To say that the Buffalo Bills had a good off-season in bringing back players they consider key to their efforts, it would be a bit of an understatement. Now with training camp here and the team in attendance at St. John Fisher College, the conversations about which impending free agents the Bills will be looking to re-sign is starting to pop up.
Speaking with The Howard Simon Show on Thursday morning, GM Buddy Nix was asked about two players in particular: left guard Andy Levitre and safety Jairus Byrd. Both players are heading in to their fourth season and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2013 if they aren't inked to an extension.
Nix said all's quiet:
"Nothing's going on, except I've told them we want 'em, and we do. We'll get in to that after we get in to the season or in to camp good, we will broach that subject. Hopefully we can keep them."
Levitre and Byrd both have really come in to their own as starters for the Bills, and have become staples of the starting lineup. In the case of Levitre, he told WGR on June 12 that the Bills have reached out in a very preliminary fashion.
"There have been some small talks, but I don't know how far along anything is," he remarked after an OTA session last month. "I don't know if they're just getting started or what not. There hasn't been any numbers thrown around or anything like that, so maybe just getting started."
In the same breath as saying that the Bills would like to keep both players, Nix also warned that eventually the team won't be able to keep everybody around.
"For the most part, guys that we really wanted to keep, we have. Even though it is a business decision and there is business limitations even though you want to keep 'em… look at Mario Williams. Houston, they made one last-ditch effort. The night before he came here, he flew to Houston I think and met with the GM. They wanted to keep him, they just couldn't. Money-wise they couldn't. If we keep going, we're going to get in that situation where we're going to lose some good players."