Buffalo Bills Are Looking Smart By Not Going On A Shopping Spree in Free Agency

By Scott DelleFave
Doug Marrone
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The free agency window opened on Tuesday, March 12th thus kicking off the 2013 NFL Season and a few things stuck out. The Miami Dolphins spent money like it was going out of style by signing players left and right including wide receiver Mike Wallace and Dannell Ellerbe. Another thing that stuck out was how a team like the Buffalo Bills have cut their starting quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick, also the let starting left guard Andy Levitre walk and sign a monster deal with the Tennessee Titans and only signed one guy in Manny Lawson.

There are a large amount of Bills fans that are livid that the team is seemingly idle in this new season. The Bills salary situation is much talked about and  if a person is to consider $5.5 million will be spent to sign their six draft picks in April that will be in the image of new head coach Doug Marrone. The team has roughly $10.6 million to spend this season and this might seem like a lot of money, however that is far from the truth. There is much speculation that the salary cap number is likely to stay flat for a few seasons. Also the Bills have a few big name free agents to re-sign including safety Jarius Byrd to a long term deal which could cost anywhere between $7 and $9 million a year, and he would be worth every penny spent on him.

That’s just on defense. The Bills also will have to bring back starting center Eric Wood who is a nasty and punishing interior linemen that creates the entire attitude for the offensive line. He could likely be had for far cheaper due to his injury history. All and all, the Bills are preparing for the long haul and not winding up in a financial bind after splurging in free agency.

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