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Buffalo Bills News - March 18, 2003

Marker Bills turn focus to special teams [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: '“We watched him on tape and we played against him two years ago, so we’ve see him kick enough,” Donahoe said. “He’s a young kicker who has a big strong leg and we think not only does he have great range, he can also help us with kickoffs.”'

Marker Levy to speak here [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy will be the keynote speaker Saturday night at the Sheen Housing “Building Hope Together” gala dinner at Monroe Country Club in Pittsford.'

Marker Williams, Newman lured by 'great vibe' [5:40 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The 6-foot-2, 248-pound Newman, who's from Tampa, spent his first four seasons in Buffalo, including two when Phillips was the Bills' coach. He started 40 games at strongside linebacker the past three seasons. Newman, 26, will compete with strongside starter Matt Stewart and projected weakside starter Will Overstreet.'

Marker Lindell fits Bills; Hawks have 7 days to match [5:39 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'The Seahawks tendered Lindell a $605,000 offer last month, so they retain the right to match the offer. But because Lindell entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Washington State in 2000, the Seahawks will not receive draft-pick compensation from the Bills if they decide not to match.'

Marker Holliday might not fit in the Seahawks' plans after all [5:38 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Lindell, 26, was tendered a one-year, $605,000 offer late last month to remain in Seattle. He made $375,000 last season, in which he made 23 of 29 field goals but did not have a touchback on a kickoff. The Bills are in need of a kicker after they were unable to reach a deal with Mike Hollis, an unrestricted free agent.'

Marker Jaguars notebook [5:37 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Jaguars took another hit to their depth at wide receiver when Bobby Shaw signed a three-year, $2.7 million deal with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Falcons Sign Free-Agent Linebacker Keith Newman From Bills [5:36 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Newman was a fourth-round draft pick in 1999 from the University of North Carolina and had spent his four-year National Football League career with Buffalo. His signing reunites him with Falcons defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who coached him with the Bills.'

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March 17, 2003

Marker Buffalo Bills, Free-Agent Receiver Bobby Shaw Agree to Contract [9:41 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Shaw played in all 16 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season and made 10 starts. He caught a career-high 44 passes for 525 yards and one touchdown and averaged 12.4 yards on 24 punt returns, including a 69-yard score.'

Marker Atlanta signs LB Newman [9:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Reaching certain incentives could push Newman's salary as high as $800,000 this year. Newman, a fourth-round draft pick out of North Carolina in 1999, has 238 career tackles and 14 1/2 sacks.'

Marker Kicker signs offer sheet from Buffalo [9:31 PM]
AP reports: 'The deal is for four years and worth more than $4.2 million, said agent Paul Sheehy.'

Marker Bills sign wide receiver Shaw [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Shaw was drafted by Seattle in the sixth round of the 1998 draft and spent the next three years with Pittsburgh, catching 92 passes 1,468 yards and nine touchdowns.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with former Jaguars WR Shaw [9:29 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Shaw, 27, caught a career-high 44 passes for 525 yards and a touchdown last year, starting 10 of 16 games for Jacksonville. He also averaged 12.4 yards on 25 returns, bringing back one 69 yards for a touchdown.'

Marker Bills, Lindell agree to four-year contract [8:19 PM]
ESPN reports: Frustrated by unsuccessful efforts to re-sign kicker Mike Hollis, the Buffalo Bills have turned to the restricted free agent market in an attempt to bolster the position for the long-term, with learning the team on Monday evening signed Rian Lindell to an offer sheet.

Marker Seahawks are Couging it by giving Lindell the boot [6:30 PM]
Seattle Post-Intellegencer reports: Lindell is about to receive a contract offer from the Jets or Bills. The Seahawks can retain Lindell by matching it, but that's unlikely. The offer is apt to be more than the Seahawks want to pay him.

Marker 'Franchise' players begin four-month waiting period [6:26 PM]
ESPN reports: For the seven "franchise" players still without long-term deals -- the eighth, WR Peerless Price, was traded from Buffalo to Atlanta and signed a seven-year contract -- football is about to become an afterthought.

Marker Chris Brown: Shaw Agrees to Terms [6:18 PM]
WGR reports: Shaw should blend in quickly. On his visit to Buffalo, the speedy Shaw pointed out that he spent two seasons with Kevin Gilbride’s offensive system in Pittsburgh. In his three years with the Steelers (’99-’01) he averaged over 16 yards per catch. The 27-year old believes he’ll be able to reacquaint himself with the offense quickly which could help him step right in and contribute.

Marker Bobby Shaw Bio/Career WR/PR Stats [5:19 PM] reports: Talented receiver who joined Jaguars as unrestricted free agent on April 2, 2002 to replace Keenan McCardell as team's slot receiver. Possession receiver caught 92 passes in four years with Pittsburgh Steelers, missing only one game in his first three seasons.

Marker Falcons sign LB Newman, CB Williams [4:51 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Newman spent the first four years of his career with the Bills after they selected him in the fourth round of the 1999 draft. The 6-2, 248-pounder has 238 tackles and 14 1/2 sacks in 52 career games, including 42 starts.'

Marker Meet "Coach Donahoe" [4:51 PM] reports: '"Tom is the best at what he does because of how he does it," Carl says. "I don't think it's been his goal to personally be the best. It's just the end result."'

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With WR Bobby Shaw [3:19 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms on a contract Shaw. In accordance with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marker Falcons sign linebacker Newman [1:27 PM] reports: 'The Atlanta Falcons announced today that they have signed LB Keith Newman as an unrestricted free agent from the Buffalo Bills. Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team.'

Marker Win a Takeo Spikes Autographed Football [1:10 PM] reports: Win a Wilson Authentic NFL Game Ball autographed by linebacker Takeo Spikes!

Marker Kailbourne prepared if Bills revive campaign [5:21 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Now, as the clock starts ticking again on the future of the franchise, the question has arisen: Can the success of 1998 be repeated and would those who led that effort try it again.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Coaching Staff [12:19 AM] reports: Buffalo added five new coaches this offseason.

March 16, 2003

Marker Players taste game action [9:47 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Merceda Perry, a LB out of UNC Chapel Hill, who the Bills signed on January 24th and allocated to NFL Europe had 4 sacks in a game condition scrimmage for the Barcelona Dragons.

Marker Bills' best upgrades may be the guys carrying clipboards [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The difference is in the takeaway-giveaway ratio. Tell me who had the most takeaways in a game, and I can tell you the likely winner." The Bills had 19 takeaways in each of the past two seasons. They finished in the bottom five of NFL takeaway-giveaway ratio in both years.'

Marker Adams has the stuff to give Bills a championship defense [9:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Adams is the run-plugger who will keep the blockers off Fletcher and Spikes. He automatically would make Pat Williams better.'

Marker Patriots, Bills appear most improved in AFC East [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Here is how I rate the AFC East in terms of improvement since last season ended...'.

Marker Things are shaking in the AFC East [5:28 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''The Bills have done the most to improve their team but they're the one that needed the most. They significantly improved themselves on defense by signing [linebackers Jeff] Posey and [Takeo] Spikes. They lost Keith Newman but they more than made up for that with Spikes, who should really impact their defense."'

Marker Bills on the move [5:27 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'As encouraging as the Patriots' signings of linebacker/pass rusher Rosevelt Colvin, safety Rodney Harrison and cornerback Tyrone Poole have been, Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli are still a move or two away from matching the offseason improvement of the Buffalo Bills.'

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