Bills braintrust divided on Fina but agent says no offer to keep him [8:13 AM]
ESN reports: Eric Metz, agent for Buffalo Bills tackle John Fina, has told Empire Sports and WNSA that after many discussions with the Bills he does not anticipate an offer from the team to keep the lineman in a Bills uniform.
Another NFL source said the Bills decision was not an easy one with the team's braintrust being divided on the issue of whether to keep Fina or release him.
Talks are expected to continue through the weekend, but Metz believes when all is said and done Fina will be released perhaps as early as Monday.
There are receivers aplenty for free agent shoppers [9:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills may look to add another player or two on the defensive line. There are not any difference-makers available...'.
Curtis Alexander leads Galaxy in win over Admirals [11:50 PM]
NFL Europe reports: Running back Curtis Alexander punched in the decisive touchdown to break a 13-13 tie and Admirals hearts and remain on course for a World Bowl X clash with rival Rhein Fire. He also had 20 carries for 88 yards including a 25 yard run and a winning TD run. He also had three catches for 56 yards including a 52 yard reception being pushed out of bounds at 2 yard line. David Dinkins on opposite side had 4 runs for 14 yards. Despite being #2 in the depth chart in name, another QB was put in when Admirals QB was injured.
NFL investigates Moulds for supplement endorsement [6:08 PM]
AP reports: '"If a company makes something on our banned list, you can't endorse anything that company sells," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in a story published on Saturday. "(Moulds) may not be aware of that side of the policy."'
Donahoe / Riemersma's contract proposal details [1:00 PM]
ESPN reports: Agent Jack Wirth and GM Tom Donahoe have discussed a new, four-year contract, but it would mean reducing his compensation this season to about $1.6 million. The Buffalo proposal calls for a two-tiered signing bonus, in which the Bills would have to pay Riemersma a second signing bonus next spring to exercise the option on the 2003-2005 seasons.
Bills set to pull plug on Fina [10:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The veteran tackle is expected to be a salary cap casualty, perhaps as early as Monday, according to an NFL source. Meanwhile, Jay Riemersma probably will keep his job, even though his agent has not been able to strike a deal to restructure the tight end's contract.'
NFL investigating Bills receiver [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'The NFL is investigating whether an endorsement of a body building supplement by Buffalo Bills star receiver Eric Moulds violates the league's steroid policy.'
Rehabbing players have teams feeling better [1:17 AM]
ESPN reports: Bledsoe and Jerry Ostroski are members of the 2001 All-Injury Squad.
The five biggest winners in free agency [1:14 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 5. Bills
Key additions: QB Drew Bledsoe, LB London Fletcher, OT Trey Teague.
Buffalo has been looking for the right leader since Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season. Although his performance has tailed off the last three seasons, Bledsoe is only 30. He still has a lot of production left in him and could thrive in the Bills' new offense if he gets enough protection. Although undersized, Fletcher is a quick, instinctive middle linebacker who can make plays from sideline to sideline. Teague replaces an aging John Fina at left tackle and will be counted on to protect Bledsoe's blind side.
Bills & Buffalo Zoo Host Community Day On Sunday [12:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills and the Buffalo Zoo will host a Community Day at the Buffalo Zoo this Sunday, June 2nd. There will be interactive games, face painting, and appearances by Bills players including Ruben Brown, Brian Moorman and Tony Driver between noon and 3:00 PM. Also participating will be Buffalo Jills, team alumni and Billy Buffalo.
Hall Of Fame Seating Policy Announced For Aug. 3 [11:01 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Reserved tickets can be ordered only by mail, with a limit of 10 tickets per order. Requests for tickets should be sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Attn. Enshrinement Tickets, 2121 George Halas Drive NW, Canton, OH 44708.
Seating Policy Announced for Enshrinement on Aug. 3 [10:21 AM]
Pro Hall of Fame reports: The August 3, 2002 ceremony has been moved to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium. The new location will provide a seating capacity of 20,348 seat. As a result, the Hall of Fame is able to offer to the public an opportunity to purchase reserved seats.
Half of spectators will see HOF enshrinement for free [9:29 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '“I think every bar in Buffalo has a sign-up sheet for people to come watch the enshrinement,” said Joe Horrigan, the Hall’s vice president-communications/exhibits, who was born in Buffalo and retains close ties to the city. “With those fans coming from Buffalo, along with the fans who come from Pittsburgh every time a Steeler is inducted, we are expecting a huge, huge crowd."'
HOF Festival tickets go on sale June 14 at Chamber [9:28 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'A total of 20 events will be presented in the 11 days of the celebration of the induction of this year’s class of enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.'
Football Hall of Fame induction tickets available [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the first time, the hall is making advance tickets available by mail for the event, to be held Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio. A total of 7,138 sideline seats will be available at $10 each.'
