Firstly, I would like to start by saying when you finish 6-10 in consecutive seasons and prior to that you finished 4-12 something needs to be done. I get the strange feeling that some people seem to think this Bills team is filled with unique talent. Reality check....it's not. Letting Nelson walk and Jones wallk not only clears up cap space but it allows the Bills to add fresh talent to a position that has lacked it on this team for a very very long time and is due for injection of fresh blood.
Secondly, with the releasing of Barnett and Wilson; again, the Bills make space for players to come here with something to prove. Wilson was a great locker room presence but really a non presence on the football field. His inability to cover TE's coupled with his declining athleticism he was a perfect candidate to be released. Barnett, who Brian claimed to be our only capable LB of staying on the field, was declining in every shape of the word. Numerous times this season he drastically out of position, missed tackles and blew coverages. He actually deserved to be released.
Thirdly, Chandlers' injury while significant clears the way for the Bills to actually finally invest some time and effort into a position that has been crying for it for a long time. Whether be via FA or draft the Bills have been in dyer need for TE that can make plays. Chandler has shown flashes but is as consistent as this football team as a whole.... NOT VERY.
Lastly, the youth at corner. We have spent in the past 5 years. 2 1st round picks, a 2nd round pick, a 4th round pick and a 6th round pick. This is who we currently employ as our defensive backfield (this is excluding Searcy) We employ who we drafted.....WEIRD. This team is definatly better off than alot of teams in the NFL a corner. We are not in dyer need to be using our 8th overall selection on DB and for the sake and future of this team we better not take a corner at number 8.
The point I am getting at is this team needed talent regardless of whether we had any of these guys or didn't have any of these guys on this football team. Did we need an upgrade over Wilson? YES. Did we need an upgrade over Barnett? YES. Do we need more talent at WR? ABSOLUTLY! So whether we released or kept them we would be adding guys anyway, so why not create the roster space and bring in some young guys, FA or players with something to prove. You were going to have to do it anyways. Show the roster holdovers you mean business, your not going to perform.... Your gone! I like the mentality and quite frankly hope to see alot of new faces come training camp and the regular season because honestly, I don't think we could do a whole lot worse.