But there are other areas that need to be focused on as well. Something that I really want to focus on throughout this article is that the Bills need to fill the void at left guard, defensive end, linebacker, and tight end. Those are the top four areas where the Bills need to either sign or draft someone at each of those positions.
The Bills so far have signed five free agents, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, C Geoff Hangartner, CB Drayton Florence, WR Terrell Owens, and LB Pat Thomas. Fitzpatrick was a good signing because we did need a quarterback to back up Edwards after the departure of JP Losman.
I hope that Hangartner will be able to give us a huge boost over Duke Preston and Melvin Fowler, because center last year was a huge issue for the Bills.
I really liked the Bills picking up Drayton Florence; he will be a solid nickel back for us and he could start if either McGee or McKelvin were to go down. Knock on wood that it doesn't happen.
T.O. was a huge addition for us; I was shocked and surprised that the Bills went out and signed him. I just hope that he isn't going to be a distraction for us like he has been with every other team. The Bills are a very young team and they don't need any distractions.
I know that T.O. will perform on the field; I just hope that he also performs in a good way off the field as well.
The signing of Pat Thomas was very mediocre. Thomas is not starting material; at best, he's just here for depth at linebacker and special teams.
I don't think the Bills are done in free agency yet, because they still need to address four very important positions. For the Bills to even be considered a potential playoff team, they have to find the guys to fill those four vacant positions.
I was really hoping the Bills would acquire left guard Brian Waters from the Kansas City Chiefs. Waters would be a great fit for the Bills at right guard; the guy is experienced and has been to many Pro Bowls.
The Bills would still have to draft some offensive linemen in the draft for depth. Who knows what's going to happen with Peters and if Hangartner can really be the number one guy at center? The Bills right side of the line is set, with Walker at right tackle and Butler at right guard.
The Bills most likely will address the tight end and defensive end positions in the upcoming NFL draft. At linebacker, I was also really hoping the Bills would sign free agent LB Cato June.
June has already won a Super Bowl with the Colts. He's an experienced linebacker who would definitely start with the recent departure of Angelo Crowell, who is a Buccaneer now.
I think the Bills' first round draft pick will be a defensive end and that they will draft either Brian Orakpo from Texas or Aaron Maybin from Penn State. In the second round, I think the Bills will try to go after tight end Shawn Nelson from Southern Miss.
Hopefully the Buffalo Bills will be able to fill the voids that need to be filled. I truly think they are capable of doing this; they might have to trade some players or draft picks to get what they need, but as long as they are determined to find the right people then they should hopefully have a successful season.
This is the Bills' time to get back to the playoffs. It has been way too long since the Bills were in a playoff game. Fans are getting sick of the Bills missing the playoffs, so now is the time to put together a playoff winning team that can take us back.
The Bills are a team on the rise. Look for them to be a successful team going into the 2009 season, determined to get back to the playoffs and maybe the Super Bowl.
I will be writing more articles about the Bills following up to the NFL Draft and so on. Any feedback is greatly appreciated on my article, thanks.