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?