The Bills tried to land a big fish when they went hard after free agent tackle Tyson Clabo of the Atlanta Falcons, but in hindsight it appears that Clabo and his agent used the Bills advances to drive up the contract price that the Falcons finally agreed to pay to retain him. It is a shame, because Clabo was the type of lineman that would have brought credibility to the Bills line, which isn't thought of that highly around the league.
But, if they are looked down at by the rest of the league, maybe defenses will be caught by surprise if the Bills line can come together and prove that they are better than advertised. The left side of the line is set, as it appears that Demetrius Bell, Andy Levitre and Eric Wood will be the starters at left tackle, left guard and center, respectively.
It is at the right guard and right tackle where there are a number of options that are all going to try to make it difficult for Chan Gailey to decide who his starters are. Right now, the leading candidates appear to be Kraig Urbik at guard and Erik Pears at tackle. The other guards in contention for the starting role are Chad Rinehart and Mansfield Wrotto.
At right tackle, Erik Pears will have to battle off the challenges from Ed Wang, Cordaro Howard and rookie Chris Hairston. But, since none of these players has excelled yet in the NFL, it is considered the weakest position on the Bills line. It is not out of the question that Buddy Nix could still bring in a veteran to challenge for the starting nod before the season begins, whether it is a free agent or a veteran off of the waiver wire.
Finally, there is Geoff Hangartner, who can be plugged in at either center or guard as further proof that the Bills offensive line has greater depth now than they have recently enjoyed.