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Hope we stick to the blue chip players, I don't want flashy free agents, just tough hombres that buy into the process. Let the divas go to Dallas and New York while we scoop up the guys that have been looked over with chips on their shoulders.

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3 minutes ago, NewDayBills said:

Hope we stick to the blue chip players, I don't want flashy free agents, just tough hombres that buy into the process. Let the divas go to Dallas and New York while we scoop up the guys that have been looked over with chips on their shoulders.

 

I fully agree with that. I want more guys like Hyde, poyer

 

just hard working football players. I don't need the best guy on the market 

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59 minutes ago, BuffaloBillsGospel said:

I think many will be disappointed with FA thinking we'll land many big fish, I hope we don't go this route anyhow.

 

Again i don't believe being a prime destination for FAs mean trying to land as many big fish as possible 

 

i mean getting good , hard working football players

 

you can find a lot of good scheme specific players in FA

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I think Buffalo gained a huge boost in being an attractive FA destination by making the playoffs. Shows we are capable of winning immediately and showed off the best fan base in the league.

 

If they didn't know prior they know now just how important the Bills are to the community and will be treated like a king if they ball out. 

 

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7 hours ago, JerseyBills said:

I think Buffalo gained a huge boost in being an attractive FA destination by making the playoffs. Shows we are capable of winning immediately and showed off the best fan base in the league.

 

If they didn't know prior they know now just how important the Bills are to the community and will be treated like a king if they ball out. 

 

Not just by making the playoffs but also doing it with a limited roster void of caliber talent, in particular on offense.  I’m sure players out there can see what the Bills are doing with the management and “ the process “.  Sure people want to get paid but they also want to be on a potentially perennial contender and the Bills are on the rise.

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10 hours ago, Buffalo716 said:

Has McDermott and company shifted the winds at OBD? Is Buffalo becoming a place where young players and veterans can find themselves flourishing in?

 

we will see but I do see the Bills as a great destination to land at right now

 

https://www.google.com/amp/billswire.usatoday.com/2018/02/23/buffalo-bills-nfl-free-agency-top-destinations/amp/

Could be.

 

Smartest move is still to keep Russ Brandon away from the FA’s until after they sign.

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The Bills really never have had a problem getting FAs. Money always talks.  You also don't build your team with FAs anyways.  

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People put too much stock into this. Just face it, we’re a cold weather, small market team. That isn’t very attractive to 20 something year old millionaires. 

 

They’d prefer Miami over Green Bay. It’s just the way it is. 

 

Luckily we we have a billionaire owner that seems to be very good at selling people on the idea of Buffalo. 

 

If you’re going to be an undesirable location, you need a good hype man, or a lot of money. Pegs is both. 

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8 minutes ago, billsbackto81 said:

Not just by making the playoffs but also doing it with a limited roster void of caliber talent, in particular on offense.  I’m sure players out there can see what the Bills are doing with the management and “ the process “.  Sure people want to get paid but they also want to be on a potentially perennial contender and the Bills are on the rise.

They also got rid of a lot of the talent. 

Just now, Bobby Hooks said:

People put too much stock into this. Just face it, we’re a cold weather, small market team. That isn’t very attractive to 20 something year old millionaires. 

 

They’d prefer Miami over Green Bay. It’s just the way it is. 

 

Luckily we we have a billionaire owner that seems to be very good at selling people on the idea of Buffalo. 

 

If you’re going to be an undesirable location, you need a good hype man, or a lot of money. Pegs is both. 

Must be why Miami is awesome every year and always gets top FAs. Oh wait, that doesn't happen at all.

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A "prime" destination?  No.  More attractive than before?  Definitely. 

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10 hours ago, Buffalo716 said:

Has McDermott and company shifted the winds at OBD? Is Buffalo becoming a place where young players and veterans can find themselves flourishing in?

 

we will see but I do see the Bills as a great destination to land at right now

 

https://www.google.com/amp/billswire.usatoday.com/2018/02/23/buffalo-bills-nfl-free-agency-top-destinations/amp/

Free agents for the most part sign with teams for business reasons. The primary issue is which team is going to give them the best deal. It's a business. Signing with a team has little to do with the history of the franchise or the enthusiasm of the fans. The priority for players with a limited life span is the financial consideration. Sometimes players want to rehabilitate their status so they might sign a one year deal to restore their reputation. And sometimes players sign with a team like New England because they want  to experience success. The reality is that many players, if not most, don't in the offseason live in the area where they play. As an example Eric Wood was very active in the community but he lived in Louisville.  

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9 hours ago, BuffaloBillsGospel said:

I think many will be disappointed with FA thinking we'll land many big fish, I hope we don't go this route anyhow.

Ya I agree. Spending big in free agency generally doesn’t work out well.

 

Where free agency can be effective is if the team is already good and they need to add 1 or 2 key pieces.

