By Jeff Kubiszyn @JeffKubiszyn on March 11, 2014
Buffalo Bills fans have not had a lot to cheer about lately. The team has not made the playoffs since the 1999 season, but that does not mean the team has passed on big name free agents.
Here is a list of the five biggest free agents the Bills have signed in its history.
Bills fans brought their popcorn, but the Terrell Owens show never lived up to its billing. Despite the hype and media circus that followed Buffalo throughout the 2009 season, Owens was unable to lead the Bills to the promise land. Owens left for Cincinnati the next season.
Chris Spielman came to Buffalo in 1996 following an outstanding eight-year career with the Detroit Lions. Spielman amassed 111 tackles in his first season for the Bills, and he played eight games the next season before suffering a neck injury. He was forced to retire because of the injury.
Spielman's blue-collar work ethic made him a fan favorite.
Takeo Spikes signed with Buffalo in 2003 following a five-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Spikes had 126 tackles in his first year with the Bills. The next season, he intercepted five passes. In 2005, Spikes tore his Achilles tendon three games into the season. He played one more year before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fans are left to wonder what could have been, as Spikes went on to have six more productive seasons.
Bryce Paup joined the Bills as the team's playoff run had just ended. The aging defense needed to inject new life into the linebacking group. Paup made an immediate impact in the 1995 season, leading the league in sacks with 17.5. Paup played two more season in Buffalo, registering a combined15.5 sacks. No Bills free agent has ever made a bigger immediate impact than Paup.
Kent Hull arrived in Buffalo after the USFL folded. The undrafted lineman quickly cemented himself into the center of the offensive line, and became the field general for Buffalo's high-powered offense. Hull anchored a line that helped the Bills make four straight Super Bowl appearances, and he played in 170 games in his Buffalo career. Hull was a three-time Pro Bowler, and the best free agent the Bills ever signed.
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