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Buffalo Bills Still Need Quarterback and Safety

I am entirely unimpressed with what the Buffalo Bills achieved in free agency.  The Brandon Spikes deal is a low risk/high reward scenario, but the team missed (or ignored) a few other areas.

The first area is safety.  The team has announced that they are going to fill the shoes of Jairus Byrd from within.  That means Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks or Da’Norris Searcy will be in the starting position come week one. I was a big advocate of using the franchise tag on Byrd, but the team opted to just let him walk. Now you have a huge hole in the back of your defense that didn’t need to be there and Tom Brady licking his chops.  Although I am not sure free agency was the answer to this problem, but to discount the draft for a solution is ridiculous.  I am left with only the thought of Doug Whaley playing some misdirection game among other GMs for a potential trade or to grab a safety come draft day.

The other area is quarterback.  The Buffalo Bills need a second starting quarterback. Michael Vick is still out there, but my money would be invested in Josh Freeman.  A definite upgrade from Thad Lewis, but Doug Marrone may be enamored with someone within the college ranks as he was last season.  If that is the case, please consider AJ McCarron.

McCarron is a winner and knows the pro system. The kid is not only a more than capable backup, but in a short time could challenge for the starting spot. You will not have to use a first round pick on him and if you can pull off another draft day trade like last year, the possibility exists to pick him up in the second round, grab an elite safety in the back half of round one and still maintain the selection at 41.

I like two safeties in this scenario; Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (and not just for his name) from Alabama and Calvin Pryor of Louisville.  Either could step in and take up the position on opening day.

What do you think Buffalo?  Will the Bills have the opportunity to pull a draft day zinger like they did last season? If they do, will they go this direction?

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  • Delegator

    Spending $9 million per year on Byrd would be madness — safety simply is not a position where a team should spend that kind of money. Pair that with Byrd’s history of not participating in team activities when franchised last year, and applying the franchise tag would have been a huge risk.

    As for the draft, I have no problem with picking up a safety. In fact, I expect it — just not in the first 2 rounds. I hope and expect for an OT and a WR before adding a safety, but I could see a 3rd or 4th round pick used for the defensive backfield.

    As for QB…I think Manuel needs at least one more season before we make any judgments. I saw enough to be optimistic, and I don’t think that having a rookie (e.g. drafting McCarron) ride the pine without an experienced mentor is the way to build true competition.

  • Thomas Eric

    Aj would be good for us I have a feeling he could be the next big things he’s getting dissed just like Brady did don’t get me wrong I’m not comparing the two skill wise just draft wise