Eric Ebron Not In The Bills Plans?


Oct 17, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs for a touchdown as Miami Hurricanes defensive back Antonio Crawford (21) defends in the first quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 17, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs for a touchdown as Miami Hurricanes defensive back Antonio Crawford (21) defends in the first quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Another day and yet another player being resigned by the Bills. The Bills confirmed today that they have signed Scott Chandler to a two year deal. Does this eliminate the chance of this team going after a top tier tight end in the draft to grow into the future with? Eric Ebron comes to mind as he’s been labeled as a possible top 15 even 10 pick in some mock drafts.

Playing his college ball at North Carolina he has shown everyone what he is capable of and many teams will be interested. His height paired along with his skill set will surly entice an organization to make a commitment on Ebron as he could very well be a major piece to someone’s offense.

When learning about this signing I wondered to myself why? We have neglected the tight end position for years and now we finally have a chance to upgrade and it looks like the Bills will pass. What is it that they see in Chandler? I get it that he had some decent production last season but would anyone outside of Buffalo even classify him as a top 10 or even 15 tight end in the league? My guess is no but for some reason the Bills think highly of him. I hope he does play well and proves me wrong but if he fades during the season I think many will look back to this day and ask what was this team thinking?

So as we wait and watch this team going forward I believe they need to simply acquire talent. I believe we have the guys that give it their all and are great team guys but when it’s all said and done talent is what wins games. What does everyone else think?

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  • chas territo

    John, What your doing is pure or unpure speculation. Signing Chandler has nothing to do with Ebron. It’s because Chandler has been good for us and his price is more than reasonable. Ebron, as you may recall, I have been singing his praises from the end of season and continue. My hope is the Bills and Ebron come together in the draft. Will it happen? Only OBD will answer that when they make their pick at #9. GO BILLS!!

  • Doug Wilson

    John…they have bigger needs than tight end. By signing Chandler, that creates one less need in the draft. I love Ebron too, who wouldn’t, but with so many other holes to fill, you need to use those draft picks for other positions where you don’t already have a player with Chandler’s capability. I, for one, was dismayed to hear we were probably going to lose Chandler, but was elated to hear they re-signed him. He’s certainly better than average and I would hate to see some other team pick him up and come back and haunt us. Remember too, Chandler hasn’t had a quality QB throwing to him since he’s been in Buffalo either and that includes EJ.

  • chas territo

    Doug, I have this to say, Chandler, yes deserved to be re-signed, no question. However he is not the end all be all at TE for our Bills. He is an above average TE who catches and run routes very well, nice, big target where ever on the field, but and I’m only stating my opinion, He is not fast enough to be the only starter type of TE on our roster. Imagine if you will, Ebron with his speed and quickness and route running ability and we, then have a very good 2way threat at TE. Now, I do know the need for o-linemen and we do not need to draft one at #9. WE have a bunch of guys on roster who can possibly fill in those needs. We only need 2 o-linemen and we can/will draft them but later in the draft is best as far as I can see. I think drafting a Guard or a Tackle in the 1st round only sets a team back because down the road when they become new contract ready we will end up over paying or releasing them because they demand more than is smart for OBD to agree to. I stated my case for drafting a TE, having read it, what do you think. Can you disagree or agree? GO BILLS!!

  • E Kowa

    Ebron or Evans would be great adds at 9 for the Bills. Chandler is a good player and deserved the opportunity to resign. The way you wrote the article makes me think that no one has ever heard of a team getting two talented receiving tight ends…granted a team with just that scenario just found out last season that one of their talented tight ends might really be a serial killer…

  • Doug Wilson

    Chas…yes I certainly see your point, having 2 tight ends (1 very good and probably 1 great)…certainly not unheard of and I’d love it. However, at what other position do we have that luxury? (At some positions, we don’t even have one “very good” player.)
    Maybe at running back, but there has been some unrest there too and Jackson is getting on in years. I know they picked up Dixon, but his career numbers have been average at best. However, our need isn’t just the o-line although they have, in fact, made a move there in free agency yesterday, which I thing was a good one.
    Other concerns are the outside linebacker position as well as wide-receiver, which I thought could be addressed in free agency. (The latter is where we need some size and speed.) They picked up Rivers who was touted as a can’t miss linebacker, when first drafted, but has never lived up and I put him in the same class as Dixon. Kiko needs help…someone who can step in immediately like he did. To use your phrase, imagine a big 3-down linebacker with speed to compliment Kiko in the 4-3 defense and envision the difference in stopping the run. In my opinion, linebacker is their biggest weakness and therefore their biggest need. I like that linebacker from UB, but he will undoubtedly be gone by #9.
    Unfortunately Chas, for you and John, it looks as though by re-signing Chandler would indicate they are not looking to draft a tight end in the 1st round. Don’t get me wrong, as I know how pumped you are about Ebron, as is John. Maybe their plan is to draft him at #9 and use him as a wide receiver and line Chandler up as the tight end. I wouldn’t be all that upset about that…what do you think?
    GO BILLS!!

  • chas territo

    Here’s my think on this. We signed Spikes so that ends the LB need and debate. With him and Graham, I think our defense is pretty much complete. Dixon is a damn good pick up for the simple reason those hard fought yards that even Freddy had trouble getting may be solved.?.? We do have some good WR’s who are in their 2nd year and I think they will come on better as most do in their sophomore season, TJ excluded. lol. What a waste of a roster spot he’s turned out to be. Signing Chandler, I think, does not change the need or choice for another TE who can be Ebron. Chandler only signed for 2 years, maybe THAT was for a reason. Maybe OBD WILL draft Ebron and Chandler will be mentoring him?? Did you think of that?

    Next to the games themselves is there a better time for a fan than right now? The Combine, FA visits, signings, speculations, debates and the mystery of our team and what they will actually do? So, once you read my post, please come back with your thoughts. You are a good reasonable fan who debates without rancor and I welcome you. GO BILLS!!

  • Doug Wilson

    Chas…now that they signed Spikes, I feel more comfortable about the linebacker situation, as he is a run stopper. However, he’s not a 3-down player like I wish, but right now our biggest weakness on defense is shutting down the opponents running game and he fits the bill. Dixon is a good 3rd down back and hopefully will turn out to be better than I thought. With that said, I’m more in favor of Ebron at #9. With his speed, he will help open it up for the wide receivers and that should help to settle that position.
    Remember, they haven’t drafted him yet and two things have to happen. He has to be available at #9 and the Bill’s management has to be headed in the direction of two TE’s. Chandler may be a good mentor…we’ll just have to see how it all works out.
    Yes, a great time of the year for the fans and we still have the draft to look forward to and before you know it, exhibition season will be upon us.
    Thanks for the compliment…I’m always reasonable, but not always agreeable.
    I see you’re from Tonawanda. I was born and raised in NT many years ago. Always a Bill’s & Sabre’s fan since their inceptions.
    GO BILLS!!

  • chas territo

    Ebron might actually last till we get our pick. I know nothing about us drafting him, it’s just my hope and fantasy more than the truth. I can dream, right? Spikes I like but only if he controls his temper on the field. Controlling one’s temper is not as easy as saying” control it”, I know having had anger issues for as long as 30+ years till I finally learned to control mine.I feel for him, but I never want my team to give up good sportsmanship for wins, ever. I think the 1 year sign was to allow the Bills an easy or early out if need arises. Sabers???? Enough said. lol.GO BILLS!!