With news that the Bills have moved Peters to the Eagles, see front page, let me be the first to speculate on some options for the Bills to fix the line this year.
I would love to package a trade to get Brian Waters from KC. I don't know if this is a hugely realistic option at this point however. So, I'm going to look at some scenarios out there through the draft.
We could draft one of the top 3 OT's with the 11th overall pick. There is a strong possibility all three of them could be gone by the time the Bills pick. Then we're up the creek without a paddle. So what are some options?
I would be a big proponent at this point of going out and picking up Jon Runyan, formerly of the Eagles. I know he's the wrong side of 30 (he's 35). But, he has that "mean streak" the Bills are looking for, has a great attitude, is a Pro Bowler and has something to prove after being let go by the Eagles. This would give the Bills some flexibility, maybe move Walker to LT and put Runyan at RT. Toss Kirk Chambers into the mix. Maybe it gives Demetrius Bell one more year to become the "next Jason Peters" without the heartache and headache.
Additionally, this give the Bills the freedom to draft the BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE at #11. Then, maybe one of the two all-world centers (Max Unger or Alex Mack) are available at #28. The consensus is these two may be the best two centers to come out in a long time. You can move Hangartner over to Guard and then draft BEST AVAILABLE in the 2nd Round.
Here's Some Runyan Stats to back up my desire to get him:
6'7", 330 Pounds. Has started 192 straight regular season games. 21 postseason starts since 1999. More than any other active player in NFL. For you math majors, that's 213 Consecutive starts without missing a game. Allowed just 7.0 sacks in 2008 in 16 games (compare that to 11.5 for Peters in 13 games).
Other Tackles available in free agency still:
Jonas Jennings (Goo!)
Richie Incognito, Rams- Stop gap and depth at best
Mark Tauscher, Green Bay