The Offseason Week in Review

So, Fred Davis swung by this week -- before signing with the Redskins. (Photo by YNN)
So, Fred Davis swung by this week — before signing with the Redskins. (Photo by YNN)

What’s going on Bills Mafia? Del has been kind enough to let me start a weekly series here on BillsMafia.com, where we will re-cap what happened the past week around the league, and hopefully talk about some rumors floating around with the Bills, (seeing how the whole ‘Fred Davis Target’ thing didn’t work out, *Sad Face*). If some of you are unaware what I am referring to, Fred Davis was being targeted by the Bills to replace Scott Chandler while he is out for with his torn ACL. Davis had dinner with Bills reps in Washington, then came in and looked at the Bills facilities at OBD. We made him an offer, he went back to Washington a day later, and signed a one-year deal with the Redskins. That is the most recent offseason news we have here in Buffalo, so let’s recap where we are at so far.

March 13th, the Bills inked Linebacker Manny Lawson to a 4-year deal worth 12
million bucks, with 4.6 million of that being guaranteed dollars. Lawson is a big boy, coming in
at 6 foot 5 inches, and 240 pounds. He spent the previous two years in Cincinnati after coming
over from San Francisco. Lawson will fit in well, he can play both the outside linebacker
position, as well as defensive end. A versatile player such as Lawson will be a major asset in
new DC Mike Pettine’s system. Lawson started 10 games last year, played in all 16, and
recorded 47 tackles and 2 sacks. Most of you are already aware of all these statistics, as I am
sure that a lot of you went and Google’d Manny as soon as we got wind of his singing.

The Bills are staying fairly quiet in Free Agency so far, although their UFA’s are not. An
anchor on the offensive line last year, Andy Levitre signed with the Tennessee Titans, as well as
Former Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Strong Safety George Wilson. The Bills also let go of
Guard Chad Rinehart, who signed in San Diego. Many fans thought that Rinehart would re-sign
here and be the heir to Andy Levitre on the line, instead he signed a 1 year deal to play for the
Chargers. The Bills have let go of two Wide Receivers as we chose not to give tenders to both
slot receiver David Nelson, and the man who played opposite Stevie, Donald Jones. So with all
of that, our offensive line is not left with much other than Eric Wood, Cordy Glenn and Kraig
Urbik. Our receivers are Stevie Johnson, and….uhm… TJ Graham, and Brad Smith? Uh oh..

A new report has just come out however, from NBC Sports, that the Buffalo Bills are
interested in…drum roll please….Kevin Kolb! Oh boy.. It is clear that the Bills QB situation is
pretty dire, but Kevin Kolb wouldn’t do anything other than add to the salary cap. If the Bills are
truly looking at Kolb as an option to start, I would much rather have us trade and get Fitz back.
Kolb is injury prone, and hasn’t lived up to any potential since the trade to Arizona. The Bills
just need to hang tight till the draft. If a trade comes along where we can get Matt Flynn for a
third or fourth rounder in NEXT year’s draft, then I would take that, still draft a QB this year,
and cut Tavaris Jackson, seeing how none of his 1.75 million dollar deal is guaranteed.

Hopefully over this next week we will learn some more on what the Bills plans are
moving forward, but until then, I’m signing off, See ya next week!