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Here's today's trio of questions.
Do you think the Bills should target any of the players the Saints released?
Those players, if you missed it, were defensive end Will Smith, cornerback Jabari Greer and safety Roman Harper.
Buffalo may be in the market for a more natural 4-3 end than what is currently on the roster, but Smith will be 33 this summer and missed last season with an ACL tear, so it's difficult to imagine him ranking high on the team's list of potential targets. The team may also need a safety, depending on how things shake out with Jairus Byrd, but Harper is 31 and lacks anything close to the range that Byrd exhibits in centerfield. That's the type of player the Bills would need to replace Byrd, and Harper's not the best fit.
Greer is interesting, and not just because he began his career with the Bills before signing with New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent after the 2008 season. We just discussed yesterday the Bills' lack of depth at cornerback, and Greer is an experienced, battle-tested player that can line up outside and has some fuel left in the tank. He is also, however, 32 years old, and has missed two or more games in five of his past six seasons. His is the only name that the Bills might consider, but there are more appealing names on the open market.
Thanks for the question, Carl! (I whisper-screamed "Carl" a la Rick Grimes when I wrote this, for the record.)
Name one draft prospect that Bills fans should be talking about at No. 9, but aren't.
Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. That ties back to the Byrd situation, of course, and Pryor is a prospect that many respected talent evaluators are quite high on.
Keep an eye on him at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis later this week. In particular, his 40 time will be scrutinized; the 6'2", 208-pound defensive back will likely become one of the hottest names in the talent pool if he can run faster than expected. His playing abilities prompt analysts to gush like this; if his athletic numbers measure up, he'll become a name to watch for Top 10-15 consideration.
Thanks for the question, Shane!
Several media guys are saying that they think the Bills in Toronto Series is done. Agree or disagree?
The things that I have seen reporters say about this don't quite travel as far as this question implies; most discuss the growing sense that Russ Brandon is not happy with the series, but note that the two sides just renewed the series a year ago. That might be difficult to back out of, unless the Bills are willing to buy out of the contract they signed.
Precious little has been said about this since reports surfaced that the Bills had set up a meeting with Rogers Communications about the series shortly after the new year. Brandon dodged the topic at the team's year-end press conference after welling WGR 550 in Buffalo that the series was under review in December. The easy answer here is that it seems like the Bills would like to be done with the series, but that it's no slam dunk that they'll be able to get themselves out of it. We'll see - and clearly, the fingers of nearly every Bills fan on the planet are crossed that the thing comes to an end.
Thanks for the question, Kyle!
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