The Buffalo Bills are in full on offseason mode. Last week they cut some dead weight (albeit not enough) and resigned a quarterback (has he even been assigned a number?). This team has needs throughout the roster and is no where near competing.
Doug Marrone said last week there will be an open competition at every position. With little to no depth and very little talent those competitions are going to be ugly. Ryan "$10.45 million" Fitzpatrick will allegedly be back to compete with Tarvaris Jackson and two or more rookies Bud Nix hopefully drafts.
Why is Fitzpatrick being brought back? True his $10 mil counts against the cap so cutting him will save a paltry $.45 mil (although a ton of actual cash) but he sucks and we all know it. The Tar-Var signing was cheap ($1.75 mil) and is still an unknown since he didn't even dress for a game last year. Thanks Chanwhick.
Cutting Nick Barnett and George Wilson were good moves. Neither is very good and weren't worth their cap figure. I could have survived with Barnett still on the roster but he did fail a physical so tough titties. My question is why haven't Kelsay and Brad Smith been axed yet? That is another $6-9 mil in savings.
The Bills allegedly have something like $20 mil in space although that doesn't count a potential Jarius Byrd $6.2 mil franchise tag (which has to happen) and $5 mil or so for drafted players. Free agency starts March 12th. I'd say the Bills will be sitting out any big signings but who thought last year would have happened?
I'm just hoping the Bills don't go all out to sign has-beens from the Jets like Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard just because of the Mike Pettine hire. In reality I would be more worried about not signing the likes of Kyle Moore and Andy Levitre. If Levitre in particular walks I blame the Bills brass for sitting on their hands and not signing him earlier. Then again some comments made by Levitre after the season leads me to believe he is looking forward to a pay day and why would anyone wanna stay in a losing organization like this.
Once cuts and things begin to clear up I'll be back to preview free agents more thoroughly.