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4 offers for Flozell?

Posted by Chris Brown on July 23, 2010 – 9:28 am

Veteran offensive tackle Flozell Adams has been a much talked about topic among Bills fans that are hoping there will be some veteran reinforcements signed for Buffalo’s offensive line.

According to NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora four NFL clubs have standing offers for Adams (see bottom of write up) to accept if he chooses to do so. His agent is not revealing the identity of the teams that are interested.

Adams can reportedly be had for $4M on a one-year deal.

I think the only way the Bills might be interested is if Demetrius Bell’s return from his offseason knee surgery doesn’t progress as well as they intend it to when training camp gets underway next week.


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Flozell Adams update

Posted by Chris Brown on June 30, 2010 – 10:44 am

According to NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora the long time Dallas Cowboys OT has made his second free agent visit this offseason.

Flozell Adams visited with the Steelers, but nothing appears imminent. He has also visited with the Broncos this offseason. Pittsburgh needs reinforcements after losing Willie Colon for the 2010 season after an Achilles injury that required surgery.

Other teams are said to be interested, but Adams’ agent is reportedly looking for the best fit.


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Fan Friday 5-21

Posted by Chris Brown on May 21, 2010 – 11:59 am

OTAs are coming up next week. Let’s get to your questions (AskChris@bills.nfl.net).

1 - Chris,
I keep hearing from different articles that Nix said: “Everybody we drafted we had graded higher than we drafted them, other than Spiller.”  If Spiller wasn’t graded higher than where we drafted them, where was he graded, and why didn’t we take the higher graded player?
-Chris
State College, PA

CB:
Spiller was drafted right where the Bills had him on their board, and if there was a player on their board that they had ranked higher than Spiller they would’ve taken him at nine. Obviously there wasn’t any such player at that point in time.
2 – Chris,
Any chance you see any free agents being brought in to fill in some holes and add competition (i.e. Flozell Adams, Marc Bulger)?  I’m getting a little tired of the Bills handing positions to players without strong enough internal competition.  I love Demetrius Bell’s potential but an established veteran can possibly push him to start and teach him a lot. 

Same thing for our relatively young quarterback crew, Marc Bulger can compete and help teach the young guys.  I’d be in favor of proceeding with the Dolphins rebuilding approach after their 1 -15 season, bring in lots of bodies for lots of competition.  They don’t have to be big names but I’d like to see more competition especially with this new group of coaches and many positions up for grabs.  What do you think of this strategy and any potential signings?

Greg
Albany, NY

CB: I don’t see Flozell Adams or Marc Bulger coming in, but I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s a trade in the summer for a veteran. I think the Bills coaching staff is going to evaluate what they have through the month of June with numerous OTA and minicamp practices.

If they feel they don’t really have a viable answer at a position they’ll add competition for training camp. However, if they feel they’ve got a young player that can improve as the season wears on, they’re not going to bring in a veteran to start for a year to jeopardize that development.

This team is approaching this rebuilding effort from a ground up perspective. They don’t want to plug too many holes with aging vets.
3 – I have been pleased with the signings of Green, Edwards and especially Davis.  It seems that there is still a need for a veteran interior OL to provide depth and insurance for Wood.  There are three UFA’s still out there that would seem to fit the need, two with ties to coaches/ management.  They would be OG Keydrick Vincent, OG Mike Goff and C/OG Ben Hamilton.  Do you see the Bills having an interest in any of these options?
Gregg from Atlanta

CB: I don’t think they’re looking for a veteran guard as a backup because I think they’re envisioning Kirk Chambers for such a role. I think this staff sees him as a valuable reserve guard option.

Seventh-round pick Kyle Calloway fits into that category as well. Other players they’re looking at for reserve guard roles include 2009 practice squaders Andre Ramsey and Jason Watkins. 

4 - Do you think Brian Brohm will have a serious shot at being the Bills starter for 2010/2011 season? I watched a video when he was drafted and most of the analysts had him being a better prospect than Aaron Rogers… that is before Aaron Rogers became a starter in GB. I think he has the most potential than all the QB’s in Buffalo. What are your thoughts??

Thanks
Andy

CB: I think in terms of untapped potential I would agree. Brohm has only started one career game in the NFL so the book on him is still largely an unknown, especially considering he ran a watered down game plan with the offense being new to him in that Atlanta game.

He’ll be given every opportunity to win the starting job, but Chan Gailey is going to make the opportunities for each of the three veteran QBs as even as possible. Personally I think Trent Edwards is the most physically talented QBs of those three. If Edwards gets his decision making and accuracy back to where it was before things went wrong in 2009, I believe Trent wins the job. 

5 - Hey Chris, I had a question – what will the Bills offensive line look like next year?
Steve

CB: I believe it will start left to right like this, provided there are no other additions made by way of trade or free agency. Meredith, Levitre, Hangartner, Wood, Green. I wonder about Bell coming around from knee surgery in time to really convince the Bills staff he can handle the job. If Bell comes back fine then he’s probably the left tackle.


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Fan Friday 4-30

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2010 – 12:34 pm

Well the 2010 draft is in the rearview mirror and the Bills really got some good talent for their D-line in Troup and Carrington. I like those guys a lot. Spiller is a difference maker. Be nice to strike a little fear in opponents. Some good depth players too.
In any event let’s see what’s on your mind on the heels of the draft. (AskChris@bills.nfl.net for questions).

1 – Hey Chris,
Do you think buffalo bills send their 2nd rd pick (2011) to baltimore for gaither after not getting a premier NFL ready LT in the draft?? He’s young some experience 2nd yr.
Rich

CB: There’s no debating that Gaither is talented and young. Here’s what I think happens with the Bills and their left tackle situation. I believe Buffalo’s talent evaluators will assess the talent on hand and see how they perform on the field through minicamps and OTAs this spring. If they feel they need to upgrade I believe they will. Currently there are two tackles with experience that I see worthy of pursuing.

