Inside The Bills

Fan Friday 1-23

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2009 – 6:31 pm

Fan Friday 1-23

Here’s our latest installment of Fan Friday. Feel free to email me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net if you have a question. I try to answer every email I get either personally or right here. With the Senior Bowl in full swing this week, naturally there were a lot of draft questions in my inbox this week as well as free agency and the 2009 schedule. Here are a few answers to some of the more popular questions I received.

1. Hey Chris, quick question regarding the schedule for next season.  Why do the Bills play the Browns at home and Jacksonville/Kansas City on the road again?
 
Gustavo Cambeiro

CB: It’s purely a rotational schedule set up by the league. In 2009 the Bills were going to face the AFC South and NFC South in their entirety in addition to their six division games.

The league then picked which of those eight teams would be home opponents (Houston, Indy, N.O., Tampa Bay) and which would be away (Jax., Tenn., Atl, Carolina).

Then the Bills always play the teams from the remaining two divisions in their conference that finished in the same place as Buffalo in 2008 in their respective divisions. So the last place finisher in the AFC North (Cleveland) was the team they would play at home and the last place finisher in the AFC West (KC) was the team they would play on the road. It was predetermined for the most part. Only Cleveland and KC were up in the air until the end of the 2008 season.

2. Hey Chris,
I was just wondering what do you think is the possibility of the Bills using the franchise tag on Greer in the offseason and around what his contract would be if they chose to go that way. Also how many years does Jason Peters have on his contract and any anticipation of him trying to hold out again next year if his contract is renegotiated,
Thanks,
Paul in Richmond, CA

CB: I doubt the Bills go the way of the franchise tag with Jabari Greer. The tag for cornerbacks has skyrocketed relative to the rapid increase of the salary cap. Last year the franchise tag for cornerbacks was $9.5 million, up 19% from the previous year.

It’s based on the average of the top five player salaries at the position. In light of some of the contracts signed in the last year (DeAngelo Hall 7-$70M with Oakland, then 6-$48M with Washington, Terence Newman 6-$50.2M, Asante Samuel 6-$57M, Corey Webster 5-$43.5M) I don’t see it going down if at all.

There’s no way Buffalo forks that kind of money over even for a year for Greer.

As for Jason Peters, I think a new deal has to be reached or I fear we may see some of the same shenanigans we saw this past offseason.

3. I’d hate to see Jabari go but that just may happen due to circumstances… Can we use the transition tag on him? I am not really sure how that works though. I know the Steelers used the transition tag on Ike Taylor a year ago. How does that work?

CB: The transition tag is the average of the top 10 salaries at the position. For cornerbacks in 2008 that was $7.7M, still a price that I believe is too steep for the Bills to stomach for Greer despite it being more palatable than the franchise tag.

Under the transition tag a player can still sign an offer sheet with another club and the Bills would have seven days to match. But if the Bills elect not to match they would lose Greer with no compensation. That’s why most teams do not make use of it.

4. I was just wondering if you could shed some light on the draft order, I see that San Francisco and Buffalo both finished with 7-9 records and since the 49ers beat the Bills it should appear that the Bills would pick ahead of them. However, that’s not the case. Why? 
 
Thanks for your time
Eric Briel

CB: The reason why Buffalo is picking 11th and San Francisco 10th is because this past season the 49ers had a weaker strength of schedule (based on how their opponents did this season – 114-141-1) and still managed just seven wins. Buffalo’s opponents were 116-140 this season. Since the 49ers had an easier schedule and still couldn’t get more wins, they’re viewed as the weaker team even though they beat Buffalo last season and pick 10th with the Bills picking 11th.

5. Chris,
I just wanted to ask if you’ve been able to research what rounds we have draft picks in?  I can’t seem to find any information on it, other than we have the 11th overall pick.

CB: The Bills have a pick in every round for a total of seven not counting compensatory picks which will be awarded in March, though I haven’t researched at this time what the Bills might be in line for if anything. All of those picks are Buffalo’s original selections.


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