Free Agent Focus v2005: D-line

Bills DT Pat Williams is due to be an UFA. Re-signing him may prove difficult and although the team does have adequate depth in the form of Ron Edwards and Tim Anderson but there are questions if either has what it takes to be an every down starter like Williams has been. The Bills might also want to bring in someone to use on third downs at the DE spot as even though Chris Kelsay and Ryan Denney show improvement neither one have been able to prevent team's from double teaming Aaron Schobel.

DT Pat Williams: Phat Pat as he's called by Bills fans definitely is worth bringing back but in this salary cap driven NFL the question is about the economics to do so. If the team can get a "hometown discount" than Williams would continue to wear Bills' colors.

DT Marcus Bell: Bell like Phat Pat is a two gap player and is difficult to move against the run. He's very well built and very large but he is deceptively quick and has decent reaction skills to the run. He could be used on 1st and 2nd down and in goal line situations. Bell is only 25 years old and his best years might be right in front of him.

DE Derrick Burgess: Burgess had a great post season with the Eagles and has a somewhat disappointing NFL career to date. As he's a guy the Eagles have a worked with diligently hoping he'd someday be a dominating DE. He might not be that but he could be a good third down/depth DE the Bills lack.

DE Bryce Fisher: Fisher was originally drafted by the Bills but after a solid first season saw himself cut and signed by the St Rams. Since then he's developed himself into a starter and had 8.5 sacks last season. While we don't see him returning to Buffalo, he would be a great situational pass rusher.

DT Joe Salave'a: Salave'a has worked with Gregg Williams in both Tennessee and Washington and might be worth looking at if the team loses Pat Williams in free agency. Although he has been available the last two years the Bills have shown little interest so he might not be someone Jerry Gray thinks is worth adding.

DE Chidi Ahanotu: It's been three seasons since he last suited up in Buffalo but we feel he'd be a welcome addition. A personal favorite, Chidi would give the Bills some needed depth at the Defensive End position.

DT Tony Williams: Williams is more of a one gap pass rush first type of DT that the team really lacks. While Ron Edwards has shown he can get to the QB he might be called upon to start this season which might cause his sack numbers to go down as won't be as fresh as he won't be coming off the bench. Tony Williams could provide such a role and at the same time offer a veteran presence who has worked under current D-line coach Tim Krumrie in Cincinnati

DT Oliver Gibson: The Bills signed him last off-season but let him gone during the preseason. The only way we see the team considering him is if Pat Williams signs elsewhere and the team feels a need to bring in a veteran.


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