Anyone who has looked at the Bills over the last year has to realize the two glaring holes on the roster, quarterback and left tackle. You cannot succeed in the NFL without solid starters at both of these positions. I know many people feel strongly about some of the young prospects we have to fill these slots, Brohm, Bell, Merideth, etc, but personally I do not have that type of faith. We need to acquire people who we can build a team around and make the Bills contenders again.
One of these holes must be filled out in the first round of next years draft, and due to the apparent abundance of quarterbacks in the 2011 draft class i believe that is where we should find our franchise signal caller. I don't have3 enough knowledge of these quarterbacks to make a choice but I do have confidence in out new front office to find one.
This still leaves us with a hole at left tackle which i believe could be filled with a trade. This is the perfect time to grab a restricted free agent tackle and my vote is for Marcus McNeill. The trade of two-time pro bowler Jammal Brown for a third or forth round pick and a late round pick has set the market value for a player of similar statistics. McNeill has also been holding out for the San Diego Chargers who after June 15 have decreased his 1 year tender offer to 600,000. Based on the reported offers to Jason Peters before his departure Wilson had no problem with the contract that McNeill seeks. The only problem is what to offer for him.
Because of haw valuable draft picks seem to be to Buddy Nix and Co. a player or two need to be included in the trade. To find this player I say look to our positions of strength and San Diego's positions of weakness, more specifically strong safety. We have three capable players to man the SS spot including Donte Whitner, Bryan Scott, and George Wilson. After the release of Kevin Ellison San Diego has two strong safeties on their roster, a special teams ace form Syracuse and a rookie fourth round pick. Not a promising group. For the first time since Whitner was drafted there is a battle at the position between Whitner and Wilson with Scott behind them, as covered by Chris Brown in his recent article. Also according to a poll here on rumblings fans are just as comfortable with Wilson as they are with Whitner. All signs point to Whitner leaving between the two since the three headed monster that drafted him is finally gone, he was stripped of his role as captain last season, and personally I find his constant twittering to be infuriating.
So here is my trade. Whitner and a third round pick in the 2011 draft for Marcus McNeill. San Diego saves their wallet and we have a left tackle for the next seven years.