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Buffalo Bills News - March 21, 2003

Marker The Bills and the Draft [1:52 PM] reports: If there is one reason the Buffalo Bills have maintained their competitive position in the AFC despite the rapid turnover of personnel in the NFL, it’s their picks in the NFL draft. The Bills’ 2002 final roster contained 23 of their draft picks. Fourteen of those players started in 2002.

Marker CB Reese to sign two-year contract with Bills [1:24 PM]
ESPN reports: The Buffalo Bills added veteran depth and versatility to their secondary on Friday, agreeing to terms with Izell Reese, an unrestricted free agent who played for the Denver Broncos in 2002.

Marker Win a Takeo Spikes Autographed Football [9:23 AM] reports: Win a Wilson Authentic NFL Game Ball autographed by linebacker Takeo Spikes!

Marker Bills cut thirtysomethings Centers and Robinson [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Centers made the Pro Bowl in 2001 after catching 80 passes, seventh most in team history. Last season, however, the Bills were more willing to throw the ball to starting running back Travis Henry. Centers and Henry each caught 43 passes. Centers was much more of a factor in Mike Sheppard's West Coast offense than Kevin Gilbride's attack.'

Marker Bills Release Fullback Larry Centers, Linebacker Eddie Robinson [7:31 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The moves allowed the Bills to save about $2 million against the league's $75 million salary cap.'

Marker Centers, Robinson released by Bills [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '“I didn’t feel like I was given a whole lot of opportunities to help determine the outcome of the games, and that’s something that I’m not used to,” said Centers, whose 808 career receptions is No. 3 among active players and ninth overall in NFL history.'

Marker Centers could draw Pats' attention [5:16 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Centers clearly fits the Patriots' mold. Perhaps the main questions are how much he has left after 13 NFL seasons, and can the Patriots fit him under the salary cap.'

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March 20, 2003

Marker Bills release Centers, Robinson [11:01 PM]
AP reports: 'The 34-year-old Centers caught a pass in 143 straight games, a streak that ended Oct. 27 against Detroit. That mark ranks behind only those set by Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. He has 808 receptions for 6,691 yards and 27 touchdowns in his 13-year career. The Bills are looking for a fullback with more blocking ability.'

Marker Bills release FB Centers, LB Robinson [10:05 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Centers, who turns 35 in June, had 43 catches for 388 yards last season for the Bills. But with Travis Henry and Sammy Morris showing pass-catching ability in the backfield, Centers became expendable. Robinson, who turns 33 in April, was third on the team with 102 tackles last season. But the offseason additions of outside linebackers Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey squeezed out Robinson.'

Marker Player Bio: Larry Centers [5:12 PM] reports: Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate after a strong second season in Buffalo…continued to provide the voice of experience and strong leadership to Bills team.

Marker Player Bio: Eddie Robinson [5:12 PM] reports: Finished his first season with the Bills, (eleventh in NFL)…was third on the team, second among the linebackers with 102 tackles (71 solo)… signed by the Bills prior to the 2002 season on 4/18.

Marker Bills Release Centers and Robinson [4:56 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has released fullback Larry Centers and linebacker Eddie Robinson.'

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Nate Clements [9:45 AM] reports: In his second NFL season, cornerback Nate Clements was again impressive in 2002. He led the team with 6 interceptions and 14 passes defensed and finished with 72 total tackles (50 solo). That INT total tied for second in the AFC behind only Oakland's Rod Woodson (8). Read what he had to say about his teammates in the latest Two Minute Drill.

Marker Steelers Sign Former Bills TE Jay Riemersma [9:44 AM] reports: Former Buffalo Bills tight end Jay Riemersma signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday.

Marker Time for Bills to show faith in Williams [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'An extension says the front office believes Williams will prove right for the job. Inaction says the front office has no such conviction. And if that's the case, what's he still doing here?'

Marker Steelers sign tight end Riemersma [7:38 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: '"Pittsburgh approached me with a need and I'm just excited to be here," Riemersma said Wednesday.'

Marker Steelers acquire tight end [5:21 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Riemersma received an $850,000 signing bonus on a contract worth $3.95 million.'

Marker Steelers sign former Bills TE to three-year contract [5:20 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"I have kind of made my reputation as a pass catcher," said Riemersma, who signed a contract on the day he made his initial visit to Pittsburgh. "That's kind of what I bring to the table."'

Marker Steelers Sign Tight End Jay Riemersma, Tackle Todd Fordham [5:19 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Riemersma would join returning veterans Mark Bruener, Jerame Tuman and Matt Cushing on Pittsburgh's roster. Fordham might replace starting left tackle Wayne Gandy, who signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent.'

Marker Bills free agent Bryson visits Lions [5:19 AM]
AP reports: 'He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 18 and was unlikely to be re-signed.'

March 19, 2003

Marker Steelers sign Buffalo tight end [9:33 PM]
AP reports: 'Riemersma, in his seventh season, is second behind Pete Metzelaars as the Bills' most accomplished pass-catching tight end with 204 career receptions for 2,304 yards and 20 touchdowns.'

Marker Steelers sign free agent TE Riemersma [9:33 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"Jay has been a very productive and proven player in the National Football League," Steelers coach Bill Cowher. "We are happy to have had the opportunity at this time to add such a quality player."'

Marker Riemersma signs with Steelers [7:27 PM] reports: Jay Riemersma, who played for the Buffalo Bills for the last seven seasons, was in Pittsburgh visiting with coaches and team personnel on Wednesday and before he got a chance to walk out the door, he signed a contract.

Marker Bills Are Not a Player in Holliday Sweepstakes [7:26 PM] reports: According to Brian Levy, agent for defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday, the Bills are not a player in the Vonnie Holliday situation. "We have spoken, however, there is no interest in him at the numbers we are currently at with other teams," Levy said.

Marker Dyson close to signing [1:23 PM]
Rock Hill Herald reports: 'Buffalo was also a stop, but the Bills signed Jack-sonville's Bobby Shaw instead. That left the Panthers, who hope a surgically repaired Dyson can once again become the kind of speed receiver they so desperately need.'

Marker Donahoe’s moves have fans excited [1:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With training camp still four months away, and the draft over five weeks off, Bills’ fans are already cranked up over the coming season. And the reason is Donahoe’s aggressive personnel acquisitions via free agency that have addressed Buffalo’s defensive shortcomings in emphatic fashion.'

Marker Alumni Update: Andre Reed [11:06 AM] reports: No one has played in more games, has caught more passes, has more receiving yards and has hauled in more touchdowns for the Buffalo Bills than Andre Reed. A two-time ECAC All-Star at Kutztown (PA) University, Reed realized during the first day of Buffalo’s training camp in 1985 that he had what it took to make the transition from Division II to the NFL.

Marker Bills speak with safety [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I never expect to be given a starting position," Reese said. "I know at safety there's some opportunity here. I'm well aware of that. All you can ask for is to compete for the job."'

Marker Packers notebook: Packers sign Navies, may pursue Giants’ Jones [8:28 AM] reports: Brian Levy, Holliday’s agent, said that Buffalo has dropped out of the running to sign the unrestricted free agent. Levy wouldn’t name the other two teams that might try to sign his client because they haven’t decided whether to get in the running.

Marker Adams says no to Bills contract [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '“The offer is there if he wants to take it, but there’s one thing about (general manager) Tom Donahoe: He sizes up talent, their value to the team, he makes an offer and that’s it. Otherwise you’re going to get yourself into this game of just going up and up. We were in that cycle and we’re trying to get out of (it).”'

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