Friday, February 8, 2013
Buffalo's WR outlook
By Tim Kavanagh
On Thursday, a report emerged that the Buffalo Bills were working on a new deal for impending RFA Donald Jones. Either that report was off-base, or the negotiations hit a pretty severe snag: BuffaloBills.com posted Thursday afternoon that the club won't even be tendering Jones this offseason. So where does that leave them?
Behind Steven Johnson, there are a lot of players on the roster, but many of them are unproven. Perhaps the best of the bunch, David Nelson, spent nearly the entire season on injured reserve after sustaining a knee injury in the Week 1 loss to the Jets. The Bills will have to decide whether to offer Nelson a new contract, or simply tender him, as he is also a restricted free agent. Beyond Johnson and Nelson, there's T.J. Graham, Brad Smith, Marcus Easley, Chris Hogan and Kevin Elliott.
Obviously, this is an area for improvement for Buffalo this offseason. They have three options: sign some veteran help in free agency, draft a prospect at the position or hope that their internal candidates make a leap with offseason practices. They're projected to having $20.6 million in space under the salary cap, per ESPN's John Clayton, so this could be a position where they spend some of that money.