Bengals ink Hardy, appear ready to let Spikes go [5:41 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Bengals still have seven days to determine whether or not to match the six-year, $30 million-plus offer sheet Spikes received from the Bills and keep him in the fold. But Friday’s moves were a strong indication that Cincinnati was prepared to let its best defensive player walk and stock its roster with athletes who wanted to be a part of the team’s effort to pull itself out of the muck.'
Buffalo Bills Sign Bengals Linebacker Spikes to Offer Sheet [5:40 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Spikes has led the Bengals in tackles in four of his five seasons in the National Football League. Cincinnati named Spikes its transition player last month, allowing them to match any contract offer he receives.'
Hardy signing could seal Spikes' departure [9:30 PM]
Bengals.com reports: In a move that indicates the Bengals won’t match the Bills’ offer to Takeo Spikes, the agent for Cowboys linebacker Kevin Hardy said Friday night his client has agreed in principle to a four-year deal in Cincinnati.
Spikes gets Pro Bowl deal [8:52 PM]
Bengals.com reports: Buffalo is believed to have offered Spikes a six-year deal that gives him more guaranteed money than Brooking’s $11.2 million, and a contract that gives him more than Brooking’s $17.4 million over the first three years of the deal.
Price gives Falcons new dimension [8:38 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Sure, the Falcons surrendered their first-round draft pick to Buffalo, but when you're drafting 23rd tell me where you find a wide receiver to step in and make an immediate difference. You don't.'
Bengals have seven days to match offer [8:37 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The contract, negotiated by agent Todd France over a two-day period, is for six years and believed to be worth about $32 million. Spikes will earn over $17 million in the first three years of the contract.'
Price Is Right for Atlanta Falcons [8:34 PM]
Reuters reports: '"I'm more than a deep threat. If given the opportunity I feel I can take a five-yard slant the distance also."'
Buffalo make offer to LB Spikes [8:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Asked how serious he was about joining the Bills, Spikes said: ``Yeah, I would not have come if it weren't for real.'''
Bills sign transition free agent LB Spikes to offer sheet [8:27 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"We could have put together an offer sheet even if we didn't make the trade, but yes there is more room (under the cap)," Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said after tendering the offer sheet.'
President/GM Tom Donahoe Talks About Bills Activity [5:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Not too bad at this point but we have a long way to go. It's amazing that we've only been in free agency for a week but it seems like 10 years. We had a couple of things that we wanted to try to do quickly. For us linebacker was obviously a priority, tight end was a priority. We have some other things to do. The offer to Takeo will put us in a holding pattern for a while but we have other things to do yet."
Unrestricted Free Agent Sam Adams Visits [5:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "This is a first class organization, facility, administration and staff. This organization is geared towards winning a world championship. As a player, a free agent especially, this is a situation that you want to be involved. From the janitor to the owner they are committed to winning a championship and that's something that every player wants to be a part of."
Spikes Signs Offer Sheet [4:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Tom Donahoe has announced that free agent linebacker Takeo Spikes has signed an offer sheet from the Bills. The Bengals have seven days to match the offer. During his visit, Spikes said he was "very impressed" with everything he saw. Will the Bengals match?
Bills re-sign veteran WR Charles Johnson [4:43 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Last season, Johnson had three catches for 39 yards and added 15 tackles and a recovered on-side kick on special teams.'
Spikes mulls Bills' offer [3:23 PM]
Bengals.com reports: “We’ll know here pretty soon,” Donahoe said. “They either walk in, shake hands, and leave, or they walk in, shake hands, and we say, ‘Talk to you in a week.’ We could have put together an offer sheet (for Spikes) if we didn’t make the trade but, yes, there is more room.”
Said What? - Price Quotes During the 2002 Season [2:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Eric (Moulds) has helped me a lot along the way. He's been a tremendous help. This year alone, Drew Bledsoe and Kevin Gilbride (have helped me). Drew from the standpoint of having confidence in me and believing in me. Coach Gilbride for the schemes and all the things he allows me to do." -- Price after catching 7 balls for 126 yards and a TD against the Raiders on Week 5
Bills Acquire 23rd Overall Selection [2:22 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has traded free agent wide receiver Peerless Price to the Atlanta Falcons. In exchange, Buffalo received Atlanta's first round selection in the 2003 NFL Draft (23rd overall).
