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McGahee, Bills Close in on Contract

August 9, 2003

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Willis McGahee and the Buffalo Bills are close to a deal, the first-round pick’s agent said Saturday after a two-hour meeting with team president Tom Donahoe.

``We made significant progress on a number of issues, including the term of the agreement, the signing bonus and the incentives,″ agent Drew Rosenhaus said. ``We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to iron out some details and close in on an agreement ... and possibly have a deal done by early next week.″

The meeting was in Baltimore, where the Bills faced the Ravens in an exhibition opener.

It’s the first time the sides met in an attempt to spur talks, and Rosenhaus plans to make contact again Monday. The Bills won’t discuss the status of talks with the Miami running back recovering from knee surgery.

McGahee tore left knee ligaments during Miami’s loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

``The one thing (the Bills have) been emphatic about is that they’re not going to put Willis in a position where he can injure himself,″ Rosenhaus said. ``And we really spent more of the time talking about the contract and didn’t really get into any type of discussion in terms of what his time frame is.″

Once McGahee signs, the team is expected to place him on the physically unable to perform list or the non-football injury list.

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