Posts Tagged ‘Free Agents’

Scouting the Bills Veteran Additions: What Chris Williams Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Free-agent addition Chris Williams could be the Buffalo Bills’ starting left guard in 2014. (Photo: Kyle Terada — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Production at the left guard position was among the most inconsistent on the Buffalo Bills last season.

The team failed to adequately replace Andy Levitre, a four-year starter who left for the Tennessee Titans as an unrestricted free agent. The Bills initially entrusted the position to Colin Brown, who performed poorly and was released in Week 7 despite starting the first five games of the season. The performance of Doug Legursky, who replaced Brown as the starter in Week 6 after coming back from an injury, was only marginally better.

The Bills made improving at left guard—and the offensive line as a whole—a high priority this offseason by not only utilizing three draft picks on linemen, but also by signing veteran free agent Chris Williams.

Williams has started 54 games over the course of his seven-year career and was the only St. Louis Rams offensive lineman to start all 16 of the team’s games in 2013.

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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Brandon Spikes Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Brandon Spikes could be a much-needed presence in the middle of a run defense that has consistently struggled. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The Buffalo Bills have finished among the NFL’s bottom five in run defense in every season since 2009. As part of their effort to stop that trend, the Bills agreed to terms with former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who has been rated by Pro Football Focus (subscription required) as the NFL’s No. 1 inside linebacker in run defense in each of the past two seasons, on a one-year deal.

A large factor in the Bills’ inability to stop the run has been their inconsistent play from the linebacker position. Spikes, along with Keith Rivers and two draft picks, were added this offseason to provide consistent play at a position group that has been lacking stability in recent years.

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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Keith Rivers Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Keith Rivers hasn’t lived up to expectations in the NFL, but he gives the Bills a solid starter at strongside linebacker. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

As part of an overhaul to the Buffalo Bills’ linebacker depth chart that included two free agent signings and two draft picks, Keith Rivers signed a two-year, $4 million contract to help improve a position at which the Bills have had very little consistency in recent years.

While Rivers has not lived up to the billing of his selection as a top-10 draft pick, he is a useful player who can bring stability to the defense on a modest contract.

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Five Under-the-Radar Free Agent Targets for the Buffalo Bills

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Kenny Britt has the size the Bills need at wide receiver — and should come cheap. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA TODAY Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The NFL’s free agency period doesn’t begin until March 11, but it’s where the Buffalo Bills’ focus will quickly shift following the NFL Scouting Combine.

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2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

The Bills have over $35 million to spend during the NFL Free Agent signing period – check out the 2011 NFL Free-Agent Tracker to see who the Bills (and any other NFL team) is rumored to be bringing in.





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