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2012 NFL Offseason: Buffalo Bills

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Buffalo Bills (Last Year: 6-10)

2012 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
QB Vince Young, DE Mario Williams, DE Mark Anderson.
Draft Picks:
CB Stephon Gilmore, OT/G Cordy Glenn, WR T.J. Graham, OLB Nigel Bradham, CB Ron Brooks, OT Zebrie Sanders, ILB Tank Carder.
Offseason Losses:
OT Demetress Bell, ILB Reggie Torbor, CB Drayton Florence.

2012 Buffalo Bills Offense:
The Bills had one of the most explosive offenses in the first half of 2011. It's hard to believe, but they averaged 30.1 points per game in the first eight weeks of the season. This included a 34-point output in a field-goal victory over the Patriots in late September.

Unfortunately, disaster struck. Fred Jackson, discussed as a second-place MVP candidate behind Aaron Rodgers, was knocked out for the year with a fractured right fibula. Ryan Fitzpatrick incurred a rib injury that hindered him throughout November and December. Wide receiver Steve Johnson dealt with a groin problem. Several members of the offensive line, including left tackle Demtress Bell (known as Demetrius Bell at the time) and stud center Eric Wood were also knocked out. All of these injuries severely limited Buffalo's offense; the unit scored just 17.9 points in their final nine contests, finishing 1-8 down the stretch.

Everyone is now healthy again, including Fitzpatrick. The Harvard alumnus isn't a great talent, but he's proven that he can be an effective signal-caller if he has a good supporting cast, which is the case in Buffalo. The only question is his durability; he has now been banged up late in each of the past two seasons. Keeping him upright will be paramount if the Bills want to avoid another collapse.

The aforementioned Bell is gone; he signed with the Eagles, but he was unreliable because he was always hurt. Chris Hairston is currently penciled in as Fitzpatrick's blind-side protector. Hairston wasn't bad in relief last year - he surrendered four sacks in seven starts - but he may eventually lose his job to second-round pick Cordy Glenn, who fell this past April, given that he was a projected late first-round prospect. Meanwhile, another rookie lineman, fifth-rounder Zebrie Sanders, may eventually take over at right tackle for Erik Pears, who was inconsistent last season.

The interior of the offensive front is really stout. Wood was already mentioned; he's one of the top centers in the NFL. Guards Andy Levitre and Chad Rinehart were both terrific last season, with the former showing off his versatility and starting a handful of games at left tackle in Bell's absence. He won't have to do that in 2012, fortunately, because of the Glenn and Sanders selections.

Perhaps the injured player missed least last season was Jackson, but only because C.J. Spiller did a great job as a replacement. This is still Jackson's offense - he accumulated 1,376 total yards and maintained a 5.5 yards-per-carry average in nine-and-a-half contests - but Spiller will command a larger workload as the No. 2 back. Spiller's rushing average was a solid 5.2, and he managed to catch a whopping nine passes in a game versus the Dolphins.

Meanwhile, there's no doubt about who the top receiver is. The 26-year-old Johnson hopefully won't have groin issues again in 2012. If he and Fitzpatrick both stay healthy, he could have a career year. His main concern will be focusing on actually catching game-winning touchdowns instead of dropping them, which has been a problem for him the past two seasons.

Tight end Scott Chandler, and receivers Donald Jones and David Nelson will join Johnson as Fitzpatrick's targets. All three of those players are pretty mediocre talents. Third-round rookie T.J. Graham could see some action, but the N.C. State receiving product was considered a reach.





2012 Buffalo Bills Defense:
Think the Bills wanted to improve their awful pass rush this offseason? Only the Buccaneers and Titans finished with fewer sacks in 2011, so Buffalo went all out this spring, signing both Mario Williams and Mark Anderson to big contracts.

The Williams deal was colossal. He signed a $96 million contract with $50 million guaranteed. He's one of the most talented defensive ends in all of football, and he'll provide a huge upgrade at left end. There is an issue though, and it's that Williams' top priority is money. He had to be coaxed into signing with Buffalo. He could have gone to a more competitive team - the Bills are the only NFL franchise not to make the playoffs this millennium - but he opted for a larger paycheck. Williams wasn't even missed by the Texans when he was knocked out for the year with a torn pectoral. He'll definitely boost Buffalo's pass rush, but there's no doubt that the front office overpaid.

