Tuesday, February 26, 2008

NFL Free Agency: Defensive Ends

by Steve

Day 11 of 14 Days till Free Agency finds WNY Watercooler breaking down available defensive ends eligible to sign Friday February 29th. With the Bills giving very lucrative contracts to both Chris Kelsay and Aaron Schobel, to the tune of $75 million, it is nearly impossible to picture the Bills going after an upper tier DE in either the draft or FA despite a clamoring by some fans.

Between to two d-ends, the whitest d-ends ever, they had 9 sacks total last year. Yes, nine! Ok, ok Schobel had 5 forced fumbles and was on the pro bowl team for the AFC, but who gives a shit. They run 10 yards pass any quarterback, they are a liability against the run, and quite frankly I believe they are over paid over rated and if it wasn't for their cap implications would be on the potential cut list. Here is the list of FA DEs: (via walterfootball.com)

Chris Canty RFA, Greg White, Justin Smith, Antwan Odom, Bobby McCray, Chris Clemons, Marques Douglas, Mike Wright, Jevon Kearse, Travis, Laboy, Darrion Scott, Chris Page, Chauncey Davis (RFA), Josh Thomas.

I've thought of Javon Kearse, who was paid about $30 mil for 22 sacks while with the Eagles. True he has been completely obliterated by injuries throughout his tenure there, is he healthy, was he a 2+ year wonder? Who knows, if he took a small contract I'd bring him in to rotate on the left side. I mean christ, we already know Fewell loves the rotation and with the loss of druggy/cop beater Anthony Hargove for the season, the Bills need someone for depth.

Maybe take a gander at a RFA like Chauncey Davis who is still young and has potential? True he has only 4 career sacks but does anyone really want to see more of Jason Jefferson or Copeland Bryan? Maybe look early on day two for the answer to this depth problem. And bye the bye, where is CJ Ah You? I just really hope Al Wallace is not the answer to this question and for that matter Ryan Dennelsay either.

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