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After a 4-0 start, the Buffalo Bills have lost 4 of 5 games, are cellar-dwellers in the AFC East, and once again face an uphill climb toward the post-season.

There.  Got my negativity out of the way today.  Not that y'all needed reminding, but that's where we stand with Monday Night Football looming.

Instead of harping on all of the team's problems, which I've done to the point of gut ulcer over the past two days, I'd like to focus on the (very few) positives surrounding this team right now.  Alas, as with so many years prior to this, the only way to do that is to look a bit further forward than I'd like to.  I'm doing it anyways.  It's hump day - and I can't take another day of Bills bashing, at least from my mouth.

So consider this an open thread to discuss the question posed in the headline: which current Bills players deserve contract extensions?  Anyone is game, all opinions are valued.  Before I let y'all get to it, however, I'd like to put out a couple of (obvious) names to get the discussion rolling...

CB Jabari Greer (2009 UFA; current salary: $950,000; age: 26)
- Greer has been Buffalo's second most valuable defensive back over the past two seasons.  Donte Whitner gets a slight edge, and that's only due to the fact that Mr. Whitner can play wherever he's lined up.  Greer is a play-maker.  He's the glue that's held this secondary together for two seasons, as the team has dealt with injuries to [insert any DB's name here].

Jabari is never going to be a Champ Bailey.  But he plays hard, he tackles surprisingly well, and he's spilled blood and guts for this organization ever since he was brought in as an undrafted free agent in 2004.  At the age of 26, Greer is in his prime, and has the look of a long-term starter in this league.  Buffalo would be very wise to lock him up prior to the end of this season.

RB Fred Jackson (2009 ERFA; current salary: $370,000; age: 27)
- As an Exclusive Rights free agent, the Bills have a lot of negotiating power when it comes to Jackson; he's not going anywhere.  He's not a guy who would hold out, either.  But he deserves to be paid more than he currently is, because his versatility makes him an incredibly valuable asset to this team.  From his role as Marshawn Lynch's change-of-pace to his value as a reserve return man on special teams, Jackson has the ability to do whatever his coaches ask of him - and they do ask.

At 27 years of age, Jackson isn't exactly a young gun.  Due to his strange, winding trip to the NFL, however, he doesn't have a lot of mileage on him, and he will help prolong the career of Lynch (if the Bills fix the O-Line, that is).  Jackson works well with Marshawn.  He's got a good rapport with the quarterback.  He needs to be a bigger part of the team's long-term plans; he needs a longer-term contract first.


These are the only two names on my list; suffice it to say, however, that many of you are a bit less conservative than me when it comes to pretending to spend Ralph Wilson's money.  Feel free to talk about Greer/Jackson's worthiness for extensions, add any names to the list, or rip gigantic babies who think they should be on the list (do I really need to type the name?).