Anderson also carries a risk. He was considered borderline rosterable prior to last season. Bill Belichick got the most out of him, as Anderson tallied 12.5 sacks. But was he just playing for a big contract? And how will he fare now that Belichick won't be coaching him up? These are serious concerns, though he's still an upgrade over what the Bills had last year.

If Anderson pans out and Williams plays to his potential, Buffalo will have one of the elite defensive fronts in the league. The team will be getting stud nose tackle Kyle Williams back from injury; he was knocked out in early October with a bone spur in his foot. Meanwhile, second-year Marcell Dareus will be even better than he was last year. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Dareus generated 5.5 sacks, a pretty good number for a rookie defensive tackle. He was also very good in run support.

The Bills were 25th versus the pass in 2011, maintaining a pedestrian 7.7 YPA. An improved pass rush will really help that figure, as will first-round cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The South Carolina product didn't always play up to potential, but he has major upside. He'll be penciled into the starting lineup across from Terrence McGee, provided the 31-year-old can make it back from a torn patella tendon. If not, it'll be up to 2011 second-rounder Aaron Williams, whom Tom Brady picked on relentlessly in two matchups.

Buffalo's safety play will make up for the possible struggles of McGee and/or Williams. Jairus Byrd is a ballhawking stud, while George Wilson is a serviceable veteran. Wilson is yet another Bill who missed some time last year; he was sidelined for a few weeks because of a neck injury.

The front office spent a couple of mid-round selections on the linebacking corps, choosing Nigel Bradham and Tank Carder. The latter was a Day 2 prospect heading into the 2011 college football season, but was hampered by an injury all year. He's a great leader, and it wouldn't be shocking if he breaks into the starting lineup soon. The one liability at linebacker is Kirk Morrison, who is stationed on the strong side. Kelvin Sheppard and Nick Barnett proved to be really good starters last year, especially the former, who was merely a third-round rookie. Sheppard took over the starting middle linebacker gig in Week 8 and never looked back.





2012 Buffalo Bills Schedule and Intangibles:
No surprise that Buffalo's ownership is once again screwing the fans out of a home game. For the fifth year in a row, the Bills will play a "home game" in Toronto. They'll "host" the Seahawks in December at the Rogers Centre, where they are just 1-3.

The Bills scored one special-teams touchdown in 2011, but it wasn't C.J. Spiller who reached the end zone. Leodis McKelvin is the one who scored. Buffalo outgained its opponents on both punts and kickoffs, and it prevented the opposition from taking it back to the house.

Rian Lindell was a near-perfect 13-of-15 last season. He didn't attempt a kick from beyond 50, but he was 5-of-6 from 40-49. However, he played in only eight games because of a shoulder injury.

Brian Moorman had a terrific year, rebounding off a poor 2010 campaign. He maintained a great punting average of 48.2, with only 20-of-72 tries pinned inside the 20.

The Bills have a chance to get off to a great start again. They play at the Jets and Browns, two games sandwiched in between a home contest versus Kansas City. But check out how easy Buffalo's final stretch is, starting in Week 11: Dolphins (home), Colts (road), Jaguars (home), Rams (home), Seahawks (home), Dolphins (road) and Jets (home).



2012 Buffalo Bills Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):

Quarterbacks
Offensive Line
Secondary
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams
Receivers
Linebackers
Coaching


2012 Buffalo Bills Analysis: The Bills have to stay healthy. That's what it comes down to. They were 5-2 after seven games last year, but things fell apart because nearly half the roster went down with injuries.

Buffalo has the talent to make a run at the postseason; it just needs better luck. But given how relaxing the schedule is and how much talent there is on this roster, it'll be mildly shocking if the Bills aren't in the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Projection: 11-5 (2nd in AFC East)


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xxx 04-30-2011 04:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.121 (total posts: 1)
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you may have an easier time understanding these picks if you would only pull your head out of your ass, if the bills didnt draft a qb with a 1st or 2nd rd pick then I guess they won't be drafting one this year so get over it. FYI the redskins didnt draft a qb and I don't see you trashing there draft and you can't tell me that rex grossman is better then fizpatrick
Warren 04-30-2011 04:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.66 (total posts: 1)
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hey walter id just like to let you know you're the worst draft analyst of all time... OTHER THAN DREW BREES, NOT 1 SECOND ROUND PICK QB HAS BEEN A LONGTERM STARTER IN THE LAST 15 YEARS. Brees was a 32nd overall pick too which is technically a 1st now a days.. stop judging the picks in 1 minute and judgethem properly after 2-3 seasons
BOBBYBIGWHEEL 04-30-2011 03:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.220 (total posts: 7)
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WALTER YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!!!