Atlanta Falcons Acquire Wide Receiver Peerless Price [1:44 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Price, who has lived in Atlanta during the offseason since 2000, had been unable to agree on a new long-term contract with the Bills. Since Price was listed as a ``franchise'' player with the Bills, Atlanta had to compensate Buffalo with its first-round pick, No. 23 overall, under NFL rules.'
Falcons acquire WR Price from Bills for first-round pick [1:42 PM]
Sportsticker reports: "The Falcons give me the opportunity to be a No. 1 receiver and it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with Mike Vick," Price said. "He (Vick) creates so many more opportunities for me with his ability to scramble. That creates more offense for me."
The Price is Right [1:23 PM]
AtlantaFalcons.com reports: 'The Atlanta Falcons announced today that they have acquired WR Peerless Price in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. In exchange for Price, the Falcons gave Buffalo their first-round pick in the 2003 draft (23rd pick overall).'
Johnson re-signs with Bills [1:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Receiver Charles Johnson re-signed with the Buffalo Bills on Friday. Johnson appeared in all 16 games last year, mostly on special teams.'
Donahoe does it again, plus other notes [1:14 PM]
Shout! reports: Congratulations to Tom Donahoe for having the foresight to franchise-tag Peerless Price a few weeks ago and then move him to Atlanta for a first-round pick. That was a shrewd maneuver; one I suspect other NFL general managers might copy when unrestricted free agency occurs in the coming seasons.
Price is right: Peerless to Falcons [11:35 AM]
AP reports: To complete the deal, Price and the Falcons agreed on a seven-year contract. Tim McGee, the receiver's agent, wouldn't give specific terms, but did say the signing bonus was at least $10 million and the total compensation was between $35-40 million.
Price heading to Falcons, pending NFL approval [11:29 AM]
ESPN reports: 'While complete details of the contract Price will sign with the Falcons were not yet available, ESPN.com has learned it is a seven-year deal and includes a $10 million signing bonus.'
Falcons expected to announce Price progress [11:27 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'The Falcons have called a 1 p.m. press conference today, where the team is expected to announce they've taken a major step toward acquiring Buffalo Bills wide receiver Peerless Price. It is not immediately known whether it is to announce that the team has acquired his rights in a trade from the Bills, or that the team has not only acquired his rights, but also actually reached a contract with him.'
Bills get closer on Peerless trade [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills might have to give up a pick in the 2004 draft, along with Price, to make the deal work.'
Price dealt? [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'Contrary to some broadcast reports, the transaction is not complete, Falcons executive Ray Anderson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.'
Bills turn to Spikes [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '“The one thing that’s a little difficult with this type of deal, if you put the offer sheet in, the team that has the tag has a chance to match it. We wouldn’t know for seven days, so that part of it is a little risky because you may be doing (the Bengals) work for them.”'
Spikes might be Buffalo-bound [5:24 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"They made me feel welcome," Spikes said of Bills fans. "So that's a big plus. I remember one guy said: 'Play well, Takeo. Just don't hurt anybody so you can go ahead and get ready for us next year.' I saw posters out there. I even (heard) some guy say, 'Spikes, I love Buffalo, but I'm going to take my jersey off today and put a Cincinnati jersey on.' And he put it on."'
Bills moving programming to WKBW-TV [10:27 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'For the first time, the Bills two home preseason games at Ralph Wilson Stadium will be televised on a tape-delayed basis. Channel 7, the ABC affiliate in the Buffalo market, will televise the Bills' preseason opener at Baltimore versus the Ravens. The second preseason game at Tennessee versus the Titans will be carried nationally on ESPN. Home preseason games will follow against the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions. Final dates and times have not yet been determined..
Falcons want Price and more from Bills [10:16 PM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Contrary to some reports Thursday night, the transaction is not complete, if nearly imminent. "Those are musings," said Falcons chief administrative officer Ray Anderson. "The trade has not been finalized. I'd like to be optimistic and say we hope to make progress [today]."'
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