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Buffalo Bills News - February 28, 2001

Marker Hansen agrees to reduce 2001 base salary from $3M to $2.5M [6:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Concluding nearly three weeks of negotiations, Hansen agreed to reduce his scheduled 2001 base salary from $3 million to $2.5 million, thereby granting the Bills the salary cap relief they needed from him. The restructuring, sources told, will be officially signed Wednesday.'

Marker Johnson could be guy if deal with bonus can be reached [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: 'Johnson and Flutie have salary cap figures of nearly $8 million each and whomever is chosen to remain in Buffalo will have to restructure his contract. Adding additional years to help in the accounting of bonus money makes more sense financially with Johnson, who is 10 years younger than Flutie.'

Marker Once a Bill, always a Bill [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Doctors who operated on Thomas' right knee in December shook their heads.
"They told me that if I reinjured it, I could end up with a permanent limp," Thomas said.'

Marker Thomas reminds fans of lost chemistry [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'The wounds that festered after Buffalo's incomprehensible act of cutting their all-time rushing leader in a tawdry salary cap move, were healed in a classy ceremony in the field house attended by his family, former teammates, coaches, administrators and owner Ralph Wilson.'

Marker Rob Johnson to remain a Buffalo Bill? [2:04 AM]
TBD reports: Since everyone else is posting information from our message board, we might as well too. According to a trusted poster on the Stadium Wall message board, Rob Johnson has survived the final battle between him and Doug Flutie. This is the earliest report of the quarterback decision on the internet. (TBD normally doesn't post such items here, since we tend to be cautious with "unofficial" news.)

This source has broke several stories, including the hiring of Gregg Williams, before any other media outlet. That includes CNN/SI, ESPN, the Buffalo News, and the AP. That is why other internet sites are so confident in publishing information from our message board community. We are honored to be their source of information!

However, TBD cautions that nothing is final until GM Tom Donahoe makes an announcement.

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February 27, 2001

Marker Hansen agrees to reduce 2001 base salary from $3M to $2.5M [10:31 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Concluding nearly three weeks of negotiations, Hansen agreed to reduce his scheduled 2001 base salary from $3 million to $2.5 million, thereby granting the Bills the salary cap relief they needed from him. The restructuring, sources told, will be officially signed Wednesday.'

Marker Thurman Walks Away [10:28 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Whether or not Thomas epitomized the greatest team never to win a Super Bowl, there's no doubt about one thing ...'

Marker Bills' long-awaited QB decision won't end the questions [7:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Once the salary-cap-based decision is announced by Thursday, about half of football-mad Buffalo will hail the Bills president and general manager, and the other half will deride him.'

Marker Thurman Thomas Press Conference Live Online at 3pm [1:52 PM] reports: this link requires Real Audio player.

Marker Thomas to retire as member of the Bills [1:31 PM]
AP reports: '"Even though I am retiring today, this is a place that I'll always remember, it will always be a special part of my heart."'

Marker Eagles early favorite to land Wiley [1:07 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Len Pasquarelli reports that most people at the combine have installed Philadelphia as the early favorite to land Marcellus Wiley when the unrestricted free-agent signing period commences Friday morning. I have read this in several sources now. This was the first authoritative confirmation.

Marker Poor combine showing shows most QBs just passing through [1:00 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Len Pasquarelli writes about QB's at the combine. Queried if there were any 'sleepers' among the quarterbacks, one head coach retorted: "Yeah, all of them are sleepers. They started throwing, and I nodded off." Anyone thinking there is a QB of the Bill's future hidden in this draft ought to think again.

Marker XFL, R.I.P. [11:52 AM]
ESPN reports: While awaiting word on reworked contracts and the QB situation I read Hunter S. Thompson's take on the XFL. He writes: "It is worse than any dream that ever happened in the worst and most tortured hallucinations ever suffered by the most pitiful LSD victim.... nobody except Vince McMahon was anxious to see it born, and nobody except the cheerleaders will miss it when it's gone..."

