Free Agent Focus v2005: TEs

The late season injuries to both Mark Campbell and Tim Euhus have left the position of TE as a big question mark for the Bills heading into 2005. As both were placed on injured reserve late in the season with ACL tears. Despite that fact that each player is expected to return in time for training camp, GM Tom Donahoe was reported as stating that he will "address the position".

Bubba Franks: Franks was the first of the three "impact" TEs from Miami. Jeremy Shockey has shown to be the best of the three and Kellen Winslow Jr was injured too early in his rookie last year to prove his worth. Franks has shown to be a deadly red zone target when given the chance in Green Bay but could be out of the Bills' price range on the open market. Also the Packers showed they want to keep Franks by tagging him with a transition tag which allows them to match any offer he receives.

Freddie Jones: Jones quietly puts up solid numbers year after year but gets little recognition. A former 2nd Round pick Jones would be an upgrade to Campbell as the starting TE and might be a more capenomic choice than Franks.

Matt Cushing: A 3rd string TE in Pittsburgh he would likely serve the same role here in Buffalo. Yet he would give the Bills a true blocking TE which currently is not found on the roster, not only that but Cushing could also serve as full back if needed.

Dave Moore: No longer a starting TE he might give the Bills someone to use as a short term solution if Campbell and Euhus can't start the season.

Cam Cleeland: After an outstanding rookie year Cleeland has been regulated to a career backup impart due to injury. He offers good hands but a good safety valve for a QB.

Ituli Mili: At 31 his best days might be behind him but might be a more capable starter than the likes of Moore but again someone that could be counted on start the season and eventual be moved down the depth chart.


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