Bills TE Campbell signs multiyear extension

Updated: November 4, 2003, 5:11 PM ET

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Tight end Mark Campbell avoided becoming an unrestricted free agent by signing a multiyear contract extension with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.

Campbell, a five-year NFL veteran, was in the final year of a deal that paid him $650,000 this season. The Bills acquired Campbell for a conditional pick in next year's draft in a trade with Cleveland last February.

Initially noted for his blocking, Campbell has emerged as a capable receiver with Buffalo, helping fill the role vacated by Jay Riemersma, who was released last February and is now with Pittsburgh. In eight games and seven starts this season, Campbell ranks fourth among Bills receivers with 23 catches for a career-high 197 yards.

"Mark's very excited and he's looking forward to being there," Campbell's agent, Steve Forest, said. "They approached us and it was obviously mutual because we feel it was a good deal. And it's always good to be somewhere that you're wanted."

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