With training camp due to start this week, we thought it was a good time to look at the Bills returning veterans as they attempt to break in the large number of Bills rookies and welcome them to their first NFL training camp.
We will take it a step further and name the top 10 Bills veteran players returning to training camp.
What constitutes being a veteran you ask?
For the sake of argument, we are going to maintain that a player has to have at least three years in the league to qualify. Anything short means that there is still a steep learning curve.
Surviving a fourth year is easier said then done, especially since the average NFL career is only four years long. Every year a player lasts past the four year mark means that their bodies will take a greater physical pounding and the abuse will physically affect their retirement years down the road.
Pictured here are the Bills co-captains at a coin toss prior to one of the Bills 2009 contest. Three of the players in this shot have made the top 10 list. It will be interesting to see if all four are co-captains again this year as well.
For the record, the Bills have 30 players on the current roster that would qualify with the definition of what we used as a veteran, including Aaron Schobel, who has not made any formal announcement yet.
On with the slide show.