The Bills got their man and agree to terms that will enable them to re-sign CB Drayton Florence. ESPN's Adam Schefter said it's a three-year deal worth $15 million total. The way money is being thrown around this off-season, that's a reasonable contract for a guy who was the team's most consistent cornerback in 2010. Especially considering the public perception that would have come with the team had they not re-signed him.
Anyway, on to the blog:
Hang with me today, it's pretty much all rumors. Well, I'm sure you won't mind. First one: The Bills are sniffing around for a starting right tackle, methinks. Just a day after Buffalo was linked to former Steelers OT Willie Colon, Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com says the Bills are after Atlanta OT Tyson Clabo as well! D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution also chimed in, saying that Clabo told him that he's speaking with the Bills. "It's a possibility. But nobody has agreed to terms or anything."- Clabo, per the AJC
- If you follow me on Twitter, I apologize. You've already seen this next sentence. Bills fans should be ecstatic if they land Tyson Clabo. He's a 6-foot-6, 330-pound mauler of a right tackle that has started in 69 games over the past five seasons and made the Pro Bowl last year too. Yeah, he's pretty good. Replacing Erik Pears with Clabo would surprisingly put my mind at ease for the time being about the offensive line. I think I need to go watch some Demetrius Bell footage to keep me grounded.
A big name out there on the defensive side of the ball is DE Jason Babin. According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, the Bills are one of five teams to show interest in the former Titans pass rusher. "This could be the last time where I go through free agency, so you have to take it slow. I am not looking to get Julius Peppers money; I know that it is just not going to happen. I just want a fair deal.”- Babin, courtesy of The Tennessean
- If the Bills were to sign Jason Babin, I think that would signify the end to the 3-4. He started off early in his career as an outside linebacker, a switch that failed horribly. Babin stuck around, caught on with the Titans this past season, and broke loose for 12.5 sacks. He's best utilized as a 4-3 defensive end, that's for certain. You don't take a guy out of his most productive season in his professional career in one scheme, then shove a new scheme down his throat the very next year. That just doesn't make sense. Buyer beware though, in seven seasons prior to this past one, Babin had only 17.5 sacks. UPDATE: Babin has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
One other hot little rumor to pass along. Bills Digest and CBS Correspondent Mark Ludwiczak reports that the agent for San Diego ILB Kevin Burnett has said the Bills have some interest in his services. The agent added that Burnett has "legitimate interest" from four other teams as well.
- In his first full year of starting, Burnett had 98 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. More importantly, he's been in the 3-4 scheme for all six years of his professional career. Burnett spent the first four with Dallas, then got a lot of playing time in San Diego over the course of the past two. If we're talking about what kind of guy fits the mold of a Bills signing, this is it. An inside linebacker that has been starving to get consistent playing time for years, and now has the opportunity to do so on a team that is in dire need of 3-4 inside linebackers. That's a good fit.
One of the biggest storylines throughout training camp will be how Bills OLB Shawne Merriman holds up. Merriman's practice time with the Bills thus far has been about the same time it takes to watch an episode of Robot Chicken. Fifteen minutes. That's it. But according to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com, Merriman used shockwave therapy to help himself heal, and is now ready to go.
- Merriman added that there are no restrictions for practicing, but he may get a few rest days throughout training camp. A lot of people freaked out about the Merriman contract (2 years, $10 million). But the fact is he's only guaranteed $2.5 million on that deal, so if he's unable to perform (practice) consistently with the team, it's an easy fix to send him packing. I'm interested to see how he looks those first few days of training camp.