DAREUS A (B GRADE) AND YOU WANT THEM TO REACH FOR A QB, AND THEN YOU GRADE ARIZONA'S PICK WITH AN A.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST THE BILLS????????????
who cares? 04-30-2011 03:43 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.216 (total posts: 3)
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I don't know much about Chris White; but if Walter doesn't think an inside LB is a need for the Bills, then it's clear he doesn't know anything about the Bills
Buffalo Billy 04-30-2011 03:42 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.159 (total posts: 2)
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How does this not fill a need? Our d was HORRIBLE last year and year in and year out injuries at LB force us to do things like convert safeties to play LB. DEPTH in rounds 5-7 is paramount. Grade should be a solid C...
Walter's dumb 04-30-2011 03:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.121 (total posts: 5)
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@ Sean. Not to mention Danny Batten and Arthur Moats. I understand if people like Walter (who get paid to know the NFL) don't know who they are, but the fact is the Bills like them a lot at LB. It's the same rational for Troup and Carrington. Hate them all you want, but the truth is that Buffalo obviously likes them and will and should run with them since they were invested in only last year and still have time to develop as players. Why would an organization draft players without even giving them the chance to prove themselves on the practice/game field?

@ Walter. Picks like Ashton Youboty, Ko Simpson, Shawn Nelson etc. have gotten great praise at the time of the draft and have been worthless. Meanwhile guys like Kyle Williams, Steve Johnson, Demetrius Bell get looked at as afterthoughts or negligible picks, but have turned out great (more Williams and Stevie, but Bell too for a 7th rounder now starting at LT).

The bottom line is no one knows what the future will bring so shut the hell up all you "experts" and "know-it-alls" until the kids actually step on the field and play some football.

Right now, all you're doing is bashing their previous track records and saying "this is why they're a bad team, blah, no playoffs in 10 years, blah." While it may be so, it should not be a rational for grading picks at this juncture. If you're going to be asinine and grade picks the day of the draft, then grade picks for the day of the draft. Don't bring the past into it, only the player's potential as a football player should be considered. But obviously Walter doesn't watch or evaluate tape on the kids. He looks at paper, name drops, and if he doesn't know or like someone, he proceeds to make snide comments and personal low-blows about them instead of seeing the rational (or at least attempting to see the reasoning) behind the pick and why it was made.

Giving out grades like "Millen on crack" is the easy way out, pal. You offer no insight and your website should not be taken seriously because of this. I distinctly remember Jairus Byrd getting an F at the time. You will never learn.

I will never learn either? Well, I keep coming back to strengthen my ego to see how much dumber you can possibly get. It's quite humorous and never gets old. This website is like watching a train wreck. Why wouldn't I keep coming back to watch how stupid you've become this time? If I were you, I'd embrace that mentality instead of pretending to know everything, I'm sure people would like you more.

And for the last time. Round 5 is not a time to be drafting a starter, it's depth. So shut the hell up everyone.
SerialCrusher 04-30-2011 02:56 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.241 (total posts: 1)
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I love the Bills draft so far. Dareus is a MONSTER and A-Will is future starter at CB. Kelvin Sheppard made us more athletic and bigger in the middle of our Lb's. Searcy will be a special teams player and backup George Wilson. Hairston has a good chance to start at RT. As for the Johnny White pick, I don't understand why people are hating on it. If you were watching the NFL Network coverage, they had White's coach on and he was saying that White was THE BEST special teams player on North Carolina. The 2 NC guys are both very versatile and we can use on ST's and as depth.
Sean 04-30-2011 02:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.31 (total posts: 3)
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@ Jesse. The Bills have Dareus Kyle Williams Dwan Edwards as starters on their D-Line not to mention 2nd and 3rd round picks last year Troup and Carrington to rotate in along with veteran Spencer Johnson. They are set on D-Line. As for o-line they just drafted Hairston.

