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Report: FA G Brandon Moore to retire

Posted by Chris Brown on July 25, 2013 – 10:26 am

He expressed a desire to sign with a contender as a free agent this offseason, but now it appears he’ll sign with no one. Veteran guard Brandon Moore will reportedly retire.

That according to NFL reporter Adam Caplan, who is citing an unnamed source.

I viewed Moore as a potential option for the Bills if they were not satisfied with how the talent pans out in the battle for the left guard position in camp, which we profiled on today.

Moore has a history with Bills head coach Doug Marrone. It was Marrone that essentially taught Moore how to play on the offensive line as he was originally signed by the Jets as a defensive lineman. At the time Marrone was the offensive line coach and Moore was his personal project.

Moore won’t turn 34 until next June and was still a productive player for the Jets last season.

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Fan Friday 5-17

Posted by Chris Brown on May 17, 2013 – 12:31 pm

Time for the latest edition of your questions from and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,

I don’t see how anybody can say that the Bills are good on the offensive line. The loss of Levitre left a gaping hole there. RT is a question mark, since Pears was injured all last year, and Eric Wood seems like he might be injury prone.

CB: I think your concerns about left guard are legitimate, but beyond that Buffalo has capable players for the starting roles and depth behind them. At tackle you have Cordy Glenn on the left and Chris Hairston on the right. Erik Pears is still limited, but when healthy more than capable himself on the right side.

Kraig Urbik is your right guard with Wood in the pivot. Depth-wise you have Zebrie Sanders as a tackle guard option once healthy. Beyond that it is a green group in terms of playing experience, but that’s the case for most of the league.


2 – Chris,

With the new high tempo offense, can we expect Doug Marrone to try to take a lead by choosing to receive this year?

Please say it is so,

Len in NYC

CB: I’ll have to ask him about that to be sure, but most NFL head coaches have found that the research shows if you choose to defer you typically wind up with the last possession of the first half. Obviously by deferring you also get the first possession of the second half. Those back-to-back possessions are seen as valuable in the eyes of many coaches. However, if your defense is substandard it might be wiser to choose to receive first if you win the toss. I’ll see if we can get an answer on coach Marrone’s philosophy on that.


3 – Hi Chris:
Now that the draft is over and we still need some positional fills, who do you  think the Bills will go after in FA to fill those voids (like OL, LB, CB)?

Thanks for delivering!
Mike from Orlando

CB: I think cornerback could prove to be the most pressing need. Buffalo has some interesting young talent at corner among the undrafteds, but there’s already a good deal of youth at the position. I wouldn’t be surprised if they added a veteran to that group at some point.


4 – Dear Chris,

My questions are about Brad Smith, I have heard he has looked good this spring as a WR. Is this his only role now or could he still be a wildcat/#3 game day QB? Will coach Marrone even employ the wildcat? If not could Smith be on the trade block at some point this off season?


Either way I wish him the best the coming season. He’s a real asset as a triple threat and that seems to be something this new staff seems to value.

I hope to hear from you soon on this as I’m sure I’m not the only fan to be wondering about Brads future here. As always GO BILLS!!!

Scott Kane,

CB: Yes, Brad Smith is strictly a receiver and a return man at this point. Based on coach Marrone’s comment on the Wildcat after the draft, I highly doubt we’ll see it as any respectable part of Buffalo’s offense.

Smith to his credit has performed well in OTA practices. He and T.J. Graham have probably benefited the most from the absence of Stevie Johnson on the practice field.

As for the trade block, I think we’re a bit ahead of the game at this point. There’s a lot of evaluation that needs to be done by this coaching staff.


5 – Hi Chris,

Firstly, thank you for your coverage. As a Bills fan since 1986 living on the other side of the world, I am more than appreciative of all informed coverage.

Two quick questions: have the Bills had talks with Brandon Moore. if not, why not?

Secondly, it is all but impossible to follow college football from here. However, I have watched Keith Pough’s highlights. Admittedly, highlights can be very misleading, but he looked terrific. Why was he not drafted? What chance does he have of making the team?

