Preseason: 6 Buffalo Bills That Got Away

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Preseason: 6 Buffalo Bills That Got Away
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As the 2011 season nears and the Bills must drop their roster from 80 to 53 players, big time questions loom. Who will stay? Who will go? Does it all hinge on this last pre-season game?

As we look ahead, we know that some surprising players will make the team, perhaps earning a spot on Thursday night, but we also know that some guys we're expecting to play might not be with the team come Week 1.

Looking back, Buffalo fans know all too well that some players should still be with the Bills.

Fellow B/R writer Thomas Louis, went to great lengths to discuss the down fall of the Bills back in May. He looked at some of the painstakingly boneheaded decisions that have crippled this franchise over the past decade.

Based on his assessment, there has been, poor strategy, bad luck and a whole bunch of other factors contributing to their downfall.

Perhaps this stands to beg for a new adage: "You have to be bad, to be unlucky and unlucky to be bad."

Whatever the case may be, this article will look at some impact players that the Bills have let go over the past 10 years (either by trade, failure to re-sign or release). 

After watching veteran Lee Evans get traded away for a basket of wonder-bread, here is to hoping possibly against hope that this trend will not continue.

This list will examine several former Bills; some noteworthy exceptions were considered but not included in the final compilation; (Marshawn Lynch, Nate Clements, Rueben Brown). 

For a variety of reasons, many of these players became agitated with Bills' management and decided they needed to get out of Buffalo; sometimes the Bills made the decision for them.

Like it or not, things have gotten so bad football-wise in Buffalo that guys have decided to retire to pursue other avenues due to their interest in football being killed (Aaron Schobel and Brad Butler).

What other franchise can boast that claim, "we kill the love of football out of our players."

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