Marker Thomas' retirement to start Bills' big week [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will bring Thurman Thomas back to town at 3 p.m. today for his official retirement announcement.'

Marker Thurman Thomas on WGR55 today [8:50 AM]
TBD reports: 'Thurman Thomas will be on WGR55 this morning at 9:05 am. You can hear them live on the internet from their website.'

Marker Bills, Hansen working on a deal [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've got a good feeling we'll get something settled," agent Jack Wirth said yesterday. "They want to keep Phil and we're trying our best to get something done."'

February 26, 2001

Marker Bills QB Decision Simple, But Not Obvious [10:47 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: "Listening to most of the analysis surrounding the quarterback choice facing the Buffalo Bills' new hierarchy, you come to an inescapable question -- what's taking so long?"

Marker Board woos a team player [4:38 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Jack Kemp and Ed Rutkowski could enter politics, why can't Lou Piccone run for Amherst Town Board?'

Marker Dolphins would pursue Johnson if he is let go [4:36 PM]
Orange County Register reports: 'The ex-El Toro High QB would likely draw the attention of several teams if the Bills cut him.'

Marker TFY reviews OL at the combine [4:32 PM]
TFYDraft reports: 'Looks like Garza has moved up to #2 center spot (behind Raiola, in front of Rabach and Hamilton) ... look for the Bills to consider him in Round 3. Also, Borrum has been pegged sleeper pick at OL for several weeks and it looks like the Combine was his coming-out party... I beleieve he goes by the end of the 2nd round now.'

Marker The Last Great Quarterback Controversy? [4:14 PM] reports: ''s Mike Florio thinks the lesson of the Bills QB debate might make it the last one we see in the NFL.'

Marker Thurman Thomas on ESPN's Up Close [4:13 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Real Player required, only a 28.8 feed which can't handle the replays. They apparently have an iso camera on him during the MCM which I'm sorry I didn't see.'

Marker Johnson a Dolphin? [1:53 PM]
Dolphin Digest reports: 'The downside of Johnson is that of his 19 starts in Buffalo, he failed to finish eight of them when he was knocked out with an injury. Additionally, that fact that he took 79 sacks during his tenure indicates that he had a tendency to hang on to the ball too long.'

Marker Johnson could be making an exit [1:44 PM]
ESPN reports: 'So the decision isn't made. Signs point toward Johnson being the one to go. Stay tuned.'

Marker Fluties, Johnson both have positives...and negatives [1:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Donahoe and Williams have done their homework. They've watched every play Johnson and Flutie triggered last season. They've interviewed some 60 people - players, coaches, medical people and others - to get a profile on both QBs. They've even had separate face-to-face meetings with Flutie and Johnson.'

Marker It’s looking like Johnson is Buffalo’s guy [12:04 PM] reports: Columnist Don Banks indicates that while media reports have speculated that Flutie was in the lead for most of the past week or so, league sources believe Johnson will be the choice of coach Gregg Williams. League personnel officials and scouts say that the signs all indicate it’s Johnson’s job to lose.

Marker Bills will determine Dolphins' move [6:25 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Creating enough room under the salary cap, however, could be a stumbling block in signing either Johnson. As it stands, the Dolphins will have to restructure some deals and release playersto re-sign some of their own free agents.'

Marker Dolphins eye Johnson -- if Bills keep Flutie [6:23 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins have reason to cheer for Doug Flutie.'

Marker Dolphins would be interested in R. Johnson [6:21 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Look for the Dolphins to be among a group of teams that will express strong interest in Buffalo Bills quarterback Rob Johnson if he is released this week.'

Marker Sheppard finally gets to call offensive shots [5:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'During his 27-year football coaching career, Sheppard has been climbing the ladder of success, and now he has his first chance to put his own stamp on a National Football League offense.'

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