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Buffalo Bills News - March 18, 2004

Marker Van Pelt chosen as Bills' radio color commentator [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Broadcasting has always appealed to him — he majored in communications at the University of Pittsburgh — and he also may decide to coach. Along with his radio work for the Bills, he will also break down film on a volunteer basis for new coach Mike Mularkey and meet early in the week with the team’s quarterbacks.'

Marker Bills Make Offer To Volek [5:15 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Considering counter offers from the Titans, Bills and Falcons will probably stretch the process through the weekend, Staninger said.'

Marker Volek mulling over three offers [5:14 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: 'Volek, who has now healed from his season-ending December spleen laceration, and agent Ken Staninger faxed another proposal to the Titans Wednesday on the heels of receiving an offer from the Buffalo Bills late Tuesday night, further complicating the decision for the free-agent quarterback. “Buffalo has certainly made a very serious proposal. It is a very legitimate offer and Billy and I have talked about it,” Staninger said.'

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March 17, 2004

Marker NFL's No. 1 Good Guy signed by Buffalo [9:06 PM]
Bucks County Advance reports: 'Vincent has donated significant moneys to youth athletic programs in both the Trenton and Yardley communities. In addition to many non-athletic programs he supports, Vincent sponsors a summer basketball league for girls in West Trenton, according to Trenton mayoral spokesperson Kent Ashworth. The five-time Pro-Bowler sponsors Trenton Recreation Department drill teams and maintains the only Little League ballpark in West Trenton.'

Marker Bills hire former QB Van Pelt as radio analyst [8:59 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"The good thing is I get to stay in Buffalo," Van Pelt said. "With the significance of this injury, the chances are probably pretty good that I won't play again. I'm very lucky I got to play nine years. I made a ton of friends on the team and in the community."'

Marker Volek considering Falcons, Titans [8:15 PM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Denver, Green Bay and Buffalo have shown interest, too, but Volek's agent, Ken Staninger, said Volek's choices have been narrowed down to the Titans and Falcons, who are believed to have offered at least $1 million more to sign than Tennessee.'

Marker QB Van Pelt named Bills radio broadcaster [2:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Van Pelt spent all of his nine seasons with the Bills working mostly as a backup. He had 11 starts in 31 appearances and combined for 2,985 yards passing with 16 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.'

Marker Bills drop QB Van Pelt from team, add him to broadcast booth [12:09 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Van Pelt has the third longest tenure among Bills' quarterbacks, trailing only Joe Ferguson (1973-84) and Jim Kelly (1986-96).'

Marker Van Pelt exit leaves QB hole [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Van Pelt tore a ligament in his wrist in the pregame warm-up before the Bills-Dolphins game in December. He was approached about the analyst job about a month ago after it became clear the wrist might keep him out well into the season. The Bills save about $1 million against the salary cap by terminating the contract.'

Marker Vincent has high hopes for Bills [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think what we've all found out is that with the parity we've seen the last few years . . . the turnover of head coaches, the turnover of personnel each year, no one knows who's going to win," Vincent said in a phone interview with Buffalo-area reporters Tuesday. "I don't think anyone can make a promise. . . . Last year on paper, the Bills were very talented. They had more talent than most teams in the NFL. Some injuries happened and the chemistry just wasn't there, and they didn't perform to the caliber of play they're capable of. Our chances now are just as good as any team in the NFL."'

Marker AVP To Team With John Murphy On Radio [8:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that former quarterback Alex Van Pelt has been selected as the color analyst for the Bills Radio Network.'

Marker Wideouts are slow to make adjustments [8:49 AM]
ESPN reports: "For whatever reason," allowed Buffalo Bills rookie coach Mike Mularkey at the recent combine sessions in Indianapolis, "(wide receiver) is a more difficult position to project than most people might think."'

Marker Vincent upbeat about chance [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Last year, on paper, the Bills were very talented. They had more talent than most teams in the NFL but there were injuries and the chemistry just wasn’t there. But this is another season, and I can say our talent is as good as any in the National Football League.”'

Marker Bills let Van Pelt go, but don't shut door entirely [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Alex Van Pelt’s playing career as a Buffalo Bill may have ended, but the longtime backup quarterback may rejoin the club, either in a football or business-related capacity in the front office. An announcement could come as soon as today.'

