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Toomer for a year?

Posted by Chris Brown on January 14, 2009 – 5:03 pm

Just a thought here knowing full well that the Bills under Dick Jauron typically do not go after free agents on the back side of their careers. But in light of what James Hardy will be facing with his rehab from a torn ACL and all the time he will miss, Amani Toomer might not be a terrible stop gap option for 2009.

I know he’ll be 35 when next season starts, but he’s a reliable veteran wideout that’s 6’3″ and can still make plays in the red zone. He would mesh well with the character players in the locker room and would be a player that opposing defenses would have to respect inside the 20-yard line.

And he should be affordable. Sure there are better receivers out there in the free agent market, but after the team forked over big money to retain Lee Evans, players like T.J. Houshmanzadeh are unrealistic as I see it. The Bills can’t afford two Lee Evans at receiver and Housh will cost as much if not more than Evans on the open market if he gets there.

The Bills have been relatively successful in the past with veteran pickups at WR like Bill Brooks and Quinn Early. I’d just like to see a vet that’s been there and done that.

I know Toomer isn’t a major game breaker anymore, but I think he’s dependable and capable of making enough plays to make this offense better. Again just for 2009.


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