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Buffalo Bills News - April 15, 2002

Marker Bills sign partnership deal with Tops [8:19 PM]
AP reports: 'Other features of the partnership includes Tops sponsoring a family section at Ralph Wilson Stadium as well as an interactive "Game Day Experience" in the team's fieldhouse before each Bills home game. Admission to the "Game Day Experience," which previously cost $5, will be free.'

Marker and Buffalo Bills Announce Multi-Year Ticketing Agreement [7:31 PM]
Yahoo reports: @ They have entered into a multi-year ticket distribution partnership. Under the terms of the agreement, will facilitate ticket sales for Buffalo Bills single game tickets, and additionally all concerts and events occurring at their home venue, Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Cowart Talks About GW's Experiment to Move Him Outside [7:29 PM] reports: Even Sam Cowart scratched his head when it came to figuring some of the decisions of the Bills management:
"Why should I be 80 percent on the line of scrimmage when I just went to the Pro Bowl for playing off the ball? That's what I didn't understand. I was like, 'Did you look at any film on me?' It's like taking [Bills wide receiver] Eric Moulds and telling him, 'This year we need you at tight end.' "

Marker Patriots willing to give up Bledsoe and more for high pick [3:46 PM]
Sporting News reports: The buzz is they also would give up their first-round pick (the last in the round), as well as another high pick, possibly their second-rounder. The Bills, however, have shown no interest in giving up their first-rounder. Their idea of a good deal was giving up the fourth pick in the second round for Bledsoe while getting the Patriots' second-round pick in return.

Marker Hepler sees Bills getting Sims [3:45 PM] reports: Dave (Buffalo, NY): Many people have the Bills trading down, staying pat and taking Mike Williams or Ryan Sims or Roy Willams. Your thoughts of where the Bills will end up and with which player.

Tom Hepler: (2:28 PM ET ) We think they will stay pat and take Sims. Harrington will probably be gone .. if not, they should take him. To trade up, you really have to give up a lot to get that high in the draft and not many teams are willing to do that, or have what it takes to do that.

Marker Bills Ink Multi-Year Partnership With Tops Friendly Markets [3:45 PM] reports: Tops and the Bills have created a new family section for all home games. Fans will be able to purchase the Tops Family Corner four-pack of tickets at a discounted price of $120, a savings of 30% off the regular individual game price. This offer marks the first time ever that fans will have the opportunity to purchase individual regular season game tickets at a discounted price.

Marker Harrington should top Buffalo's list [3:44 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: @ It's all about the franchise, especially at QB. I'm of the belief that when you can get a potential franchise-making player, you pull out all the stops to get that guy, especially when it fills a big need on your team. The author also thought the Bills should have stuck with the often-injured RJ.

Marker Bills considering Harrington due to Bledsoe Dead End [9:20 AM]
ESPN reports: The Bills finally are getting around to considering Harrington because of their failure to make a Drew Bledsoe trade and their inability to convince Jeff Blake into taking their offer. Taking Harrington, though, would be a reach for the Bills because he isn't one of the team's top five choices.

Marker Sports' cyclical nature catches Sabres, Bills [8:06 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Who could've/would've figured that Bledsoe, five seasons after Jim Kelly retired and in the same year Kelly gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton just might become the Bills' new franchise QB? It hasn't happened yet, and it might not happen at all, but what a turn of events that would be for the Bills and what a marketing coup it could be.'

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April 14, 2002

Marker Get ready to watch Donahoe wheel and deal on draft day [9:37 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe has jockeyed around in draft-day deals in seven of the nine drafts he has overseen.'

Marker Can the Bills afford to pass on Bledsoe? [7:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Bills have three home dates in December and if the team is losing, there won't be a steady pilgrimage from the Tonawandas to see Alex Van Pelt lead the way.'

Marker A price to pay for commodity [6:43 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Will Donahoe come away with nothing? Will he have to opt for journeyman Jeff Blake? Take a chance on a young kid such as Joey Harrington? Now there's word through Fred Edelstein's newsletter that his sources indicate the Oakland Raiders may enter the Bledsoe sweepstakes.'

Marker Teams seeking to speak [6:40 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'This reportedly is the tack the Patriots are taking with Drew Bledsoe. Buffalo and Cincinnati are very interested, but the Patriots have put a gag order on their veteran quarterback. ''How do we know if he wants to play for us if we don't get a chance to talk to him?'' said a key member of one of those organizations.'

Marker Random mutterings [6:39 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'This is a hunch: In the second round of the draft, Buffalo is going to make a call to the Patriots with an offer to take Drew Bledsoe off their hands for the Bills second-round pick this year and a conditional No. 1 next year.'

