Inside The Bills

Free agents to keep eye on

Posted by Chris Brown on July 26, 2011 – 6:00 am

In addition to Buffalo’s own key free agents like Paul Posluszny and Drayton Florence, here are some other free agent players to keep an eye on as a very wild veteran free agent period gets underway.

Positions Buffalo is expected to be targeting in free agency include cornerback, inside linebacker and quarterback. Bills GM Buddy Nix has said that big ticket free agents are not the way he likes to build a football team. He prefers dependable free agents of high character. With that in mind here are some names that could make sense for the Bills.

Tyler Thigpen – Miami – played for Chan Gailey in Kansas City in 2008.
Billy Volek – San Diego – signed by Buddy Nix as Pro Personnel Director in San Diego in 2006.
Marc Bulger – Baltimore – committed to being a backup, so he would know his role in Buffalo.

Kevin Burnett – San Diego – 28-years old, started 16 games last season and had 95 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 INTs, 2 FF, 1 TD

Richard Marshall – Carolina – 26-years old, back-to-back 88 tackles seasons, full time starter last two seasons in which he had combined 7 INTs.
Paul Oliver – San Diego – a 27-year old reserve corner that’s a four-year vet and would represent good depth in challenging for a subpackage role. Started eight games last year.

Buffalo appears pretty set at OLB with seven players under contract already, but if they want to add another vet Cleveland free agent Matt Roth is a possibility knowing he played under George Edwards in Miami. He started all 16 games last year for the Browns in a 3-4 system making 86 tackles with 3.5 sacks, and probably wouldn’t break the bank. 

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