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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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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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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Jermaine Gresham

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Jermaine Gresham is a potential tight end upgrade the Buffalo Bills could pursue in free agency this offseason. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Jermaine Gresham is a potential tight end upgrade the Buffalo Bills could pursue in free agency this offseason. (Photo: Andrew Weber — 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 have a number of positional needs on their roster and with no first-round pick in this May’s NFL draft, they should be very active when the free agency period begins on March 10. Having already signed controversial veteran guard Richie Incognito to bolster their offensive line, it seems there is no move this front office won’t make to improve its team.

The tight end position in Buffalo has lacked an athletic playmaker at the spot for some time now. This year’s deep crop of free agent talent at the position is interesting. Current Cincinnati Bengals pass-catcher Jermaine Gresham looks to be headed for the open market and would seemingly be in Buffalo’s wheelhouse to make an offer.

An injury replacement in the 2011 and 2012 Pro Bowls, Gresham is a talented tight end who is a good blocker and is familiar with cold weather, having played the first five years of his NFL career in Ohio. He has accumulated at least 50 receptions in four of his five NFL seasons and has good speed for the position.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Jordan Cameron

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
Expected to leave the Cleveland Browns this offseason, tight end Jordan Cameron could be a top free-agent target for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

Expected to leave the Cleveland Browns this offseason, tight end Jordan Cameron could be a top free-agent target for the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The upcoming NFL free agency period will be the Buffalo Bills’ first under new ownership. As of now, Buffalo will begin the March 10th signing period with a war chest of around $27 million, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.

There are a few Bills who could be in line for new contracts this offseason, including unrestricted Jerry Hughes and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who would otherwise play on a fifth-year option on his rookie contract. But looking beyond current players on Buffalo’s roster, some have regarded this 2015 free agency class as “the best ever.” The Bills have some voids to fill and knowing general manager Doug Whaley, he’s already busy scheming on how to improve the roster for 2015.

One position Buffalo should upgrade at is tight end. Current starter Scott Chandler stands tall at 6’7″, but has just average speed, which allows opposing teams to cover him with just one defender. Enter Cleveland Browns unrestricted free agent tight end Jordan Cameron, who broke out during the 2013 season and has already expressed his desire to leave Cleveland, according to a report by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports (h/t Jason Marcum of cincyjungle.com).

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