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Buffalo Bills News - March 5, 2005

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.'

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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 Bays 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] 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] 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.'

Marker Bills Sign OL Mike Gandy [5:02 PM] reports: 'The 26-year-old Gandy has spent his entire four-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears and has appeared in 32 games, starting 30 over the course of his career.'

Marker Transcript: Quarterback J.P. Losman [1:22 PM] reports: 'Q: Why will the offense evolve with you in it and what do you have to say about getting down?
A: I guess the offense is going to change. I don't know how much yet. I haven't spent much time with the coaches with them telling me exactly what we're going to do. I'm sure there will be some rollouts and they will use my mobility a little bit. As far as getting down, I have to hear it from my teammates everyday. In the locker room they are always whispering in my ear 'get down'. I think Spikes is the biggest one. I realized that I'm going to hurt my team more by not sliding than sliding. I really don't like to do it, but it's something I'm going to learn how to do in order to help our team win.'

Marker Advice from the pros [1:19 PM]
Reading Eagle reports: 'Tucker encouraged the mostly pre-teen audience members to be as equally determined to succeed in whatever dream they hold. If they do, he said, they will resist the lures of drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Go for goals, because with those you are less likely to fall by the wayside, he said.'

Marker Losman embraces leadership role [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"No one knows, obviously, what's going to happen," Losman admitted. "I can sit here and say what I think, but it's all just hearsay. The season will start soon enough, and people will find out."'

Marker The Kid feels no pressure [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I think I know what he's thinking. I think you know what he's thinking. The Kid believes he's a winner. So far, so good.'

Marker Friday's San Francisco Coverage [6:06 AM] reports:
Jennings is big addition (San Francisco Chronicle)
Jennings: Gladly 'rollin' with Nolan' (Oakland Tribune)
49ers tackle blocking woes (San Jose Mercury News)
O-line rebuilding begins (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Jennings Press Conference Video (

Marker New QB Losman knows respect is earned [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm fortunate and feeling excited. The people upstairs made the decision and I just need to move forward and go with it."'

Marker Losman stands tall against first blitz [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Of course, none of this will matter if the second-year pro from Tulane University doesn't prove to be the quarterback the Bills have desperately sought since Jim Kelly's departure nearly a decade ago. The bottom line is wins, not witty quotes.'

March 3, 2005

Marker Losman Meets Media [10:38 PM] reports: 'However, he did add Bledsoe was very supportive during his rookie season. "I think our relationship was great. He never hesitated to answer a question that I had and actually every time I came off the field he was very supportive. He told me things what I did wrong or what I did right before I even had to ask."'

Marker Jennings Jets West [10:36 PM] reports: 'Selected in the third round of the 2001 draft, the 6'3", 354 lb. Georgia product was the longest serving member of the Bills current offensive line. He started a total of 52 games for Buffalo including 14 starts in 2004.'

Marker Random thoughts from the combine [8:55 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills are resigned to the fact that their new quarterback, '04 first-round draft pick J.P. Losman, is going to rely very heavily on his considerable mobility.

Marker Notebook: Some sanity, some madness in early free-agency [8:54 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The biggest eye-opening deal was the seven years and $36 million the 49ers gave to Buffalo left tackle Jonas Jennings. It included $12 million to $14 million in bonuses, which is amazing considering Jennings is a decent player whose value is up because he happens to be one of the few left tackles available. That had to drive his price up. He certainly isn't worth that kind of money.

"Worst deal I've seen," said one personnel director. "But hold on. I'm sure there's more to follow."

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