The Buffalo Bills have been very hard to peg in terms of what they will do this offseason. Free agency is only two days away, and the early prognostications have been all over the map concerning which players make sense for the new regime in Orchard Park.
General manager Buddy Nix has already brought back two of the biggest in-house question marks in Jairus Byrd and Leodis McKelvin. The only big name still looming for the Bills is fourth-year left guard Andy Levitre, who reportedly has yet to be offered a reasonable contract by the team.
Byrd had the one-year franchise tag applied to him two weeks ago, so Buffalo will have another full season to negotiate a long-term contract with him.
McKelvin and the Bills reportedly agreed to a contract for four years and $20 million, although the exact terms of the deal are still widely unknown.
Cornerback, safety and guard were three positions that the team likely would have tried to fill if its three most important unrestricted free agents all signed elsewhere. With Byrd and McKelvin back for another season, the team now must decide if Levitre is the answer at left guard or if it will bring in a player from another team.
Levitre makes the most sense for fans of the team, but the new coaching staff may have a few players on its mind that make more sense for the new offensive schemes.
The 2013 free-agent market may have the shine of big names across the board, but there is no telling how much of a player Buffalo will be beginning Tuesday.
Until the 2012 offseason signings of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, Buffalo had spent much of the last decade waiting for the dust to settle in the first week of free agency. With the team looking to build through the draft, it could be a quiet first week for the team again in 2013.