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Buffalo Bills News - April 13, 2001

Marker Flutie-Johnson duel gets a long buildup [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As if fans weren't already excited about next season's game between the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers, the National Football League is going to make them wait nearly half the season to see it.'

Marker Circle that date! [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has known for some time where he wants to his exact his revenge, now he knows when.'

Marker Bills open with challenges [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills' first three games are against teams that made the playoffs -- New Orleans, Miami and Indianapolis -- and with the latter two on the road, the Bills will be hard-pressed to get off to a good start.'

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April 12, 2001

Marker Games with the best storylines in 2001 [11:39 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Bills owner Ralph Wilson continues to take shots at former Bills GM John Butler, who bolted to San Diego for more money. Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson couldn't get along in Buffalo, so the first thing Flutie would love to do is stab Johnson in the back by winning on his native California turf.'

Marker Johnson-Flutie showdown set for Oct. 28 when Bills travel to San Diego [8:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Two of the Bills games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN: at Jacksonville on Oct. 18, marking only the second time Buffalo has played on a Thursday night, and at San Francisco on Dec. 2.'

Marker First glimpse at Bills schedule [1:37 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The NFL schedule will be out today. Here's what we know now. The Bills will play at Miami on in Week 2 at 1:00. The Jets will be in Buffalo on Oct. 7 at 1:00 and The Bills go to NY on the last game of the year on Dec. 30 at 4:05'

Marker Mock Draft Board: Round 1 [1:08 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 14: Bills, Marcus Stroud, DT Georgia
Stroud is not the 14th-best player, but he is what the Bills need in terms of size and strength at defensive tackle. Why wait?

Marker Full Speed Ahead (Team Report) [10:52 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rob Johnson is making excellent progress in his quest to learn the new West Coast offense that Williams is installing... Johnson threw the ball well and seemed to have a grasp on what was going on. Since then, he has shone brightly in meetings and throwing sessions and Williams is excited about the way he has picked things up.'

Marker's 2001 NFL Mock Draft [10:49 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Buffalo Bills 8-8, Damione Lewis DT Miami (Fla.); Bills need a replacement for departed NT Washington.'

Marker 2001 NFL schedule unveiled today [10:47 AM]
TBD reports: 'The NFL will be releasing it's schedule today at 2:00 pm. Stay tuned to TBD to get your first glance at the Bills' schedule. TBD will soon be picking the game for readers to attend our annual tailgate party. Last year we had fans from as far as Alaska and San Diego attend!'

Marker Bills sign backup QB [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move was expected as team President and General Manager Tom Donahoe had expressed his desire to take another veteran quarterback into training camp to compete with Alex Van Pelt for the backup to Rob Johnson.'

Marker Bills can find defensive line help [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be in the market for a few after losing defensive end Marcellus Wiley to San Diego and releasing nose tackle Ted Washington. The team also could lose versatile Shawn Price, an unrestricted free agent. Fortunately for Buffalo, this draft should provide some reinforcements.'

Marker Bills add Gonzalez to quarterback derby [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are also expected to select a quarterback in next week's NFL draft, giving them four for training camp.'

Marker RJ answers questions [1:05 AM] reports: 'Rob talks about offseason work, and weighs in on the extremely important and attention-grabbing bandana issue.'

Marker Interview with Peerless [1:04 AM] reports: 'Peerless tells what waiting on draft day was like for him.'

April 11, 2001

Marker Bills sign quarterback Pete Gonzalez [8:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Gonzalez entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Pittsburgh in 1998. After sitting out all of 1998, he appeared in one game in 1999, completing one pass for eight yards. He was released during the off-season. Gonzalez spent training camp last year with the Indianapolis Colts before being waived in August.'

Marker Bills see help on way in draft [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One look at the Buffalo Bills' roster should tell you what they are looking for in the NFL draft on April 21-22. Salary cap cuts and free agent defections have created glaring needs at defensive line, offensive line and cornerback.'

Marker Washington tips scales toward Bears [6:54 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'Wright did speak with Pittsburgh after talking with Cincinnati and Seattle. However, the Steelers lacked upfront money under the salary cap.'

Marker Bears bulk up front four [6:19 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'There's a risk to signing a 33-year-old, 350-pound defensive tackle with 10 years of NFL wear-and-tear on him--even one as good as three-time Pro Bowl player Ted Washington. But the Bears figured the price was right to take the chance.'

Marker First draft in works [5:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Adams also mentioned Florida Gators quarterback Jesse Palmer, an Ottawa-native whose stock rose with a strong showing in the Senior Bowl. "We've looked at (Palmer), he's a good, big guy," Adams said.'

Marker Bears beef up defensive line in big way [5:31 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"The style I like to play is to keep those guards or keep that center off the linebackers and let them flow (to the ball). If you saw the film with Buffalo, Sam Cowart rarely got touched. He went to the Pro Bowl. I'm not taking full credit for that, but that's my job.'

Marker Bears fortify defense [5:29 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'In a move that could foreshadow a major domino effect on their defense, the Bears agreed Tuesday to a three-year contract potentially worth $7.5 million, including a $2.5 million signing bonus, with ex-Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ted Washington.'

Marker Hungry Bills drooling over draft [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Because the Bills are desperate to rebuild their depth yet are still functioning with little salary cap room, general manager and president Tom Donahoe said yesterday that he will explore ways to obtain even more picks for his debut draft in Buffalo.'

April 10, 2001

Marker Draft day luncheon quotes [8:59 PM] reports: 'We started yesterday, and the whole process will take us about the next 10 days. This is the most important phase of our preparation. Most of the work has been done, but now it's a matter of sharing information, trying to figure out what we think about these players as potential Buffalo Bills players and setting up the board.'

Marker Bears agree to terms with DT Ted Washington [7:41 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Washington, who turns 33 on Friday, spent the last six seasons with the Buffalo Bills before becoming a salary-cap casualty this offseason.'

Marker Bears agree to terms with Ted Washington [7:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Financial terms were not disclosed.'

Marker Bears inquire about Antowain Smith [10:45 AM] reports: Seeking to add depth in the backfield, Bears vice president of personnel Mark Hatley has contacted Tom Donahoe about a possible trade for Antowain Smith. No trade is imminent, but the Bears remain interested and are waiting to hear back from the Bills. However, Chicago would likely only deal a latter-round draft pick to acquire Smith.

April 9, 2001

Marker Steelers Resume Interest In Ted Washington [9:42 AM]
Steelers Digest reports: 'The Steelers seem to be the best fit for him, though, as they are the only team that will use the 3-4 as their primary defense this year as the Bills are switching to a 4-3.'

Marker Steelers resume talks with Bills' Washington [9:33 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Washington, who has spent the past six seasons of his 10-year career with the Buffalo Bills, was one of the first free agents contacted by the Steelers early in the signing period. The Steelers, though, have been willing to wait until Washington tests his market value around the NFL.'

April 8, 2001

Marker Wilson repeats: Butler wanted to leave [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"[John Butler said] "By the way, my wife told me my contract expires in February.' I said, "Let's talk about it.' He said, "No I don't want to talk about it now. We'll talk about it later.'" Continued Wilson: "Now when a man who deals with hundreds of contracts tells me he doesn't know when his contract expires, what am I supposed to think?"'

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