Free Agent Focus v2005: OGs

With NFL free agency set to start next Thursday, we thought for the next 7 days we will focus on free agent players and positions the Bills could be looking at. We welcome you to add any thoughts or comments on our Bills board. <BR><BR> We start our look at the free agent landscape like we did in 2004 with a search for an OG. We stated last year that we didn't think the Bills would release Ruben Brown because we felt it be hard to fill two OGs spots as opposed to one.

Sure enough the team did cut Brown and while free agent signee Chris Villiaral proved to be a good starter at RG, the team struggled with the hole at LG where Brown had been a mainstay.

Cosey Coleman: He was tops on our list of free agent OGs last year and remains there this year due to his youth (26) and experience. Coleman is a four year starter at LG who was a second round pick in 2000. He's started 63 of the 71 games he's started in the NFL regular season and also earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in 2002.

Rick DeMulling: DeMulling is three year starter from the Indianapolis Colts. He's definitely worth looking at and should be available as the Colts seem to be focusing on keeping OT Ryan Diem and RB Edgerrin James. DeMulling is not physically gifted as Coleman. To date he's only given up 3 sacks in 41 career sOf course helping his cause is playing in front of one of the QB in Peyton Manning.

Joe Andruzzi: Andruzzi has been a key cog to the Patriots' Dynasty. He's started at both guard spots in the teams' Super Bowl victories; most recently at LG. His age and experience would fit in with the rest of the team like Villirial did last season. The eight year pro began his career as undrafted free agent and a backup in Green Bay but soon found himself starting for the New England and the rest they say is history.

Keydrick Vincent: Vincent offers youth and some good upside. Vincent has started 27 games at guard for the Steelers over the last two seasons and played very well this season when he only gave up one sack. Vincent joined the league as an undrafted free agent. The reason we put him so high on the list is he was a spot starter at both guard positions in the past for the Steelers and current Bills' head coach Mike Mularkey and offensive coordinator Tom Clements should know him from working together in Pittsburgh.

Paul Zukauskas: Zukauskas is probably best suited to be a spot starter/guy off the bench as this has been his role since joining the league in 2001 with the Cleveland Browns. He has the size to be an OT but with questionable feet he's probably best suited at LG and might be more affordable then the players already mentioned, of course he might not be as good as the others mentioned as well.

Rob Murphy: Murphy was born in Buffalo but played most of his football in Ohio. As he attended high school in Cincinnati and spent his collegiate days at Ohio State. He even originally signed with the Bengals as a free agent. As his college days were cut short when there were questions about his grades at the school. Murphy was well thought of prior to his release from school and was even thought to be a day one type prospect but has yet to meet that billing as he has yet to record an NFL start in three seasons in the league. Murphy makes our list because of his youth and potential but not someone that could be counted on as a starter just yet.

Rich Tylski: Tylski's age is a concern but unlike most 33 year olds he may have a few more miles left on his tires due to missing the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He wasn't injured those seasons but rather retired. Though last year he returned to the NFL and served as the Panthers primary backup at both guard spots and center. We feel Tylski could be a solid addition if the team lets go of Mike Pucillo. As he's been primary a RG throughout his career he does have limited experience (7 starts) at LG and could offer the Bills a veteran off the bench or a spot starter. Though if signed we'd prefer the team also draft an OG in hopes of starting at LG.


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