Two becomes a common theme here in free agency. It’s been two days since the beginning of the Free Agency frenzy in the NFL. And when analyzing the teams in the AFC East it’s a long yawnnnn. It’s 2 teams up, 2 down. Honestly, what are the Bills doing right now? They have yet to address any of their many, many gaping holes on their roster, sorry, Manny Lawson. The Bills are still incredibly weak at QB, WR, TE, OG, LB, DB and S. They have plenty of money to spend, but it seems like they have more limited options as the days go by. NFL Network even discussed the possibility of Tim Tebow going to Buffalo. I hope we’re not that desperate…..yet.
At the beginning of day 3 in free agency, here is the state of the AFC East:
Buffalo Bills: Ah, the Bills, with a whole new coaching staff and approach from top to bottom…and nothing has changed. So far in free agency it seems the Bills main priority and perhaps, only priority was to re-sign Leodis McKelvin? A former first round disappointment who can now count on an expanded role with the defense and $7.5 million guaranteed…for what? The Bills biggest name set to become a free agent was S Jairus Byrd. The team and Byrd’s agent failed to come to an agreement, so the Bills tagged him as their franchise player. The next big fish was OG Andy Levitre. It appeared that the Bills and Levitre never even came close to a deal. Levitre eventually took $46 million to play in Tennessee. The Titans can now claim to have Buffalo’s two best free agents in Levitre and S George Wilson. That is a lot of money to paid a guard, but losing Levitre in no way makes their O Line better or equal to what is was last year. And apparently they didn’t have a backup plan for losing him, as his own backup Chad Rinehart bolted for San Diego yesterday. The Bills brass has simply created another hole at guard to add to their many other holes on a roster that has the looks of a 4-12 team today. As for rumors, we’re not even hearing the Bills names out there. Take a run at Greg Jennings maybe? How about even Bart Scott or Charles Woodson? I wouldn’t even be against Brian Urlacher in the middle of the defense for a year to provide some leadership for the youngsters. Dustin Keller? Come on, anyone Bills, let’s not resort to Tebow.
New York Jets: Even Bills fans can laugh at the Jets offseason so far. They lost their starting running back Shonn Greene to the money hungry Titans as well. Their top safeties Yeremiah Bell jumped ship to Arizona and LaRon Landry, who could have been a good fit in Buffalo went to Indianapolis. TE Dustin Keller is highly unlikely to return. Bart Scott and Calvin Pace are all but gone as well. How do the Jets respond? By signing QB David Garrard to compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting position. Damn these must be sad times for Jets fans. Garrard has been out of football since 2010. I believe Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better option than both Garrard and Sanchez. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention the best player on their team, DB Darrelle Revis is all but on his way to Tampa Bay. Time to rebuild for Gang Green. Rex Ryan’s days have to be numbered.
New England Patriots: I’ll be one of the few people to not be hard on the Patriots so far in free agency well, because they’re the Patriots. We’ve seen them have bad offseasons, lose Richard Seymour, Asante Samuel before and still come back strong. They still have Brady and Belichick and that’s usually all that matters. They took a big hit yesterday when WR Wes Welker left for Denver, or did they? They quickly replaced him with similar, but younger WR Danny Amendola from St. Louis. Amendola got a long term deal and will most likely assume Welker’s role as the focal point of the slot passing game. Welker should have another great year with Peyton Manning and the Broncos, but I think we all can agree that his best days are behind him. His drops in crucial moments were also alarming as his time wore down in NE. The Pats could also lose receivers Julian Edelman and Deion Branch to free agency. But, they still have Amendola, Brandon Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez and the best TE in the game, Rob Gronkowski. An already weak pass defense took a hit as DB Patrick Chung left, but look for the team to try hard to re-sign Aqib Talib. All is still calm in Patriot nation, at least for now.
Miami Dolphins: The south beach natives are the two day free agent winners so far in the AFC East. They signed two prized free agents in WR Mike Wallace and LB Danell Ellerbe. They locked up WR Brian Hartline and backup QB Matt Moore as well. It will be fun to watch Ryan Tannehill progress this season. Will he become Aaron Rodgers? Not likely, but he should be a solid QB for many years to come especially now with Wallace at his disposal. The team did lose some significant players though. RB Reggie Bush left for Detroit and Anthony Fasano signed in Kansas City. They had Rams receiver Brandon Gibson in for a visit yesterday. That would give Tannehill yet another weapon to help develop his deep ball.
Miami is rising, but New England remains on the top until further notice. As for the Bills and Jets… here’s to hoping the next two days are better than the previous two.