Soon to be free agent linebacker, Philip Wheeler would be an asset to any team that needs a linebacker and the Buffalo Bills direly need more than one in the off-season. While Wheeler will not put up 10-15 sacks a year, he is a tackling machine and would be an excellent foil next to fellow linebacker, Kelvin Sheppard. Tackling has been an Achilles’ tendon of the Bills seemingly since the Super Bowl years of the Bills in the early 1990s.
Wheeler was a third round pick, 93rd overall in the 2008 NFL Draft and hasn’t been a disappointment for the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders at all. The Raiders got a bargain this year with him after signing him to a 1-year $700,000 deal, and maybe the Bills could offer him a similar type deal, however, provide a few more years, ideally a three year deal. For the first time in his career, Wheeler played and started in all 16 games and began to show what made him a star for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The 6′ 2″ 245 lb. linebacker has the size and strength to take on bigger players, and while he doesn’t possess the elite speed, he has the lateral movement and instincts to be very good still. Another plus about his size is when the weather gets colder in Western New York, a bigger linebacker will hold up better and bring a physical presence that always is needed and has lacked greatly in recent years.