Adams, Lindell join the party

The Bills have added two pieces to keep improving their team, but they still might not be where they want to be in 2003.

First, they agreed to terms with nose tackle Sam Adams. Later, the Seattle Seahawks declined to match Buffalo's offer for restricted free agent kicker Rian Lindell, and he became a Bill.

There are plenty of positives with both players. Adams has played on Super Bowl teams two of the last three years, with Baltimore and Oakland. Lindell had the highest field goal percentage of his career, nearly 80 percent, last season.

However, there are issues with each player.

Adams is listed at 330 pounds, and admitted to 350 when he visited Buffalo two weeks ago. In Super Bowl XXXVII, he ran after Buccaneers running backs as if he weighed 450. He told, "I'm going to work to be the player they want me to be." If that means working on conditioning with Rusty Jones, the soon-to-be 30-year-old Adams could play out the four years on his contract rather than being released after one year – as the Raiders did to him.

His arrival also means the more mobile Pat Williams probably will have to move from the nose tackle position he has played throughout his career.

Lindell has just a 74.4 percent success rate on field goals. Can he be an improvement over Mike Hollis, an unrestricted free agent the Bills declined to re-sign? Yes. In addition to being 7-for-12 on 50-plus-yard field goals, Lindell is younger and should be better on kickoffs than Hollis.

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