Happy Thanksgiving Bills fans. Lets’ get to the questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net.
1 – Hey Chris I was wondering if you thought Andrew Luck was worth waiting until the 2012 draft to try and get if he doesn’t come out this year and the Bills can then focus on the defense in the 2011 draft, possibly taking Marcel Dareus or another 3-4 DE in the 1st and possibly Jerrell Powell for a NT with the 2nd round pick if he is still there. After that I think they should try finding Linebackers and depth for the O-line and hope they finish low enough to get Luck next year or trade up to get him. I don’t think there is another QB worth taking in the top 5 this year. What do you think?
CB: I’m not all that enamored with some of the other QB prospects that could be in the draft pool either, at least top five pick enamored. I think Ryan Fitzpatrick has at least given the Bills the option to fortify their defense at the top of the draft, with the play he has provided thus far this season.
Now it should be noted that the schedule the rest of the way gets considerably tougher for the Bills and that could change how this picture looks right now. But there is no debating the way Fitz has helped to not only lift the play of the offense, but the team as a leader.
2 – Chris,
Who are the upcoming free agents on the Bills roster? Which players qualify to become restricted free agents, exclusive free agents, or just regular? How do the undrafted rookies like Coleman, Nelson, and Howard fit in to free agents?
Dawn (New Paltz, NY)
CB: Here’s who I’ve got so far, though I haven’t double checked with the personnel people that have the official list upstairs.
ILB Akin Ayodele (9)
QB Brian Brohm (3)
S Jon Corto (3)
ILB Keith Ellison (5)
CB Drayton Florence (8)
RB Quinton Ganther (5)
DT John McCargo (5)
OLB Shawne Merriman (6)
ILB Paul Posluszny (4)
S Donte Whitner (5)
S George Wilson (5)
OG Mansfield Wrotto (4)
CB Ashton Youboty (5)
Now as far as who is an unrestricted or restricted free agent is up to what the terms of the new CBA will be. The current labor deal expires March 1st, so players entering free agency will not know what their free agent status is until a new agreement is reached. Consequently the Bills and the 31 other clubs will not know as well. Suffice to say that top priority free agents like Paul Posluszny will probably be re-signed prior to the expiration of the CBA.
As for undrafted rookies like Coleman, Nelson and Howard they’ve all been signed to three-year contracts, so they’re all signed through 2012.
3 – Hi Chris,
I’m a fan of Kyle Williams. Adjusting to a new position in the new 3-4 scheme certainly can’t be easy for him, but he seems to be doing a decent job, all things being considered. However, I wonder if they could get better output from him if they kicked him outside to the defensive end position? Personally, I prefer the idea of having a really big-man play nose tackle to clog that middle lane (similar to a Wilfork). With that in mind, do you think Troup could be ready to fill that position soon on a ful-time basis? I think if they could get Williams to play at a lighter weight to help improve his speed and mobility a bit (say drop 10 – 15 lbs. or so and play at around 290), he could be a very productive defensive end. What are your thoughts on that, and, do you think there’s any possibility of the Bills actually trying that down the road?
CB: Truth be told, Williams has been far better than decent inside. He’s been downright dominant. I too shared your opinion that being one of the more athletic defensive linemen, he might present more problems at end, than at the nose. I think down the line when Torell Troup gains more experience leaving him at the nose and kicking Williams outside could be a subpackage/passing down look for the Bills. I just don’t see it as an option this season. Acquiring more depth at nose would help to spur such a development.
4 – Hey Chris,
I live in Florida and I was wondering if the Bills players sign autographs on the road. Last year I went to Bills at Dolphins and got good seats behind the bills bench hoping that I would get a chance at T.O.’s autograph or like every fan, a ball. I didn’t stay after the game to see if they hung around after it was over, so I am curious whats the best way to get an autograph while at a miami or other away game?I’d like to get CJ on his rookie card., that would be sweet.
CB: First of all hoping to get an autograph prior to a game is a tough thing. You have to be in the stadium early during pre-game warm-ups and even then you’d have to be almost in their direct line of sight. A lot of times players don’t like to be bothered prior to the game, so you really don’t stand a good chance of getting one to be honest.
Post-game is even harder.
What I would suggest is sending your Spiller rookie card to C.J. at One Bills Drive, with a self-addressed stamped envelope enclosed.
Players don’t open fan mail until they have time to sit down and read it. If you think about it, it’s the best time for an autograph request. As long as you do all the work with the return envelope you make it easy for them and that’s the key. So here’s the address to send it to C.J. or any other player.
One Bills Dr.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
5 - Hey Chris ,
With Kyle Williams getting all this national attention on how good he’s playing (#2 defensive player in the NFL) without much help around him according to certain articles , and in the shadow of Chris Kelsay getting a new contract extension. Wouldn’t it be smart to get this guy a new contract ASAP !! I don’t know how long his contract is for?? But these are the type of players that the Bills need to reward with an extension to build the team and make it viable once again in the NFL & the fans eyes .
Just Brainstorming – GO BILLS
Mr. T from Ft. Myers via Nashville
CB: Well you’ll be happy to know that Kyle signed an extension after the 2008 season so he’s signed through 2012, and at pretty affordable money in light of what he’s done the past two seasons. So there’s no need to worry, Buffalo’s prime Defensive MVP is locked up for the foreseeable future.
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