Buffalo Bills Free Agent Outlook


The NFL’s free agent beginning is slowing coming to, beginning on March 10th with an open negotiation period to begin on March 7th.  The Buffalo Bills have 10 total unrestricted free agents that could be set to hit the free agent market come March 10th.  We have been taking an active interest in 4 for the free agents; Jerry Hughes, Brandon Spikes, C.J. Spiller, and Da’Norris Searcy.

Out of those 4, Jerry Hughes is the only one that the Buffalo Bills are actively working with to come to terms for a long term agreement.  Who are the other 6 and where do they and the Bills stand as far as contract negotiations?

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Jarius Wynn, DE –  Jarius Wynn played DE for the Buffalo Bills, was able to start in one game last year for them Bills.  He is a free agent this year and will be looking for a new contract under the Rex Ryan regime.  The Buffalo Bills have expressed interest in coming to terms with Wynn, but nothing has materialized yet.  Wynn will be in line for a starting position as a defensive end in the Bills 3-4 defense that they will be turning too this coming year.

Erik Pears, G/T – Erik played right guard for the Bills last year after moving from right tackle, where he had some difficulties.  At this point in the game, the Buffalo Bills have not made any attempt to contact the journeyman tackle to bring him back, a smart move.  Pears has been a stop gap for the Bills for too many years and should not have been on the team last year.  With the signing of Ritchie Incognito, Pears’ fall-back need was no longer there.  Free agency here he comes.

Larry Dean, LB – Larry Dean has been a special teams guy for this past year coming over to the Bills in September.  There have been some initial talks between the two sides, but nothing past that.  The Buffalo Bills are deep at linebacker so playing time past special teams might be difficult.  If the Buffalo Bills do sign him, it would be strictly for depth and special teams play.

Marcus Easley, WR – Marcus Easley is that special teams player that is starting to get Steve Tasker recognition.  In on almost every tackle, or at least near the ball.  Buffalo is interested in re-signing him but no talks have begun between the two sides at this point.   Easley is able to play wide receiver as well as brings a little height to the position.  He is primarily a special teams player though and the Buffalo Bills should bring him back for that reason along.

Lee Smith, TE – Lee Smith is that proto-typical blocking tight end with limited upside on the receiving end, the end that the Buffalo Bills are in need of.  With options out of the free agent market and the draft, Lee Smith will be a thing of the past for the Buffalo Bills.  There has not been any word out of One Bills Drive as to whether or not that the Bills will look to bring back Lee Smith, but I think that the relationship should be exited as there are better options that will be out there.

Stevenson Sylvester, LB – Stevenson Sylvester came to the Bills last year, as a free agent after being part of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization as a special teams guy.  Sylvester ended up tearing his patella tendon and missed the entire season.  Whether he is ready or not, is another question and again as stated above, the Buffalo Bills do have depth at linebacker.  There has not been any acknowledgement that talks have started between these two sides either.

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