Free agency in the National Football League opens on Tuesday on time this year. As for the Buffalo Bills they enter Tuesday in pretty good shape.
The Bills got their biggest names resigned in wide receiver Stevie Johnson, tight end Scott Chandler and kicker Ryan Lindell. The only two names that remain that the Bills should consider resigning are offensive tackle Demetrius Bell and cornerback Reggie Corner.
Corner isn’t a starter, but a quality depth player and with Terrence McGee still on the roster they will need someone like him.
As for Bell, he is debatable as offensive tackle Chris Harriston filled in fine for him last season. However, there is also Jared Gaither is available and proved to be a quality starter with the San Diego Chargers last season.
So, what doe that really leave the Bills?
Linebackers: They are all set there as Kelvin Sheppard should be in the middle with Nick Barnett and Author Moats on the outside. Most likely there will be a competition between linebackers Chris White, Danny Batten and Moats with Moats winning it out due to his talent.
Defensive line: They are set at the defensive tackle position with Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams as the starters with Dwan Edwards and Torell Troup rotating in. As for defensive end, the left side should be fine with Chris Kelsay being the starter and Alex Carrington the backup. The right side is where the concern as the starter will be Shawne Merriman, but he has been plagued by injuries and there is no real backup behind him.
Defensive Back: At safety they are definitely all set there in regards to starters and backups. The question is cornerback as Terrence McGee has been plagued by injuries and Leodis McKelvin has been inconsistent. However, Aaron Williams last year gave a needed jolt to the group and if he continues to develop they should be okay.
Quarterback: There has been some lingering doubt about Ryan Fitzpatrick being the franchise quarterback for the team. However, in my opinion that was all erased when wide receiver Stevie Johnson signed his contract and Fitz shaved he’s back in his head. What it showed is that the guy is going to go to hell and back for you no matter what happens. He has a fire and a passion for the game I haven’t seen since Jim Kelly retired.
Running Back: Probably one of the best one two punch in the entire NFL.
Wide Receiver: They have dynamic number one in Stevie Johnson who I think will prove to be one of the elite wide receivers in the next couple years. Also, they have a solid slot receiver in David Nelson. The only question is the starting number two wide receiver.
The Bills have high hopes for wide receiver Marcus Easley, but a knee injury wiped out his rookie season and a illness wiped out his sophomore year. Donald Jones looked okay before he was injured, but if there is any doubt they could make a run at San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson or even bring back Lee Evans who was cut by the Baltimore Ravens recently.
Tight end: The team has a solid starter they resigned in Scott Chandler. The only question is his backup as they really don’t have one for him at this point.
Offensive Line: The only question is left tackle as last year’s starter Demetrius Bell and we already addressed that earlier.