Deal will allow cap relief for older veterans [10:38 PM]
AP reports: "The subsidy for older veterans was one of the keys to the deal,... Under the agreement all players with more than four years in the league will cost the clubs the same in both cap room and dollars, even though the older players will be making more." If a 10-year veteran is due to make the new league minimum salary of $750,000, only $450,000 would count against the cap.
Ranking the NFL's coaches [10:35 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 23. Gregg Williams, Buffalo Bills. He has prepared his whole life to be an NFL head coach, so don't expect Williams to blow it. He works as hard as anybody and appears to have a solid grasp of the fine line between pushing too much and pushing not enough. As a defensive coach, he's one of the best. He likes to be aggressive, which is a plus with all the speed in the NFL these days. He has a chance to be a real good one.
Bills appoint Modrak director of football operations [9:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Along with handling the team's daily operations, Modrak will oversee the team's college scouting strategy.'
The breakout list: veterans on offense ready to excel [4:56 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'I set out thinking Aaron Brooks of the Saints, Matt Hasselbeck of the Seahawks or Tim Couch of the Browns would be the best candidates to break out, and they still are good candidates. But the enthusiasm of Bills coach Gregg Williams was convincing... What's impressive and different about Johnson is the way he's approaching his job.'
Ranking the AFC East (Bills #4) [4:54 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Gregg Williams is going to come on like wildfire; this league will see what a brilliant leader and coach he is, who inspires and directs his troops. They'll need some consistency at running back and quarterback. Defensively, they should have some players who can still play at a quality level. '
Moore has surgery to remove bullet from leg [4:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Corey Moore has undergone successful surgery to remove a bullet from his leg. Moore has been cleared to travel, but the Bills don't know when he will be able to come to Buffalo for an evaluation by team doctors.'
Modrak ready to sign on as chief scout for the Bills [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tom Modrak, the former director of football operations of the Philadelphia Eagles, has made an oral agreement to join the Bills to help oversee their college scouting operation, two NFL sources reported Monday evening.'
Flutie talks positive about Chargers' outlook [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Anybody who has been a Bill remains a Bill forever in the hearts and minds of Western New Yorkers. I find that out every day, and it's heartwarming. Where else could a guy who competes against the Buffalo Bills like me come back and have people say, "Welcome home.'"'
Bears' list cut to 3; Modrak withdraws [6:02 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'According to a league source, Modrak wanted to be the only finalist, and he hoped that he would have already been offered the job.'
Modrak out of hunt [6:00 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Modrak reportedly has been offered a college scouting job with the Buffalo Bills under his former mentor, Tom Donahoe. The position would allow Modrak to continue to live in Philadelphia, Phillips said.'
And now, the final 3 [5:24 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"It's too bad," Modrak said. "It's a great town and great fan base. It was just timing. [The Bears' search] just kept going on."'
Phillips narrows GM candidates to three [5:13 AM]
AP reports: 'Modrak, former Philadelphia Eagles director of football operations, was thought to be the frontrunner for the job. But they talked earlier Monday and Modrak told Phillips he didn't think he was the right fit for the job.'
Offseason Overview: Buffalo Bills [5:10 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills will likely need to make more cuts after June 1 to clear cap space to sign their 12 rookies. Running back Jonathan Linton and offensive lineman Victor Allotey were released and more moves may follow.'
Modrak withdraws name from Chicago GM race, agrees to join Bills staff [5:06 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'From the start, Modrak had told friends he was uncomfortable with a process that included an interview with Russell Reynolds and Associates, a Manhattan executive search firm.'
Modrak to join Bills' personnel [5:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'Yesterday, Modrak withdrew his name from consideration to become general manager of the Chicago Bears. Instead, he is expected to accept Donahoe's standing offer of an undisclosed high-level front office position with the Buffalo Bills, likely heading up the team's college scouting department.'
Cottrell's Approach Has Calming Effect [6:18 AM]
New York Times reports: '"A lot of coaches, in their attempts to reach us, are out of touch," said Wiley, now with the San Diego Chargers. "They don't know the language. He knows all those things. He knows what we're thinking about. He was definitely like one of the guys, but not just like a private like we are. He was definitely a general."'
Former Bills RB Smith reaches crux of career [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '"Antowain needs the right fit and it was the not right fit in Buffalo. He's not Thurman Thomas, he's not shifty like that. But Mr. Wilson could never make that connection."'
Linton among Bills cuts [11:38 AM]
USA Today reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' offensive backfield got even younger after they released multipurpose running back Jonathan Linton on Friday.'
Moore charged with aggravated assault [11:38 AM]
AP reports: 'Though no motive has been determined for Moore being shot, the Sun reported Moore was arrested recently in Haywood County and charged with aggravated assault. Moore was allegedly involved in a May 15 incident where a man was hit with a beer bottle, Blackburn told the Sun. Moore was released on bond.'
Kelly Wall ceremony Nov. 18 [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quarterback Jim Kelly's name will go on the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame on Nov. 18, the team announced Saturday...Individual game tickets for 2001 will go on sale on July 14.'
Bills press the flesh for image's sake [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The organization that for years seemed barely able to suffer the Western New York community, whose marketing approach might have been summed up as "The Bills: Love Us or We're Leaving," has changed its tune.'
Linton could merit solid interest in free agency [4:00 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'By releasing Linton, the Bills saved $512,000. They received rebates of $418,000 apiece on two other players who were cut loose, cornerback Ray Hill and offensive lineman Victor Allotey.
Linton could merit solid interest in free agency, because he is a big back with some speed, and has been a part-time starter in the past.'
Moore OK after shooting incident [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The bullet was lodged in soft tissue and can safely be left in Moore's leg permanently if he chooses...'.
Bills draft profile: DT Ron Edwards [7:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Here is the draft profile of recently signed defensive tackle, Ron Edwards.'
Camp won't be a vacation anymore [7:41 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Former Bills coaches Marv Levy and Wade Phillips weren't big fans of heavy offseason contact. In fact, they did so little hitting their training camps often were referred to as Club Med. Those days are over. New coach Gregg Williams is bringing a more physical attitude to his first training camp this summer. In other words, expect to see plenty of hitting with full pads.'
Corey Moore shot in leg [7:29 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'But Moore was arrested a few weeks ago in Haywood County and charged with aggravated assault. Moore allegedly was involved when a man, Jeremiah Taylor, was hit with a beer bottle on May 15, Blackburn said. He was released on bond.'
Jim Kelly: Foiled again [7:24 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Jim Kelly is on the top (at least on CNN/SI NFL front page) of 'losers' in sports. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Sometimes it works (look under Lucci, Susan). Sometimes it doesn't (under Coyote, Wile E.) In sports, there can be only one winner, which means no matter how great you are, there's a distinct possibility of losing. No matter how badly you want that elusive trophy or title, there's never a guarantee it will come to you. CNNSI.com looks at some of the "losers" in sports, legends who couldn't quite clear that one last hurdle.'
Jonas Jennings Rookie Diary [7:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills rookie lineman Jonas Jennings talks about his experiences thus far as he prepares for training camp.'
June Team Camp starts Tuesday [7:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills final pre-training camp minicamp session begins Tuesday, with players taking part in two weeks of sessions.'
AFC Team Roster Strategies [7:21 AM]
SportsTalk.com reports: 'These three players are listed not because they are overpaid, or overrated, but because they are the only players remaining on the Bills roster that can give the team some cap space if they are released. Holecek is the projected starting middle linebacker, so it is very doubtful he'll be released...'
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