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Buffalo Bills News - February 23, 2003

Marker Jets look like best in East [7:59 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'But the more serious problems to be addressed in the offseason are on defense, where there was very little pass-rush. Buffalo's defensive linemen accounted for only 20 sacks and tackle Pat Williams, their best defensive player, didn't have one of them.'

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February 22, 2003

Marker Q&A With Head Coach Gregg Williams [12:35 PM] reports: "I'm a Peerless Price fan. The fact that we know he's going to be back with us next year, I'm excited about the fact we are not going to decrease our offensive explosiveness. The way we're able to keep the football offensively by doing the things we want to do and to continue to expand on what we did offensively this year, helps our defense also. We'll continue to work this offseason on improving our defense. But he was a pivotal part of keeping our offense intact."

Marker Price's agent weighs range of options [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to sources close to the negotiations, the Bills are offering more than $3 million per year with a split signing bonus of $4.5 million this year and a little more than $2 million in 2005. It is believed McGee wants more up-front bonus money.'

February 21, 2003

Marker Q&A With Tom Donahoe [3:15 PM] reports: '[Q:] Reasons for franchising Peerless: [A:] "We still feel we can sign him. We wanted to have more discussion. We're hopeful that the discussion starts to be two way instead of one way. The only way we could do that, the only way we could guarantee that we could do that was to put the tag on him. Our intentions are still to try and sign him to get a long-term deal done, and we've been very upfront with the agent right from the beginning. We'd like to keep Peerless, but it has to fit within the framework of what we're trying to do."'

Marker Free Agents Who Have Been Tagged [2:22 PM] reports: Franchise (FFA): Unrestricted free agents who have been designated as the "Franchise" player. Current team has the right to match any offer. If they refuse they are given compensation by the new team the player has signed to play for.

Marker Bills tagged Price to force negotiations [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe, who plans to meet with McGee today, said there's no urgency to hammer out a new contract before Feb. 28.'

Marker Bills deserve credit [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'The franchise tag was his way of saying “I like you.” Now it’s up to Price to put his hurt feelings aside and work toward a long-term deal that benefits both sides.'

Marker Bills still want long-term deal for Price [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have left the door open for trading Price, who would have been coveted by several teams as an unrestricted free agent starting Feb. 28. Under what’s called a “sign-and-trade” clause, teams can sign a franchise player to a contract, deal him to another club, and not incur a salary cap hit if all of the paperwork is done on the same day.'

February 20, 2003

Marker Franchise tag might not stay on receiver forever [10:04 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Essentially, the Bills weren't about to allow Price to escape and have zero to show in return. If they cannot get him to agree to a long-term contract, rest assured, the Bills will dangle Price in trade talks. They feel that Price is right for some team, themselves or another franchise, and will work hard to find an option that makes sense.'

Marker Donahoe: Franchising Price was 'last resort' [9:47 PM]
AP reports: '''We would like to try to keep the player, and the only way we can ensure that we continue to talk to the player is that he has the tag.'''

Marker Draft is only the beginning, Donahoe says [4:22 PM]
AP reports: '''We probably put as much time and effort into the seventh-round players as we have in the first- and second-round players. That's just our philosophy on the draft,'' Donahoe said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. A lot of times, people think after the first-round selection, the draft is over. But we've always felt it's just beginning,'' he said. ''There's always good bargains in the later rounds."'

Marker Bills surprisingly tag Price [1:45 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Peerless Price will be offered - at the very least - a one-year, $5.01 million contract to play next year, but he doesn't have to sign the contract if he doesn't want to. If he doesn't sign by Week 10 of the regular season, he would be ineligible to play the rest of the year.'

Marker M&T Bank's Grand Prize Winner in Paradise [9:44 AM] reports: and partner M&T Bank were proud to introduce the M&T In the Huddle Contest during the 2002 season. Grand Prize Winner Marc Adler, from Western New York, shares his Hawaiian experience.

Marker Rookie of the Year: Josh Reed [9:23 AM] reports: Consistent is the one word that describes Reed's rookie season. Although he didn't get the opportunities that Eric Moulds and Peerless Price had, Reed made the most of his chances. The second round pick by the Bills in 2002 (36th overall) caught a reception in 15 of 16 games (first 13 games) and became the seventh Bills rookie with 500+ receiving yards (514) and first since Andre Reed had 637 in 1985.

Marker Price is tagged - and he's not happy about it [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're scratching our heads because no one has informed us of anything," McGee said by phone. "As far as we're concerned, he's not even franchised because we're hearing it from the media. The Bills haven't given us the professional courtesy to call."'