Like I said before this is round 5! Teams are not drafting for their biggest needs at this time of the draft. Look around at the other picks.
Idiots 04-30-2011 02:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.121 (total posts: 5)
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Who the hell is gonna come in and start in the 5th round anyway? What the hell is wrong with you people? Rounds 4-7 are for depth, not immediate starters. Fred Jackson is 30 and won't be around in 3-4 years. White is a bruiser and a perfect complement to Spiller.
Jesse 04-30-2011 02:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx35.1 (total posts: 1)
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@ Sean, the reason he gave the Jets a C while giving the Bills a D is due to the fact that the Jets are a much better team and have less needs. The Bills have many more needs than the Jets and shouldn't be taking 3rd string running backs when they could be adding defensive line help or linebackers or offensive line help.
Bob Figenscher 04-30-2011 02:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.154 (total posts: 1)
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With respect to the Searcy pick, Buffalo might be thinking that he can help against the run. It is rare that you will see a safety bench press more at the combine than most OTs. His 27 reps is very impressive. Regarding the White pick, I think it is a waste, unless they are already planning to get rid of Spiller, who did nothing last year. I would have much rather seen the Bills take QB Stanzi or DE Romeus (who I thought was expected to go high if he had come out last year, rather than returning to school).
Sean 04-30-2011 02:16 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.31 (total posts: 3)
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This just proves Walter will never give Buffalo credit for any pick. The Jets drafted a RB who will be 4th on their depth chart and he gave them a C. The Bills drafted a RB who will be 3rd on the depth chart and he gives them a D.

You do not draft for need at this point of the draft since very few of these players will start week 1. You draft for depth which you clearly know nothing about. You grade picks purely based on if it fills their biggest need. By your thinking, Buddy Nix should be like "Well we need a QB. Let's take Ricky Stanzi, a QB that can't play so that we will have 4 QBs that can't play instead of 3" Drafting players that can't play just to fill a need compounds the problem. You would be awful as a NFL GM.
Buffalo Billy 04-30-2011 02:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.159 (total posts: 2)
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On paper, not a great pick with White, however Fred Jackson is 30, CJ Spiller was hurt last year and may never be a 3 down back. I wish they would have gone DJ Williams, TE but I can live with this.

BillsFan27 04-30-2011 01:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.70 (total posts: 5)
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perhaps we've decided that instead of tight ends we're going to use "Pass catchin runnin backs"
Hendrik(Germany) 04-30-2011 01:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.26 (total posts: 3)
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My fault than... thought he had a similar Option Attack when he was there.. anyway.. would be an awesome offensive system.. NOT :D





2012 NFL Draft Grade: B

Goals Entering the 2012 NFL Draft: Buffalo spent a ton of money this offseason revamping the defensive line. It also gave lots of cash to Ryan Fitzpatrick during the 2011 campaign. Upgrading Fitzpatrick's supporting cast is crucial at this point, especially considering that his left tackle recently signed with the Eagles. The cornerback position must also be addressed.

2012 NFL Draft Accomplishments: The Bills accomplished the goals listed above, but they did so in a really risky manner. They spent their first two picks on boom-or-bust players. Stephon Gilmore was a typical Al Davis "height-weight-speed" prospect. He did not play well in 2011, though there's no denying his potential. Buffalo wanted either Mark Barron or Luke Kuechly, but they were both plucked off the board at Nos. 7 and 9, respectively.

Cordy Glenn was an amazing value pick in Round 2, but can he play left tackle? Most analysts think he could be used at right tackle and both guard positions, but Buffalo apparently envisions him as Fitzpatrick's blind-side protector. I suppose he can't be worse than what the Bills have there already.

I really loved how the rest of Buffalo's draft played out, save for a puzzling third-round pick on T.J. Graham. The Bills would have drafted Ron Brooks in Round 2 if they hadn't selected Gilmore at No. 10 overall, so he was a steal in Round 4. Zebrie Sanders and Tank Carder were both great fifth-round selections. Sanders has starting potential, while Carder would have been a second-day choice if he had been healthy in 2011.

I like what the Bills did overall, but there's no denying that their first two selections can completely bust just as easily as they can become reliable starters. However, considering that both Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey will be fired if they don't make the playoffs in the next couple of years, it's easy to understand why they took such big risks.



2012 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

10. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: C+
Stephon Gilmore didn't play very well this past year, but he was pushed up because of his height-weight-speed. Players like this usually don't succeed in the NFL, though Gilmore's upside can't be ignored. The Bills needed a cornerback, so this made sense from a positional standpoint. Still though, I have to wonder how they're going to protect Ryan Fitzpatrick. I guess we'll see what happens in the next two days.

