Not done yet

Despite drafting two interior linemen, the Bills might not be finished. Buffalo's interest in Kansas City guard Brian Waters remains alive and well. Get the lowdown inside....

The Bills took a major step forward in reinforcing its offensive line last weekend. Eric Wood and Andy Levitre should provide immediate aid to a line that needs help against the 3-4 defenses of the AFC East.

But don't blink. Buffalo may not be done yet.

According to a NFL source, the Bills are still very interested in trading for Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Brian Waters. The Chiefs veteran has been unhappy with his contract. Waters is in the midst of a six-year, $26.5 million deal he signed in January of 2006. He didn't show up to the team's voluntary minicamp in hopes of being dealt.

In addition to this, the Chiefs signed free agent center Eric Ghiaciuc Thursday night. Ghiaciuc had started 42 of 48 games for Cincinnati. Ghiaciuc's signing could bump KC's current center Rudy Niswanger to guard with fellow free agent signing, Mike Goff, assuming Waters' spot.

Tony Gonzalez's off-field drama has somewhat overshadowed Waters in Kansas City.

Waters had a sour first meeting with new head coach Todd Haley in Kansas City and wants out. Like Gonzalez, who was traded to Atlanta, Waters wants no part of a rebuilding project. Buffalo appears to be a go-to landing spot.

He isn't young. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound guard has played 10 seasons and been instrumental in the emergence of Larry Johnson. Buffalo is most likely eyeing a veteran presence inside.

Wood and Levitre should provide long-term strength in the middle, but an experienced body is needed. Jason Ferguson, Vince Wilfork and Kris Jenkins dominated Buffalo's line last year as the Bills were 0-8 in the division.

Overkill? Hard to make that argument.

Buffalo's season imploded from 4-0 to 7-9 for a variety of reasons. None, though, bigger than a soft interior. Derrick Dockery and Duke Preston were mauled in embarrasing fashion against division opponents. Signing Terrell Ownens sold jerseys, but the team needed to bulk up and get tough in the trenches. Geoff Hangartner should be an immediate upgrade over Preston at center. Wood, Levitre and Brad Butler will mesh into a leak-free guard rotation.

But Waters could be the cherry on top for a complete overhaul on the offensive line. On a line that was rag-dolled most of last season.

We'll keep you updated with any developments on this story...


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