ORCHARD PARK NY - DECEMBER 12: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills looks to pass with pressure from David Bowens #96 of the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 12 2010 in Orchard Park New York. Buffalo won 13-6. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Mansfield Wrotto is enjoying true job security at the NFL level for the first time, having inked a two-year, $2.6 million contract extension just prior to the NFL lockout. One of four players the Bills used at right tackle last year, Wrotto is clearly a part of the team's plans moving forward.
It's tough to pinpoint which position Wrotto will be playing, however - and, more importantly, whether he'll have a shot at locking down a starting job. His best shot at being a starter remains at right tackle, though the assumption at this point is that Erik Pears is the favorite there. At minimum, Wrotto will be allowed to compete for that starting job.
That is, unless he's not in the mix at right guard, where he's a better fit athletically. The only way that'll happen, however, is if the team moves forward with Eric Wood as its starting center (and if they're comfortable with Pears). In that event, Wrotto could be in the mix at guard along with Geoff Hangartner, Kraig Urbik, Chad Rinehart and perhaps even Cordaro Howard.
Wrotto's value to the team lies in his ability to be that swing reserve capable of playing outside or in. A few things may need to slide into place if he's going to vie for a starting job, however.