41. Cordy Glenn, G/OT, Georgia: A+
Wow, this is amazing value. The Cardinals were interested in Cordy Glenn and even considered him at No. 13. The Bengals were linked to him at No. 21. I don't know how he fell to No. 41. Glenn has positional versatility and should be able to really bolster a very weak offensive front that lost Demetress Bell. Perhaps Ryan Fitzpatrick won't have to release the ball after taking three-step drops all the time going forward.

69. T.J. Graham, WR, N.C. State: Matt Millen First Kielbasa Kiss Grade
In back-to-back picks, we've had a first kielbasa date and a first kielbasa kiss grade. T.J. Graham was No. 185 on the consensus board. Todd McShay, who praised the pick, had Graham in the 130s. This is a major reach.

105. Nigel Bradham, OLB, Florida State: A Grade
Nigel Bradham could have easily been drafted in Round 3, so this is nice value for him. The Bills needed a third linebacker - they were considering Luke Kuechly before he was chosen a pick earlier in Round 1 - so Bradham fills a need.

124. Ron Brooks, CB, LSU: A+ Grade
The Bills would have selected Ron Brooks in the second round (why I mocked him there) if they hadn't obtained Stephon Gilmore in Round 1. They have to be shocked that he lasted this long. I am too. He was ranked in the 80s on most big boards. This is a steal.

144. Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State: A+ Grade
The Bills are killing it on Day 3. Zebrie Sanders was No. 84 on the consensus big board, so he provides tremendous value. Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey talked about bringing in multiple tackles this weekend, so Sanders makes sense in that regard. Let's just hope he doesn't fall asleep on the football field again.

147. Tank Carder, LB, TCU: A+ Grade
Wow. Buffalo has really improved its roster this weekend. Tank Carder would have been a second-round pick if he hadn't played hurt this past season. He's a really talented linebacker with a great work ethic. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he made it into the starting lineup in a year or two.

178. Mark Asper, G, Oregon: C- Grade
Blegh, finally a Bills' pick that I dislike. Mark Asper wasn't expected to even be a priority UDFA, so I'm shocked he was drafted. He doesn't fill a need either.

251. John Potter, K, Western Michigan: C Grade
I don't think John Potter will be able to beat out Rian Lindell. This pick was probably made just in case Lindell can't come back from his shoulder injury. You wouldn't think a shoulder would affect a kicker, but whatever.



Season Summary:
When the Bills upset the Patriots in Week 3, everyone thought they were finally going to get over the hump and reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999. And they would have if half their roster hadn't landed on injured reserve. I'd wish the Bills better luck in 2012, but this franchise hasn't had the best fortune over the years.




Offseason Moves:
  • Bills sign QB Vince Young
  • Broncos sign CB Drayton Florence
  • Bills cut CB Drayton Florence
  • Eagles sign OT Demetress Bell
  • Chargers sign WR/KR Roscoe Parrish
  • Bills re-sign RB Tashard Choice
  • Bills sign DE Mark Anderson
  • Bills re-sign S Bryan Scott
  • Bills re-sign WR Derek Hagan
  • Bills sign DE Mario Williams
  • Bills re-sign G Chad Rinehart
  • Bills re-sign G Kraig Urbik
  • Bills re-sign TE Scott Chandler
  • Bills re-sign WR Ruvell Martin
  • Bills re-sign WR Steve Johnson
  • Bills cut S Jon Corto


    Offseason Needs:
    1. Two Defensive Ends: No one on this team had 5.5 sacks last year, so I expect Buffalo to use the No. 10 overall pick on someone like Quinton Coples or Melvin Ingram. Signed Mario Williams and Mark Anderson

    2. Wide Receiver: Make it two wideouts in the event that Steve Johnson signs elsewhere. If Johnson stays on, a new No. 2 receiver will be needed because David Nelson is too inconsistent. Re-signed Steve Johnson and Derek Hagan; drafted T.J. Graham

    3. Left Tackle: Demetrius Bell played well when healthy last year, surrendering just one sack in six starts. He's a free agent, however, so Buffalo will have to retain him. Drafted Cordy Glenn and Zebrie Sanders

    4. Cornerback: Drayton Florence was awful in 2011, getting torched on a regular basis. Aaron Williams is expected to step into the starting lineup, but Buffalo will need to find depth at this position, especially with Terrence McGee turning 32 in October. Drafted Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks

    5. Outside Linebacker: The Bills will need a third linebacker to go along with Nick Barnett and Kelvin Sheppard. Drafted Tank Carder and Nigel Bradham

    6. Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick is capable of leading a team to the playoffs if he has a great supporting cast around him, but he's far too limited to win consistently with mediocre talent by his side. The Bills are stuck with him after signing him to a big contract, so they'll have to look into the middle rounds for a quarterback. Signed Vince Young

    7. Defensive Tackle Depth: The Bills may release Dwan Edwards, so they'll need depth behind Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams.

