Coming into the Buffalo Bills Week 9 game at Houston, the overall defense is currently ranked No. 31 in the NFL. So that begs the question, would you want to "buy or sell" each member of the defense returning for 2013? In other words, which players do you want to see coming back next year?
The following slideshow is an alphabetical listing of the current 27 Buffalo Bills defensive players that are on the 2012 roster. On each slide we will conclude with a buy or sell decision on each player returning or not for the 2013 season. We are focusing on the players, not on the defensive coordinator or the defensive coaches.
Our presentation will analyze the players current contributions, looking at their age, contract status, performance and overall health to determine if they should be brought back for 2013. All Bills players' contract information published in the presentation is courtesy of Spotrac.com.
The first slide offers a detailed overview of where the Bills defense currently ranks in a number of categories. If the rankings leave you a little queasy, you are not alone.
For those Buffalo fans that still want to believe, we can point to the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles defense as a source of hope. That Eagles team brought in expensive free agents with a new defensive coordinator. The Eagles defense struggled in the first half of the season, and then they finally meshed over the final month of the season. Whether that same scenario occurs in Buffalo remains to be seen.