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Buffalo Bills
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

  Inside Slant | Notes, Quotes | Strategy and Personnel | Player Wire

  BEST FIT: G Laken Tomlinson, Duke

The 6-foot-3, 313-pounder played four years at Duke, starting 51 of 52 games, and earning first-team All-ACC honors as a senior. Scouts have said he would be a good fit for a run-oriented scheme. He and A.J. Cann of South Carolina should be the first two guards taken, and both are projected as second-rounders.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Offensive line: The Bills signed Richie Incognito to play one guard spot, but they aren't enamored with holdovers Chris Williams or Kraig Urbik, so there's a need to plug the other spot. With a new coaching staff, there could be some switching of positions in store for some of the linemen, but adding a strong guard would be a wise way for the Bills to use their first pick in the second round.

Offensive line visits: 3, with two workouts

Jamon Brown, OT, Louisville (WO)

Chaz Green, OT, Florida (WO, PV)

John Miller, G, Louisville (PV)

2. Defensive line: The Bills' front line has been outstanding the last two years and it returns intact now that edge rusher Jerry Hughes has been re-signed. However, the depth is not great, particularly in a 3-4 scheme, plus, you can never have enough edge rushers. With Mario Williams creating a major drain on the salary cap, it's not crazy to think that he could be a cap casualty in a year or two, and the Bills could add in-the-now depth, and possibly his replacement, in this draft.

Defensive end, outside linebacker visits: 1.

Nate Orchard, DE/OLB, Utah (PV)

3. Safety: Losing Jairus Byrd after 2013 and Da'Norris Searcy after 2014 has put a strain on the back end. Unproven Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Bacarri Rambo will vie to replace Searcy at strong safety, so it wouldn't hurt to add someone to the mix who could also flip and play free safety if needed.

Defensive back, safety visits: 1

Byron Jones, CB/S, Connecticut (PV)

OTHER VISITS: 7, including 2 QBs

Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State (WO)

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor (WO)

Nelson Agholor, WR, USC (PV)

Chris Dunkley, WR/CB, South Florida (PV)

Darius Kilgo, DT, Maryland (PV)

Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State (PV, COM)

Carl Davis, DT/NT/DE in 3-4, Iowa (PV)

PERSONNEL TRACKER

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

LB Brandon Spikes simply doesn't fit into Rex Ryan's defense, and he was told by the team that it would be wise to seek a new team in free agency. Spikes is a stud against the run, but he can't stay on the field on passing downs because he's a liability in coverage. He played only 46 percent of the defensive snaps last season for that reason.

LB Stevenson Sylvester is a backup who played mostly on special teams. He is unlikely to draw much interest on the open market.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

WR Justin Brown: ERFA; terms unknown.

DT Corbin Bryant: ERFA; terms unknown.

WR Marcus Easley: UFA; $7M/4 yrs, $1.7M SB/$2.2M guaranteed.

K Jordan Gay: Potential ERFA; terms unknown.

WR Chris Hogan: ERFA; terms unknown.

DE Jerry Hughes: Potential UFA; $45M/5 yrs, $7M SB/$22.15M guaranteed.

DE Jarius Wynn: UFA; $2.2M/2 yrs, $250,000 SB.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

QB Matt Cassel (trade Vikings).

TE Charles Clay: Transition FA Dolphins; $38M/5 yrs, $10M SB/$24.5M guaranteed.

FB Jerome Felton: UFA Vikings; $9.2M/4 yrs, $2.6M SB/$4M guaranteed.

WR Percy Harvin: FA Jets; $24M/3 yrs (voids to $6M/1 yr); $3M SB.

G Richie Incognito: FA; $1M/1 yr, $100,000 SB.

WR Torrey Smith: UFA 49ers; $40M/5 yrs, $8M SB/$22M guaranteed.

QB Tyrod Taylor: UFA Ravens; $3.35M/3 yrs, $400,000 SB/$1.15M guaranteed.

PLAYERS LOST

TE Scott Chandler (released).

LB Larry Dean: UFA Buccaneers; $745,000/1 yr.

T Chris Hairston: Not tendered as RFA/Chargers; $685,000/1 yr, $25,000 SB.

QB Kyle Orton (retired).

G Erik Pears: UFA 49ers; $4.7M/2 yrs, $500 SB/$1M guaranteed.

LB Keith Rivers (released).

S Da'Norris Searcy: UFA Titans; $23.75M/4 yrs, $4.5M SB/$10.5M guaranteed.

TE Lee Smith: UFA Raiders; $9.1M/3 yrs, $1.6M SB/$3.1M guaranteed.

RB C.J. Spiller: UFA Saints; $18M/4 yrs, $5M SB/$9M guaranteed.


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