    8. Tight End: Scott Chandler is a free agent, but he can be upgraded anyway. Re-signed Scott Chandler

    9. Kicker: Rian Lindell is still getting the job done; he was 13-of-15 last year. However, he's a free agent. Buffalo should re-sign him. Re-signed Rian Lindell







    2012 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. Mario Williams, DE, Texans. Age: 27.
      Signed with Bills (6 years, $100 million; $50 million guaranteed)

      One of the top pass-rushers in the NFL will be allowed to hit the market because the Texans have other great rush linebackers. I'm not big on building through free agency, but teams should be selling their souls to get Williams on their roster.

    2. Mark Anderson, DE, Patriots. Age: 29.
      Signed with Bills (4 years)

      Bill Belichick helped revive Mark Anderson's career. The former Bear went from being an afterthought to a double-digit sacker. It's hard to trust him outside of New England's system though.

    3. Vince Young, QB, Eagles. Age: 29. -- Signed with Bills (1 year, $2 million)



    Buffalo Bills Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: TBA.
    1. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills. Age: 26.
      Re-signed with Bills (5 years, $36.25 million; $19.5 million guaranteed)

      If Steve Johnson were as strong mentally as he is physically, he would be one of the top receivers in the NFL. Unfortunately, he has way too many drops in key moments and acts like a clown on the field.

    2. Rian Lindell, K, Bills. Age: 35.
      Re-signed with Bills

      Rian Lindell went 13-of-15 in 2011 before landing on injured reserve with a shoulder issue. He's still reliable as ever.

    3. Demetress Bell, OT, Bills. Age: 28.
      Signed with Eagles (5 years, $35 million)

      Demetress (formerly Demetrius) Bell, base-born in Philadelphia, surrendered just one sack in six starts last year. Bell has had knee issues throughout his career, so while the Bills should re-sign him, they should also be careful.

    4. Kraig Urbik (RFA), G/C, Bills. Age: 26.
      Re-signed with Bills (1 year, $1.26 million)

      Kraig Urbik missed some time with a sprained MCL, but didn't permit a single sack in 2011. He played effectively at center once Eric Wood went down.

    5. Chad Rinehart (RFA), G, Bills. Age: 27.
      Re-signed with Bills (1 year, $1.26 million)

      Chad Rinehart did a phenomenal job replacing Andy Levitre when the stud guard had to move around in the wake of injuries to Eric Wood and Demetrius Bell. Rinehart didn't allow a single sack.

    6. Scott Chandler, TE, Bills. Age: 27.
      Re-signed with Bills (2 years)

      Scott Chandler caught 38 balls for 389 yards in 2011. He's a pretty mediocre talent.

    7. Reggie Torbor, ILB, Bills. Age: 31.
    8. Drayton Florence, CB, Bills. Age: 31. -- Signed with Broncos (2 years, $4.5 million)
    9. Tashard Choice, RB, Bills. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Bills
    10. Derek Hagan, WR, Bills. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Bills
    11. Bryan Scott, S, Bills. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Bills
    12. Roscoe Parrish, WR, Bills. Age: 30. -- Signed with Chargers
    13. Reggie Corner, CB, Bills. Age: 28.
    14. Kirk Morrison, ILB, Bills. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Bills (2 years)
    15. Andra Davis, ILB, Bills. Age: 33.
    16. Ruvell Martin, WR, Bills. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Bills
    17. Jon Corto, S, Bills. Age: 27.
    18. Dave Rayner, K, Bills. Age: 29.


    2012 NFL Free Agent Rankings Coming Soon



    Divisional Rival History:
    Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are 6-2 against the pathetic Bills since 2008.
    New England Patriots: Poor Bills. The Patriots have beaten them in 22 of the last 23 meetings, including the previous 17.
    New York Jets: The Jets have defeated Buffalo in seven of the past eight battles.



    Features to be Posted This Offseason:
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    2. Detailed season preview
    3. Fantasy football projections
    4. Positional rankings
    5. Daily updates on free-agent signings


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    HOU / IND / JAX / TEN /
    DEN / KC / OAK / SD /




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