- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Buffalo Bills are continuing their makeover in the image of new head coach Doug Marrone.
First, the Bills cut defensive veterans like safety George Wilson,a linebacker Nick Barnett and cornerback Terrence McGee. Now, Buffalo turned its attention to its offense. The Bills will not tender restricted free agent David Nelson a contract this offseason, making Nelson an unrestricted free agent.
Nelson joins Donald Jones as two significant receivers Buffalo will not bring back. When completely healthy, Jones and Nelson were the No. 2 and No. 3 receivers in Buffalo, respectively. But both were fits in former head coach Chan Gailey's offense. It also didn’t help that both receivers have been injured.
Marrone is coming to Buffalo with a different offensive system, and after watching the film of last year, it's clear he wants different receivers to play with Steve Johnson. The Bills have struggled in recent seasons to find someone consistent enough to take the pressure of Johnson, who's had three straight 1,000-yard seasons.
Buffalo, which holds the No. 8 overall pick, has plenty of options in the draft to improve at wide receiver. The group is not top heavy, but there is value for the Bills in the first three rounds. Free agency also is an option.
In other Bills news, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith confirmed on the NFL Network that he’s met with Buffalo at the combine. The Bills have been scouting Smith during the college football season and could be a target if they take a first-round quarterback.