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Buffalo Bills News - February 25, 2003

Marker 12th Man Award: Play of the Year [5:01 PM] reports: Fourth-year wide receiver Peerless Price hauled in a 48-yard touchdown from quarterback Drew Bledsoe with 4:48 left in overtime as the Bills rallied for a 45-39 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Price finished with a career-high 13 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Watch Video Highlights of the nominees.

Marker Bills sign free agent McKenzie [4:56 PM]
AP reports: 'McKenzie, a seven-year veteran with 29.5 sacks in his career, split last season between Chicago and Green Bay. He had eight sacks each season from 1998-00.'

Marker Bills Sign McKenzie [3:47 PM] reports: 'McKenzie, 29, spent the first five weeks of the 2002 season with the Bears and started three of the four games in which he appeared before being released. He then re-signed with the Packers in November and appeared in five games for Green Bay at the end of the year.'

Marker Price tag is no bargain for the Bills [2:50 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Price’s agent, Tim McGee, handled the complaining in his client’s name saying the former Tennessee star understood that Moulds was the team’s No. 1 receiver and he wanted to go to a club where he could fill that same role. No mention was made of Price’s contention that he wouldn’t mind being franchised. Suddenly, being assigned that tag was tantamount to his being dissed. Sorry Peerless, but rather than being an insult, the franchise tag is the highest form of flattery.'

Marker Coy Wire To Lead Bills Team In Corporate Spelling Bee [9:39 AM] reports: Safety Coy Wire will lead the Bills three-person team into battle against squads from other area companies in the Ninth Annual Corporate Spelling Bee to benefit the Community Music School.

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February 24, 2003

Marker The Week In Bills History (Feb. 24-Mar. 2) [2:05 PM] reports: February 24, 1965 - BILLS TRADE COOKIE GILCHRIST TO DENVER The Bills traded running back Cookie Gilchrist to the Denver Broncos for running back Billy Joe, the AFL's rookie of the year in 1963.

Marker Top Fantasy Player [11:27 AM] reports: 'Hollis was consistent for the Bills this season. Although he didn't always have many field goal chances, he accumulated a good number of PAT's (40) and finished with 115 points.'

Marker Price -With Patience - Will Be All Right [9:59 AM] reports: 'Presumably, both Price and the Bills want a long-term deal. And that's the tricky part: McGee is free to shop his client's services to any team (and there are several interested), but if another club signs Price, it has to compensate the Bills with either two first-round draft picks or a different package that fits president Tom Donahoe's liking.'

February 23, 2003

Marker Draft is deep where Bills are thin [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to several coaches and scouts, as many as 12 defensive linemen could go in the first round and up to 20 in the first two rounds combined.'

Marker Ex-Bills QB Harris paid his dues en route to front-office prominence [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Harris started four games for a bad Bills team in '69 and only a couple the next two years in Buffalo. He said racism was a constant obstacle. "There was a lot of hate mail, a lot of name-calling during that time, a lot of postcards with negative pictures," he said. "Those were things I had to work through and play through. I had to look beyond that."'

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.'

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.

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