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GAUSE AMONG BILLS' SIGNINGS

George Gause, a Southeastern Conference defensive standout, is one of the undrafted free agents expected to join the Buffalo Bills this week for their minicamp.

Gause, 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, was a three-year starter at defensive end for South Carolina. He started 31 of his 43 games with the Gamecocks, registering 156 tackles, 15 sacks and six forced fumbles.

"My agent talked to a couple of teams, but the Bills made a better offer, and they didn't draft anybody at my position," Gause told the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Sun News.

The Bills don't comment on undrafted free agents who haven't signed contracts yet. The players the Bills have agreed in principle on contracts with will sign when they get to town.

It appears the Bills, who went for offense during the NFL draft Saturday and Sunday, are focusing on defense in their search for undrafted free agents. Among those who are expected to be in town are cornerbacks Therrian Fontenot (Fresno State, 5-11, 190) and Rob Lee (Northern Illinois, 6-1, 193), safety Jim Leonhard (Wisconsin) and linebacker Liam Ezekiel (Northeastern).

Leonhard, a two-time team captain with the Badgers, was one of the nation's premier punt returners. He averaged 12.8 yards per return during his career and also intercepted 21 passes to tie a school record. The 5-8, 191-pounder told the Wisconsin Badger Herald he chose the Bills over Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Ezekiel, 6-1 and 245, is a four-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference player.

Offensive signings are expected to include Purdue fullback Jon Goldsberry (6-2, 241), Northern Illinois tight end Brad Cieslak (6-5, 257), Albany offensive lineman Geir Gudmundsen (6-6, 315) and Tennessee leading wide receiver Tony Brown (6-2, 200).

The agreements with Fontenot, Goldsberry and Gudmundsen were announced by the schools. The deals with Lee and Cieslak were reported by the DeKalb (Ill.) Daily Chronicle, while Brown's signing was reported by several television stations in Knoxville.

Undrafted Munoz quits

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee offensive tackle Michael Munoz decided to quit football after he was not chosen in the NFL draft over the weekend, his father, NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz said.

The All-American started 46 games in his career despite injuries, including a torn rotator cuff that ended his senior year before the Southeastern Conference championship game in December.

"When you're not drafted, I think that's a pretty clear indication, as Michael has said," Anthony Munoz told the Associated Press.

Around the league

* University of Miami quarterback Brock Berlin, a two-year starter in college, agreed to terms of a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, the player's agent said.

* The Detroit Lions released receiver Az-Zahir Hakim and free safety Brock Marion, and signed defensive tackle Brandon Kennedy to a one-year deal. Hakim became expendable when the Lions drafted Mike Williams and signed Kevin Johnson last week.

* The agent for Redskins receiver Rod Gardner met with coach Joe Gibbs, but there was no immediate resolution to Gardner's status with the team. The Redskins gave Gardner permission to seek a trade earlier this offseason.

* Wide receiver Anquan Boldin skipped the first voluntary on-field workout because of the Arizona Cardinals' failure to extend his contract. Boldin was the 2003 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.