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Bills offseason making the grade

Posted by Chris Brown on May 29, 2012 – 9:06 am

The Bills still have a long wait before they can prove how much better they are on the field, but as far as the media pundits are concerned Buffalo had a stellar offseason of acquisitions.

USA Today handed out offseason grades for every NFL club and Buffalo had one of the better marks.

Buffalo Bills (A-): Boldness is the byword of Buffalo’s offseason. GM Buddy Nix sprung for $100 million to lure DE Mario Williams, the best free agent defender available. By also adding DE Mark Anderson, the Bills now arguably own the AFC’s best defensive line with DTs Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams bracketed by the newcomers. Nix also invested in his own stars, securing WR Stevie Johnson and RB Fred Jackson with new deals. First-round CB Stephon Gilmore headlined the draft and should tighten up the air defense in conjunction with the beefed-up pass rush — beware, Tom Brady. The team is counting on enormous second-round T Cordy Glenn (6-6, 345 pounds) to lock down QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s blind side. If it all jells — and that will require consistency from Fitzpatrick and a healthy Jackson — Buffalo could break its 12-season playoff drought, the league’s longest active streak.

Four other NFL clubs also received A- grades. They were Dallas, New England, St. Louis and San Francisco. The two teams with the best grades were the Giants and Tampa Bay. Both received A grades.

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