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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Kenny Britt

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Coming off a redeeming season with the Rams, Kenny Britt is an intriguing free-agent option this offseason. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

Coming off a redeeming season with the Rams, Kenny Britt is an intriguing free-agent option this offseason. (Photo: Brad Mills — 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.

The Buffalo Bills enter the 2015 season in need of improving their offensive attack, both on the ground and through the air. Since offensive coordinator Greg Roman has already been brought in to re-establish the running game, procuring help for the yet-to-be-named starting quarterback seems like the next logical move.

Kenny Britt, a pending free agent of the St. Louis Rams, is one receiver that may be on the Bills’ radar in the coming weeks.

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Searcy, Spikes and Spiller to Leave Buffalo? Doug Whaley Discusses Bills Free Agents at Combine

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Set to be an unrestricted free agent, Da'Norris Searcy is a potentially significant loss for the Bills this offseason. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Set to be an unrestricted free agent, Da’Norris Searcy is a potentially significant loss for the Bills this offseason. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

While all eyes are on the 2015 NFL draft class this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, free agency is just around the corner, as the NFL league year opens up on March 10. As a result, Buffalo Bills free agents were the hot topic of discussion when Bills general manager Doug Whaley spoke with media members in Indianapolis.

I’m not in Indianapolis but as always, significant notes from Whaley’s time with the press spread quickly across the airwaves of Twitter. As such, we can react to some of the news that Whaley revealed today on a number of impending Buffalo Bills free agents, including strong safety Da’Norris Searcy, middle linebacker Brandon Spikes and running back C.J. Spiller.

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Report: Free-Agent QB Josh McCown Discussing Deal with Buffalo Bills

Monday, February 16th, 2015
Josh McCown could be the next quarterback on the Buffalo Bills' roster. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

Josh McCown could be the next quarterback on the Buffalo Bills’ roster. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It’s uncertain who the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback will be in 2015, but the franchise might be set to add a signal-caller to the roster before free agency even begins. Josh McCown, a 12-year NFL veteran released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, is currently in Buffalo and in talks to potentially sign a deal with the team Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Mike Rodak.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Michael Crabtree

Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Michael Crabtree would add size and physicality to the Buffalo Bills' receiving corps. (Photo: Kelley L. Cox — USA Today Sports)

Michael Crabtree would add size and physicality to the Buffalo Bills’ receiving corps. (Photo: Kelley L. Cox — 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.

The 2015 free agency class is stocked full with talent and out of all the positions, wide receiver may be the deepest. The Bills already have a duo of outside receivers in Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, but after the Mike Williams project was a complete failure, they could look to add another target to their aerial attack in the upcoming signing period.

Pending free agent Michael Crabtree from the San Francisco 49ers is a wide receiver that could be available at a price Buffalo would be willing to pay. Wide receiver is not one of the Bills’ biggest positions of need, but adding a player with Crabtree’s physicality and talent would make the Bills offense a more dangerous unit.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Julius Thomas

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
If the Buffalo Bills are willing to spend big on a free-agent tight end, they might be able to lure Julius Thomas away from the Denver Broncos. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills are willing to spend big on a free-agent tight end, they might be able to lure Julius Thomas away from the Denver Broncos. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — 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.

When the NFL free agency period begins in March, Julius Thomas of the Denver Broncos will be the most coveted tight end of the class. It’s no secret he’s in line for a substantial pay increase after racking up 24 receiving touchdowns over the last two seasons and becoming an integral part of the Denver offense.

The Broncos have until February 16 to use their franchise tag and if they do not use it on Thomas, there is a great chance he hits the open market and sets off a bidding war.

Since 2013, Julius Thomas has caught 72 percent of the passes thrown his way and has averaged one reception and thirteen receiving yards more per game than any tight end on the Bills roster. He has hauled in nearly one touchdown per game (0.92 per game, to be exact) in that same time frame. Those numbers might not jump out at you, but apply that increase in production to each Bills game and it could make a huge difference.

A part of Thomas’ success can be attributed to playing with Peyton Manning and a stockpile of weapons in Denver,  like outside receivers Demariyus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. It also has a lot to do with the tight end’s great ball skills and large frame, which has made the former Portland State University basketball star a top red zone target.

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