AFC East: Freddy Keiaho
If you were to have asked me two weeks ago to rank the most unlikely Buffalo Bills signings this offseason, these players would have comprised my top five:
Two sources close to Crowell informed me in January there was no way he would return to the Bills after they placed him on injured reserve right before last season started.
The Bills made the controversial move because Crowell waited so long to decide he was going to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery that would have sidelined him a projected four to six weeks. But the Bills erased their leading tackler for the duration.
The Bills claimed they needed the roster spot. Logic implied vindictiveness.
But the Bills probably hurt themselves in the process. If they bring Crowell back after interviewing Jamie Winborn, Cato June and Freddy Keiaho, it will only underscore how much the Bills could have used him last year.
Based on the players they've hosted so far, a third running back and a linebacker are the Buffalo Bills' top unresolved needs in free agency.
Another running back the Bills brought to Orchard Park signed with somebody else Friday. Kevin Jones decided to remain with the Chicago Bears. The Bills previously hosted Fred Taylor, who chose the New England Patriots. DeShaun Foster has visited but remains unsigned.
Many see the Bills poking around at available running backs and wonder what this means for Marshawn Lynch, who could be facing a suspension. The NFL will take last summer's hit-and-run incident into account when deciding the proper punishment for Lynch's conviction for carrying a concealed weapon.
The Bills, however, are not thinking about unloading Lynch. The sentiment at One Bills Drive is he has made two mistakes, neither of which was worth waivers. Rest assured, Lynch is on a short leash, but the Bills haven't reached their breaking point.
Then why do the Bills need a third running back if they're keeping Lynch and have Fred Jackson?
The biggest reason is Lynch's likely suspension. The Bills will need someone to help Jackson carry the load, and they're not sold on Xavier Omon, who probably deserved to be cut last year but made the team as a rookie because Dwayne Wright couldn't hold onto the ball.
Whatever punishment NFL commissioner Roger Goodell dishes out will be served at the beginning of the season, and the Bills can't afford to get off to a slow start.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
New York Jets
- New York Daily News scribes Rich Cimini and Ralph Vacchiano report neither the Jets nor the Giants want anything to do with Terrell Owens.
- Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press reports the Jets will make 60 employees take two-week furloughs in June and July.
- Miami Herald reporter Jeff Darlington quotes two unnamed team sources who insist T.O. won't be a Dolphin.
- Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel takes a look at the Dolphins' backup quarterback situation.
- The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian looks at the Patriots' roster moves from Thursday.