1 – @ChrisBrownBills
Saw the Bills may be interested in Trevor Siemian. If they trade for him, think they will draft a QB?
CB: We’re probably getting way ahead of ourselves, since the first shoe that has to drop is Denver acquiring Tony Romo. Only then would that make Trevor Siemian expendable. We all know the connections with Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison having worked with Siemian the past two years, so logically it makes sense. The compensation required would be the rub.
If Denver wants draft picks that would be a problem. Buffalo only has six this year, the lowest number in the 2017 draft. Parting with those is probably not in the Bills best interest especially if they want anything higher than a five. Buffalo doesn’t even have a four to offer this year.
As we go deep down this rabbit hole, if they were to somehow acquire Siemian I don’t think they draft a QB because that would give them three young quarterbacks (Siemian, Jones, draftee) and there’s no way the offensive staff would have enough time to capably develop all three. If they acquire Siemian the likelihood is they add a veteran free agent as I see it.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills
Report says “not many options out there” … Then why would Tyrod negotiate?! That’s like calling him stupid, something he’s not #Bills
CB: I think you’re only looking at this one way. I agree that Tyrod in terms of getting the best contract he can has no incentive to renegotiate. If he’s allowed to become a free agent there’s a good chance he makes just as much money, if not more on a free agent market where he would probably be the top QB option.
Here’s a reason why I think he does at least consider renegotiation. He said he wants to return to the Bills in 2017. It’s clear that he’s proud of what he and the Bills offense has accomplished the past two seasons, which includes a top 12 and top 10 finish in scoring despite having a defense that has grossly underachieved the past two years, despite some major injury absences in those two years on the offensive side of the ball (Clay, McCoy, Watkins, Woods in 2015) (Watkins, Woods, McCoy together for 5 games in 2016).
Now with Sean McDermott on board the defense is expected to take a demonstrative step forward. That alone helps Buffalo’s offense.
Taylor said he believes they’re close to breaking through and ending the franchise’s playoff drought. Whether you believe him or not, I get the sense he wants to see things through in Buffalo as an established leader. Taylor is a different breed of cat. He knows that talent on the Bills roster intimately. If he signs somewhere else he’ll be hitting the reset button.
If he renegotiates he helps create more room under the salary cap to help fortify the roster. That helps him.
Taylor doesn’t just think in dollars and cents for himself. He’s a very selfless player. He wants to be successful on the field first and foremost. Those things count for something in his book.
We’ll know soon whether or not renegotiation was able to come to fruition.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills
Could Bills reunite with Jairus Byrd?
CB: Jairus Byrd is expected to be released on the first day of free agency (March 9th) due to his cost prohibitive contract and his lack of production. After posting 22 interceptions in his first five seasons with the Bills, he’s had just three in his three seasons with New Orleans. In Byrd’s defense he’s been part of a defense that has languished near the bottom of the league. There has not been a lot of help up front in creating hurried throws or errant passes for Byrd to prey upon.
The speculation about Byrd coming back to the Bills makes sense. His father Gil Byrd is the team’s secondary coach. At 30-years old and not a lot of production he would presumably come at an affordable rate.
There’s no debating that safety is a positional need for Buffalo. But again, let’s wait for his release to take place first. Then we’ll see how realistic a possibility it would be.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Is Brandon Marshall an option for the #Bills?
CB: Marshall is still a wide receiver who can make plays in the passing game. He can’t run anymore, but he is still a physical wideout who can create separation with his body when the ball arrives. Marshall will be 34-years old in three weeks. That’s not a good thing.
Even though Marshall became a primetime player under Rick Dennison in Denver (2006-2009) with three consecutive 100-catch seasons that was a lifetime ago.
I can only see Marshall as an option if he’s extremely affordable.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is there a sideline-to-sideline LB on the #Bills’ roster if Whaley doesn’t sign Zach Brown?
CB: No, there is not. Brown is the only player with true sideline to sideline ability on the roster as I see it. Preston Brown and Reggie Ragland can run, but not in the way needed for the weak side role in McDermott’s 4-3 defensive scheme. You need a true athlete there. Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham is a prospect who fits the profile. I’m curious to see how he runs, but he’s seen as one of the better athletes at OLB in the class.
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Fan Friday, Jairus Byrd, Sean McDermott, Tony Romo, Trevor Siemian, Tyrod Taylor, Zach Brown
Posted in Inside the Bills
Jets WR Brandon Marshall has had a monster season with over 100 receptions and 13 touchdowns, but in his 10 NFL seasons he has never made it to the playoffs. Marshall, who appeared on Inside the NFL this week, said if they can get a win over Buffalo to qualify for the postseason it would be the realization of a dream he’s held his entire career.
