5 Overrated NFL Free Agents The Buffalo Bills Should Avoid At All Costs
Buffalo Bills: 5 Overrated Free Agents That Should Be Avoided At All Costs
If tailgating was an NFL stat, the Buffalo Bills franchise would be perennial AFC East division champs. The performance on the field, well let's just say they have yet to shake the long-time punchline of being on the losing end of four consecutive superbowls. This happened 20 years ago, yet it's still the first thing you hear whenever anybody catches wind that you're a Bills fan.
Going into 2013, optimism was hitting extreme levels. The draft selection of Florida State Seminoles QB EJ Manuel helped solidify a new direction. Not to mention, what now can be considered picks of thievery in the form of middle linebacker Kiko Alonso and USC Trojans wide receiver Robert Woods. Squeezing into a playoff spot seemed to be a manageable undertaking.
Those expectations quickly came crashing down to earth as Manuel never had the chance to establish a rhythm and get settled in. Injuries derailed what could have been a promising rookie year; when returning from injury, Manuel displayed just how raw he really was.
NFL Free Agency is set to open March 11, and Buffalo will need to be major players to once again achieve a level of respectability. With questions surrounding the team's wide receiving unit, secondary and backup QB situation, pieces of the puzzle need to be acquired. However, the Bills must be careful not to fall into the hype-trap. Signing the once full-of-talent but presently overrated is treacherous terrain and fans can only hope an unworthy payday doesn't present itself to one of the following five players. Buffalo needs to add depth, but can do so without the headaches that come attached.
The city wants to relive its glory years, and with a core already in place, that return needs to start now.
5. WR - Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt is an enigma who lives on a deserted island. Never have I come across a player who possesses the same amount of positive and negative attributes at the same time. World-class skillset? Check. Fearless over the middle? Check. Deep Threat? Check. How about head-case? Check. Seemingly made of glass? Check. One who wastes his talent level because it takes an army for him to be engaged? Check and check.
The Britt of old would be without a doubt the highest sought after free agent in this year's class. To risk a major payout on this level of inconsistency is just not worth the anti.
4. QB - Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman was once compared to an in-his-prime Dante Culpepper; the big arm, the physicality to brush off would-be tacklers, combined with a growing accuracy. Freeman is in fact the owner of a 4065 yard-27 touchdown 2012 season, but after a miserable start to 2013, one that shackled him with 45.7 completion percentage, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw the beginning of the end about to occur, starting the Mike Glennon era sooner than expected.
With a chance at redemption to runaway with a starting job in his new Minnesota Vikings digs, Freeman was once again unimpressive. Buffalo is no doubt looking to shuffle it's backup QB deck due to Manuel's sudden injury-prone label. With the free agent marketplace offering slim pickings at the position, Thad Lewis is a welcome face if it meant Freeman was getting the call.
3. WR - Jericho Cotchery
The Pittsburgh Steelers frustrated fantasy owners by making them sit through an entire year of Jericho Cotchery, all the while fans were screaming from the rooftops to see what second round draft pick Markus Wheaton was made of. Cotchery's reputation of a bona fide plug-in receiver in any offence is a miscarriage of justice. A complementary piece at best who best years are behind him.
With Stevie "Styles" Johnson's future-status up in the air, wideouts are near the top of Bills free agent wish-list. With Woods and Marquise Goodwin climbing up the ladder, Buffalo is better served going after the likes of an Anquan Boldin to be that missing piece. A season with a 37.6 yard/game average combined with 10 TD's don't tend to repeat themselves.
2. RB - Rashard Mendenhall
Speaking of spotlight stealers, what Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington could have become in his rookie year would have been a frightening scene. His 5.5 yards per carry was hampered by the fact that Bruce Arians could never get passed his attachment to "between the tackles" Rashard Mendenhall, one whose average of 3.3 yards/game pails in comparison.
Will the Bills ever hand the reigns over completely to potential franchise-back C.J. Spiller? This may never come to fruition. Fred Jackson has earned his keep without a shadow of a doubt, but with his twilight years sticking its ugly head out, Buffalo will look to add backfield depth. Lagarette Blount would be the more appealing option here; the former power back Mendenhall is now too reliant on an already provided hole to run through.
1. S - Donte Whitner
A Donte Whitner/Buffalo Bills reunion may be in the cards for 2014. This must not happen. Whitner suffers from Bernard Pollard syndrome, capable of delivering bone-crushing hits in the box and over the middle, but when your this much of a liability in coverage, you attain one-trick pony status.
The Bills may use the franchise tag on free safety Jarius Byrd, solving one issue in its secondary, but holes still remain. Aaron Williams is coming on strong, but is currently asked to wear too many hats in this defense. In eight seasons, Whitner has topped 70 solo tackles only once and owns a sack total of 1.5, for his career! An exclamation point was needed for that one!
Now, the name change to "Hitner," actually, does that even deserve analysis? Nah.
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