Moves Buffalo Bills Will Regret Not Making This Offseason
The Buffalo Bills have done an excellent job this offseason by addressing numerous areas of weakness. They found a run-stuffing linebacker (Brandon Spikes), a starting left guard (Chris Williams) and a big wide receiver (Mike Williams).
Even though the front office has been successful in correcting a number of weaknesses from last year, it has not been a perfect offseason. There are some moves, or lack thereof, that may come back to haunt the Bills.
These are four moves that the Bills will regret not making this offseason.
Not Re-Signing Alex Carrington
There were many who had high hopes for Alex Carrington entering last season. He was getting great reviews from the coaching staff and looked to be on his way to a career year; however, a quad injury suffered in Week 3 cut his season short.
It wasn't known at the time, but that would be the end of Carrington's time as a Buffalo Bill. The defensive lineman was a free agent and signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with the St. Louis Rams, according to Spotrac.
The former third-round pick looked to finally be starting to hit his prime and would have provided great depth for the Bills along the defensive line.
Not Re-Signing Arthur Moats
Similar to Alex Carrington, linebacker Arthur Moats was not a starter but provided the Bills with great depth. In today's NFL, injuries are a big thing teams need to worry about. It is important they have quality players in reserve ready to step in. Arthur Moats would have been a great linebacker to provide that depth.
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Moats was the only linebacker to play 300 snaps and not record a single missed tackle. The 26-year-old has gone on to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a one-year deal for only $795,000 which is a very reasonable contract and one the Bills should have been able to afford.
Not Using the Franchise Tag on Jairus Byrd
The inability to get Jairus Byrd signed to a long-term deal has been the most discussed topic for the Bills this offseason. I don't think it was a mistake for the Bills not to sign Byrd to the long-term deal he got from the Saints. Rather, the move Buffalo may regret is the fact that they did not put the franchise tag on the Pro Bowl safety.
In the business of the NFL, Byrd was a great asset for the Bills and one that possessed a great deal of value. Unfortunately by not using the franchise tag, the Bills saw that asset walk free without any compensation in return.
Not Bring in a Veteran Safety
The Bills have made it clear that they are comfortable replacing Jairus Byrd with a player currently in house, either Da'Norris Searcy or Duke Williams. Searcy played well for an injured Byrd at the beginning of last season, and it wouldn't be a mistake to believe he is capable of stepping up as a starter.
However, the mistake may lie in the fact that the team did not bring in a veteran as a backup plan. Last year, the team signed veteran Jim Leonhard, who actually played well for stretches.
There is still time for the team to address this need but it has seen quality players, like Chris Clemons, sign reasonable contracts with other teams. The market for veteran safeties is quickly shrinking, and Buffalo may not have any other choice but to go with Searcy and Williams.
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