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Discussion: Chris Kelsay's Role Moving Forward

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CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Chris Kelsay #90 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates during NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Bills won 49-21.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21: Chris Kelsay #90 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates during NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Bills won 49-21. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Last September, the Buffalo Bills signed veteran Chris Kelsay to what essentially amounts to a five-year, $28 million contract extension. Nearly 10 full months have passed since that decision was made, and I think it's fair to say that the vast majority of Bills fans perplexed by the move remain in that state today.

Kelsay finds himself in a unique situation among his positional peers heading into his second season as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. He remains the only rush linebacker on the team that can comfortably put a hand in the dirt and play effective run defense in that capacity. He also had a better season in 2010 than his reputation may indicate; true, he was out of position (and it showed often), but he also made his fair share of big plays, and had arguably the best pass-rushing season of his career.

Our question for you regarding Kelsay is this: what do you believe his role should be moving forward? We're asking that question through three lenses: the base defense (3-4), passing situations (regardless of formation), and over the duration of the remaining four years on his contract. Have at it, folks.