CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21: Drayton Florence #29 of the Buffalo Bills runs for a touchdown after recovering a fumble during NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Bills won 49-21. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Who said we'd get through even 24 hours of a hectic NFL free agent signing period without a panda watch? Whoever said it, you're wrong.
Last night, the Buffalo Bills lost their first free agent of the year (Paul Posluszny), and also agreed to terms with their first of the year (Tyler Thigpen). Today, the Bills are expected to announce several undrafted free agent signings - as well as their tentative schedule for training camp - but all eyes should be on the status of free agent cornerback Drayton Florence.
As we relayed last evening, NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports that the Bills are currently working to outbid the New York Jets for the right to sign Florence. The Jets, poised to lose Antonio Cromartie in free agency, have a head coach in Rex Ryan that collects cornerbacks like vinyl records. The Bills have their work cut out for them if they're going to bring Florence back into the fold.
I've said for weeks that Florence should be the team's top priority - even going so far as to write that he should be a bigger priority than Posluszny. It's possible that Florence could agree with a team today - and if he picks the Jets, the Bills will need to start looking hard at several cornerbacks.