With some where around $34 million in "cash to spend" (including the extra $1.6 mil thanks to the Cowboys and Redskins) the Buffalo Bills could and should be major players at the start of today's free agency.
After breaking down the Bills needs and all the players available I now have a cohesive plan. And that plan starts with over paying for Mario Williams. The dude was the #1 overall pick five years ago and all the Bills have to do to get him is over pay by a few million bones?
He fills the number one most glaring need on the team and instantly brings credibility to a moribund defense. Not only does the defense get better, the whole team would get better because it would free the Bills up in the draft do to a myriad of things.
Again we don't have to worry about him "not wanting to come here" because a.) Buffalo is still one of only 32 teams in the league last I checked b.) only a certain number of teams actually have the cap space and c.) if Buddy Nix has to over pay, he has to over pay that's the cost of business.
Next after locking down the #2 rated free agent on the market I go after the top of the second tier and ink wide receiver Robert "Bob" Meachem. The Bills clearly need an established, productive, receiver opposite Stevie Johnson. A player that can spread the defense and get down field. Meachem is it. And he isn't one of the top 3 or 4 WRs out there. Heck he isn't the best available FA WR from his own team.
$13.5 million for Mr Mario and $7 mill for Meachem still leaves a bunch of space but the signing bonuses may eat up much of the actual "cash" to spend. So find a linebacker in the third or fourth tier, retain Demetrius Bell and either trade out of the 10th pick or take an offensive tackle if that is the only value on the board.
It is either this or sign Jason Campbell folks. So get on board, let's pray Buddy Nix in fact will be "aggressive on the first day" as he claimed and change the culture down at OBD.
At one point the Buffalo Bills were able to sign one of the top free agents on the market. His name was Takeo or somethin (oh shit wait that didn't work out all that great nevermind).
Where's my man at the airport lookin out for M-dub's agent (Ben Dogra). I assume a gray haired old white dude, so be on the look out.