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Predicting Buffalo Bills' Free Agent Signings
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Sorry Andy, I can't justify paying an OG more than $6 million.

Free agency is a little more than a week away and the Buffalo Bills have money to spend.

Being realistic, Buffalo won't make a splash like they did last year when they were able to woo Mario Williams, the defensive prize of free agency, and fellow defensive end Mark Anderson.

But the Bills have made many moves over the past few weeks to get ready for free agency.

The team cut ties with veterans Nick Barnett and George Wilson on February 11. Terrence McGee was let go three days later on February 14.

On February 15, Buffalo re-signed Tarvaris Jackson to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. Backup OL Colin Brown re-signed with Buffalo on February 19 for a base salary of $630,000 in 2013.

Restricted free agents David Nelson and Donald Jones were not tendered and will also be going elsewhere in free agency.

On February 27, defensive end Chris Kelsay announced his retirement.

Following Kelsay's retirement, Matt Warren of BuffaloRumblings.com wrote a fantastic piece that calculated Buffalo's cap space to be near $28 million.

Since then, Jairus Byrd was franchised on March 1. Byrd's franchise tag will cost the Bills $6.8 million and reduces Buffalo's cap space to $21.2 million.

And, finally, if Buffalo does not trade of any of its picks, its rookie class will cost $5,180,294.

If nothing else changes between now and the start of free agency on March 12, the Bills will have a little more than $16 million to spend on free agents.

Considering the holes the team has to fill, it's hard to envision Buffalo going after the likes of Paul Kruger, Dwayne Bowe, Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace, all of whom figure to be too expensive.

Buffalo has to be smart with its $16 million, so keep that in mind when reading my potential targets.

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