The Buffalo Bills' offseason seems to be embroiled in controversy at every turn.
Some of it is really controversy, other parts of it media-created, such as all the backlash at the organization for signing Terrell Owens. It was a smart move for a one-year deal at a good price. If the Bills do not win this year, the team is going to be blown up anyways. Might as well take a chance for once.
The other major controversy carries over from last offseason and revolves around the Bills' Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters. He wants to get paid and get paid big.
Negotiations between the team and Peters are ongoing, but nothing has been settled. I, for one, certainly hope things get settled. However, there needs to be a backup plan if there is no agreement reached.
One particularly strong rumor has been the possibility of trading Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles for at least the 20th overall pick in this year's draft. If I were the Bills and trading is the route that is the only way to go, I would see what it would take for both of the Eagles' first-round picks.
Maybe send Peters and a mid-round pick for both firsts? Just speculation on my part.
If the Bills only get the 20th pick, I would not be surprised to see the Bills draft Michael Oher with the 11th pick and Brandon Pettigrew with the 20th pick. However, I do not see Oher coming in and starting at left tackle immediately.
I would rather see the Bills swing Langston Walker over to left tackle where he played to start the season last year and play Oher at either right tackle or see if he can play left guard. Wherever Oher does not play, Kirk Chambers likely plays.
In the second round, the Bills should address the pass rush with the drafting of Lawrence Sidbury out of Richmond. He has the size to play defensive end, and he is fast.
Now if the Bills can trade for the Eagles' second first-round pick, that second pick could very well become a linebacker or defensive tackle, depending on how the draft shakes out.
One of the two USC outside linebackers, Clay Matthews or Brian Cushing, could very well be available there. Another name to think about is defensive tackle Peria Jerry. Any of those three would be good additions for the defense. I would lean towards the linebackers, but if those two are gone and Jerry is available, definitely take Jerry.
So where does that leave the offensive line if the Bills trade Peters? I would like to see it as Langston Walker—LT, Michael Oher/Kirk Chambers—LG, Geoff Hangartner—C, Brad Butler—RG, and Michael Oher/Kirk Chamber—RT.
Yes, there would be inexperience and unfamiliarity with the system on the line. However, this spreads it out and keeps the LT position experienced until Oher can develop. It is better than having a starting line of Oher—LT, Chambers—LG, Hangartner—C, Butler—RG, and Walker—RT. That would be way too much inexperience on the left side of the line.
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