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Buffalo Bills News - March 1, 2003

Marker Bills find linebacker, tight end on first day [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In 27-year-old Campbell, the Bills got a player with excellent hands and limited speed. He's a possession receiver, not as much of a downfield threat as Jay Riemersma, who the Bills cut on Thursday. Of course, the Bills did not ask their tight ends to go downfield much last season.'

Marker Eager Bills sprint into market [7:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Posey’s deal averages $1.6 million a year over four seasons and came with a $1.75 million bonus. Posey, who was scheduled to sign his deal late Friday, will be introduced to the media today at an 11 a.m. news conference at the stadium.'

Marker Browns ship Campbell to Bills for draft pick [7:28 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Campbell, heading into his fourth season, was dealt to the Bills for a seventh-round pick in the 2004 draft if he makes the 2003 roster, according to a source. It could improve to a sixth-round pick depending on playing time.'

Marker LB Posey shuffles off to Buffalo [6:14 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'In what could become an interesting game of tit-for-tat, free-agent linebacker Keith Newman will visit the Texans on Monday. Newman has spent his four-year career withBuffalo, enjoying his best season in 2000 when he had eight sacks for former coach Wade Phillips, who used the 3-4 defense. Playing in the 4-3 defense for new coach Gregg Williams, Newman had only 6 1/2 sacks over the past two seasons.'

Marker Falcons meet with Bills WR Price [6:06 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Tim McGee, Price's agent, said there were no serious contract negotiations Friday. ''Talking compensation is not our main focus,'' McGee said. ''It's to evaluate the Falcons' organization. That includes viewing facilities, talking to the staff and everything that encompasses viewing the landscape, so to speak. We haven't talked specifics. That's not saying we won't, or it isn't scheduled.'''

Marker Next! Campbell latest Davis move [6:04 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'The Browns believed they could let Campbell go because they drafted Darnell Sanders a year ago. They also recently signed Steve Heiden to a two-year contract, which included a $375,000 signing bonus.'

Marker Skins swipe Jets' Thomas [5:54 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets have called about Bills kicker Mike Hollis, who is trying to work out a deal to remain in Buffalo.'

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February 28, 2003

Marker Bills Sign Free-Agent Linebacker Posey to Four-Year Contract [8:32 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Free-agent linebacker Jeff Posey signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills, joining his fourth National Football League team in three years.'

Marker Bills acquire TE Campbell from Browns for draft pick [8:29 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'In 46 career games, Campbell has 46 receptions for 390 yards and four touchdowns.'

Marker Bills think Posey about to blossom [8:29 PM]
Shout! reports: Posey recorded eight sacks as weakside linebacker in the Houston Texans' 3-4 scheme last season. Many of his sacks came when he was a down lineman. He showed good speed around the corner and an ability to gain enough leverage against a tackle to dictate where he was going to go. He's not just a pure speed-rusher. He has some physicalness to him.

Marker Mark Campbell Career BIO/STATS [4:23 PM] reports: Named Ed Block Courage Award recipient for his rehabilitation from knee injury in 2001…Started all 16 games at tight end and had career-highs with 25 receptions, 179 yards and 3 TDs…Recorded a career-high 7 receptions for 34 yards and a TD at N.Y. Jets 10/27/02.

Marker Jeff Posey Career BIO [4:22 PM] reports: Re-wrote his career stats in 2002…finished with a team-high eight sacks on the season, which ranked him 12th in the AFC…had a career-high 71 tackles…also contributed with six solo tackles on special teams…picked up his first career interception against the Giants to seal a 16-14 win…forced Giants RB Tiki Barber to fumble on the Giants first play from scrimmage…totaled four tackles and one sack of Drew Bledsoe in the meeting with the Bills.

Marker Bills Agree To Terms With Posey [4:21 PM] reports: A veteran of five NFL seasons, the 27-year-old Posey signed with Houston as a free agent last season and recorded a team-leading eight sacks in 16 games for the Texans in 2002 while making nine starts.

Marker Browns trade Campbell to Bills [4:20 PM]
AP reports: 'The Browns will get a middle-round draft pick in 2004 in exchange.'

