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What happpened to Free Agency? Across the league no one is signing FAs....

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Today is March 30th, still 4 weeks until the NFL Draft, but the Free Agency market seems to have slowed to less than a crawl.

 

WR Brian Quick was signed by the Redskins back on March 24th. That was the last "named" Free Agent signed across the NFL.

 

Since March 24th these are the FAs signings: Harvey Binford, John Phillips, DuJuan Harris and Byron Bell. Who?

 

Does this mean we might start to see the Bills re-signing some of its own Free Agents as they find the market isn't that strong? Is Zach Brown still a possibility? Jonathan Meeks? Chris Gragg? Corbin Bryant? Leger Douzable?

 

Others:

 

Jairus Byrd, S

Bacarri Rambo, S

DeAndre Levy, OLB

King Dunlap, OT

Lardarius Webb, CB

Breno Giacomini, RT

Stevie Johnson, WR

Anquan Boldin, WR

Victor Cruz, WR

Michael Floyd, WR


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Most of those guys aren't really even starters. Byrd hasn't been healthy since he was a bill, Meeks Gragg and Bryant were never even half decent. Douzable, pretty meh. Rambo had one solid season Johnson, Boldin and Cruz are all old and beat up, and Floyd can't stay out of trouble.

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I think most teams will wait until after the draft to sign more fa's. 2 months between the start of fa and the draft is bound to create some down time.


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Chosen nailed it. There's no reason to throw money at guys like Cruz or Floyd (who's going to be suspended) who are going to want more than the vet minimum when you might fill that need with a superior player in the draft.

 

Guys like Byrd and Stevie have made their money. Even if they produce this year the likelihood of landing another pay day is almost nil as they're on the wrong side of 30. Some of these guus will catch on before or during camp depending on the draft and injuries.

 

It's getting harder for vets to get paid accordingly despite the expanding salary cap. Franchise QB, CB's and OL and DL are getting huge pay days becauase it's a passing league and you have to win iln the trenches to be effective in executing or stopping the pass.

 

And on that list Webb, Stevie, Levy and Byrd have all had either nagging or serious lower body injuries in recent years.

 

Smart teams aren't going to shell out $$$ for guys who are more likely to end up on IR than give you 14+ games a year.


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Why would anyone want to pay for a name? That's essentially what it's about. Why pay a vet who is 30+ a ton of money, when you can get similar production out of a draft pick?

 

Byrd has no range. Why not draft a guy with range for one tenth the price who you can develop.


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Why would anyone want to pay for a name? That's essentially what it's about. Why pay a vet who is 30+ a ton of money, when you can get similar production out of a draft pick?

 

Byrd has no range. Why not draft a guy with range for one tenth the price who you can develop.

 

Draft is the best way to go. Provided you have a) have the picks, and b) pick the right guys.

 

I don't think the Bills should chase anyone that is left in free agency.

Sure, we need to add about 25 guys plus 6 draft picks so keep going through the recycle bin and have an eye out for the best off the Free Agent list. But there is no rush. Maybe Whaley can find an under the radar LBer that can perform well for McDermott.


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im sure some of this is bc free agents signed after a particular date (idk) dont count toward the bonus supplimental draft picks they may get for losing other free agents. so once that date passes we will see another flurry of signings


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im sure some of this is bc free agents signed after a particular date (idk) dont count toward the bonus supplimental draft picks they may get for losing other free agents. so once that date passes we will see another flurry of signings

 

Free Agency doesn't end until early July. Not sure of the exact date, but anyone we sign between now and then that is a "free agent" from another team counts against us.


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There will probably be a mini-rush right before the draft as some of the younger free agents hit the panic button and try to get on a roster before all the rosters fill up with draft picks.

 

The veterans who have made some money already will sit and wait and probably not sign until camp starts. They will fill roles on contending teams. A guy like Cruz couldn't come in here and be our #2 at this stage in his career but he could go to a team like Houston or Oakland or Seattle and probably play some sort of productive role for a playoff team. Happens every year.

 

Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles are still out there too. They will find homes and I just hope they are outside of the New England area.

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No one wants to pay for old players when they can draft young guys and pay them less.


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No one wants to pay for old players when they can draft young guys and pay them less.

 

I think the Bills will load up on UDFAs this year.

I could see them bringing in 15-20 UDFAs for camp and maybe 3 guys making it into preseason.


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