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Buffalo Bills News - March 7, 2005

Marker Holcomb gives Bills a reliable backup QB [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Second-year man J.P. Losman may or may not be ready for the full-time No. 1 job. If he struggles, it will be interesting to see how quickly coach Mike Mularkey will turn to Holcomb.'

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March 6, 2005

Marker Bills Team Report [7:14 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Holcomb has appeared in just 28 games in five seasons, but has been productive when given opportunities to play. Holcomb doesn't have a great arm and limited athleticism. But he is a smart player who makes the right defensive reads and usually makes sound decisions with the ball. While he's not expected to beat out Losman for the starting job, the Bills hope Holcomb will provide enough stiff competition to make Losman better.'

Marker Bledsoe couldn't complete Bills [3:58 PM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'They're not a title contender with Bledsoe, so the Bills might as well find out if Losman can succeed.'

Marker Sports Night fun for all involved [5:14 AM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: 'While the other athletes in attendance - former Buffalo Sabre Rob Ray, Bills offensive lineman Ross Tucker and New York Jets hall of fame receiver Don Maynard - were chatting with many of the locals who showed up, Dorenbos got the night started entertaining a crowd of children with card tricks.'

Marker Browns' tactics upset Holcomb [5:12 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '``The Bills called me the first day free agency opened and said they wanted to sign me. It's good to be wanted.'''

Marker Back at UW to finish business [5:11 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: 'Evans, the all-time leading receiver in Badgers history with 175 receptions for 3,468 yards, is taking three classes, worth nine credits. His other classes are consumer behavior and consumer history. That will leave him six credits shy of a degree in personal finance, work he plans to complete while taking correspondent courses this summer or next offseason. "My parents always pushed me to go to school," Evans said. "I've been basically the only person in my immediate family to go to college. ... Making it as far as I did, I just think it's important to finish it."'

Marker Insurance Plan [5:09 AM]
Notjustagame.com reports: 'There are just some quarterbacks that need to have the job title backup. Holcomb is one of them, as he seems to always thrive when thrown in conditions on a short notice. His best games have always come when he has been thrown in the spotlight for relief duty, and thatís what had to have turned on the switch for the Bills to ink him to a four year deal.'

Marker Inside slant [5:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'If J.P. Losman can handle the New England Patriots blitz as well he handled the media blitz in his first official news conference since being named the Bills starting quarterback, Buffalo figures to be very successful with him under center.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:07 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Center. The Bills have to start getting serious about upgrading their line; it's just not in the league of Pittsburgh's, Indianapolis', or New England's, the teams to beat in the AFC. Landing a veteran or good rookie would allow Trey Teague to be shifted to left tackle, making the need to re-sign Jonas Jennings a lot less urgent.'

Marker Notes, quotes [5:06 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"It hurt me when I heard they said I was asking for too much when I haven't even talked to anybody. They put it out there I was the bad guy asking ridiculous money, and I hadn't even talked. But I want to say thanks to the fans. I was there when we weren't so good and there when we got to 9-7 and helped build something. I just have to move on. But I would've loved to stay a Bill." -- Unrestricted free agent LT Jonas Jennings, who signed with San Francisco.'

March 5, 2005

Marker Bills sign QB Holcomb [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Injuries hindered Holcomb in Cleveland. He beat out Tim Couch for the starting job in 2003 and probably would have kept the starting job for 2004. But he suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder late in 2003, so the Browns turned to veteran Jeff Garcia. Holcomb started just two games last season.'

Marker Holcomb leaves; CB Baxter signs [5:47 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'When it became apparent that there was no sense of urgency to sign Holcomb - and when news broke that the Browns had contingency plans including trading for Seattle's Trent Dilfer - Bauer and Holcomb agreed it was best that he move on. "Kelly didn't feel good at all about the way things were going in Cleveland," said Bauer. "He felt the attitude was 'if we get him, we get him, if we don't, we don't.' "'

Marker Bills pick Holcomb to play behind Losman [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Holcomb was initially expected to re-sign with the Browns after the team released starter Jeff Garcia after last season. Talks with Cleveland, however, broke down this week when rookie Browns coach Romeo Crennel suggested he was preparing other plans.'