One is Gaither and the other is New Orleans’ Jammal Brown. Granted Brown is coming off an injury, but provided he checks out, I would look at both of them as options. A second or possibly a third rounder in 2011 could get it done.

2 – With the addition of Chad Jackson what do you see happening with Roscoe Parrish? I mean Chad is a return man with a lot of speed and a lot of the same qualities Parrish has. I know its been talked about before, but with the Bills having Evans, Hardy, Steve Johnson, and now Chad Jackson do you see the Bills trading Parrish and maybe get a draft pick out of him?

-FE-
-Long Island-

CB: I don’t see Parrish being moved. I think he finally has an offensive coordinator (Gailey) that will come up with a way to maximize his talents at the receiver position on offense. I anticipate him getting a lot more snaps in the slot, especially with Josh Reed gone. They’ll use him in motion a lot too. Think about Parrish and Spiller in the two slots in a four wide look. Man I like the sound of that. Chad Jackson in my opinion is nowhere near the return man that Roscoe is. Roscoe’s biggest competition is going to be Spiller in the return game.

3 – I see Dallas released there left tackle Flozell Adams. Is he worth pursuing by the Bills?

Thanks,
Jeff Johnson

CB: For some reason I just don’t see the Bills pursuing a player that at best is a one-year stop gap. I could be wrong, but I think Buffalo is building this team in such a way where they’re looking for long term answers especially at a position like left tackle.

4 - Hey Chris,
 
Thanks for all your great coverage of the draft. I’m sure you’ll be getting plenty of questions about the O-line, but that obviously seems to be the biggest concern for us fans as of right now. I am assuming that left guard through right tackle is pretty much set at Levitre, Hangartner, Wood and Green. My question is do you think Bell goes in as the starting left tackle right now? I know Nix said he has to be, but he didn’t seem completely convinced. Do you think Wang or Jamon Meredith (who I thought was decent last year) have any chance of displacing Bell?
 
–Brad

CB: Personally I think it will be an open competition. We’ll get a better sense of just how healthy Bell is coming off the knee injury when OTAs start up. It’s his job to lose because he’s the incumbent, but I do think Meredith will give him a good run. Andre Ramsey is also in that mix and Wang is a dark horse, who I think will need some development in the end. As I said earlier based on coaching and front office evaluations a play for a Gaither or Jammal Brown I do not think is out of the question yet.

Another possible option that’s out there is Levitre possibly kicking out to tackle, but with so many other young options right now, I anticipate the staff will sift through those first.

5 – Chris,
With Chan saying he likes big receivers on the edges – might we see Evans spend some time in the slot?  I could see that causing some serious matchup problems for a defense.
Thanks,
John
CB: With Chan Gailey I would rule nothing out. Buffalo has added some receivers with size, both in the draft and free agency. Too often we’ve seen Lee Evans facing bracket coverage and taken away as a weapon. I believe Gailey, knowing the playmaker that Evans is would do whatever he can to put him in a playmaking position. It could just mean moving him around more, or it could very well mean more time in the slot. We shall see.


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Bills interested in OT Adams?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2010 – 2:55 pm

ESPN Rumor Central looks to be speculating more than anything else, but they believe a veteran free agent offensive tackle could be pegged.

According to the “report” free agent veteran OT Flozell Adams could be targeted as a possible free agent addition for their left tackle position. Here’s the key sentence among what was written in the report.

They might take a look at veteran free agent Flozell Adams. Adams was one of the most-penalized linemen in the NFL, but he would be an upgrade from a skills standpoint.

With Demetrius Bell coming off a knee injury last season and fifth-round pick Ed Wang the only left tackle prospect scooped up in the draft and the report that Buffalo inquired about Jared Gaither last weekend, speculation is rampant that the Bills will make some kind of free agent addition at that position.

I wonder if they wait and assess what they have at the position after some OTAs on the field before pulling the trigger on any signings or possible trades. GM Buddy Nix, head coach Chan Gailey and Asst. GM/Pro Personnel Director Doug Whaley will know very quickly if they need to add reinforcements.


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Colombo deal provide parameters for Peters?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2008 – 2:13 pm

Dallas Cowboys RT Marc Colombo signed a four-year extension worth $22.5M with a reported $11.5M guaranteed. While I don’t think there’s any way that Bills LT Jason Peters accepts a deal that size with respect to an extension, it could at the very least provide a starting point for negotiations.

Colombo’s deal averages $5.6M a year and he’s a right tackle. Peters obviously plays on the blind side.

I’m no contract negotiator, but it might actually work to use the contracts of both Dallas tackles as the parameters on a new deal for Peters?

Here’s what I’m getting at. Colombo’s deal can be the jumping off point and his teammate LT Flozell Adams can be the ceiling.

Adams signed a 6-year $42M extension last offseason, which included $15M guaranteed. That’s $7M per season and Adams is a four-time Pro Bowl player.

Peters with a pair of Pro Bowls under his belt I would think could see the logic of being somewhere in between those two players. Clearly he’s better than Colombo, but not quite as established as Adams.

Perhaps he’d be agreeable to $6 million plus per season?

Personally I doubt it, but it’s worth a shot. In all likelihood though the Peters camp will likely be looking to exceed the 2005 deals of Orlando Pace (7-$52.9M-$18M bonus) and Walter Jones (7-$50M-$20M in bonuses), which is over $7M per season, especially when you consider the fact that the guy lining up next to Peters makes $7M per season.


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