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Buffalo Bills Cannot Attract Free Agents


This is the steep hill that the Buffalo Bills face in attracting free agents.  The city, state and location are a deterrent to the football player.  Taxes are high in New York, you are playing football in the cold, and let’s face it, the shores of Lake Erie are not South Beach.
So what is a small market team like the Buffalo Bills to do in this situation?  To attract free agents I believe the Bills have to do two things:





Dolphins name John Benton and 
Jack Bicknell Jr. offensive line coaches

 “With the promotion of John Benton, along with the addition of Jack Bicknell Jr. we have two experienced football coaches who have an impressive history working with and developing quality offensive line units,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said in a statement. “They are both excellent teachers and are highly respected within the coaching community.


Steve Gregory First To Go. Who’s Next?


Steve Gregory was a stand-up locker room guy and well-respected on-field leader for the Patriots defense the past two seasons. However, with free agency on the horizon and a large cap number on the books, Gregory became a cap casualty yesterday. The Patriots released the veteran safety as NFL teams continued to make salary cap-related moves to clear space with free agency on tap March 11.




Willie Colon: 2013 and Beyond


Colon started every game for the Jets and brought stability to the right guard position. According to Pro Football Focus, he finished 10th in the league for fewest pressures allowed in the passing game among 59 players who saw at least half of their team’s snaps. He was a good run blocker and added a bit of a nasty streak to the offensive line with his style playing on the edge. This helped contribute to an extremely high 12 penalties, but Colon did his job well.




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