Ed. Note, by Brian Galliford: ForeignArrow is in my head, folks. I planned on doing a poll just like this today. We'll just use FA's fine work instead. Don't forget about Tuesday Morning Bills Trivia, either.
Is anybody else as tired as I am of the way Jason Peters does business? There's a certain amount of arrogance to him that I, as a fan, overlooked because of his great play. But he began to wear his welcome during last season when he would be questioned about his performances, in particular when he was asked about a sack he gave up to Joey Porter. Peters played it off as Porter just made a "hustle play." Well, I don't know what's worse: just getting beat by Joey Porter or out-hustled by him.The correct answer to that question, Jason, is... "I got beat on that play, it was my fault, and I'm going to work my tail off so it doesn't happen again." Even if you don't think it was your fault (he clearly felt Trent should have gotten rid of the ball by that point), you be a professional and say the right thing.
Anyway, in spite of his selfishness, the best-case-scenario for the Bills is still to re-sign him; it's just one less hole to fill. However, our intel report from the reliable Geronimo indicates that to be a stretch. The intelligence also indicates that Buffalo favors Andre Smith, at least in terms of available rookies.
Well, as a UF alum, I've watched my fair share of SEC football. Andre Smith is a franchise left tackle. I remember the first snap I saw him play as a freshman, and he looked like a re-incarnate of Orlando Pace, but more athletic. Before his suspension for the Utah game, he was basically the consensus best OL in the draft. Well, the fact that he's a little immature (crazy for a 21-year old, right?) doesn't change that in my eyes. I mean, Andre Smith is immature because he's a kid coming out of college; what's Jason Peters' excuse? The issues with Smith of work ethic and immaturity can (and likely will be) cured by a locker room full of vets and hard workers. There's not much you can do as a franchise to ameliorate the avarice of a non-cooperative player. I expect Smith's transition to the NFL to be seamless, at least physically. He's faced size and speed in the SEC, so that's not really a concern for me. The hardest thing to speculate is how a player will handle the jump mentally: will it be a quantum leap for them or hop-skotch? If I had to guess, I would say Smith will be fine. His scouting reports say that he knows his assignments and he did practice against Nick Saban's 3-4 defenses everyday (a huge bonus for a guy coming to the AFC East).
The only way the Bills will win in this situation (a Peters trade) is if they get fair value for him. It's simply not an option to settle for anything less than a first rounder for Peters. If that's the case, then Buffalo will have won the day... because as far as I'm concerned, in a season or two, Smith will be an upgrade over Peters.