Last offseason, the Buffalo Bills made a number of changes within the organization, both on the field and in the front office. The team brought in a new coaching staff led by Doug Marrone and drafted a franchise quarterback with the first-round selection of EJ Manuel.
The players and coaches on the field are what fans notice first, but several changes in the front office were just as important. Russ Brandon, who served as CEO for a number of years, was named president, and general manager Buddy Nix stepped down to make room for Doug Whaley.
Now that the Bills have had all the key people in place for a season, they can evaluate this team and figure out the best way to end the 13-year playoff drought. The organization is in a good place to improve in the offseason with more than $29 million in available cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.
With the Bills having the seventh-most cap space available in the NFL, they should be able to re-sign their key free agents and still address additional needs. Here are the steps that Buffalo need to take this offseason to take the team to the next level and into the playoffs in 2014.