In driver's seat for Coles?
As reported here Sunday, the two teams in the running for Laveranues Coles now are the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. And after the Seattle Seahawks landed T.J. Houshmandzadeh, the Bengals are going to meet with Coles. According to this report on the Bengals' team site, Coles was going to visit Cincinnati over the weekend, but couldn't get a flight Sunday.
Now that the Miami Dolphins (and chief recruiter Chad Pennington) are out of the picture, it appeared the Bills were the best bet here. Expect Coles to whip through a world tour. After several teams – think Minnesota, Cincinnati, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc. – missed out on Houshmandzadeh, Coles may attempt to hike up his market price.
Coles didn't get the type of instant attraction he may have expected after getting released by the New York Jets. Now that the receiver atop every team's wish list is gone, the demand for Coles may rise. Tuesday is crucial. If teams balk at Coles' asking price – which I'd expect – the Bills should remain in the driver's seat. Coles is clearly Buffalo's top priority and the team has plenty of money to spend.
Don't want to jump the gun or anything, but a three-receiver set of Evans-Coles-Reed could instantly juice up Buffalo's passing game. Coles is precisely what this offense needs – a sure-handed option that operates underneath secondaries.
Greer making the rounds
As Adam Caplan reported for Scout.com, free agent cornerback Jabari Greer is the midst of several visits. While the Detroit Free Press reported Sunday that Greer was on the cusp of inking a deal with Detroit, he is surveying his value with multiple teams. Caplan reported that Greer visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday and will visit the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay had the most money to spend out of all teams in the NFL when free agency began, seemingly building up ammo to land defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. When that fell through, the Buccaneers traded for Kellen Winslow, re-signed underachieving wide receiver Michael Clayton to a whopping five-year, $26 million contract and re-upped Will Allen's deal too.
Where it gets tricky with the Bucs is that they have a free agent cornerback of their own, Phillip Buchanan.
Buchanan, who had 52 tackles and two interceptions last season, was scheduled to visit with the Lions Monday night.
Who's better – Greer or Buchanan? According to the Scout.com cornerback ratings, it's Greer. He's younger and his career is peaking. With excess dough to burn, Tampa Bay may be prioritizing Greer as its next signing. Chances are, Greer has a number from the Bills and is testing his market value around the league. Of course, the more teams he visits hurts Buffalo's chances but don't count out the Bills quite yet. Buffalo made an effort to re-sign him this past weekend and remain a key player.
During the offseason, Greer openly expressed his desire to return to the team that took a chance on him as an undrafted free agent. This is far from over.
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