Marker Holcomb spurns Browns, signs with Buffalo [5:06 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: 'Holcomb ended up settling for less than the Browns reportedly offered -- $8 million over four years -- to back up J.P. Losman in Buffalo. Holcomb would start if Losman flops or is injured in preseason.'

March 4, 2005

Marker Browns shuffle, Holcomb heads to Buffalo [10:37 PM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'The Browns had reportedly offered $8 million over four years. According to a source, the two sides were only $250,000 apart in salary with some incentives also involved, but Holcomb didn't feel comfortable with the Browns' preparations for his departure and their lack of urgency to re-sign him.'

Marker Bills Sign Holcomb [10:24 PM]
WROC-TV reports: 'It looked like Holcomb was set to return to Cleveland, and maybe even have a shot at the starting job. Instead, he's moved down the shore of Lake Erie after agreeing to a reported four-year deal worth 6.6 million dollars.'

Marker Bills Sign QB-Kelly Holcomb [10:16 PM]
WHAM-TV reports: 'As of Thursday the Browns were still negotiating with Holcomb trying to resign their free agent quarterback. However, head coach Romeo Crennel didn't sound that confident saying, "I am prepared to lose anyone and everyone because in this game that is what happens,'''

Marker Bills sign Gandy [10:10 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'A graduate of Notre Dame in 2000, Gandy finished his career with the Fighting Irish by starting 26 consecutive games before being drafted in the third round in 2001.'

Marker Bills sign Kelly Holcomb [10:09 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Tampa Bay in 1995, the quarterback from Middle Tennessee St. spent time on Tampa Bayís practice squad before being signed by Indianapolis in 1996. He spent five years as a backup quarterback for the Colts prior to signing with Cleveland in 2001.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign Kelly Holcomb [9:53 PM]
AP reports: '``We didn't feel real comfortable with what's going on in Cleveland,'' Bauer said. ``When someone tells you they want to think about it or revisit it, you better move because there's something burning in the kitchen. ... You never know if you wake up tomorrow morning and suddenly they have a quarterback and you're hung out to dry.'''

Marker Bills sign QB Holcomb [9:52 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'After releasing Drew Bledsoe for salary cap purposes, Bills coach Mike Mularkey elevated Losman, the team's first-round pick in 2004, to the starting job. But Mularkey also emphasized that he wanted a veteran with starter's experience to serve as the backup.'

Marker Holcomb agrees to join Bills [9:51 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Tampa Bay in 1995, the quarterback from Middle Tennessee State spent time on Tampa Bay's practice squad before being signed by Indianapolis in 1996. He spent five years as a backup quarterback for the Colts prior to signing with Cleveland in 2001.'

Marker Bills Sign Holcomb To 4-year Deal [9:49 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran QB Kelly Holcomb to a four-year deal with a $2 million signing bonus.'

Marker Bills Respond; Sign Two [9:48 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'Holcomb spent four seasons with Cleveland.He started two games in 2004. He delivered a 413-yard, five-touchdown performance in the Browns 58-48 victory against Cincinnati.'

Marker Ex-Browns QB will back up Losman [9:46 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills on Friday evening reached a contract agreement with unrestricted free agent Kelly Holcomb, who rebuffed persistent attempts by the Browns to retain him, and possibly give him the starting job. Holcomb, 31, will sign a four-year, $6.6 million contract that includes a $2 million signing bonus.

Marker Bills Reach Agreement with Holcomb [9:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has reached an agreement in principle with quarterback Kelly Holcomb. An eight-year veteran, Holcomb spent the last four seasons with the Cleveland Browns and played in 19 games over that span, starting 12.

Marker Buffalo Signs OL Mike Gandy [5:35 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Former Chicago Bear and current Bears color man Tom Thayer joined Schopp and the Bulldog to talk about Gandy and had nothing but positive things to say about the new Bill. Thayer said that Gandy was a smart guy who could play all the spots on the offensive line if called upon.'

Marker Bills ink free agent Gandy [5:05 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Gandy appeared in five games at right guard last year, but has also played left guard, as well as both tackle positions, where he will most likely be utilized.'

Marker Bills sign G-T Mike Gandy [5:04 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Bills may use Gandy or Marcus Price, who has yet to re-sign, at left tackle to replace Jennings, who signed a seven-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign Mike Gandy [5:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Gandy is the first player the Bills signed since free agency began Wednesday.'

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