Posts Tagged ‘Free Agents’

Former Bills Offensive Tackle Chris Hairston Signing with Chargers

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Former Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston is headed to the San Diego Chargers for 2015. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

Former Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston is headed to the San Diego Chargers for 2015. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

More than a month after the start of free agency, former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston announced Wednesday, via his Twitter account, that he will be signing with the San Diego Chargers. (Update: The Chargers officially announced the signing of Hairston on Wednesday night.)

Selected by the Bills in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft, Hairston appeared in 41 games for Buffalo over the course of four seasons. He started seven games as a rookie and eight games in 2012, but spent the entire 2013 season on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list, then played just 38 snaps this past season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agency Tracker

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Acquired at midseason by the Jets last season, Percy Harvin is reuniting with Rex Ryan in Buffalo. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

Acquired at midseason by the Jets last season, Percy Harvin is reuniting with Rex Ryan in Buffalo. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The free-agency frenzy has officially begun with the opening of the 2015-16 NFL league year. As the Buffalo Bills fill out their 2015 free-agent class, we’ll update their signings here, along with updates of which Bills from last year’s team find new homes.

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Five Free Agents the Buffalo Bills Could Sign

Saturday, March 7th, 2015
A Pro Bowler following the 2013 season, Jordan Cameron would give the Bills an upgraded weapon at tight end. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

A Pro Bowler following the 2013 season, Jordan Cameron would give the Bills an upgraded weapon at tight end. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

With the recent trades for running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Matt Cassel to Buffalo, the Bills added $15 million in cap hits for the 2015 season, according to Spotrac’s salary cap numbers. As a result, the Bills are down to “roughly $13 [million] in cap space,” according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak, which will force GM Doug Whaley to be creative in trying to make improvements through free agency without spending big money.

It has been reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that McCoy’s contract will be restructured, which should free up more cap space this year in exchanging for giving McCoy more guaranteed money in later years. But while this may give the Bills more flexibility, it still won’t be enough for them make many more major acquisitions. That said, the Bills might able to land the following five-pack of signings and re-signings if they are smart with how they negotiate their contracts.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Torrey Smith

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
If the Buffalo Bills look to add a wide receiver in free agency, Torrey Smith could be a target. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills look to add a wide receiver in free agency, Torrey Smith could be a target. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — 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.

With all of the talent in the 2015 NFL free agent class, the wide receiver position provides numerous options for a team looking to add depth and improve its offense. Pending Baltimore Ravens free agent Torrey Smith is one of those players.

Because the position is top-heavy, as the likes of Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Randall Cobb could all potentially hit the market (although Bryant and Thomas are both expected to receive franchise tags), receivers such as Smith, Kenny Britt and Michael Crabtree are flying under the radar.

Ever since his rookie campaign in 2011, Smith has produced for the Ravens. In his first four seasons, he has played in all 64 of their regular-season games and accumulated 30 receiving touchdowns.

Coming off his rookie contract having put up good statistics, Torrey Smith is in line for a pay raise this offseason. Regardless, the Buffalo Bills are in a position to spend and signing a productive player like Smith would add another speedy weapon to their offense.

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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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