Riemersma future still is not settled [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills, approximately $1.75 million under the cap, would like to create more breathing room so they can sign their 10 draft picks, go after a free agent defensive tackle and leave a cushion for emergencies. Riemersma and veteran tackle John Fina, who together represent $5.525 million in cap savings, are the prime candidates to be released.'
Riemersma's future in question with Bills [9:32 PM]
AP reports: '"We did everything we could with this, and it's up to them to decide," Riemersma's agent Jack Wirth said on Thursday. "If they think they're going to have a better team by releasing him, that's their view of it. We just wait to see what happens. I have no control over that, none whatsoever. It's their call."'
Office vows to make most of chance at LE [8:19 PM]
Shout reports: Is Kendrick Office the man who will replace Phil Hansen at left end this season?
Offseason Dish: Brooks to do less; Riemersma staying put [8:18 PM]
www.tsn.com reports: Let's hope so.
2002 Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Awards [8:17 PM]
TBD reports: Pete Metzelaars and Thurman Thomas to be awarded Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Awards for 2002. This was annouced at the Buffalo Bills open backers meeting this week.
Bills Uniform Evolution: Modifications Through The Years [5:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: When the Bills started play in the American Football League in 1960, they wore blue jerseys at home with silver numbers and white jerseys with blue numbers on the road. Take a look back at the modifications to the Bills uniforms through the years.
Fans can vote for NFL-Europe all-stars [1:57 PM]
NFL Europe reports: The following Bills allocated players are on it:
RB: Curtis Alexander - Frankfurt
WR: Reggie Allen - Amsterdam
DT: DeVonte Peterson - Scotland
ST: Curtis Alexander - Frankfurt
QB/KR David Dinkins and LB Jimmy Robinson are not listed on it
Nine Days 'Til Uniform Unveiling; Tickets Available To Public Tomorrow [12:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Tomorrow, members of the general public will have their first opportunity to pick up tickets to the event at all Tops Friendly Markets locations and there will be a four-ticket limit per person. While the festivities are open to the public and free to attend, a ticket will be required for admission to stadium, Bills Experience, and autograph sessions for kids 14-and-under.
CBS Bills report: Notes, quotes, anecdotes [12:11 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The only way Fina would stay would be to accept a salary cut from $3 million to the veteran minimum of $750,000.
Riemersma is working on a four-year, $12 million contract that's been re-worked at least once. "You realize there's a business side to all this and it's really not you as a player per se, it's that cap number," he said. "That's today's NFL. They sign TV deals and the cap every year only goes up seven percent but on average guy's contracts go up 10 to 12. Something's got to give.
Rumors continue to swirl that the Bills are willing to trade RB Shawn Bryson for help on the defensive line. Bryson is the Bills' biggest and fastest ball carrier, his only crime is that GM Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams didn't draft him.
$13 million dollars in dead cap money for the 2002 season [10:33 AM]
ESN reports: Rob Johnson ($5,075,250) alone counts for 39% of the team’s dead cap money. Combine that money with Henry Jones ($2.9 million), John Holecek ($1.6 million), Phil Hansen ($1.6 million) and Ken Irvin ($1.4 million) and you have 99% of the Bills dead dollars tied up among five players. Bills GM Donahoe is doing his best to avoid future dead cap money, that’s why it’ll be interesting to see what happens after June 1. A lot of dead money equals salary cap jail, something Donahoe has said will not happen again during his tenure with the team.
Buffalo Bills Playoff History [9:25 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills have had a long and storied playoff history, dating back to their 1964 and 1965 AFL Championships, as well as their four consecutive AFC Championships in the early 1990s. Here's a complete list along with game summaries.
Tillman marches to his own drummer [5:18 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Bills would be crazy to let Riemersma go, especially after a career-best 53 catches last year. Keep this in mind: When Drew Bledsoe was at his best with New England, he had tight end Ben Coates to throw to. He needs a tight end with hands, and Dave Moore isn't that guy.'
Veteran Fina trying to remain with Bills [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'With a willingness to take a "substantial" pay cut, according to his agent, and to assume a backup role if that's what the coaching staff wants, the veteran offensive tackle is not making it easy for the Buffalo Bills to cut him on Saturday.'
Ticket Details of Uniform Unveiling [6:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Tickets for the general public will be available beginning on Friday, May 31 at all Tops Friendly Markets locations and will be limited to four per person…
AFC East - Division of the tight end [4:43 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills are hoping tight end Jay Riemersma will restructure his contract to avoid being cut because coordinator Kevin Gilbride wants to run a lot of two tight-end sets. After catching only 11 percent of their teams' passes last season, AFC East tight ends likely will have an expanded role this season. Brief report on tight ends in the AFC East.
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