Good morning Rumblers,
Today, I will start a three-part series where I discuss former Bills players, coaches and front office personnel over the past 10 years; that went to other teams and had success. Today, we will begin with the offense.
Unlike most fans; I don't root for former Bills players. I love them when they're here, but hate them when they're gone. So it was sort of difficult for me to research former players that we had here in Buffalo, that went on and had success with another team. I guess I'm a little jealous and envious of their success, because they should've or could've been on the Bills while enjoying such success.
After the jump, I'll list a few players that fit the Bill. Feel free to leave your comments and list any other players that I left off.
OT-Jason Peters (2004-2008)- An undrafted 320lb TE out of Arkansas, Peters went on to have a great career at LT for the Bills, even making the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2008. He was a homegrown talent that made the transition to LT fairly easy, and was a dominant player for us. Not too happy with his contract; Peters demanded a trade and his wish was granted. Landing with the Eagles in 2009; Peters went on to make the Pro Bowl every year since. Argubably the top LT in the game; the Bills is still looking for his replacement.
RB-Willis McGahee (2003-2006)- The Bills took a chance by drafting McGahee 23rd in the 2003 draft, after breaking his leg in the National Championship game versus Ohio State. Still recuperating from his leg injury; McGahee didn't make his debut until the 2004 season. In his first season healthy; McGahee rushed for 1,100 yards and 13 TDs; winning the AP and PFWA NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2004. The following year he rushed for a career high 1,247 yards, and in his final year with Buffalo he rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 6 TDs. Not to happy with the team struggles and the lack of a night life in Buffalo; McGahee forced his way out of Buffalo and was finally traded to the Ravens. In his first year with the Ravens; he made his first Pro Bowl rushing for 1,207 yards and 7 TDs, where he had 5 straight games with 100+ yards. He enjoyed much success with the Ravens, by making the playoffs 4 out of the 5 years that he was there and won a Division Championship. After his release from the Ravens in 2010, he signed with the Broncos and made is second Pro Bowl in 2011; rushing for 1,200 yards and 4 TDs.
Marshawn Lynch (2007-2010)- The former number one pick for the Bills in the 2007 draft, rushed for 1,115 yards and 7 TDs in his rookie year. That year he earned the name Beast Mode; as he was a tough guy to bring down and had numerous powerful runs. In his second season he made the Pro Bowl; by rushing for 1,036 yards and 8 TDs with 300 receiving yards and 47 receptions. Unfortunately, Lynch couldn't stay out of trouble. In 2008, Lynch accepted a guilty plea in a hit run incident. In 2009, Lynch and two of his friends were sitting in a car that had marijuana in it, after the cops searched the car they found a loaded gun that belong Lynch. Lynch pled guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge and was sentenced to three years of probation, and 80 hours of community service. Later that year, he was accused of stealing $20 from a police officer wife. Finally, the Bills got fed up and shipped Marshawn to Seattle in 2010. In his first season with the Seahawks; Marshawn enjoyed playoff success by running for a 67 yard TD in a playoff win against the Saints; which is probably the best rushing effort EVER in NFL history. In 2011, Lynch made his 2nd Pro Bowl (first with the Seahawks) where he rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 TDs and earned a 4 yr $31 contract. As of yesterday, Marshawn is back in trouble with the law, where he was arrested yesterday for DUI.
(Honorable mention Lee Evans)
Okay Bills fans, who is "the one that got away"? Which former Bills offensive player you hated to see go? Try to consider what we got in return for that player, our ability to replace them at the time we let them go, and the amount we had invested in them.