The next head coach for the Bills should have the right to build the team up with the core players he chooses and not try to work with what the Bills thinks they have. The Bills don’t have many good players to trade but they do have a few and they should trade every one for a draft pick.
Lee Evans is at the top for most tradable player as he should be. Other tradable players include Aaron Schobel, Marcus Stroud and Trent Edwards. This might seem insane to trade almost all of your core players, but what the Bills need to realize is that they are not one or two players away from having a great team and need to replace most of the key positions. By gutting the team in the right way and freeing up a lot of cap room they will place themselves in a much better position for acquiring much better talent to fit the new coach’s system and also avoiding whatever controversy that might come up. This gives them the freedom to draft whenever they like.
Evans is the best player they have. He can be a force and has the big play that a few teams really need. They should not take anything less than a high 2, 5 and/or TE or OT. Teams in need are: Redskins, Ravens, Panthers, Bangles, and Falcons.
Schobel is 32 but is still very productive and can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 system. He can help out a team that needs a solid DE and should get at least a mid 3 or 4 and a 7 round. Teams in need are: Falcons, Panthers, Texans, Jaguars, and Vikings.
Edwards is a good QB however he gets injured way too much and his lack of consistency to stay healthy has caused his team to struggle. This fact hurts his ability to be traded, however, he could prove to be a solid backup for a more established team such as the Cowboys, Colts, Saints, or even the Patriots as a low 3 or 4.
Stroud has shown that he is not the monster he used to be and cannot take over games anymore. However, he would be better on a team where he is more of a complementary player and not the center piece. A 5th rounder or a trade for back up OT, ILB or CB is the best they could hope for. Teams in need are: Browns, Jaguars, Raiders, and Redskins.
The biggest failure of the Bills would be to do nothing. If they hire a coach and still have the same front office with the mind set of using the same players and drafting philosophies they can expect the same result. If the Bills decide to do nothing, they will continue to be nothing except a place where the coaching careers go to die.