Offseason Blueprints: AFC East [3:05 PM] ESPNet reports:
ESPN gives a summary of the AFC East situation including a prediction which will warm the heart of most posters on TBD, but is not most Bills fans want - Flutie will be taking a pay cut or be shipped out.
Winfield says team dynamic won't change [12:14 PM] Shout! reports:
With Thomas Smith signing with the Bears, Antoine Winfield is the starting RCB. Winfield said it was his plan to start at cornerback in 2000 all along, regardless if Smith were on the team. In this player column, Winfield talks about his off-season.
Best NFL draft picks from 1 to 31
[8:57 AM] Fox reports:
A list of Fox's best 31 picks (best #1 pick, best #2 pick) since the AFL/NFL merger. Ignore Ronnie Lott on the list - it is a pat on the back to their broadcaster.
Jim Kelly (with one 'e' please) made it as the best ever #14 pick
as well as John Elway and Marino.
Joe DeLamielleure (OG) made it as best ever #26 pick
Chris Spielman made it as #29 but the Bills did not draft him and he was a 2nd round pick that year.
Riemersma might be only FA signed [11:36 AM] Shout! reports:
Two weeks into free agency, it's one player back, two gone and a bunch more leaving town for the Bills. Half of the starting secondary has left the salary-cap-strapped team, and tight end Jay Riemersma has become the crown jewel because the team can't afford higher-priced players.
Dolphins sign Irwin, project him as a starter [7:32 AM] Miami Herald reports:
'As for [Reuben] Brown, while the Dolphins have talked to agent Eric Metz twice a week since free agency began on Feb. 11, they have yet to set up a visit...Brown's asking price of $4.5 million per season is still too high for the Dolphins, who don't want to pay an interior offensive lineman that kind of money. ``There's no doubt about his ability,'' Boudreau said of Brown. ``He's made three straight Pro Bowls for a good reason. His play has gotten him there. But as a lot of guys find out, there's just not much money out there for a lot of teams.'''
Dolphins put money on the line [7:30 AM] Palm Beach Post reports:
'Wannstedt said that, contrary to some reports, the Dolphins haven't begun to arrange a visit for Buffalo guard Ruben Brown. "It's not because of his playing ability," Wannstedt said, inferring that it is the $5 million to $6 million salary demand. "We've talked to his people once a week since free agency started. But I don't want to waste our time and money unless we feel there is something worth talking about."'
Flutie talks on TSN [7:27 AM] The Sports Network reports:
Video link available on this article!
February 24, 2000
Don't look back [2:58 PM] Shout! reports:
If you're feeling a little sentimental about the Bills because they cut three of the best players in franchise history, get a grip on yourself. The Big Three showed they weren't the kind of players they once were and it was time for them to go.
Detriot still shows interest in Brown [7:52 AM] CBS Sportsline reports:
NOTE: Continuation from same page as previous submission
It seems the Lions are tying to make their fans 'forget' Barry Sanders. First they give up with the backup RBs and get James Stewart from Jacksonville and now are still looking at Ruben Brown even though they are having cap problems. Ruben is still out of the price range by a million a year or so though. CBS calls him the 'best drive-blocking guard in the league' although they neglect to mention that he is one of the most penalized as well. The Lions used to get their yards in burts - Barry would get yards but sometimes lose yards as well. Now they can divide the duties - Stewart can get the yards and Brown can take them away!
Bills 'Going south on Northern' [7:51 AM] CBS Sportsline reports:
Look about half way doen the page - 'Going south on Northern'. If any of this comes true the Bills have learned their lesson with Reed and may start to play hard ball with underachievers.
Interesting observations by CBS; in their opinion the Bills would not attempt to re-sign linebacker Gabe Northern even if they did not have cap problems (they see Keith Newman as his replacement) and may cut Teddie in June when Washington might have a tough time finding a market for his services and would be forced to re-sign with the Bills.