“I can’t imagine. I can’t imagine. I had goosebumps before this last game [Patriots vs. Jets],” Marshall said. “And I’m sure I’ll have goose bumps again for this game against Buffalo. It’s a big division rivalry game. Obviously, we understand the implications attached to it. If we win, we are in [the playoffs]. I just have to stay focused. But if we get in, I can’t imagine what you are talking about [to Phil]. It’ll be a dream come true.”
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has never been to the playoffs either.
Tags: Bills-Jets, Brandon Marshall, Ryan Fitzpatrick
Posted in Inside the Bills
Fan Friday 1-8
First offseason Fan Friday as the coaching search is in full swing. If you have any questions for me you can email me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. Here we go.
1. Hey Chris, just a couple Bills-related things on my mind…
First, as you mentioned in your blog post Fitz QB Status, Fitzpatrick is clearly not the starting QB… so has the organization just given up completely on Edwards? Can (will) we trade him? Do you know (and can you say) if this is a decision straight from the top?
I just don’t understand it, really… even though I don’t think Trent will be the long term answer that I hoped he’d be… he seems better than the other options. (Unless we just admit we’re playing for next year and give Brohm a shot, which you already said they won’t do…) Craziness!
CB: I think Trent’s fate will be determined by the new head coach. GM Buddy Nix has said he will not make any personnel moves without the new head coach getting an opportunity to evaluate the roster and see who might fit his vision and who does not.
So the possibility exists that he will be back in 2010 and the possibility exists that he will be gone. It rests in the hands of the new head coach.
2. Obviously, the Bills have a lot of holes to fill after the season. However, the position that seems to be of most importance is the interior of the defensive line. Marcus Stroud is not anywhere close to the player he use to be. Kyle Williams and Spencer Johnson make plays but are smaller and are better at penetrating with their quickness, they wont be able to eat up blockers.
How much of the Bills porous run defense can be attributed to the fact that Stroud is getting pushed around fairly easily every play?
People are always knocking Posluszny, but when blockers are able to get on him, he isn’t free to roam around and make tackles. I think the biggest priority in the off-season is to find a clog in the middle of that line.
I know people say we need a QB, but if you can’t stop the opponents run game your not going to win too many games. What are your thoughts?
Nick in Albany
CB: I’ve always been a big believer in getting your big men first on both sides of the ball. In defense of Marcus Stroud he played most of the season hurt (ankle, knee, neck), so if he didn’t look as explosive as he did last season, there’s your answer. The guy gutted it out in a lost season so I give him a lot of credit for that.
That being said I do believe a DT prospect would be a good add especially this year with such a strong DT class. However, offensive tackle and quarterback are ahead of that on my priority list. The offense is much further behind the defense. It takes priority even though I agree that bolstering the DT position is necessary.
I’m just not convinced the Bills are going to spend big in free agency to land a proven left tackle like a Marcus McNeill, especially in an uncapped year where there could be even more bidding wars between teams.
I think because the DT class is deeper than the OT class that you get your OT first and hope you can get at DT that can play right away in round 2. The DT class just got deeper this week with UCLA’s Brian Price declaring.
3. Hey Chris,
I think the bills should really consider going hard after Tarvaris Jackson in the off-season. I really think since coming back from injury late last season that he really has turned a corner. In the last four games of last season he was 3-1 and threw for 8td’s-1int. This year as a backup he’s 10-15, 159yards, 1td as a backup. I think he could be the answer for the bills at quarterback not Micheal Vick like some people are speculating and not Brian Brohm.
I think they should also go really hard after an elite young wide reciever like Brandon Marshall if the broncos don’t franchise him. I think the bills should then draft two big offensive tackles.
Maybe Trade Lee Evans to San Fran to get one of their first rounders so they can draft an OT and a DT in the first round. Since we have James Hardy and Steve Johnson at wide reciever. If we sign Brandon Marshall, we can play Hardy as the number two receiver and Johnson in the slot. What do you think?
CB: Well that’s a lot you’ve put on the table there. First, the quarterback situation. To me it’s looking more and more like an answer at quarterback might more likely come via trade, and not the draft. There are some respectable prospects, but I don’t know that there’s one you could put on the field right away and give the keys to the offense. So I think trading for a QB is a realistic possibility.
You’d have to pay a king’s ransom to get Kevin Kolb out of Philly so Tarvaris Jackson would come at a lesser price and if your new staff is installing a West Coast offense then Jackson would be a respectable option. I’m not convinced he’s turned a corner, but a consideration nonetheless.
