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Buffalo Rumblings Offseason Plan Finalist Voting!

Here we go! After almost three weeks, many fans have done extensive research and presented their plans to the community, trying to take the claim of the fan-favorite GM on Buffalo Rumblings!

Each entry was submitted with a poll to grade it based on the collective opinion of the Rumblings community. The polls were ranked on a GPA grading system, with 4 points for each A, 3 points for each B, 2 for each C, 1 for each D, and 0 for each F. The 5 highest grades were pulled from the entry list and are presented here as the finalists for this year's competition. Again, I will reiterate: The following five entries were the ones voted with the highest cumulative grades by the community. I just tallied up the votes and made the list here. Without further ado, your finalists!

Short N Sweet BROP (buffaloson)

Philosophy:

Field a playoff caliber team.

Front office:

Danny Crossman is fired. Bobby April is signed to a 2 year deal as the new ST coordinator.

Buffalo's players:

Cut Kevin Kolb, Erik Pears, Doug Legursky, and Tony Moeaki. Re-signed Alex Carrington, Arthur Moats, and Frank Summers for two years and Dan Carpenter for 3 years. Let the rest go in free agency.

Free agents:

Signed G Jon Asamoah to a 4 year $24 million deal.
Signed CB Sam Shields to a 4 year $20 million deal.
Signed DE Willie Young to a 3 year $15 million deal.
Signed WR Kenny Britt to a 1 year $1 million deal.

Draft:

Traded down in the first round to pick up another second rounder.
Round 1: Drafted an RT (Taylor Lewan or Zach Martin).
Round 2a: Drafted a TE (Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Troy Niklas).
Round 2b: Drafted an MLB (Chris Borland or Ryan Shazier).
Round 3: Drafted a WR (Jordan Matthews or Brandon Coleman).
Round 4: Drafted a RB (Andre Williams).
Round 5-7: BPA.

Post-Draft:

No moves.

CSR Mock Offseason (blackm24)

(note: blackm24 originally put this offseason together as a part of a community-run offseason simulation at Cat Scratch Reader. The trades and draft were done through a set of community negotiations and a live draft event, but the rules lined up pretty closely with this situation, and since he put in a lot of effort and was well-received here, he made it to the finals)

Philosophy:

On offense, my goals were to revamp the offensive line, and attempt to bring in more weapons at the TE and WR position in order to assist with E.J.'s development.

On defense, it was to improve the 28th ranked rush defense.

Front office:

Kept things the same.

Buffalo's players:

Tagged and traded Jairus Byrd to the Packers for a first round pick and G/T Bryan Bulaga.
Re-signed Scott Chandler, Alex Carrington, Jim Leonhard, and Arthur Moats.

Free agents:

Signed LB Perry Riley, CB Corey Graham, DE/OLB Matt Shaughnessy, OG Chad Rinehart, and QB Matt Hasselbeck.

Draft:

Round 1a: Drafted OT Jake Matthews.
Round 1b: Drafted S Calvin Pryor.
Round 2: Drafted TE Troy Niklas.
Round 3: Drafted WR Brandon Coleman.
Round 4: Drafted RB Charles Sims.
Round 5: Drafted CB Aaron Colvin.
Round 6: Drafted OG Trai Turner.
Round 7: Drafted DT George Uko.

Post-Draft:

Signed QB Brett Smith, OLB Tyler Starr, and P Tom Hornsey as UDFAs.

Ron's Regulation BROP (Ron from NM)

Philosophy:

The season's results were disappointing to say the least. The Bills finished in the top 10 in the draft, again. Manuel showed some flashes but thanks to his repetitive knee injures he didn't show that he was definitely the franchise QB we've pined for far longer than we'd care to remember.

Front office:

No changes here.

Buffalo's players:

Jairus Byrd is traded to Green Bay for the 21st overall pick.
Scott Chandler, Alex Carrington, and Dan Carpenter walked.
Extended Marcell Dareus for $8 milion annually for 5 years.
Extended Jerry Hughes for $4 mllion annually for 2 years.
Extended Da'Norris Searcy for $2 million annually for 3 years.
Signed Garrison Sanborn, Marcus Easley, and Corbin Bryant to small 2 year extensions.

Free agents:

Signed OG Geoff Schwartz for $5.5 million annually for 4 years.
Signed S TJ Ward for $7 million annually.
Signed CB Vontae Davis for $7 million annually.

Draft:

Buffalo trades its top pick and its 3rd rounder to Tampa for their first rounder and 4th rounder.