 

The Bills aren’t at that stage yet

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You throw enough money at the situation and mysteriously, the problem goes away.

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So a "writer" for a site called "BillsWire" writes a piece absent any quotes from a single player about Buffalo as a desired FA destination and starts it with info from someone else's list of 9 teams, of which the Bills weren't one, and this is supposed to be credible? It's homerism at its worst. Clicked on it with looking at the link and after reading the first few paragraphs and skimming for any quotes, I remember why I never read anything written by a site called BillsWire. Having a website and byline does not make you credible. 

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29 minutes ago, C.Biscuit97 said:

They also got rid of a lot of the talent. 

Must be why Miami is awesome every year and always gets top FAs. Oh wait, that doesn't happen at all.

I shouldn’t have to explain this a grown man but that comes down to the front office and what they’re looking for and willing to spend.

 

If Green Bay is offering the same amount of money to a FA as Miami you’d better believe they’re picking Miami. 

 

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10 hours ago, NewDayBills said:

Hope we stick to the blue chip players, I don't want flashy free agents, just tough hombres that buy into the process. Let the divas go to Dallas and New York while we scoop up the guys that have been looked over with chips on their shoulders.

I don't think we look for "blue chip" players very often.  But that's because they rarely make it to the market nowadays.  The Bills approach seems to be looking for the underrated bargain stocks tbh.  But I agree with your overall premise.    

4 minutes ago, zonabb said:

So a "writer" for a site called "BillsWire" writes a piece absent any quotes from a single player about Buffalo as a desired FA destination and starts it with info from someone else's list of 9 teams, of which the Bills weren't one, and this is supposed to be credible? It's homerism at its worst. Clicked on it with looking at the link and after reading the first few paragraphs and skimming for any quotes, I remember why I never read anything written by a site called BillsWire. Having a website and byline does not make you credible. 

It looks like a list of reasons I convince myself at the start of every free agency period with the Bills and Sabres. 

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1 minute ago, Bobby Hooks said:

I shouldn’t have to explain this a grown man but that comes down to the front office and what they’re looking for and willing to spend.

 

If Green Bay is offering the same amount of money to a FA as Miami you’d better believe they’re picking Miami. 

 

I completely disagree.  The NFL has the shortest careers. These guys want money and then they want to win.  Besides Suh, who they paid a ton of money to, who has Miami gotten?  We got Mario who was the top FA in his class.  They all live in Florida and California in the offseason anyways.

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11 hours ago, Buffalo716 said:

Has McDermott and company shifted the winds at OBD? Is Buffalo becoming a place where young players and veterans can find themselves flourishing in?

 

we will see but I do see the Bills as a great destination to land at right now

 

https://www.google.com/amp/billswire.usatoday.com/2018/02/23/buffalo-bills-nfl-free-agency-top-destinations/amp/

The reputation has definitely changed. I don't think you'll attract players who love the media spotlight, as they'd rather be in big (warm) cities, but those aren't the type of players McD wants anyway.  In addition to winning, as the article states, it's the climate (and I don't mean weather).  While some people here have expressed a dislike for the term "Bills Mafia", I think the players dig it--you can tell by their tweets.  And, I think the Bills Mafia has gained a lot of respect around the league, especially after the Dalton fundraising effort. We all don't jump on tables and light ourselves on fire... 

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But Miami means teal and orange!  Ha.

 

Not buying the bills as a prime destination thing.  Small city and cold late season.  I also think many Bills fans are the usual over optimistic as to next year.  We ended the streak by a nose hair and are not two or three key pieces from an AFC championship game appearance right yet.  On offense alone we need OL, QB, WRs (maybe several) and a backup RB.  We all know how we felt in week 16 when shady was punching the turf in pain - it was all over without him. . .a offense with a depth of one guy.

 

On a positive note, the locker room and persona of the team is finally being cleaned up and the fumigation of the Ryan twits seems complete. We seem to all agree that we have faith in the thinking and skills of leadership now in place.  We may not make the playoffs this year but with luck in how the draft picks pan out in the NFL we might make something decent in a few years.  Most exciting time for this team in several years at least- but prime destination and the idea of being a few pieces away is a bit fanboy.  :o)

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just the thought of Rex makes me puke in my mouth a little. So glad that stench was cleaned out of Buffalo

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Football (more so than any other sport) the city doesn’t matter.

- The careers are short and the contracts aren’t guaranteed. You go where you can get the most money.

- The season is the shortest and players almost never live in that city (it’s not just Buffalo either). They even go home once a week during the season.

- It is important that your family is comfortable in the area and with the organization. That can impact where a player signs. 

- Scheme and opportunity also come into play (especially if you are signing a short-term deal)

- Chance to win is much further down the list for an NFL player than in any other sport. That all has to do with the short career and non-guaranteed contracts. A ring is great but financial stability is way greater.

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