Despite the hubbub surrounding the Posluszny news, the Bills also managed to come to terms with free agent quarterback Tyler Thigpen on a reported three-year deal. But according to NFL.com's Michael Lombardi, Thigpen wasn't their first choice.
- Lombardi says the Bills wanted former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, and then settled on Thigpen. It's clear Jackson wanted an opportunity to start, which is why he settled on Seattle. With Buffalo, it's been written a thousand times that Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter this season barring injury. So instead the Bills go with Thigpen who is a natural fit. He's started for Chan Gailey when the current Bills head coach was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City, and he was somewhat successful while doing so. No complaints there.
Buddy Nix said Tuesday morning that re-signing Paul Posluszny and Drayton Florence was a priority for the team. With Posluszny gone, the focus now shifts to Florence. According to NFL.com's Jason LaCanfora, the Bills have some competition for his services with a team from their division.
- I think the Bills have to re-sign Florence to save face this off-season. Losing both the guys they openly called a priority is a huge, huge blow. It would sting even more if it were the Jets to swoop in and sign him. PS: If you missed Buddy Nix's appearance on WGR Sports Radio 550 this morning, listen below:
Looking for the Bills to sign someone else? Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com tweets that the Bills may be after former Steelers OT Willie Colon.
- Not to be confused with the famous trombonist, Colon started at right tackle for the Steelers from 2007-2009. He was pegged to start once again last season, but a ruptured Achilles tendon injury ended his season in June. I think he'd be a solid pickup to plug in and start right away at right tackle. Either Colon, or Tampa Bay's Jeremy Trueblood would be the Bills' style.
Bills CB Terrence McGee joined the Howard Simon Show this morning, you can hear that interview here.
- McGee seems to be near the end of his career. He's rarely healthy, and when even he is, he's just not the same player. This is a big training camp for him.
One final note, the Bills released the jersey numbers for the rest of their drafted rookies.
- DT Marcell Dareus, 99 (We already knew that one)
- CB Aaron Williams, 23
- LB Kelvin Sheppard, 55
- S Da'Norris Searcy, 25
- OT Chris Hairston, 75
- HB Johnny White, 35
- LB Chris White, 50
- CB Justin Rogers, 42
- NT Michael Jasper, 69