PITTSFORD, NY - AUGUST 08: Marcell Dareus #99 (blue) of the Buffalo Bills Rushes against Kraig Urbik #60 during Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College on August 8, 2011 in Pittsford, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Earlier this off-season, Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix told three young impending free agents that the team would like to re-sign each of them. Fourth-year right guard Kraig Urbik was among that group, and as he enters his second season as a full-time starter in Buffalo, he's changed agents.
Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal reports that Urbik has signed on with David Dunn of Athletes First. Here's the real intrigue of the story: Dunn's client list also includes Bills left guard Andy Levitre (arguably the best of the aforementioned trio that the Bills would like to re-sign), as well as center Eric Wood, who is entering the penultimate year of his rookie deal.
Wood, Levitre and Urbik were taken in the first, second and third rounds, respectively, of the 2009 NFL Draft (Urbik was selected by Pittsburgh). All three are entering their fourth year, and all three are projected interior starters on an up-and-coming offensive line. The team doesn't have to take any action on Wood's contract until after the 2013 season, mercifully, but again, both Levitre and Urbik are free agents at the end of the 2012 season.
Now, all three share the same agent; if the Bills plan on retaining their excellent young interior line trio for the next several years, they're going to be negotiating with one man. This could get very interesting.