Marker Campbell Traded To Buffalo [3:47 PM] reports: '“Mark was a good player for us and was an enjoyable player to coach,” Head Coach Butch Davis said. “However, because of the depth we have at tight end with Steve Heiden, Rod Monroe, Darnell Sanders and Aaron Shea along with NFL Europe designee Chad Mustard, we felt now was the appropriate time to make this trade. We wish Mark all the best.”'

Marker Bills Acquire Campbell In Trade With Browns [3:44 PM] reports: 'The Bills have acquired tight end Mark Campbell from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a future conditional draft pick.'

Marker Posey agrees to sign with Bills [2:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Linebacker Jeff Posey agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills on Friday, the first player to change teams on the first day of the 2003 free-agent season. Posey, a five-year veteran, appeared in 16 games and started nine with the Houston Texans last season. The agreement was confirmed by a source within the league who requested anonymity.'

Marker Bills agree to terms with free agent LB Posey [1:49 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Posey, 27, emerged as legitimate playmaker for the expansion Houston Texans last season. He was a marginal player with San Francisco from 1998-2000 and split the 2001 season between Carolina and Jacksonville.'

Marker Bills waste no time in signing Posey [11:24 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Striking quickly in the wee hours of Friday morning, the Bills reached a four-year agreement with linebacker Jeff Posey, who played for the Houston Texans in 2002.'

Marker Bills Prepare For Free Agency Period [9:50 AM] reports: Rest assured, Buffalo Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe has constructed a plan of attack for free agency. "The one thing you do is establish a plan before free agency begins, and we like to think we've got a pretty good plan," said Donahoe earlier this week.

Marker Bills start shopping for defensive help [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They have about $7.55 million of room under the salary cap to do their spending.'

Marker Bills clear cap room to pursue 'D' [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo starts the free agent signing period today roughly $7.5 million to $8 million under the ceiling.'

Marker Flexibility is part of the plan [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '“The one thing you do is establish a plan before free agency begins, and we think we’ve got a pretty good plan,” Donahoe said. “But 48 to 72 hours into free agency, it could be blown to smithereens, the whole plan, and then you have to regroup.'

Marker Bills ready to go on the defensive [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'If the Bills don’t get a free agent defensive linemen they like at a price they like, there is always the April draft, which is top heavy with quality players at tackle and end. “It’s extremely deep,” Donahoe said.'

February 27, 2003

Marker Bills Release Tight End Jay Riemersma, Safety Billy Jenkins [10:20 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Riemersma, a seventh-round draft pick in 1996 from the University of Michigan, has started 64 of 90 career games, catching 204 passes for 2,304 yards and 20 touchdowns.'

Marker Bills release Riemersma, Jenkins [10:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Riemersma, who ranks second behind Pete Metzelaars as the Bills' most accomplished pass-catching tight end, had completed the third of a four-year deal which was to pay him $3.5 million next season. His release did not come as a surprise after Bills president Tom Donahoe said he was prepared to cut Riemersma if he failed to take a significant pay cut earlier this month.'

Marker Bills Release Riemersma & Jenkins [3:44 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has released tight end Jay Riemersma and safety Billy Jenkins.

Marker Riemersma declines salary reduction [3:36 PM]
ESPN reports: 'By releasing Riemersma, 29, the Bills created $3.5 million in cap room, an amount equal to his scheduled base salary for 2003. Buffalo must still count $1.372 million, the final segment of a previous signing bonus, against its spending limit for this year.'

Marker Price's agent right to force Bills' hand [1:53 PM]
Shout! reports: It's smart that agent Tim McGee is urging his client Peerless Price to sign the Bills' franchise-tag offer within a week, which would pay the Bills receiver $5.01 million this season. Though Buffalo could afford that contract, it would not behoove the team to be carrying that salary cap number for a perceived No. 2 receiver, particularly when the team has other needs to fill when free agency opens Friday.

Marker Bills Part of Preseason National TV Schedule [12:52 PM] reports: The NFL has announced that its 11-game preseason television schedule will feature the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, August 16 on ESPN. The Bills will travel to Tennessee to take on the AFC South champion Titans in an 8:00 PM kickoff.

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