Despite free agency being less than a week away, the Buffalo Bills have been busy making trades, upgrading their roster. On Tuesday evening, they shocked the NFL by trading away young, promising linebacker Kiko Alonso for one of the leagues best running backs in LeSean McCoy. The Bills weren’t done there either, as they traded for Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel on Wednesday morning.
Straight up player for player trades are extremely rare in the NFL, so it was very strange to see a trade of this caliber go down. The acquisition on McCoy is a huge upgrade for the Bills offense, as they were in need of a skilled back. The addition of veteran Matt Cassel isn’t much of an upgrade, but chances are, the Bills will look to add another veteran to the mix.
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With the Bills being active prior to free agency, who will they look to pursue on March 10th?
QB- Jake Locker
Even with the addition of Cassel, the Bills will be adding another veteran quarterback. Former first rounder Jake Locker is an ideal fit in new offensive coordinator Greg Romans offence and will be looked at by the Bills. Locker possesses all of the physical tools to be a successful NFL QB. The issue is that he is often injured. If Locker can stay healthy, there is no question that he can lead this Bills team into the playoffs.
WR- Harry Douglas
Although the Bills have Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, they are still in need of a veteran. When the Falcons recently released Harry Douglas, he came in mind as an instant fit with the Bills. Douglas possesses solid size, at 6’0 and 183 ponds. The most effective part about his game is his speed, so Douglas can be a deep threat, moving Woods to the slot, where he can be more effective, and haul in more passes. Douglas has six years under his belt in Atlanta, and at the age of 30, still has lots of good football left in him.
G- Mike Iupati
Even though Mike Iupati is one of the most sought after free agents on the market, don’t be surprised to see the Bills make a move on him. Buffalo is in dire need of a starting guard, and Iupati would solidify the Bills offensive line as one of the better ones in the NFL, not to mention really help open holes for the newly acquired McCoy. Iupati will be looking for quite a bit of money, so the Bills will likely have to cut a player on the current roster to make room.
LB- David Harris
Former Jets linebacker David Harris has been linked to Buffalo ever since Rex Ryan was named head coach. Now that the Bills have traded Alonso, it’s almost given that Harris will be brought in by the Bills. If Harris is signed, he will be playing alongside Nigel Bradham and rookie standout Preston Brown. The Bills front seven is very strong, and will be one of the AFCs best come 2015.
We are just a week away until the 2015 season officially kicks off! With free agency just around the corner, the next couple of weeks will be very intriguing for the Buffalo Bills. It was reported the Bills had about 27 million$ in cap space this season; however with the additions of McCoy and Castle, it will be roughly 13 million $. Don’t be surprised if the Bills cut a player or two, to maximize the amount of money they can spend in free agency.
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