Report: Buffalo Bills In Hot Pursuit Of Jared Gaither

Greg Haefner@@ghaefSenior Analyst IMay 7, 2010

The draft may be over, but the offseason moves in Buffalo look like they may still be continuing.

According to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, the Bills are going hard after Baltimore Ravens left tackle Jared Gaither .

Gaither is 24 years old and widely regarded as one of the most high-upside left tackles in the league today. He has flashed tremendous amounts of ability during his time in Baltimore. However, with the Ravens adding franchise left tackle Michael Oher in last year's draft, Gaither has become expendable.

Gaither is currently only signed to his one-year restricted free agent tender, so he would likely require a long-term deal if he were to dealt. But, according to Schefter, it is still expected that Gaither will be dealt before the season, and he says that the Bills are the most likely destination, and that "they want him."

In Buffalo, Gaither would make perfect sense. He would come in and instantly take over the starting left tackle role from incumbent Demetrius Bell, who allowed five sacks and was whistled for 10 penalties in only eight games last season. Gaither is young and would be able to be a solid building block for a young offensive line that already boasts some strong talent at guard in second-year players Eric Wood and Andy Levitre.

The move would allow Bell to either compete for the starting right tackle job or to return to a reserve swing-tackle role, something which he might be better suited for at this stage of his career because he is still quite raw.

The Bills have been fairly quiet this offseason, and this would certainly not qualify as an under-the-radar pickup, but if they were to make a splash prior to the start of the season, this move would certainly please the fans.

What price Buffalo would have to pay to acquire Gaither still remains to be seen. But at this point, it looks like a deal that would benefit the Bills greatly, and would make all the sense in the world.


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