The month of March has certainly been a busy one for the Buffalo Bills, as the team has made numerous additions to the roster prior to and during the first week of free agency. Among the chaos, one area of the roster that fans expected to be an area of major focus for the team has gone largely untouched: the offensive line. Now that the second week of free agency is about to begin, the team has yet to make any headway as it relates to improving the line.
To be honest, I find myself extremely torn after this first week. While I am excited about the additions of Percy Harvin, Jerome Felton, and Tyrod Taylor, I had hoped that more would been done to address the offensive line. Reports of the team's interest in Bryan Bulaga and Mike Iupati at least showed that they were serious about upgrading the line, but to my knowledge, neither was scheduled to visit One Bills Drive. The Bills were mentioned here to have interest in a possible trade for Evan Mathis, and time will tell if there is any truth to the rumor.
Yes, I do realize that the Bills have already signed Richie Incognito, and that he is penciled in as a starting guard. While he has the chance to show he can return to form, he is in Buffalo on a "prove it deal," and has been out of football for over a year. Obviously, I want to be optimistic and see him return to his Pro Bowl status, but can't help but be a bit skeptical. Incognito will be an upgrade to the play of Erik Pears last season, and I hope the time off will result in a positive return.
Some fans are surprised that Kraig Urbik and Chris Williams are still on the roster, and the coming weeks will be telling regarding their futures in Buffalo. Cyril Richardson and Cyrus Kouandjio are young and will hopefully improve this summer, but my opinion is that any contribution from them will be more of a pleasant surprise as opposed to an expectation.
As mentioned earlier, I find myself torn as it relates to the line. A big part of me wants the team to do more to address the offensive line immediately, since it was such a glaring weakness last season. On the other side (my more reasonable side), I realize that free agency is still young, and that there will likely be additional signings and trades made over the next week.
Where do you find yourself when it comes to the offensive line after the first week of free agency? I look forward to the discussion in the comments section below.