Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: David Harris

March 5th, 2015
The scene is set for a David Harris-Rex Ryan reunion in Buffalo. (Photo: Ed Mulholland — USA Today Sports)

The scene is set for a David Harris-Rex Ryan reunion in Buffalo. (Photo: Ed Mulholland — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

UPDATE: Harris was re-signed by the New York Jets to a three-year, $21.5 million contract with $15 million guaranteed on Friday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and others. The Bills almost certainly would not have been able to match that price.

With the departure of inside linebacker Kiko Alonso in Tuesday’s mega-trade for running back LeSean McCoy, the Buffalo Bills could suddenly be in the market for another player at the position. As the Bills switch from last year’s 4-3 defense under Jim Schwartz to a 3-4 defense under new head coach Rex Ryan, impending free agent David Harris—who played for Ryan with the New York Jets—would fill that inside linebacker spot nicely.

Nicknamed “Hitman” for his big hits and hard-nosed play, Harris is a eight-year NFL who spent his last six seasons playing in Ryan’s defense. That makes him an obvious target for the Bills, and a very good one at that, with three straight 100-plus tackle campaigns.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Bills are expected “to put on a full-court press” to sign Harris.

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Buffalo Bills Retain Three Exclusive Rights Free Agents, Including Chris Hogan

March 5th, 2015
Chris Hogan will be back with the Bills in 2015 after a breakout 2014 season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Chris Hogan will be back with the Bills in 2015 after a breakout 2014 season. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ roster moves of Thursday weren’t nearly as splashy as the trades they made Tuesday and Wednesday, but they were roster moves nonetheless. The Bills tendered three exclusive rights free agents—wide receivers Chris Hogan and Justin Brown, plus defensive tackle Corbin Bryant—which will keep all three players in the fold for the 2015 season.

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Is Matt Cassel the Buffalo Bills’ Answer at Quarterback for 2015?

March 4th, 2015
The Buffalo Bills added a much-needed veteran quarterback Wednesday by trading for Matt Cassel. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills added a much-needed veteran quarterback Wednesday by trading for Matt Cassel. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

After months of speculation and debate over which veteran free-agent quarterback was the best option for the Buffalo Bills to bring in to compete for their starting job, the Bills went in another direction Wednesday by making a trade to acquire Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback Matt Cassel.

According to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez, the Bills traded the first of their two fifth-round picks—meaning the pick they acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for their 2014 fifth-round pick—and a 2016 seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for Cassel and the Vikings’ sixth-round pick. (Update: Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, whose reporting on the Bills is consistently accurate, reported that the Bills swapped sixth-round picks, rather than giving up a fifth-round pick, but clarified there might be conditions involved—it’s quite possible the Bills are giving up a sixth-round pick that could become a fifth-round pick if Cassel plays a specified number of games.)

Although the trade leaves the Bills with just three picks in the draft’s first five rounds, the compensation given up is largely inconsequential, considering they also received a Day 3 pick in return.

The question of greater concern is whether acquiring Cassel will provide the Bills the fix they need at the quarterback position to make a playoff run.

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Reports: Buffalo Bills Trading Kiko Alonso for LeSean McCoy in Blockbuster Deal with Philadelphia Eagles

March 3rd, 2015
LeSean McCoy is set to be the Buffalo Bills' new running back. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy is set to be the Buffalo Bills’ new running back. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The first blockbuster deal of the NFL offseason just went down, and the Buffalo Bills are involved. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bills have agreed to trade inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, a rookie sensation for the team in 2013, to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for running back LeSean McCoy, a two-time first-team All-Pro.

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No Franchise Tag from Buffalo Bills Makes Jerry Hughes a Free Agent

March 2nd, 2015
If the Buffalo Bills do not sign Jerry Hughes to a contract extension by March 10, he will become an unrestricted free agent. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills do not sign Jerry Hughes to a contract extension by March 10, he will become an unrestricted free agent. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

While five NFL teams used the franchise tag and one used the transition tag Monday, the Buffalo Bills decided to use neither, meaning that all of their impending free agents—including defensive end Jerry Hughes, safety Da’Norris Searcy and running back C.J. Spiller—will hit the open market on March 10 unless they are signed to contract extensions before then.

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