NFL News of September 4, 2003

Several NFL voices erupted with strong reactions yesterday over word that the Patriots released four-time All-Pro safety and three-year captain Lawyer Milloy after a financial dispute, and CBS’ Boomer Esiason declared it would be no surprise if he wound up with the Bills, the Pats’ season-opening foe Sunday.

…ESPN.com’s John Clayton reported the Bills contacted Milloy’s agent “and want to complete a deal quickly if the financial numbers are right.” Bills vice president of communications Scott Berchtold said, `Yes, we are interested.”

ESPN’s Paul Maguire reacted, “The Bills will take him and a whole lot of teams would.” Joe Theismann, Maguire’s “Sunday Night Football” teammate, noted Rodney Harrison and Milloy “are the same type of safety” and the difference is economics.

And CBS’ Phil Simms sounded off: “I laugh at these multiyear, multimillion-dollar contracts. There’s zero chance any player gets those (figures). Milloy signed his deal (seven years, $35 million) years ago and now it’s getting hard to justify it. Teams break contracts every day, but when a player looks after his family, he’s looked at as a villain.”

—Jim Baker, The Boston Herald “Milloy move draws plenty of interest”

Milloy signed with the Bills and, along with fellow former-Patriot Drew Bledsoe, lead the Bills in a 31-0 drubbing of the Patriots in opening week of the 2003 season. The Bills did not beat the Patriots again until September 15, 2011.

Milloy spent another 8 season in league, playing with Bills, Falcons and Seahawks.

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