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Other Bills on the Way Out?

The Bills are already starting the process of looking to the future. When a team has this many holes, it’s probably wise to get a head start on trying to patch things up. With the trade of one of their three backs for a couple of draft picks, you have to wonder who is untouchable, if anyone is, between now and October 19th, the trade deadline.

While there may be some debate as to whether or not you trust the Buddy Nix/Chan Gailey hierarchy, those two are most likely the two most important men in the organization at this point. The reason I say likely is because you still wonder how active Ralph Wilson is in pulling some strings on this football team. I don’t know if it’s optimistic or pessimistic to wonder if Ralph had his hand in Chris Kelsay’s 4 year/$24 million extension. The Trent Edwards cut and Marshawn Lynch trade both make a lot of sense, and it appears that any rational and well-meaning football mind would have come to the conclusion that those were the right moves (though the timing could be debated). The Kelsay signing doesn’t seem to make any sense, and you wonder if Mr. Wilson just thinks Chris is a nice fellow.

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3: Running back Marshawn Lynch #23 and Lee Evans #83 of the Buffalo Bills celebrate after Lynch

Is Evans worth retaining, or should the Bills be looking to deal him as they did Lynch?

One of the more controversial names being floated around is Lee Evans. Evans is not earning his large salary, whether it is his fault or not, and may be one of the more valuable chips the Bills have. Shedding some salary, and maybe getting a draft pick that could turn into an offensive lineman or linebacker, might be a worthwhile venture for the Bills. Granted, this would leave them awfully thin at receiver, and they might end up drafting Aaron Maybin Jr., but you have to move forward with hopes the Bills can improve their drafting. The big problem with dealing Evans may be that you’d likely have a young QB next season without a big time receiving option. You just wonder if Evans can be a security blanket when he mostly stays on the sidelines running fly patterns. I think if you asked Trent Edwards, and he answered candidly, he may have rather had a productive tight end or another decent offensive lineman.

With no sources other than my own logic, some other names that may be floated around in trade talks are Marcus Stroud, Paul Pozluszny, Donte Whitner, and Kyle Williams. Those are the guys on the team that might still have some value outside the organization, while at the same time, might not be the best of fits in terms of what the Bills are trying to do schematically.

If there are any untouchable players on the roster, I’d have to guess that Jairus Byrd would be one, C.J. Spiller would be two, and…I’m pretty sure I could be talked into trading anyone else on the team. Feel free to comment and let us know who you think the Bills should trade or keep.

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Tags: C.J. Spiller Donte Whitner Jairus Byrd Lee Evans Marcus Stroud Marshawn Lynch Paul Pozluszny

  • Buffaloboy

    How about they trade Ralph “so tight i sqweak when I walk” Wilson. Wishful thinking I suppose, For the old man to sell the team, or open up his wallet, and for Godsake, pay some players to come to Buffalo!

  • Brennan Cooper

    I love that Ralph brought a team to Buffalo, and I love that he keeps the team here. However, I think Bills fans might like to see him sell it to someone who WILL keep the team here, and will maybe change the culture at One Bills Drive, which is long overdue.

  • bills023

    Lee Evans is statistically with guys like Roddy White, through out all of the bad Bills teams he was a part of he just quietly stayed positive and still produced. I personally feel bad for the guy and want him to have a great career that he is capable of having by leaving Buffalo. But on the other side of things Buffalo needs him, and we probably couldn’t get the value for him that hes worth. So dont give away talented guys(which are hard to find in Buffalo) and get less value than they are worth. With the Bills talking that they like Luck and Ponder, those QBs need recievers to throw too. Look at Stafford showing success when he is healthy because he can throw to guys like Calvin Johnson Jr. Yes Stevie Johnson and Fitz have emerged in this offense but imagine what we could do with a QB that has more talent than Fitz. Steve Johnson was being questioned as a number two reciever, so why make him number one? Buffalo needs Lee Evans!!(and so does Andrew Luck, hopefully)

  • Dan Pera

    As a former season ticket holder for the Bills and someone who saw success for this team I believe we need;and I’m not alone ,I know in this thought,great offensive linemen. The successful teams in the NFL ALWAYS have them and it’s certainly a necessary ingredient for that very success.