let's all think about this.....I don't see were paper champions (Miami Dolphins) become real champions....Yes they may be stacked with players we all wanted in FA, but as for what Buffalo really needs could be 2 totally different things....hence....No FA activity right now....other than Manny Lawson!! If the Dolphins and Patriots wanna bring in older banged up players who might...or might not pan out, that's fine by me.
Lets' look at what's out there right now, Yes, there is still quality in FA....Jennings just signed with the Vikings and Gibson with the Dolphins....Yes Gibson wanted to come here to Buffalo but they never offered....why, cause he is no different than Jones or Nelson who Buffalo released!! I am happy he signed with them!! These players we so wanted to sign or wanted to come here are players who could but probably won't make a difference. Maybe Buffalo's FO is actually playing it smart this year....trying to set it up so Buffalo has or can have success for a few years down the road. I think they are waiting for every other team to sign these has been's and let the other teams waste the money on names instead of actual talent. The draft is in April and I think Buffalo is gonna make the off season more interesting for us as fans.....I have a feeling they are gonna stockpile picks and really pick the best college players as for need on the team....Yes when FA started, I was on the bandwagon along with most of you buy have changed my opinion and I am glad that the Bills haven't splashed again into FA like the last few years...FA is mainly where teams pick up missing pieces the team needs.....mainly after the draft!!
As for the wait....Lawson is a solid pickup and we haven't heard of other names visiting or signing in Buffalo, that's because Buffalo is still trying to see where the pieces fit in within the organization. You can't add alot of names regardless if they wanna come here or not, until you have more of a base and an idea on where everyone will fit in and what schemes will be used. Real teams don't bring in (Player A) when he is a (4-3) kinda guy if they aren't going that route (3-4) I have a feeling that you may see 1-2 more people either sign or at-least be looked at before the draft....Once Buffalo draft's the players....I feel you will see more than 6 picks......do to trading back and the stockpiling of picks like I previously mentioned.
I would rather have a rookie who can play like Harrison or Ellerbe.....but much younger and hasn't had the NFL toll on their body already (injuries) and can still play hard....they won't have the experience but will have the quicker reaction, less toll on the body and plus the veterans around them to help them out along the season.....which will help!! I really wanna see Buffalo try to get Geno Smith, A.J. Manual or Nassib, but if they feel that going BPA is the best route, fill in the holes....I really think Buffalo will go with T-Jax, and possibly a FA QB who is not gonna cost alot, or draft a QB later (Nassib) with hopes of landing a Franchise QB in next years draft. Does anyone know who is a top FA QB for next year?
After the draft......Buffalo will be working with 7-8 players who are now members of the Buffalo Bills.....(remember the stockpiling of draft picks from moving back in the draft)......and does Buffalo have any comp picks? OK, back to after the draft.......Buffalo will have alot of younger players on the team, this is where they will still have some cap space and alot of the veterans we see now/want now will be gone. When the June 1st deadline comes around, you may see that new or better options in FA will come into play which will help the Bills solidify the team!! Not too mention, that's when most other teams won't be able to sign players due to the fast paced FA signing we have already seen, Most teams will be strapped for cash while Buffalo will have the extra money to sign 2-3 more people.....the players who get released around June 1st deadline will be looking quick to find a new home and that's when Buffalo can make the team even better!! Other teams won't have the MONEY and Buffalo will.....meaning the newly released players that Buffalo needs will have to sign for 1-2 year deals and play hard if they expect a bigger or better contract and be able to keep playing in the NFL!!
Buffalo doesn't have a Great team right now by any means, Yes, pieces of the puzzle are in place for us...Mario Williams, Stevie Johnson, C.J. Spiller, Jairus Byrd (Yes he will be signed to a long term deal), Kyle Williams, and Marcell Dareus, plus our younger players who have already shown promise., but Buffalo will have a much more competitive team come Week 1.....You may think that Buffalo will will end up 4-12 or 3-13.....but I have a feeling that in the overall scheme of things....Buffalo will be fighting for the last playoff spot in late Dec.....and probably just squeaking in!! Regardless of how you feel about Buffalo.....you can have doubts again for the 14th year....but something is changing....I CAN FEEL IT.......Repeat after me.......I BILL-IEVE!!!!!!!!
Those are my thoughts, you can agree or disagree....I am not putting a poll in this Fan Post...just some rants and raves and wanna see what you think.....I think we are turning the corner, turning the page......we won't be bottom feeding at the bottom of the NFL much longer!!!