As for a marquee young receiver, the Bills have that in Lee Evans. No one thinks so because he hasn’t put up monster numbers, but if you pair him with a quarterback that’s just above average the production will be there trust me.
Then as you suggested James Hardy can be the number two with Steve Johnson in the slot. It’s time for the young guys to step up at wideout. But there’s no need to go out and make a splash at receiver when you have a guy waiting to produce Pro Bowl numbers with a better line and better QB.
4. CHRIS: WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE BILLS SIGN CHAD PENNINGTON AS A FREE AGENT, DRAFT A DEVELOPMENTAL QB TO LEARN UNDER HIM AND DRAFT THE BEST LINEMAN OR LB AVAILABLE? CONRAD FROM ELMA
CB: First Chad Pennington has to prove himself healthy and capable of throwing a 12-yard out before he’s even a consideration. I do believe though that the Bills have to strongly consider the possibility of signing a veteran signal caller to serve as a stopgap at QB while a younger QB is groomed for the future, whether it’s Brian Brohm or a draft pick.
I’ve got a lot more draft prep work to do, but I’m not seeing a guy that will be there at 9 that the Bills can put on the field and succeed with right away. And if you draft a QB later, history shows it’s best to let them watch and learn early in their careers.
So I think there’s a lot of merit to the approach you’re suggesting, I just don’t know if Chad Pennington is the mark.
5. Hi Chris!!
My questions are:
1. How is L. McKelvin doing with his injury? I haven’t heard much
about him during the season.
2. What do see the Bills addressing first during the offseason / draft? QB or OL?
3. Due to our O-line problems. Do you think the Bills should go after M. Vick? He is certainly a good scrambler…
Thanks & take care…
Luis A. Estrada (Puerto Rico)
CB: McKelvin is close to 100 percent. He began running again on the turf field a couple of weeks ago, but told me he’s not 100 percent just yet. We’ll have a story on him this coming week on Buffalobills.com.
I believe the Bills will survey the landscape for a QB they believe can be a stopgap answer for a year or two while they groom a young QB be it Brohm or a draftee, unless Brohm outperforms said veteran.
I don’t see the Bills getting in a bidding war for premium free agents OTs so that might have to be the top priority in the draft.
Finally I understand your reasoning with Michael Vick, but I believe you fix the line and your QB play will improve. Also I think Vick is a running QB in a passing league. So I’m not big on acquiring Vick.
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brian Brohm, Buddy Nix, Chad Pennington, Fan Friday, James Hardy, Kyle Williams, Lee Evans, Leodis McKelvin, Marcus Stroud, Michael Vick, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Spencer Johnson, Steve Johnson, Tarvaris Jackson, Trent Edwards
Posted in Inside the Bills
Denver WR Brandon Marshall broke Terrell Owens record of most receptions in a game with 21 in a loss to the Colts Sunday. Owens set the record in 2000 when he had 20 receptions. So what did Owens think of his record being eclipsed.
“No more deserving a guy than he is,” said Owens of Marshall. “They say he’s the ‘Baby T.O.’ All records are made to be broken as some point. He’s going to have a great career. He flirted with it last year too. Great job by him.”
Owens and Marshall know each other well, but T.O. would not say whether or not he would give Marshall a call.
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Terrell Owens
Posted in Inside the Bills
With Jerricho Cotchery and not much else at receiver for rookie QB Mark Sanchez, reports out of New York are that the Jets are considering making a move to acquire Broncos insubordinate receiver Brandon Marshall.
According to Newsday’s Bob Glauber, the Jets have explored what it would take to land the disgruntled receiver who wants a new deal. He does say however, that the Jets are unlikely to part with a first-round draft pick to make such a deal happen. And it’s a virtual certainty that Denver would expect a first-round pick in return to even consider parting with Marshall despite the antics in practice that got him suspended for the rest of the preseason.
If the Jets had Marshall it would add some serious teeth to New York’s passing game. Teamed with Cotcher and TE Dustin Keller it would be a good threesome for Sanchez to work with.
Tags: Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
Posted in Inside the Bills
Denver OT Ryan Clady (ankle), G Chris Kuper (hand), WR Brandon Stokley (foot) and safety Vernon Fox (concussion) all did not practice Wednesday.
Limited in practice was CB Champ Bailey (groin).
Practicing fully were RB Selvin Young (groin), LB D.J. Williams (knee/shoulder), DT DeWayne Robertson (knee), CB Karl Paymah (groin), S Marlon McCree (knee), WR Brandon Marshall (hip/thigh), LB Mario Haggan (knee), and CB Josh Bell (thigh).
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brandon Stokley, Champ Bailey, Mario Haggan, Ryan Clady, Selvin Young
Posted in Inside the Bills