First, I'm delighted that the Bills have re-signed Eric Wood to an extension (or is it a new deal that starts now?) before he got anywhere near free agency. I hope it is an omen, a change in farm team mindset the Bills have carried for far too long. I further hope that not re-signing Byrd was due to some long range plan - Whaley's - to develop and retain a core of upper echelon players. Wood's signing eliminates the possibility that the Bills might have to bid against another team in free agency. Bravo.
I'm having a hard time understanding Buffalo's attempt to trade Bryan Scott. Does he have any trade value? He's a reserve tweener type, the kind of guy you look for as a street free agent. If I remember right, that's what he was when the Bills found him. I do wonder about the defensive line, though. If one of the big boys has to go why not call up New Orleans and ask about a trade involving Troup? He's NT material and the Saints, with their newly installed 3-4, have seen both of their NTs go down with injuries. Instead of a late round pick, perhaps the Bills could play on the likely draft order (Bills in top third of each round, Saints in the bottom third). Troup and Buffalo's 4th could be offered for New Orleans' 3rd. The Saints, who have to believe they will be in the playoff hunt never mind that Rex Ryan's more obnoxious and less competent brother runs the defense, might see that as trading about 10-15 slots worth of position for a guy who really could help them out with their new defense. Even if they offered their 4th for Buffalo's 5th and Troup it would be better than a 7th rounder.
There are some names floating out there, such as Antoine Winfield, that should be of some interest to Buffalo. Gilmore is out for a while (why isn't he on the PUP list?), which leaves Buffalo with a gimpy McKelvin and an uninspiring trio of guys (Rogers, Brooks, Robey) to cover 5 WR sets. 4 CBs vs 5 WRs....wonder how that will go for the Bills. Winfield is old for a CB so a front loaded 2 year deal might make sense for both parties. Drayton Florence is a penalty machine but, again, is he worse than the depth the Bills have?
Another name to consider is, and I can't believe I'm typing this, Tim Tebow. He was just cut by the Patriots. Could he really be substantially worse as the "Oh, sh#@!" QB option than Thaddeus Lewis? At least Tebow has some starting experience and he's been in and won a playoff game. (Can any Buffalo player say that? Jerry Hughes is the only one I can think of who might have...) Instead of trying to pound a square peg (Tebow is very square) into the round hole of NFL quarterback the Bills could use him on special teams, as a lead blocker and perhaps see if they can convert him into a TE. They'd definitely get a lot more value out of the 3rd QB roster slot with Tebow than Lewis. I suspect that Tebow's ego has been beaten down to the point that he'd live with not being a QB to stay in the NFL and I think that fans have seen enough of him not to chant "Tebow" when Manuel stinks up the joint in one or more games. Oh, and he knows the Pats' playbook.
If Gilmore goes to the PUP list and Legursky to the temporary IR, wouldn't that get Buffalo to 53? Then trading/cutting Scott would drop Buffalo to 52, with the ability to sign another player. Shipping Troup to Buffalo would drop Buffalo to 51. Dumping Lewis for Tebow wouldn't effect the number of players on the roster. Slot 52 could go to Winfield and 53 to either a DB or one of the OL who have been cut and designated for the practice squad-Buffalo's or some other team's. With no interior reserve OL I can't see the Bills not replacing Legursky unless Welch or Young really can play guard in a pinch.