— The Buffalo Bills announced that former tight end Pete Metzelaars has been hired as the team’s tight ends coach.
Metzelaars joins the Bills after spending the previous eight seasons on the Indianapolis Colts coaching staff. He spent the last two seasons as the team’s offensive line coach. In 2010, the Colts offensive line tied for an NFL-low 16 sacks in 695 pass attempts.
Metzelaars played tight end for the Bills from 1985 – 1994 and was named to the team’s 50th anniversary team in 2009. Metzelaars recorded the most receptions (302), receiving yards (2,921), touchdowns (25) and games played (156) by a tight end in Buffalo Bills history. He entered the NFL as a third round selection (82nd overall) of the Seattle Seahawks after playing college football at Wabash College. He played 16 seasons in the NFL. His 235 career NFL games rank as the third most of any tight end in league history.
— The Bills have announced that K Rian Lindell has signed a contract extension with the team. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Lindell has spent the past nine seasons in Buffalo and holds the following team records: career field goal percentage (82.93%), consecutive PATs (225), single-season field goal percentage (92%, 2006) and consecutive field goals made (18). He is second on the Bills all-time scoring list with 878 points. Lindell played in 180 straight games before snapping the streak in 2011. He missed the final eight games last season due to a shoulder injury. Lindell, a 12-year NFL veteran, connected on his first 321 extra point attempts as a pro, the streak is the longest in NFL history to start a career.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
Tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars
On what he makes of this franchise since his playing days:
I think they’re a team that started building in the draft. They missed on some draft picks in the past and it hurt them. When you miss on high draft picks it hurts you in the NFL. They’ve hit some recently and have continued to do so. I think they’re headed in the right direction. Everybody is very positive here and has good feelings about where the organization and the team are headed. They got off to the quick start last year and hit a bad patch and they want to build upon the good things that took place last year. I think the feeling amongst the coaches, the organization, and I think the players is that we are going to build upon the good things that we did last year and let’s go forward from here. I think it’s a very positive outlook on things that are taking place.
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
February 8, 1960 — FIRST BILLS SEASON TICKETS GO ON SALE
Bills season tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. The first customer in line was Arthur (Archie) Diemer of Attica, NY. By noon, over 3,000 tickets had been sold to the public.
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