Thursday, May 9, 2013
Brad Smith on roster bubble?
By Tim Kavanagh
For teams in need of a WR/returner/Wildcat QB, they may have another option in the coming weeks: there's talk that Brad Smith could be amongst the Buffalo Bills' veteran cuts in the near future.
The Bills have a whole new coaching staff in place, and as is the case whenever that happens, there is expected to be some roster churn, a process that has already begun this offseason. However, as the team eventually whittles down to the 53-man group that will begin the season, there are some high-priced veterans identified by Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Radio as particularly likely to find themselves back in the free agent market. Smith is the primary candidate, as Buscaglia explains:
"Since Doug Marrone was hired, the Bills have drafted two receivers in the top three rounds -- [Editor's note: Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin] -- signed a highly touted undrafted free agent and we've heard the front office boast about both Steve Johnson and Marcus Easley. The man that hasn't been mentioned at any point in the off-season? Brad Smith. The Wildcat extraordinaire may not have a place on this roster with a new offense, a new bundle of young receivers that require time on the field and an incredibly high salary for someone that likely won't contribute a whole lot in 2013. He is firmly atop the list."
If Smith is cut, he may draw some interest from the teams that have hosted former Browns WR/returner Josh Cribbs -- Oakland, the two New York teams and Detroit -- though this is just speculation.