The Bills still have a lot of holes to fill from bringing in another QB, a third HB, a FB, a TE (especially if Chandler is hurt to start 2013) and WR depth. The only bad thing is that there are few players remaining to satisfy these needs.
Currently the Bills have just two QBs on their roster, veteran Tarvaris Jackson and undrafted rookie Aaron Corp. Unless they plan on bringing in two rookie QBs, the Bills will try to add a veteran backup who could in theory compete to be a starter. The Bills are rumored to look for a trade for Seahawks backup (but potential starter) Matt Flynn. Additionally the Cardinals may look to cut Kevin Kolb due to his inconsistency and high salary.
Of the players currently available on the market, the four (backups) that are most intriguing for me are Jason Campbell, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, and Kellen Clemens. Of these names Campbell (average QB rating over 82) has the most promise to compete for the starting role. Leinart, Quinn, and Clemens would likely be relegated to a backup role. The Bills could also take a shot on JaMarcus Russell, but I feel much like Vince Young, the potential has run out…
The Bills ran into a problem last year when injuries took both C.J. Spiller and more so, Fred Jackson out of the lineup. The Bills as such may try to bring in a veteran back, particularly one that can help the Bills punch into the end-zone. There are several players the Bills could bring in. Beanie Wells, a former Big 10 plodder and first rounder has struggled with the Cardinals managing a single 1,000+ rushing yard season. The veterans, Cedric Benson and Michael Turner are both coming off of unspectacular seasons averaging 3.6 yards a carry. Last on this list is Peyton Hillis, a huge back who had a breakout season in 2010, but since has struggled averaging 3.6 yards a season in the last 2 years.
Unless you count Dorin Dickerson, the Bills technically do not have a fullback on the roster. While the Bills could bring in a pair of (undrafted) rookies, they still could bring in a free agent veteran. Greg Jones is the best free agent fullback out there and has been a consistent blocker throughout his career. The Bills could also bring back Corey McIntyre, a special teams ace but seldom used by Gailey in the run game. The other name that holds interest is former second rounder, Brian Leonard, a FB/HB hybrid who has good attributes, but has struggled to find playing time.
The Bills lost both starting left guards, Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart in free agency. The Bills could draft a rookie to fill this gap, but there are a few veterans that could fill that hole or provide needed interior depth. Jet Brandon Moore is the best guard left on the market, but is 33… The Bills could also bring in Matt Slauson or Cooper Carlisle who struggled in run protection last year or Stephen Peterman who struggled in pass protection.
With Scott Chandler still on the mend, the Bills are seeking a #2 TE with the potential to fill in as a starter. The Bills have been in talks with Fred Davis for the past week and while he has been a solid TE in the past (averaging nearly 500 yards receiving in the last four years), he too is coming off of a serious injury. The Bills could also consider Dallas Clark or Kevin Boss who have had success as starters in the past, but struggled in 2012.
The Bills are currently without an established #2 receiver and have only three WRs who are likely to be locks heading into 2013. There are two types of receivers the Bills can try to bring in, starters, or depth personnel. Possible starters include Brandon Lloyd, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Laurent Robinson or Braylon Edwards. Depth options include Bills WR David Nelson (if he agrees to a cheaper contract than his tender offer), Julian Edelman, Domenik Hixon or Austin Collie. I strongly expect the Bills to bring in a veteran to compete, but time will tell…
Lloyd is the best veteran option out there having made the pro-bowl in 2010 with a 77 catch 1,148 yards, 11 TD season and came off of a 74 catch 911 yards, 4 TD season with the Pats. Heyward-Bay meanwhile has great physical attributes and speed, but has struggled to put them to use in Oakland. Robinson meanwhile had a breakout year in 2011 making 54 catches for 858 yards and 11 TDs, but got sidelined with the Jags with multiple concussions. Edwards lastly has great physical attributes, but the former third overall pick has received less than 200 yards in each of his last two seasons.
Which offensive free agent do you like the best?