Offseason Needs: AFC East

Updated: February 28, 2003, 10:58 AM ET
By By Ryan Early
Buffalo Bills

Current Salary Cap Situation: $4.2M under
Unrestricted Free Agents: DE Chidi Ahanotu, RB Shawn Bryson, OG Bill Conaty, LB Greg Favors, K Mike Hollis, WR Charles Johnson, LB Keith Newman, Peerless Price (franchised), RB Charlie Rogers
Restricted Free Agents: DT Leif Larsen, RB Sammy Morris, LB Dashon Polk
Possible Veteran Cuts: TE Jay Riemersma, LB Eddie Robinson, CB Chris Watson
First Draft Pick: 46th overall (first round pick to Patriots as part of Drew Bledsoe trade).

Priorities:
#1 - Be aggressive in signing defensive free agents. Without a first-round pick, it is doubtful that the Bills will find an immediate impact player in the draft. They have a great need at improving the defense as they ranked in the bottom 10 in run defense, points allowed, and finished absolute last in takeaways. Starting outside linebacker Keith Newman is a free agent, but the team would like someone with more speed as it frequently took him off the field on passing downs. They could also use a big defensive tackle, an edge pass rusher (either a defensive end or another outside linebacker) and a nickel cornerback. That's a lot on the shopping list for any one team.