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Buffalo Bills news, 2/17: free agency in view

Free agency is right around the corner. Check out some of the overviews.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Shutdown Corner Offseason Blueprints: Buffalo Bills | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports

"Best-case offseason scenario: The Bills can let Byrd walk in free agency and save the cap space to fill a number of needs of lower and medium urgency, and they probably can take the best player available with the No. 9 overall pick — someone talented should be there for them. The offense needs another playmaker — a big receiver or tight end would be ideal — to pair with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Johnson, if he's still on the team. Manuel must make strides from now until training camp, but pressing him a little with some competition is a smart idea."

Free Agency Primer: AFC East | Audibles -

"Alex Carrington looked to be a big part of the Bills’ defensive line before he suffered a torn left quadriceps tendon last September, and he could be in the future. "

Projected Lineups: Buffalo Bills | Pro Football Focus

PFF's biggest misfire is listing Nigel Bradham as an "adequate starter." Here's what Buffalo's starting lineup will look like without any upgrades this offseason.

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Pagac has ties to top linebackers - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Pagac counts seven first-team All-Americans among his pupils, including Marcus Marek (1982), Pepper Johnson (1985), Chris Spielman (1987), Steve Tovar (1992), Mike Vrabel (1996), Andy Katzenmoyer (1997) and Na’il Diggs (1999)."

Kiko Alonso, Brandon Graham lead 2014 NFL breakout defensive players | The MMQB with Peter King
"Alonso is one of the few players whose football IQ and natural instincts pop out on film. His plus size and speed only augment the pop. And that pop is equally evident against the run (159 tackles) and pass (four interceptions), which is rare."

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Packers Free Agency 2014: Safety Jim Leonhard Would "Love" to Be a Packer - Acme Packing Company
"I'd obviously love to come back to Green Bay and play for the hometown fans. That would make a lot of people happy, a lot of my family happy. They wouldn't be quite as conflicted having to cheer for some teams that they maybe rather wouldn't, but you never know. Obviously there's got to be mutual interest on both ends."

Beyond the stats: Breaking down CJ's Catches | Articles | Buffalo Wins
"Fast forward to 2013 and all of Spiller’s targets came on plays where he was in the backfield presnap. He was never targeted more than four yards downfield either. It seems like the plan in 2013 was to get Spiller the ball and then allow him to get free, never the other way around."

A new stadium doesn't add up to keeping the Bills | Articles | Buffalo Wins
"What is so wrong with remodeling Ralph Wilson Stadium? They did it in KC an GB and it seemed to have gone well. GB should be what fans and the team should thrive for. It is a small market, yet they have perfected the regionalism effort. That's why I climb to the top of the mountains to yell that WE DON'T NEED A NEW STADIUM!" Some NSFW language.

How cool and realistic is a new stadium in Buffalo? - Buffalo Wins
"The real key to a slightly smaller capacity is the bill at the end of construction. A slightly smaller facility, but one that would still appropriately serve the Buffalo market would not only lower the overall cost, but would make the avoidance of the dreaded PSL a much more realistic option."

Graham: Stevie Johnson Trade 'May Be Addition by Subtraction' for Buffalo Bills - Bleacher Report
"Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Buffalo News' Tim Graham discuss Johnson's future with the Bills in the video above.  Let us know if you think Johnson should be in Buffalo next season in the comments below."