agent DT Pat Williams [5:14 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Williams will be reunited in Minnesota with former Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and former defensive teammates Antoine Winfield, Keith Newman and Ken Irvin. When they were together in Buffalo, the Bills had the top-ranked defense in the NFL in 1999 and were ranked third the following year.'

Marker Vikings agreed to terms with Williams [5:13 AM]
MinnesotaVikings.com reports: 'The Vikings have agreed to terms with veteran Buffalo Bills free agent DT Pat Williams.'

Marker 49ers Meet With Free Agent Jennings [5:13 AM]
SF49ers.com reports: 'Jennings made what became a permanent move to left tackle in 2002 when he started 15 games while missing one with a leg injury. Jennings was invaluable in anchoring an offensive line that saw quarterback Drew Bledsoe set 10 team passing records, Travis Henry rush for the 5th best single-season mark in team history and saw wide receiver Eric Moulds establish a new franchise mark for receptions.'

Marker Williams Lost to Vikes [5:12 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Williams availability appears to have played a role in Victor's Seth Payne reupping with Houston. The Texans showed interest in Williams prompting Payne to accept a four year contract with a four and a half million dollar signing bonus. Payne started in 12 games for the Texans last year.'

Marker Pat Williams Signed By Vikings [5:11 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Pat Williams will now be a tandom with Pro Bowler Kevin Williams, creating one of the toughest run defenses in the NFC. There are some familiar faces in Minnesota as Pat Williams joins Antoine Winfield and defensive co-ordinator Ted Cottrell as former Bills now wearing purple.'

Marker Was McGahee Overworked? [5:10 AM]
Notjustagame.com reports: 'Buffalo better make sure the right offer is on the table for Henry, as they’ll need to use that draft pick or sign a backup to McGahee. With all the talent in the draft at running back, the Bills should be able to find a gem within the first three to four rounds.'

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March 2, 2005

Marker Vikings add DT Williams [9:30 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 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.'

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