Monday, March 12, 2012
Are the Bills ready to spend big?
By James Walker
Mario Williams? Vincent Jackson? Marques Colston?
The Buffalo Bills have the salary-cap room to pursue any big name they want when free agency opens Tuesday. The Buffalo News reported last week the Bills will have about $20.9 million in cap room and about $32.8 million in actual spending cash. Starting tight end Scott Chandler recently re-signed, so you can knock that number down at bit.
Buffalo general manager Buddy Nix expects the Bills to spend to the cap this year. If that's the case, Buffalo will be a major player in free agency. There aren't too many teams that can throw money around this week quite like Buffalo.
But will the Bills be able to land top free agents? Traditionally, Buffalo has struggled to sign top players from other teams. Most recently Buffalo put the full-court press on cornerback Stanford Routt, and he turned the Bills down to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. Was that a sign of things to come?
The Bills can certainly use players like Williams and Jackson. But so can a lot of teams. Buffalo's biggest challenge will be convincing top free agents what else it brings to the table other than money. If not, the Bills may have to overspend to get players' attention.
Buffalo enters free agency with a bevy of needs, which includes left tackle, cornerback, wide receiver and a pass-rusher. The money is certainly there to fill all these holes with good players. But the Bills may have some trouble spending it on elite free agents.