I have seen a lot of chatter back and forth about Ryan Fitzpatrick on a number of threads, some positive, and of course some that were negative. I side with the camp that thinks he can take the Bills to the playoffs, with some of the right moves around him.
Obviously for Fitz to be successful, there needs to be the right tools around him. Spiller and Jackson more than have the backfield covered, and the team will need to re-sign Johnson and Chandler. I know those are rather obvious statements, but I can't see the team signing Fitz to a lucrative deal, and then letting his two favorite targets walk. If the early reports are any indication, Johnson's contract would be somewhere in the $8-$9 million range, which is average for a receiver with back to back 1,000 yard seasons. While there is no word yet on Chandler's contract, I do hope that he is retained. Guys like Nelson and Jones are decent, but everyone agrees the team needs a bonafide #2 next to Johnson. Hopefully someone can be added in free agency.
I'm not going to spend time talking about potential trades, but I do find it funny when a large number of posters will draft mocks that include us dropping down 15 picks, or trading random players for a 3rd or 4th round pick. The infatuation to trade washed up players for day 2 draft picks always makes me laugh.
Many others have made the point, but I will just note that I hope the Bills are active in free agency. I would like to see them re-sign Bell and Scott along with Chandler and Johnson. If they can keep Parrish at a discount it would make sense to have his experience on special teams and as a receiver. And of course a pass rusher and a #2 WR would be most welcome. Yes, I do realize this sounds like a lot.
Finally, I think fans need to look at the Bills draft philosophy. If Buddy sticks with his theory on taking the best player available, I am curious what will happen at #10. My question is, would the Bills take David Decastro from Stanford at 10? Everyone predicts him to be an elite guard, that can be a fixture on the line for years to come. The pundits have him as an elite talent, and likely the only elite player available at 10. Would you be happy with David Decastro at #10?