Marker Bills cut backup QB, want Volek [5:16 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: '“I had a nice chat with [Bills general manager] Tom Donohoe [Monday] night, and he expressed some sincere interest in Billy,” Staninger told The City Paper.'

Marker Van Pelt Tenure Ends [5:15 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Van Pelt was a Buffalo quarterback for nine seasons. He served mostly as a backup but started 11 times in 31 games for his NFL career and ranks among the top ten passers in Bills history.'

Marker Bills sign free agent CB Troy Vincent [5:14 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Troy Vincent, known for his superb play on the field and charitable works off it, signed a multi-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.'

March 16, 2004

Marker Bills release backup quarterback Van Pelt [6:30 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills would not provide any other details on the move, but Van Pelt was spotted a day earlier at the team's headquarters wearing a plastic cast on his right wrist. Van Pelt missed Buffalo's final game of the season at New England after he strained his wrist the previous week during warmups.'

Marker Saints sign FB Gash to one-year deal [4:59 PM]
NewOrleansSaints.com reports: 'The New Orleans Saints have added one of the NFL's top fullbacks to their backfield with the signing of two-time Pro Bowl FB Sam Gash to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice-President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.'

Marker Saints sign fullback, cut Carter [4:57 PM]
AP reports: Veteran fullback Sam Gash signed with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. The Saints also cut three players, including cornerback Dale Carter.

Marker Bills Terminate Van Pelt's Contract [4:20 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the contract of quarterback Alex Van Pelt has been terminated/failed physical.'

Marker Vincent Impressed With Mularkey, Organization [3:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"First of all, Mr. Wilson and his reputation there's not much I can say about him. We all know what he's done for the National Football League. He's given us all an opportunity to live out our dreams. I think more importantly coach (Mike) Mularkey. When I met him, I didn't know much about him but I've heard of him before and what he's done in his years at Pittsburgh. He was just real. He was a genuine gentleman. He wasn't trying to paint a picture of what he can do. He wasn't making any promises. First and foremost he started talking about his family in our discussion. My family comes first. I think everything else takes care of itself after that. He emphasized that. He emphasized that he was not going to be on the couch sleeping here at the stadium all night. He was going to come in and get his work done and he expects the same from the players. I can truly appreciate that. I can appreciate his honesty."'

Marker Bills sign CB Troy Vincent [1:54 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Vincent broke into the NFL as a first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1992 out of Wisconsin and was the seventh player selected overall. He spent the 1992-95 seasons with the Dolphins before joining the Eagles as a free agent in 1996.'

Marker Bills sign free-agent Vincent [1:53 PM]
AP reports: 'Troy Vincent finalized his deal with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, signing a six-year contract.'

Marker Bills sign free agent CB Troy Vincent [1:53 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Voted as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2002, Vincent participated in numerous charities in suburban Philadelphia.'

Marker Bills Add All-Pro Cornerback Vincent to Secondary [1:52 PM]
Reuters reports: 'A first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1992 and the seventh player selected overall he moved to Philadelphia for the 1996 season.'

Marker Bills Acquire Troy Vincent [11:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In his 12-year career, Vincent has started 172 of the 174 regular season games in which he appeared and has recorded 42 interceptions, 858 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and 5 fumble recoveries.'

Marker Neufeld Gains Coaching Experience in NFL Europe [11:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I always thought that coaching may be something I want to do when I am done playing football," Neufeld said. "I worked in the offseason last year as a coach for St. Francis High School in the Buffalo community, and that helped me obtain the internship I have now."'

Marker Vincent will sign rich deal with Bills [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How much star-caliber football does Vincent have left? That's a key question. The Eagles did not make any effort to re-sign him. If Vincent could play two good years at cornerback and then successfully switch to safety, that would be a good scenario for Buffalo.'

Marker Vincent leaves Eagles for Bills - $20 million [8:51 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'More significantly, Vincent was a strong presence in the locker room. As the team's players' union representative, he served as the go-between for the players and coach Andy Reid. The Trenton native also was extremely active in the community with various business and charity ventures.'

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