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Buffalo Bills News - July 13, 2001

Marker One-team veterans becoming something to savor [12:47 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: One-team veterans becoming something to savor; Hansen and Jones are some of few veterans who remain with one team for 10 years.

Marker Release leaves Holecek with bitter taste [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think Gregg Williams is going to be a great coach and he has a terrific staff. But I can foresee some problems with the general manager and the coach because there's not a lot of honesty coming from the general manager position."'

Marker Timing of release embitters Holecek [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'The move -- which caught Holecek by surprise and has left him feeling bitter -- saved the team around $1 million in cap space. The Bills are now $2.25 million under the cap, which is enough to sign their top three draft picks, Nate Clements, Aaron Schobel and Travis Henry.'

Marker Holecek's release shocks Cowart [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: '"But it just seems to be the story of this off-season, guys being let go. We have to rally together and young guys definitely have to step up."'

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July 12, 2001

Marker NFL announces comprehensive new media agreement [10:38 PM] reports: 'The four-way partnership encompasses wide-ranging initiatives, including online and offline cross promotion and marketing with America Online, a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc., and CBS. It also takes advantage of Viacom's stable of media properties. In addition, Inc. will produce and host, the most popular sports league site.'

Marker Fund for Animals Asks Nation's Sports Media to Stop Promoting Hunting [5:15 PM]
Yahoo Biz reports: Quoting Marv Levy, legendary former head coach of the Buffalo Bills, who said, ``I don't consider hunting a sport; I consider it murder,''

Marker Bills Release Holecek [4:10 PM]
AP reports: There had been speculation last winter that Holecek would leave as the Bills worked to trim millions to get under the salary cap. But Holecek, who signed a five-year, $12.5 million extension in 1998, reportedly agreed to a $600,000 pay cut.

Marker Bills release John Holecek [1:24 PM] reports: "This has been one of our more difficult decisions to make," said Bills President Tom Donahoe. "We've decided to do it now so that John can have the opportunity to catch on with another team. We certainly appreciate all that John has contributed to this organization and wish him all the best in the future."

Marker Pittsburgh game sold out before single seats are available. [12:44 PM] reports: Tough luck to those Bills fans desiring to buy tickets to September 30 Pittsburgh game. The remainder of the seats were sold out to group sales before single ticket seats go on sale to the general public this Saturday, July 14th beginning at 9:00 AM.

Marker Bills sign two free agents [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills Wednesday signed free agents Michael Early and Brian Leigeb and released undrafted rookie Randall Cummins.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Team report, notes, quotes, & anecdotes [8:01 AM]
USA Today reports: As Trent Dilfer stands in the unemployment line, the Buffalo Bills are heading to camp, apparently content that their backup quarterback situation is adequate should injury befall Rob Johnson.

Marker Leigeb headed to NFL [5:39 AM]
Midland Daily News reports: '"They must have called him five times on Tuesday," Phil Leigeb said.'

Marker Bills sign two players [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills signed free agent safety Brian Leigeb and center Michael Early yesterday while releasing free agent rookie center Randall Cummins.'

July 11, 2001

Marker From NFL to Bislett Games [3:55 PM]
Norway Post reports: \'Last season he starred for the Buffalo Bills in the U.S. National Football League. On Friday Leif Olve Dolonen Larsen, 26, is one of the main attractions at the track and field festival Bislett Games in Oslo.\'

Marker Phillips ruling pending [3:54 PM]
D and C reports: 'The NFL has yet to make a ruling on Wade Phillips' contract dispute with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills Alumni to assist with Educational and Athletic Camp [3:19 PM] reports: 'Members of the Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation are participating in the second annual Educational/Athletic Camp being held at Buffalo State College on Elmwood Avenue through July 14th.'

Marker Bills/Gatorade Jr. Training Camp heads for Amherst [3:18 PM] reports: 'Tomorrow afternoon at 1:00PM, the Bills/Gatorade Jr. Training Camp will be making its sixth stop on its journey across Western New York at St. Leo's School (Northeast YMCA) located at 903 Sweet Home Road in Amherst, New York. '

Marker Bills make roster moves [3:17 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed two free agents- center Michael Early and safety Brian Leigeb. In accordance with club policy terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Campers have a field day with Ruben Brown [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Their host was Buffalo Bills guard Ruben Brown, and they knew a good time was guaranteed.'

Marker Bills try to sign draft picks [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: But the agents of cornerback Nate Clements, defensive end Aaron Schobel and running back Travis Henry are confident their clients will be under contract when the Bills\' rookies and veterans begin practice on July 29 at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford.\'

Marker No. 6 pick Alexander agrees to 3-year deal [6:54 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The Titans yesterday worked out [Former Bill] Jonathan Linton, another potential reserve running back. ''We've seen enough film on him, we know what he can do. We just wanted to visit with him and give him a physical,'' Reese said.'

July 10, 2001

Marker Developing Trend: Media Picking Bills in 2001 [11:57 PM]
TBD reports: 'Predictions don't mean much, but they do show that people are taking notice of you. It would be easy to ignore the Bills on the heels of an offseason which they lost some very good players, saw a major turnover of a respected front office team AND hired a new, untested coaching staff installing all new systems in the process.'

Marker Sammy Morris vs. Shawn Bryson vs. Travis Henry for Bills' No. 1 running back job. [9:27 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Bills must have a running game to help take the pressure off Rob Johnson, so one of these guys has to win the job. Running by committee isn't the answer. Likely winner: Henry.

Marker Bills' new look starts at top [5:03 PM] reports: 'Nowhere in the NFL did an average season breed more renovation than Buffalo, where the coaching staff, front office, and depth chart all underwent offseason makeovers. '

Marker Levy's legacy [2:11 PM] reports: "When we were driving for Super Bowl XXV, he had adopted the phrase 'One more river to cross," receiver James Lofton recalled. "He would sing the song and nobody had ever heard of it. We didn't know where it came from, but it did become our rallying cry."

Marker Bills single-game tickets go on sale this Saturday [2:11 PM] reports: ' The Buffalo Bills are reminding fans that single-game tickets for 2001 will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, July 14th beginning at 9:00 AM. '

Marker Ruben Brown selected as one of the "Good Guys" [2:08 PM] reports: 'A Pro Bowl selection in each of the last five seasons with the Bills, guard RUBEN BROWN is also one of the "Good Guys" in sports, according to the July 16th issue of The Sporting News. For the third straight year, the magazine has selected 99 "good guys" from the sports that it covers and Ruben is one of 25 NFL players chosen. '

Marker Offensive burden falls on Johnson [10:15 AM]
The Sporting News reports: How the Bills will adjust to a new offense and a new coaching staff. After several lackluster offensive seasons under Wade Phillips, new coach Gregg Williams hopes to open things up.
He hired Mike Sheppard as his offensive coordinator, and Sheppard is installing the potentially explosive West Coast offense.

July 9, 2001

Marker Ruben Brown Football Camp for Kids [11:34 PM] reports: 'Bills all-pro guard RUBEN BROWN will host a group of 150 youngsters from the Salvation Army at the inaugural "Ruben Brown Football Camp for Kids," sponsored by the Adam's Mark Hotel. The event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10, at Ralph Wilson Stadium from 1:00-5:00 PM.'

July 8, 2001

Marker AFC East still open as camps start [6:55 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Some veteran Bills felt Phillips squandered what was a potential Super Bowl team when he took over for Marv Levy. Hoping to reach those heights this year is folly.'

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