Bills Notes: Free Agency, Spikes, Draft

The Bills have been active during the first couple weeks of free agency, landing LeSean McCoy and Matt Cassel in trades, re-signing Jerry Hughes, and adding Percy Harvin and Charles Clay in free agency. What’s next for the team? According to GM Doug Whaley (Twitter link via Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News), Buffalo is still considering adding a veteran receiver, and would also like to bring back linebacker Brandon Spikes.

Here’s more on the Bills:

  • Offensive line is another spot the Bills need to address, but that will happen in the draft rather than in free agency, tweets Carucci. As Carucci notes, Buffalo pursued offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga in free agency and tried to trade for Saints guard Jahri Evans, but didn’t land either player.
  • Whaley tells Mike Rodak of (Twitter link) that the Bills are open to the idea of drafting a quarterback. However, as Rodak points out, that could be tricky, since the salaries of both E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor are guaranteed for 2015. Drafting a quarterback would mean either carrying four on the roster, or parting ways with one of Cassel (just acquired), Taylor (just signed), or Manuel (guaranteed salary; former first-rounder).
  • In his look at 20 contract situations around the league, Joel Corry of examines a pair of Bills-related issues, discussing Buffalo’s offer to Clay and the increasing price of the team’s defensive line.
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