The Buffalo Bills defense had a disappointing season in 2015 but don't look for the team to address the defense much in free agency. Buffalo's cap situation isn't ideal and re-signing their own free agents is the top priority. Although the defense didn't come close to meeting expectations in 2015, Bills GM Doug Whaley doesn't believe that the defense needs an overhaul.
Dunne later shared more from Whaley in The Buffalo News. The GM believes the players need to think about the overall defense.
"Whaley emphasized the need for all current players to fully understand the scheme. Too often last season, he said, players were focused on their specific position, instead of thinking about this defense as a whole."
There are still quite a few defensive players on the roster who played under Mike Pettine in 2013, so it's not as though Buffalo doesn't have the right pieces for Rex Ryan's defense. In free agency, the Bills can try to re-sign Nigel Bradham but any other defensive players will probably have to come at a low cost. That could include a linebacker like DeMario Davis. Davis is very familiar with Ryan's defense and he isn't expected to be highly sought-after by other teams.
The Bills can also look to address their defense in the draft. Buffalo could add two starters or instant contributors on the defensive side of the ball within the first three to four rounds.
Buffalo's defense isn't expected to look much different in terms of personnel next year, but the team expects much better results.