Pennington headlines potential Bills FA targets

The NFL's free agent signing period begins on March 5 - that's two weeks from today, football fans - and the Buffalo Bills could very well be busy shoppers once that date rolls around. Beginning a massive roster overhaul under the guidance of new GM Buddy Nix and head coach Chan Gailey, the Bills have several need areas and a big-time depth problem that will need to be addressed in some fashion.

We talked earlier this week about how the Bills would likely focus on quantity as opposed to quality this year, as they'll likely look to build a roster rather than add big impact in year one of the re-building project. That said, Buffalo has too many needs to fill them all via the 2010 NFL Draft, so bigger names with starting potential will certainly be discussed over the next several weeks. That's true in particular of the team's major need areas, which include quarterback, offensive tackle and nose tackle.

I've been asked several times - both here as well as via e-mail - to provide a list of free agent targets that might interest the Bills. I've got 41 names for you to peruse after the jump. I'm certain Buffalo won't consider all of those names; I'm also certain they'll target guys not on my list. The goal here isn't to predict the future; rather, to show the type of player the team will pursue in two weeks' time. Don't expect any big names, but there are some quality depth options that could speed the Bills' switch to a 3-4 and help them get more physical across the board.

Name Pos. Team Age Exp. Ht. Wt. Comments
Chad Pennington QB MIA 34 10 6'3" 230 Veteran, stop-gap starting QB option.
Artis Hicks OT MIN 32 7 6'4" 320 Versatile G/T that can play either side.
Tony Pashos OT SF 30 6 6'6" 325 Physical, mauling RT option.
Barry Sims OT SF 36 11 6'5" 300 Aging, but capable stop-gap at LT.
Mark Tauscher OT GB 33 10 6'3" 316 Capable RT. Likely to be retained by GB.
Damion McIntosh OT SEA 33 10 6'4" 328 A poor man's Artis Hicks these days.
Ephraim Salaam OT HOU 34 12 6'7" 302 More of a swing tackle/depth option.
Langston Walker OT OAK 31 8 6'8" 366 Listed for irony's sake.
Brandon Gorin OT DEN 32 7 6'6" 308 Pretty much solely a depth option.
Bryan Robinson NT ARI 36 13 6'4" 304 One-gap stop-gap NT option for 3-4.
Jimmy Kennedy NT MIN 31 8 6'4" 320 Don't see Minnesota letting him go.
Kendrick Clancy NT NO 32 10 6'1" 305 NT option, but similar to Kyle Williams.
Tully Banta-Cain OLB NE 30 7 6'2" 250 Best of weak pass rush options.
Chike Okeafor OLB ARI 34 10 6'5" 256 Aging, but could work well in a platoon.
Dwan Edwards DE BAL 29 6 6'3" 315 Likely to command big $ in weak FA year.
Justin Bannan DE BAL 31 8 6'3" 310 Baltimore can't sign everyone, right?
Nick Eason DE PIT 30 6 6'3" 305 Doug Whaley connection. 3-4 end option.
Travis Kirschke DE PIT 36 12 6'3" 298 Whaley connection. 3-4 run stopper.
Jarvis Green DE NE 31 8 6'3" 285 Likely to be snapped back up by NE.
Alfonso Boone DE SD 34 9 6'3" 304 Not a snug fit in 3-4, but experienced.
Larry Foote ILB DET 30 8 6'1" 239 Perfect QB for team moving to 3-4.
Ryan Fowler ILB NYJ 28 6 6'3" 250 Thumper with youth and experience.
Matt Wilhelm ILB SF 29 7 6'4" 245 Buddy Nix connection. Another thumper.
Monty Beisel ILB ARI 32 10 6'3" 244 Plenty of 3-4 experience.
Tony Gilbert ILB ATL 31 7 6'0" 248 4-3 ILB, but enough size to work with.
Brandon Manumaleuna TE SD 30 9 6'2" 288 Nix connection. Good blocker; versatile.
Casey FitzSimmons TE DET 30 7 6'4" 258 Underrated and anonymous.
Sean Ryan TE KC 30 6 6'5" 260 Buffalo native. Big, physical blocker.
Ben Hartsock TE NYJ 30 6 6'4" 264 Good #2, run-blocking option.
Reggie Kelly TE CIN 33 10 6'4" 250 Coming off a major injury.
Will Heller TE DET 29 7 6'6" 270 Young, tough guy to fill #2 role.
Anthony Becht TE ARI 33 10 6'6" 270 Solely an in-line blocker these days.
Todd Yoder TE WAS 32 9 6'4" 253 Veteran option to, again, block.
Willie Parker RB PIT 30 6 5'10" 209 Speed runner with Whaley connection.
Aaron Stecker RB ATL 35 10 5'10" 213 Speed runner in event that RB is needed.
Kevin Walter WR HOU 29 7 6'3" 218 HOU could look to upgrade. Productive.
Nate Burleson WR SEA 29 7 6'0" 198 Productive, but SEA will likely retain.
Bobby Wade WR KC 29 8 5'10" 186 Solid production, but best in the slot.
Kassim Osgood WR SD 30 7 6'5" 220 Nix connection. Upside might be limited.
David Tyree WR BAL 30 7 6'0" 206 Similar to Osgood. Depth option.
Mike Furrey WR CLE 33 7 6'0" 195 Once productive, but aging quickly.

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