AFC East: Teddy Lehman
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills have a healthy number of free agents in every category, but not many regular starters among them.
The Bills are about $27 million to $30 million under the salary cap.
Unrestricted (free to negotiate with any team beginning Feb. 27)
- T Kirk Chambers
- LB Angelo Crowell
- C Melvin Fowler
- CB Jabari Greer
- LB Teddy Lehman
- QB J.P. Losman
- FB Corey McIntyre
- C Duke Preston
- G Jason Whittle
Restricted (Bills have right to match offer from other team)
After 11 games, the Bills are about as pedestrian as you can get. They rank 19th in scoring defense, 16th in total defense, 20th in run defense and 16th in pass defense.
"I am disappointed with where we are at this point," Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Wednesday. "I didn't think we were an elite defense. I thought we were good enough to be in the top 15 or top 10 defenses.
"When you allow explosive plays, that screws up every number that you could think of. And then we had trouble, maybe two weeks we didn't do very well on third down, maybe three weeks. It's an accumulation of things like our continuity isn't as good as it was early, and so now we just have to get our continuity back and try and get our mojo back."
A few injuries have exposed a stunning lack of depth.
While the New England Patriots suffer a series of monumental, year-ending injuries and keep winning, the Bills are staggered by some nagging problems.
Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Schobel has been the biggest loss, a bum foot keeping him out six straight games. Whitner has missed time with a separated shoulder. Cornerbacks Terrence McGee and Jabari Greer have battled sprained knees.
"As we always say, everybody's got their injuries," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "You just have to find a way to play through them, over them, and find a way to get a victory somehow."
But what of their reserve linebackers? They made a controversial decision to put last year's leading tackler, Angelo Crowell, on injured reserve, seemingly to punish him for opting to have relatively minor knee surgery right before the season.
The backups behind Posluszny, Kawika Mitchell and Keith Ellison (he didn't practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury) have been a crew comprised of Blake Costanzo, Teddy Lehman, Jon Corto, Marcus Buggs and John DiGiorgio -- names that could be mistaken for the Tonawanda City Council.
Bryan Scott, the 6-foot-1, 219-pound safety, has been working out with the linebackers.
- Sports Illustrated writer Don Banks thinks Sunday will determine whether the Bills are contenders or pretenders.
- BuffaloBills.com reporter Chris Brown writes about the loss of cornerback Ashton Youboty and the signing of linebacker Teddy Lehman.
- Allen Wilson of the Buffalo News takes a look at the Bills' rookie cornerbacks, who will be needed down the homestretch.
- Andy Kent of MiamiDolphins.com crafts an insightful story on the making of a route-runner.
- Kevin Hench of FoxSports.com writes about linebacker Joey Porter's "downright goofy war of words" with Jaguars receiver Matt Jones.
- South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Harvey Fialkov writes about the Dolphins making moves at guard.
- Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero hands out his midseason grades.
New England Patriots
- Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe takes a look at how new quarterbacks have impacted the AFC East race.
- Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges checks in with Larry Izzo, who is wary of Buffalo's special teams.
- Providence Journal reporter Shalise Manza Young looks back on the first half of a newsworthy season.
New York Jets
- Alan Faneca had his first seizure when he was a high school freshman. Now he's committed to helping others deal with epilepsy, writes Greg Bishop of the New York Times.
- Newark Star-Ledger reporter M.A. Mehta writes the Jets, with a game against the Patriots five days later, aren't looking past the Rams. Or so they claim.