Bills hopeful for Cowart; looking at 2 ex-Titans

The Bills are hoping that the unrestricted free agency market swings back into their favor with regards to middle linebacker Sam Cowart, just as it did with Ruben Brown two years ago. Free agency money seems to get more scarce every season, as proven by the bloodletting more teams endure just to get under the salary cap when the period begins in the off-season.

The NFLPA can't be too pleased at the way things have transpired in unrestricted free agency. It envisioned that a competitive open market would allow its clients to get more money once they became UFAs. But only the most elite players are benefiting while the rest see little salary gain and, in a lot of cases, painful salary cuts …

The Titans released 31-year-old weakside linebacker Eddie Robinson last week and there might be a spot for Robinson to join the Bills. Though current starter Jay Foreman improved over the course of the season, Gregg Williams has said that he'd like to see more ‘nastiness' in Foreman.

Certainly, Williams' relationship with the cerebral Robinson could be a strike against Foreman.

Robinson has played in 159 of 160 possible NFL games in his 10-year NFL career, starting 148 of them. He's been remarkably injury-free. In 1996-'97, Robinson played with the Jaguars, but was released because they felt he struggled vs. the run.

With the Bills also interested in ex-Titans strong safety Blaine Bishop, also released last week, Buffalo could have two important 46-defense pieces in their lineup. The strong safety often plays near the line like a linebacker, while the weakside linebacker often joins the strongside linebacker in doubling on a tight end. Robinson and Bishop, 31, could make the Bills' 46 much more effective than last year, especially since the duo has played for Williams, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and DBs assistant Steve Jackson in Tennessee, and understands the terminology and plan.


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