The Buffalo Bills have announced that free agents LB Mike Peterson and DE Jason Babin are touring the facilities at One Bills Drive today.
Forget about the fact that he'll be 33 over the summer. Forget about his run-in with Jack Del Rio last year. Peterson is an experienced player and a leader. He's a physical player that likes to hit. His biggest selling point to a team like Buffalo, aside from his experience and leadership (which you're free to question) is his attitude. Buffalo had its moments defensively last year, but they still lacked that edgy attitude that defines great defenses. Peterson would give them that, though he'd create the need to move Paul Posluszny to the strong side. He's an interesting name to keep in mind. Don't forget that he's used to playing behind Marcus Stroud as well. Peterson has 19.5 sacks, 15 interceptions and 40 passes defended in his ten-year career.
Babin, a five-year veteran out of Western Michigan, has bounced around the league after not living up to his first-round billing as a top pick of the Houston Texans. He'll turn 29 in May. Babin has never recorded more than five sacks in a single season at the NFL level; he missed the 2007 in its entirety and split the 2008 campaign between the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. He had two sacks for the Chiefs last season, and he's always been a solid athlete. At this point in his career, he's looking much more like training camp depth than an answer to the Bills' pass rush woes.