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]."'
Bills close to dealing tagged receiver Price to Falcons [9:39 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are reportedly close to a deal that will send wide receiver Peerless Price to Atlanta for the Falcons' No. 1 choice in the draft, the 23rd overall choice.'
Jonas Jennings says Peerless Price's rights traded to Atlanta [9:12 PM]
WCNN 680 AM Sports Radio reports: Bills OT Jonas Jennings, a former Georgia Bulldog, tells an Atlanta radio he got a call from Peerless saying that a deal was made to trade his rights to Atlanta. Details forthcoming and Jonas Jennings to be on radio again tomorrow (Friday) evening.
Spikes' visit with Bills is picture perfect [8:32 PM]
AP reports: '"Yeah, I would not have come if it weren't for real," Spikes said Thursday after meeting with Bills officials, including team owner Ralph Wilson. Spikes then pulled out a disposable camera and had a team staff member take a picture of him posing with reporters. "I just wanted to thank you for welcoming me," Spikes said. "It's for my scrapbook."'
NFL influenced by USFL's schemes, former coaches [8:05 PM]
ESPN reports: "Spreading the field like we did, with 4 WRs and throwing all the time in the 'run-and-shoot,' that was kind of radical back then," allowed HOF QB Jim Kelly, trigger man for the Houston Gamblers' audacious offense before signing with the Buffalo Bills. "Now you see it all the time in the NFL and not just on third down. People can say whatever they want to (about the USFL), but we tried to be exciting. The coaches had kind of an 'anything goes' attitude, you know?"
USFL: A team-by-team history [7:56 PM]
ESPN reports: Best (Bills) Players: Jim Kelly, Doug Flutie & Scott Norwood
Worth remembering: The Run-and-Shoot was born here. Houston rolled up 1,162 points in two seasons, and QB Jim Kelly was the main ingredient. He threw for a remarkable 5,219 yards and 44 touchdowns in his rookie season, and followed that up with 4,623 yards and 39 TDs in 1985 despite missing several games with an injury.
Spikes impressed with Bills organization, top to bottom (Interview) [7:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "That was impressive by all the fans. I thought I was coming down to Cincinnati and Paul Brown Stadium in the last game of the year. They made me feel welcome. I remember one guy… 'play well Takeo, just don't hurt anybody so you can get ready for us next year.' I saw posters out there. I even saw some guys (say)… 'Spikes I love Buffalo but I'm going to take my jersey today and put a Cincinnati jersey on today.' He put it on, it was impressive."
Press Conference Photo: Takeo Spikes [6:33 PM]
Yahoo reports: Takeo Spikes, currently a LB for the Cincinnati Bengals, speaks to the media during a press conference after meeting with the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Thursday, March 6, 2003. Additional Page
Mike Doser: Bills need Adams [6:29 PM]
Shout! reports: Would signing tackle Sam Adams be the return of the powerful interior line play the Bills have been lacking since Ted Washington left two years ago?
Mike Doser: Spikes likes Williams and the Bills [6:28 PM]
Shout! reports: Weakside LB Takeo Spikes visited with the Bills today. Here's what he said: "I like everything. I like the way Coach Williams orchestrates his whole schedule as far as taking care of the players, leaving it up to the veteran players to demand more of the younger players on the team. I like that."
Blitzing them in Chi-uh, Buffalo [6:26 PM]
ESPN.com reports: It was in the NFL that Chicago Blitz's braintrust left a lasting legacy. Bill Polian was the Blitz's first personnel director. Marv Levy followed Allen as head coach. John Butler was the director of college scouting. Reunited with the Buffalo Bills, they would reach four consecutive Super Bowls from 1990-93. Former USFL players Jim Kelly, Kent Hull and Scott Norwood helped them get there. "Our experiences in the USFL helped us enormously," said Polian.
Bills: Spikes, Adams, and Lindell meet with Buffalo [6:25 PM]
Fanball.com reports: Linebacker Takeo Spikes and defensive tackle Sam Adams will have formal visits with the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported. Buffalo will likely make an offer to Spikes very soon.
WKBW-TV Becomes Official TV Station of the Buffalo Bills [4:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: WKBW-TV will broadcast Bills preseason games, which for the first time in recent memory will include tape-delayed broadcasts of home preseason contests. Channel 7 will also air "The Gregg Williams Show" (Sundays at 11:30 AM) and "Bills All-Access" with Steve Tasker and Jennifer Mucha (Saturdays at 7:30 PM).
Did You Know? - Linebacker Takeo Spikes [2:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Has not missed a Bengals game (or start) due to injury (79 games). It took the death of his father, Jimmie Spikes, on October 12 to keep him out of their lineup for the first and only time.
LB Comparison/What They're Saying [12:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I've seen him play for a long time and he is one of those guys who from sideline to sideline, loves to play the game. He has a passion to play the game. It's fun to watch those kinds of players play." -- Bills coach Gregg Williams on free agent linebacker Takeo Spikes
Spikes In Town For Visit [9:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Linebacker Takeo Spikes is in Buffalo today visiting with President and General Manager Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams. Spikes, the 13th overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Auburn, has averaged 113 tackles a season for the Bengals. Cincinnati has the right to match any offer made to Spikes, having placed their transition tag on the fifth-year pro back on February 11.
Bills play host to Spikes, Adams today [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To try to discourage Cincinnati from matching an offer, the Bills probably would have to give him a large base salary for 2003, in addition to a big signing bonus.'
Spikes, Bills to meet today [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are approximately $7 million under the cap, leaving plenty of room to structure deals for Spikes and Adams for 2003. Things would be tight to make other moves, however, and trading wide receiver Peerless Price -- Buffalo’s franchise player -- remains the easiest way to clear $5.01 million in room.'
Bills seek to sign Spikes [5:20 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Buffalo president and general manager Tom Donahoe was traveling Wednesday and unavailable for comment, a Bills spokesman said. Reports out of Buffalo have said the Bills were preparing an offer sheet for Spikes.'
Holliday hopes he's the guy [5:19 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Former Seahawk Sam Adams, a 6-foot-3 defensive tackle listed at 330 pounds, lives in the Seattle area and wouldn't mind a return to the Seahawks. Adams, who played with the Oakland Raiders last season, would prefer to bypass visits to other teams — though he will speak with the Buffalo Bills today — and agree to terms if the money is right.'
Hawks navigating free-agency waters [5:19 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'Kicker Rian Lindell, a restricted free agent, completed his visit with the Buffalo Bills yesterday. His agent, Paul Sheehy, expects to get offers from the Bills and New York Jets in the next day or two. By tendering Lindell a $605,000 offer last week, the Seahawks can match any offer sheet he signs.'
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