For the most part, the 2009 NFL off-season is over. You'll still see the occasional free agent signing here or there, particularly in the case of rookie prospects that were not drafted in this past weekend's NFL Draft. In the case of the Buffalo Bills, the franchise continuously kicks the tires on any and all available players; we've heard today that with a remaining hole at SAM linebacker, the Bills will kick the tires on Seahawks free agent LB Leroy Hill.
The Bills were surprisingly active both in free agency as well as this past weekend in the Draft. We wanted to provide y'all with a quick recap of Buffalo's off-season to date, including player defections, acquisitions, draft picks, and an updated depth chart. Here's everything that's relevant that has happened in Buffalo this off-season.
Player lost: QB J.P. Losman, TE Robert Royal, OT Jason Peters, OG Derrick Dockery, C Duke Preston, C Melvin Fowler, OG Jason Whittle, LB Angelo Crowell, CB Jabari Greer
Free Agents signed: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Dominic Rhodes, WR Terrell Owens, C Geoff Hangartner, OG Seth McKinney, LB Pat Thomas, CB Drayton Florence
2009 Draft class: TE Shawn Nelson, OG Eric Wood, OG Andy Levitre, DE Aaron Maybin, LB Nic Harris, CB Cary Harris, CB Ellis Lankster, FS Jairus Byrd
As you can see, the Bills let nine players - free agents, players under contract, or traded players alike - walk out of the doors of One Bills Drive for good. Through free agency and the draft, the Bills have added fifteen players - and as previously mentioned, more could be coming.
With the new Bills in the fold officially, it's time to update the depth chart. Please note that this is just a projection - my projection, if you wish - and should not be considered canon from the team's standpoint. It includes every player currently on the roster outside of the reported UDFA signings that have not yet been confirmed by the team; those players will be added once they're official. Agree with the placement? Disagree with some of the slotting? Have your own ideas on the depth to share? That's what the comments section is for. Have at it, folks.
Bold players = free agents
Bold* players = draft picks