April 13, 2002

Marker As comedian, Ashcroft's no Reno; expect Bills movie in September [9:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '[Gil] Bellows, who plays the backup quarterback who leads the Buffalo Bills to a Super Bowl victory in the TNT movie, "Second String," told me at the Final Four in Atlanta that the film is now expected to air this September before the start of the NFL season.'

Marker Chandler joins Bears' quarterback stable [12:24 AM] reports: Chandler and agent Frank Bauer had several inquires since the quarterback was released and, even earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills remained interested in him. The negotiations with the Bears started last month and Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo has been in close contact with Bauer ever since. The deal turned in Chicago's favor when the Bears agreed to include the escalator clauses in the contract.

Marker The Success Of An NFL Leader [12:24 AM] reports: The city of Buffalo has a new asset in town, an experienced middle linebacker who is ready to make a difference both on the field and off. London Fletcher is not just your ordinary NFL professional football player.

Marker Bills Looking At Several QB Options [12:23 AM]
Pro Football Talk reports: A year ago, the Buffalo Bills had to make a choice between two solid quarterbacks who already were on the roster, Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson. This time around, the Bills have far less talent on a depth chart that is headed by Alex Van Pelt, a career journeyman who woke up one day as the starter...

April 12, 2002

Marker Bottom Line - no Bledsoe [3:46 PM]
ESPN reports: Bottom line is that GM Tom Donahoe isn't going to be able to pry qb Drew Bledsoe away from the Patriots, but that doesn't mean he will go for Harrington, since he doesn't like his arm strength. Like several teams in the top 10, the Bills wouldn't mind moving down a few spots, but not too far down. If they stay here, it appears the choice is among three players: offensive tackle Mike Williams, safety Roy Williams or DT Ryan Sims.

Marker Speculation abounds at One Bills Drive [1:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills' acknowledged needs are on the offensive and defensive lines, safety and quarterback. But which is most important and where is the best player available?'

Marker Pats coach has doubts about Bledsoe trade [9:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I would be very surprised if anything happened before the draft in that area," Belichick said Thursday at the Patriots' predraft news conference.'

Marker Freeney visits Bills [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The other visitors were Pittsburgh's Ramon Walker and Virginia Tech's Ben Taylor.'

Marker A different show [8:36 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'As I see it, Dwight Adams deserves that spotlight again, even if it has to be somewhere else, and another group of writers and sportscasters will enjoy learning while being entertained at the same time. He can't be copied. He IS the original.'

April 11, 2002

Marker Bills Sign Former Jaguars Kicker Mike Hollis for One Year [9:40 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Hollis is coming off the worst season of his seven-year career, having made only 18 of 28 field-goal attempts, for Jacksonville. He also made 29 of 31 extra-point tries.'

Marker Freeney bigger, faster in visit with Bills [9:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Defensive end Dwight Freeney, who set an NCAA record with 17.5 sacks at Syracuse last year, is both bigger and faster as he prepares to enter next week's NFL draft. "I ran a 4.38 and I weighed in at 263," Freeney said Thursday of his time, in seconds, in running 40 yards at a recent NFL workout. "That's the heaviest I've ever been, and the fastest I've ever ran."'

Marker Fan Interview With Tom Donahoe [9:28 PM] reports: Recently, visitors had a chance to ask GM Tom Donahoe questions regarding the Bills offseason activity and the NFL Draft on April 20-21.

Marker Bills may pass on Bledsoe if Patriots continue to play hardball [5:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Bills have so far sent the Patriots two proposals. The Patriots countered the first with a request far above what Buffalo was willing to give up. The Bills sent another which, as far as can be determined, hasn't been countered. The Pats would like a first-round pick. The Bills, picking fourth overall, will not part with that. Since the Bills are the only team actively seeking Bledsoe at this point, they see no reason to bid against themselves. The Pats' poker face hasn't flinched.'

April 10, 2002

Marker Chris Mortensen on Bledsoe [9:15 PM]
TBD reports: Chat summary, Buffalo Bills related, by ICE

Marker Mike Doser: Bills so tight-lipped, their lips are BLUE! [9:12 PM]
Shout! reports: One player Buffalo won't be taking is defensive back Miami's Ed Reed, who projects as a free safety, who Dave Smith scouted: "He didn't show a lot of physical talent, but he has good ball skills." Conclusion: If he's not physical, he's not going to be in Buffalo next season. But Reed is still in Buffalo today to visit with the team; Smith just doesn't seem to like him very much ...

Marker NFL Draft Facts & Figures [9:10 PM] reports: Some facts and figures on the 67th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting

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