Today at 4:00 p.m. marks the start of the 2012 NFL free-agency period. Will the Buffalo Bills make a splash this year by landing a key playmaker on either offense or defense, or will they wind up being in talks with a number of key free agents only to come up short?
According to an article from Profootballtalk.com that ran on 3/11/12, after the Buffalo Bills signed their own free agents to new deals (Steve Johnson, Ruvell Martin, Scott Chandler and Kirk Morrison), the team is still $30.8 million under the 2012 salary cap figure of $120.6 million. That means the Bills rank sixth out of NFL teams with the most money to spend in free agency. They got bumped up from No. 7 when the Washington Redskins were stripped of salary-cap money by Roger Goodell on Monday.
The Bills seemingly turned a corner during the 2011 free agency period when they landed Nick Barnett and Kirk Morrison. Partly those transactions were due to need after Paul Posluszny landed a king's ransom from the Jacksonville Jaguars. They were also landed due to some recruiting efforts made by Shawne Merriman. Say what you will about Merriman's injuries, but the dude can recruit with the best of them.
We are going to take a look at who may be some of the primary and secondary free-agent targets who are available and who would help the Buffalo Bills reach their 2012 goal of qualifying for the playoffs.