Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Sando gives Bills 'D' in free agency
By Mike Rodak
General manager Doug Whaley said this week that the Buffalo Bills are no longer "in the active market" in free agency.
With that, it's time to look back on the past two weeks, over which time the Bills have added several new players and allowed others to sign with other teams.
ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando has graded every team's performance in free agency, assigning letter grades. Sando gave the Bills a 'D.'
Only the Dallas Cowboys (who also received a 'D') and the Oakland Raiders (who received an 'F') graded out as poorly as the Bills in Sando's piece.
Here is some of what Sando, with help from ESPN NFL Insider Louis Riddick, had to say about Buffalo:
The Bills lost their best young player (Jairus Byrd) and paid a relative premium for players such as Chris Williams, who has not been a consistent performer. They also continue to operate without a viable veteran quarterback behind EJ Manuel while other teams scrambled to sign the few available candidates.
It mostly falls in line with what we've said over the past two weeks.
The Bills are gambling by not addressing their quarterback depth chart this spring. They deserve credit for not overpaying for Byrd, but their plan to shore up their back end isn't clear. Tuesday's news that Corey Graham could contribute at safety is one factor that might change that.