Buffalo Bills' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency

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Buffalo Bills' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency
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Free-agency periods carry a mixed bag of emotions for Buffalo Bills fans, and the 2013 edition of the free-agent frenzy has many people guessing. 

No one expects the high of the Mario Williams signing that shocked the NFL landscape 12 months ago, but there are still plenty of holes to be filled before Buffalo is competing for the playoffs. The Buffalo brass will be primarily looking for linebackers, wide receivers and offensive lineman over the next few days, but surprises have come to be expected in Orchard Park. 

A lot has changed since last year's free-agency period, including a new coaching staff and a quasi-reconstruction of the front office hierarchy. 

Head coach Doug Marrone dropped the college game for the professional ranks, but he'll be back to recruiting on Tuesday. Only this time, the needs and wants of his prospects will be a bit different. 

Fair or not, Marrone will be overscrutinized for every move he makes over the next few days because of the current state of the franchise. The team seems to think it's a few pieces away from making a run at the playoffs, something that has not been done in Buffalo since 1999. 

A positive start to a NFL head coach career would be making smart and cost-effective decisions in free agency.

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