Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Bills overvalued Walker twice
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- When the Buffalo Bills traded two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in April, they were confident they could move Langston Walker from the right side without much trouble.
Boy, were they wrong.
The Bills have admitted they were wrong about quite a few things lately. On Wednesday, head coach Dick Jauron was asked if they overestimated Walker's ability to play left tackle.
"Probably," Jauron replied. "We clearly felt we could move him in, and he'd do the job. He just wasn't playing up to our expectations. So we felt like it was time to make that move."
Jauron's answer was newsworthy in the Bills' media room. Reporters who regularly cover the team were stunned by his blunt candor in admitting a such a miscalculation.
The Bills whacked Walker on Tuesday, two seasons after he signed a five-year contract reportedly worth $25 million. They will go into the season with Demetrius Bell at left tackle. Bell was a 2008 seventh-round draft pick who was inactive for the first 15 games of his rookie season and didn't make it onto the field in the finale.
Many analysts thought the Bills should draft a tackle with one of their two first-round draft choices.
They selected defensive end Aaron Maybin with their assigned pick at No. 11 and took center Eric Wood, who they switched to right guard, with the No. 28 pick they acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles in the Peters trade.