FA Update: June makes sense in Buffalo

In the latest edition of "Free Agency Update," BFR's Pat Moran covers all the bases from Jabari Greer to Cato June (left) to Terrell Owen. Get all the insight inside...

--- Jabari Greer's deal with New Orleans is for $23 million over four years, with $10 million guaranteed. I'm at least mildly surprised Buffalo didn't resign him at this rate. That's not a lot to have two starters locked up long term (McKelvin the other). There is little doubt McGee will cost a whole lot more next offseason, so unless Drayton Florence is good enough to start in 2010, Buffalo may be in the market for a corner once again next winter.

--- Robert Royal got $10 million over four years (same exact deal he got in Buffalo in 2006) and $6 million is guaranteed. You have fun with that, Cleveland.

--- No word on Cato June as of late last night, but I have to think if the Bills really want him that they'd get him. Truth is, unlike a lot of other linebackers in free agency, June is specific to the Bills scheme. There's only a handful of teams that use this kind of defense. He's already been cut from Tampa Bay and Indianapolis. Chicago is not likely to pursue him.Kansas City is in full-blown rebuilding mode. For June, heading to Buffalo is the best opportunity to put up good numbers. A three-year deal for around $10 million could seal the deal.

--- One good indication if they're close to signing June will be if Mike Peterson comes to town. If he does, then the Bills may be far off. If he doesn't, then I think June is signing here. They're not going to sign June and Peterson, as both would get starter money. Atlanta is also interested in Peterson.

--- Don't think Kevin Jones made it to One Bills Drive yesterday. I think it's because he's on the verge of resigning with Chicago.

--- Save the discussions about T.O. He is not coming to Buffalo. I have to admit though, for all his negativity, if nothing else he would create a tremendous buzz regarding Buffalo. Talk about getting your fans talking again. I spoke to ESPN.com writer Tim Graham and he concluded that he's never seen Bills fans as disgruntled as they are now.

--- More realistically, I expect Amani Toomer's phone to ring in the next day or two. The team wants an inexpensive insurance policy for James Hardy in 2009. Steve Johnson should see his role grow, but don't think the Bills are willing to bank on him being a top three receiver just yet.

--- Don't expect the Bills to make a play for Torry Holt, even if he is released. He would cost more than the team is willing to pay.

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