Oh my goodness. This lockout’s probably going to end today. Let’s actually talk some football!
So free agency will probably begin sometime this week, and the Bills will probably have to spend some money in order to get up to the salary “floor” dictated by the new CBA. New contracts for guys like Paul Posluszny and Drayton Florence will eat up some of that money, but the Bills will probably look to upgrade the roster where possible. Buffalo’s not exactly a prime destination for free agents, so the really big-name free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha are probably off the table.
However, ESPN’s John Clayton seems to think Buffalo has a shot at one of his top 10 free agents - Green Bay DE Cullen Jenkins.
Jenkins is not quite a household name, but this would be a huge signing for the Bills. As Clayton writes:
Jenkins is one of the better 3-4 defensive ends in the game. However, because he’s 30, the Packers are expected to replace him with a younger option. Most people around the league believe he’s going to be the main target of the Redskins, who are expected to be the big spenders in free agency. Jenkins has a high motor and would speed the Redskins’ transition to the 3-4.
Now, the obvious downside there is that the Bills will be competing with the deep-pocketed Redskins and their megalomaniac of an owner, Dan Snyder. However, the Redskins don’t have a ton of salary cap space, and maybe the Bills could swoop in and grab him. Clayton thinks so too, calling the Bills a “dark horse” to land Jenkins.
Jenkins would certainly be an upgrade to the Bills’ line. He can get after the passer (seven sacks in just 11 games last season), but is more heralded for his ability to control running lanes in the 3-4. If at all possible, this is a guy the Bills should try to land.
Jenkins, Marcell Dareus, and Dwan Edwards as your top three DEs would be pretty decent, I must say.