Bills meet with Fletcher

Ex-Rams middle linebacker London Fletcher is visiting Buffalo today. The Bills are keeping their options open just in case a deal for Sam Cowart doesn't materialize. Fletcher, somewhat undersized for a middle linebacker at 5'10", 241 pounds, was the Rams' leading tackler the last three seasons. Speed is his biggest asset …

If Cowart does go to the Jets, that would likely leave James Farrior, the Jets' free agent weakside linebacker, available. Farrior, a 1997 first-round pick out of Virginia, could be a player the Bills would be interested in. He had his best season last year. That would mean Jay Foreman, a restricted free agent, probably would be gone …

Still, if Cowart leaves, Buffalo would need a middle linebacker. Watch for Pittsburgh's unrestricted free agent, Earl Holmes. Players such as Holmes thought things would be looking better, but teams simply do not have the money to offer these players, meaning Cowart's return to Buffalo is not out of the question.

Tom Donahoe told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "It doesn't appear the market will pick up. Guys will sign, but it doesn't appear like it's going to be a banner market. So many teams in the league have cap problems, so there's not a lot of room. Some of it may be the influence of what New England did last year. They didn't spend a lot of money in free agency and they got a lot of pieces to the puzzle for a team that won the Super Bowl."


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