The Buffalo Bills showed plenty of interest in offensive guard Matt Slauson. The veteran had plenty of experience starting at guard and the Bills felt that Slauson had the ability to compete at right tackle. Buffalo was familiar with Slauson as he played on teams that were coached by Rex Ryan (Jets) and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer (Bears). It seemed as though the Bills had the inside track at signing Slauson after he left his first visit with San Diego and spent a few days with the Bills, but that wasn't the case.
Shortly upon leaving Buffalo, Slauson agreed to terms with the Chargers. Now, the question must be asked: What now? Do the Bills stand pat with the players they have and hope that the right side of the line fixes itself? John Miller had a rough rookie season but Buffalo appears ready to give him a second season as a starter at right guard. At right tackle, Jordan Mills and Seantrel Henderson are most likely to see time at right tackle. Maybe an undrafted free agent steps up in the next few months and pushes for playing time. Anything can happen and the Bills may just wait things out before pursuing another free agent offensive lineman.
However, there is one player still sitting on the market who may be a great fit for Buffalo: Louis Vasquez.
Vasquez was released by the Broncos in early March and he remains on the market. To date, Vasquez's only known visit has been with the Tennessee Titans. Vasquez is coming off of a down season with the Denver Broncos as he struggled with the team's zone blocking scheme, according to the Denver Post.
"His power blocking prowess wasn't a great fit in Broncos coach Gary Kubiak's zone blocking scheme."
Power blocking is certainly utilized in Buffalo's offense and Vasquez has played at both right guard and right tackle in his career. Buffalo reportedly wanted Slauson for right tackle, but he hadn't played in that role since college. Vasquez at least has experience playing at right tackle and right guard in the past few seasons. At best, Vasquez wins the right tackle or right guard spot. At worst, he provides the team with valuable depth.
The fact that Vasquez remains unsigned is unusual. Vasquez could have an injury that isn't being reported or his asking price may be too high. That said, if Buffalo is still looking to add depth to their offensive line, Vasquez may be the best option on the market.null