The Bills recent move to re-sign mercurial receiver Steve Johnson sets the stage for an interesting dialogue as to what future big moves the team could make to have an impact in the AFC East.
Signing Johnson shows the Bills' commitment to success, while also reminding Bills fans of just how far their team still is from being a competitor. Based on the huge chunk of money it will now have to pay Johnson, it is clear the team will have to make some aggressive moves to really get going in the right direction.
The trend of signing key players back to the team for huge chunks of the salary cap will only lead to long-term mediocrity unless the team is built around a solid foundation. That solid foundation is a franchise quarterback.
GM Buddy Nix has been quite vocal during the Bills' off-season. He has made some noteworthy statements like how aggressive the team will be to find a difference-maker in free agency.
One has to wonder how this will be possible this year if the Bills continue to spend so much money just to re-sign the talent that was unable to get them over the hump last year.
Nix recently spoke to several sources in regard to trading up for Robert Griffin III, and his comments have been quite clear, "It is absolute. It’s a no,” Nix told the Bills’ website. “You’ve got to give up the farm. We’re not in that business.”
Nix also told WGR 550 radio: “I’ve visited with [the Rams], but not about [trading up]. We talk to everybody, and we kick the tires on everybody, but if we were going to probably move either way, it’d be down, not up.”
While these statements would seem to push back a notion of the Bills making a move for Griffin, they leave room for speculation. The Bills failed to show a commitment to Ryan Fitzpatrick as a the unquestioned starter for this coming season or make a bold statement as to him being such. Most GM's with an entrenched starter would knock down controversy by leaning on their guy.
The second thing they failed to do was deny that the Bills would take a call from the Rams, as it is likely the Rams will actively shop their pick. Most importantly, Nix's comments in no way state that the Bills lack a genuine interest in RG3—evidenced by a combine meeting with RG3.
Taking into account all these things spoken or unspoken by Nix has provided some hope for fans interested in the Bills making a move for a franchise quarterback, and here is a rational argument for why a move for Griffin is plausible.