Round 1a: Drafted LB Khalil Mack.
Round 1b: Drafted WR Mike Evans.
Round 2: Drafted TE Troy Niklas.
Round 3: Traded away to Tampa.
Round 4a: Drafted OT Seantrel Henderson.
Round 4b-7: BPA

Post-Draft:

No moves.

Dan's BROP (DanRoc)

Philosophy:

My plan moving into year two of the Marrone/Manuel regime is to build the best support structure I can for EJ. I want him to have a great receiving corps, good protection up front, and a deep defense that doesn’t lose a step from last year’s exciting unit. I want to give EJ every chance I can to show that he is the future of Buffalo’s franchise. If he fails, I want this team to be in position to move on and target Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley, or Bryce Petty in next year’s draft. If he succeeds, we’ve finally made the freaking playoffs.

Front Office:

No changes.

Buffalo's players:

Traded Jairus Byrd and Jerry Hughes to the Browns for a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and a conditional 2015 pick.
Re-signed Alex Carrington to a 2 year $5 million contract.
Re-signed Chris Hogan to a 3 year veteran minimum contract.
Let everyone else walk.
Cut Kevin Kolb, Erik Pears, and Doug Legursky.
Picked up the 5th year option on Marcell Dareus.
Extended Aaron Williams for 5 years, $32 million.

Free agents:

Signed DE Willie Young for $4 million annually for 4 years.
Signed LB Akeem Jordan for $2.5 million annually for 2 years.
Signed CB Jabari Greer for $4 million annually for 3 years.

Draft:

Round 1: Drafted WR Mike Evans.
Round 2a: Drafted TE Troy Niklas.
Round 2b: Drafted S Deone Bucannon.
Round 3a: Drafted OG Trai Turner.
Round 3b: Drafted OT Billy Turner.
Round 4a: Drafted OT James Hurst.
Round 4b: Drafted LB Jordan Zumwalt.
Round 5: Drafted RB Isaiah Crowell.
Round 6: Drafted OG/OC Russell Bodine.
Round 7: Drafted P Pat O'Donnell.

Post-Draft:

Signed FB Jay Prosch, RB Branden Oliver, OLB/DE Shaquil Barrett, MLB Preston Brown, and OT Luke Lucas to UDFA contracts.

The Cha-Cha BROP (RochachaBillsfan)

Philosophy:

Even though the Bills ended the 2013 season at 6-10, there was a lot to be hopeful for in their play. Mostly gone were the soul-crushing 50+ point blowouts of 2012 - apart from a few games (Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, New Orleans) the Bills stayed competitive in 2013, particularly when E.J. Manuel Was healthy. In most of his ten games, we stayed within striking distance of a win.

A defense which excelled at getting to the quarterback and taking the ball away was part of the reason for this competitiveness. With the loss of Pettine, the coaching staff will attempt to maintain the gains made in 2013, making only minor changes to personnel and scheme.

On the offensive side of the ball, our goal is to give E.J. the tools to succeed. E.J. Manuel's aptitude and work ethic, along with his physical tools, were what got him drafted. Given a full offseason, I expect to see him improve. He doesn't have to become an elite quarterback for the Bills to contend for the playoffs. Two or three more games in 2013 would have been wins if the Bills could simply have held on to the ball or extended a drive or two. E.J. struggles reading blitzes and maintaining his footwork under pressure. So improvement on the offensive line and additional reliable receivers - 'safety blankets', if you will, are a priority.

Front Office:

No changes.

Buffalo's players:

Jairus Byrd is traded to the Packers for pick #21.
Dan Carpenter is re-signed for $2 million for one year.
Alex Carrington is signed for $1.8 million for one year.
Chris Hogan, Antoine McClain, Brandon Smith, and Frank Summers are re-signed for the veteran minimum.
Everyone else walks.
Kevin Kolb, Erik Pears, and Doug Legursky are all cut.
Aaron Williams is extended for 5 years/$20 million.
Marcell Dareus is extended for 5 years/$37.5 million.

Free agents:

OT/OG Rodger Saffold is signed for $3.5 million annually for 2 years.
MLB Darryl Sharpton is signed for $1.2 million annually for 2 years.

Draft:

Round 1a: Drafted OT Greg Robinson.
Round 1b: Drafted TE Jace Amaro.
Round 2: Drafted S Jimmie Ward.
Round 3: Drafted LB Chris Borland.
Round 4: Drafted RB Charles Sims.
Round 5: Drafted G/T Jon Halapio.
Round 6: Drafted CB Walt Aikens.
Round 7: Drafted P Pat O'Donnell.

Post-Draft:

No moves.

Summary:

There you have it! 5 finalists, with many similarities and many differences as well. Vote in the poll below, and we'll see who is the winner!

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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