Jeff Wallace,
Sydney, Australia

CB: Thanks for the kind words. To my knowledge the Bills have not talked to Brandon Moore. Obviously, Bills head coach Doug Marrone knows him extremely well. He was the Jets assistant offensive line coach, who turned him from a defensive lineman to a very successful guard on the offensive side. So there’s a relationship there. At age 33, he’s probably not what the Bills are looking for knowing they want to build this roster from the ground up with players that will be here for the long haul.

However, if they do not like what they feel they are getting from the guard spot you can’t rule out the Bills making a phone call to the veteran.

As for Keith Pough, he’s a bit undersized and did not perform well at the Combine, especially when it came to his 40 time (4.87). He also played at a lower level of college competition at Howard. That doesn’t mean he can’t make an NFL roster, but it discourages NFL clubs from taking a chance on him with a draft choice. Signing him as an undrafted offers less risk. I do know that the Bills are high on him among their undrafted group.

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Guards off market early

Posted by Chris Brown on February 28, 2009 – 3:07 pm

With Chris Kemoeatu and Brandon Moore both re-signing with the teams that released them the guard market is suddenly thinner at the top.

I was a bit surprised those two didn’t at least visit other teams to see what was out there.

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G Kemoeatu sets market for guards

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2009 – 9:49 pm

With Pittsburgh FA G Chris Kemoeatu re-signing with the Steelers (5yrs, $20M) he’s effectively set the market for guards in free agency. Kemoeatu was considered by some to be the best guard in the free agent pool, so other guards may not get much more than that, which is good news for the Bills.

Jets FA G Brandon Moore could conceivably be had for around $4M per season, which is considerably less than what Dockery’s average annual payout was, at least on the cap ($7M).

It also means that Kendall Simmons chances of going back to Pittsburgh are that much less likely.

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Jets make offer to Pittsburgh G Kemoeatu

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2009 – 3:58 pm

The Jets aren’t only looking on the defensive side of the ball. They’ve also made a contract offer to Steelers FA G Chris Kemoeatu. According to the NY Daily News the offer is $4M a year.

Kemoeatu is considered one of the best FA guards on the market. This contract offer is also an indication that the Jets are moving forward without considering re-signing Brandon Moore, who was released Thursday.

Moore is coming off a career year and would be a solid pickup for the Bills, and likely could be had for close to half the average annual salary of Dockery’s old deal.

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Jets G Moore officially released

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2009 – 10:27 pm

The Jets finally pulled the trigger on releasing Brandon Moore this afternoon. In the wake of the Derrick Dockery release I’d jump on Moore immediately. The guy is coming off arguably his best season and he’d make for a strong left side of the line next to Peters.

Moore had been making peanuts, though the reason the Jets cut him was due to a $7M roster bonus early next month. But here are his old contract numbers (base salary) for the next four years.

2009 $620,000.00
2010 $760,000.00
2011 $2,000,000.00
2012 $1,750,000.00

Now in all likelihood he’s going to be looking for a big raise, but I’d like to think he could be had for $3M a season. That’s still less than half of what the Bills were paying Dockery per season on average, and you get a better player.

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Jets G Moore is a quality interior OL

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2009 – 12:21 pm

With the Jets purging their roster of players due to receive big roster bonuses next month, it could be Buffalo’s gain. TE Chris Baker was clipped Friday and would be a boost for Buffalo’s run game, while offering some pass catching ability.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the Jets will also release starting guard Brandon Moore. Moore is coming off arguably his best season and if released would be an intriguing option to improve Buffalo’s offensive line, while also hurting the Jets.

Of course he has to be released by the Jets first, and the Bills would obviously have to make some decisions with their current offensive front, which underachieved through the first half of last season.

There’s no question that losing Moore would hurt the Jets run game, though both he and Baker’s representatives are reportedly open to renegotiating and re-signing with the Jets.

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