Inside The Bills

Bills again have value plan for free agency

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 7:25 pm

When it comes to their own free agents they’ll do whatever they can to keep their priority players in the fold, but as far as free agents out in the market, the Bills plan to take a value approach much like they did last year.

That was Doug Whaley’s answer when asked by the John Murphy Show Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. He intends to make quality value signings like that of Manny Lawson, Alan Branch and Dan Carpenter.

“I think we’re going to stay that course, value picks, guys that can come in and contribute and we get a real good return on our investment,” said Whaley. “We just set it up before we came down here. We set up the unrestricted free agents by position. What we’ll do is we have certain positions that we think will be interesting to us and we’ll pull out certain guys that we think we’ll be able to look at and talk to or try to get and when we get back we’ll give it to the coaches and have a free agent board set up just like a draft board by position and regardless of position.

“We call them dust settle guys. After all the dust settles, but we can target guys now. We’ll see when the dust settles, but we can also go to them on day one and say this is what we’re willing to offer, but they’re not going to be big splash guys.”

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