This years free agency class of linebackers is unbelievable and the Bills could make an impact here.
DeMeco Ryans has been a key of the Texans defense, but the Texans have a ton of free agents this season, and they might not have the funds to retain him. Ryans wants a long-term contract, but with Brian Cushing and Mario Williams eating a huge chuck of cap space, along with CB Dunta Robinson and WR Andre Johnson desperate for new contracts or victories, Ryans could be wearing red, white, and blue...but in Buffalo.
Barret Ruud also becomes a free agent this offseason, and is a priority for the Buccaneers. The fact that he hasn't been re-signed yet after a number of meetings gives a sign that he may test the market. Ruud is a play-maker and could make a big impact joining Buffalo's defense.
It’s a little surprising they couldn’t get it done midseason. Ruud is one of the league’s best pure tacklers and has great instincts. Ruud’s new deal should be in the area of what Bart Scott received the past offseason (6 years, $48 million) from the Jets. He’s the leader of the defense now and will consistently be among league leaders in tackles for the next several years, as he was again this year. There hasn’t been much said about Ruud and a long-term extension over the last few weeks, unless it’s happening totally behind closed doors.
Ryans has been a stalwart for the Texans, displaying consistency from game-to-game and year-to-year. With rookie sensation Brian Cushing next to him, the Texans have a number of good pieces in the front seven. Ryans would like a long-term contract with the Texans, and Houston will almost definitely re-sign Ryans to keep intact the foundation of Ryans-Cushing-Williams front seven. Though he’d like a long-term extension in Houston rewarding him for his consistency, he would be willing to play elsewhere if another team wows him with a better deal.