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Buffalo Bills: 5 Free Agents they Should Re-Sign this Offseason

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5 Free-agent players the Buffalo Bills should re-sign during the offseason

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The Buffalo Bills and first-year coach Doug Marrone have a lot of good things to build upon after this past season. If you look at their record alone, you might be a little turned off by this team. However, when you factor in a first-year head coach, a rookie quarterback and a stout defense, you'll see that this team has a lot of upside.

Every year, we see a team that goes from the bottom of the NFL to a playoff team. The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2012 season with a 2-14 record. In 2013, they were 11-5 and a playoff team. In 2010, the San Francisco 49ers went 6-10. The next season, they finished 13-3 and lost to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game.

There’s no reason to think that this trend won’t continue to keep happening in the NFL with all the parity in the league. The Bills haven’t been relevant for a long time. They haven’t had the right personnel to take them to the next level. Coach Marrone, though, needs to keep one thing mind this offseason: with the right acquisitions, this team could be the next 49ers or Panthers. With the proper adjustments and additions, western New York could be watching their team in the playoffs

Before going into free agency and the draft, there are some free agents on the Bills roster they need to lock up first. These are players that Buffalo needs to re-sign going forward before they worry about adding new pieces. They are players that will continue to help this team move forward as they rebuild for the future.

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5. Thomas Welch - Offensive Tackle

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One of the problems Buffalo has had lately is the ability to protect the quarterback. Anytime you can retain an offensive lineman that knows the system and can play, it’s a good idea. Although he wasn’t a starter, keeping Welch is a start.

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4. Dan Carpenter - Kicker

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It’s not very often that you talk about a kicker being a player that needs to be re-signed, but Dan Carpenter gets that label for the Bills. Carpenter was nearly perfect for the Bills this season as he made 33 of 36 field goals. In a league where points can sometimes be hard to come by, having a reliable kicker is a necessity.

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3. Jim Leonhard - Safety

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Leonhard was a late signee for the Bills and he stepped up nicely in the role. Leonhard was tied for the team lead with four interceptions. He may not be a long-term answer to the safety position.

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2. Scott Chandler - Tight End

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Chandler has quickly become rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel’s favorite target. He led the team with 53 receptions. He had 655 yards and two scores as well. Obviously, the Bills will hope that a receiver steps up to take over the leading role, but Chandler is a nice fit for the rookie for now.

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1. Jairus Byrd - Safety

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Even though Byrd missed nearly six games this season, he helped anchor a pretty good Bills defense. Buffalo’s safety was tied for the team lead with four interceptions and he was voted to his third Pro Bowl.