Marker Bills place franchise tag on Price [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Price’s $5.01 million salary -- he made $433,000 last year -- counts immediately on Buffalo’s salary cap. The Bills are still an estimated $4 million under the cap for next season.'

Marker Bills decision to tag Price a surprise [5:04 AM]
ESPN reports: 'It's not out of the question that the Bills retained Price in order to get value in a trade. The problem might be getting a first-round choice. This is considered a good draft for tall receivers with speed.'

February 19, 2003

Marker Bills Name Receiver Peerless Price as Their Franchise Player [9:12 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The Bills can remove the franchise tag later.'

Marker Bills keep Price with franchise tag [9:07 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Donahoe will have a bit of quick fence mending to do. McGee hadn't even been told by the Bills about the franchise tag late Wednesday afternoon when contacted by Ch2 Sports. Price was sitting right next to his agent at the time, and both seemed a bit miffed they hadn't even received a phone call before the news broke in the local media.'

Marker Bills place franchise tag on WR Price [7:54 PM]
AP reports: The Buffalo Bills all but assured themselves of retaining their rights to wide receiver Peerless Price on Wednesday by making him their franchise player.

Marker Bills put franchise tag on Price [7:54 PM]
D and C reports: The Buffalo Bills today slapped their ``franchise’’ label on Price, meaning the team hopes to re-sign the receiver before the start of the 2003 season.

Marker Where Are They Now: Al Bemiller [7:54 PM] reports: The Bills were 5-8-1 in 1960, their first season in the AFL. Earlier that year, Syracuse University won its first and only National Championship. Al Bemiller helped the Orangemen win the title as an All-East center, nevertheless, he was still surprised when Buffalo chose him in the seventh round of the ‘61 draft.

Marker Bills Place Franchise Tag On Peerless Price [5:23 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills have decided to place the franchise tag on receiver Peerless Price. "We did place the franchise tag on Peerless Price today and we continue to try to find a way to sign Peerless and keep him here in Buffalo, said President/General Manager Tom Donahoe via phone from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. "We remain optimistic that this will be accomplished."

Marker Bills Kids Club Birthdays [12:11 PM] reports: The Bills would like to wish a Happy Birthday to the following Buffalo Bills Kids Club members: Dylan Drzal (2/17), Jacob Hodges (2/17), Tyler Valentine (2/17), Dylan Gruschow (2/17), Breanna Kowal (2/18), Maya Armand (2/18), Ben Thompson (2/18), Sean Niles (2/19), Cheyenne Mongeon (2/19), Julie Williams (2/19), Ryan Zielinski (2/19), Jacob Petkovsky (2/19), Joshua Jones (2/20), Patrick McNamara (2/20), Philip Piendel (2/20), Brandon Prince (2/20), Seth Anderson (2/20), Maddie Csont (2/21), Casey Edsall (2/21), Phil Kattato (2/22), Matthew Wise (2/22), Emily Hall (2/23)

Marker Rookie of the Year? [11:53 AM] reports: Few teams got more production out of their first-year players than Buffalo. Two draft picks became instant starters (OT Mike Williams and SS Coy Wire) and four others (WR Josh Reed, DT Justin Bannan, DE Ryan Denney (only 5 games - mostly at end of year) and CB Kevin Thomas) received significant playing time over the course of the season.
Sprinkle in the contribution of a couple of rookie free agents (RB Joe Burns, DE Grant Irons) and the rookie class of 2002 shows a bright future.

Marker Price could be too high for Bills [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '“Peerless is seeking a long-term deal from an NFL team,” agent Tim McGee said. “Based on the comments I’m hearing, I’m very skeptical -- and probably more so than ever -- it’ll happen in Buffalo.”'

February 18, 2003

Marker NFL lays out steppingstone for players who want to coach [8:05 PM]
USA Today reports: Former Bills TE Pete Metzelaars is participating in a NFL program designed to give former and current players an opportunity to break into coaching. It begins next week with the opening of NFL Europe training camp in Tampa.

Marker 2003 Calendar Wallpaper [2:29 PM] reports: Show your pride by putting the Bills on your computer's desktop. We have multiple styles below, including a brand new one with a complete 2003 calendar!

Marker Bills' alumni to dole out $40K to charity [1:20 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The group of former Buffalo Bills raised $40,000 last year through their annual fall golf tournament.'

Marker Football has little room for budding Van Goghs [1:20 PM]
Shout! reports: 'But often the scripts, plans, preparations, systems and routines can lead to square-peg-in-the-round-hole syndrome. For instance, Buffalo's defense the last two seasons was not even close to being the kind of defense that could run the 46-hybrid.'

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