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The Bills just put out a new Top 10 video, this time it's Top 10 Free Agents in Bills history.  This is a great production and a fun watch, though I do dispute the order and actually a few of the selections. 

 

10. Terrell Owen - a big name, but he had very little impact on a weak offense and a 6-10 team.  Posted the lowest numbers in years during his 1 year in Buffalo.

9. London Fletcher

8. Mario Williams - Torn on this selections.  Stats wise Mario's stint in Buffalo was good, but I don't think he lived up to his huge contract.  Also things ended horribly.

7. Bryce Paup - Should be higher on this list.  I would put him in the top 3.

6. Doug Flutie - Good signing, I might put him ahead of Steve Christie

5. Steve Christie 

4. James Lofton - Does this really count as a free agent signing?  Didn't Lofton sign  after the start of the 1989 season?  

3. Kent Hull - I don't consider this a free agent signing, but if Flutie coming in from the CFL counts, then Hull coming from USFL should count too

2. Takeo Spikes - A excellent signing and had some great seasons in Buffalo but I don't feel he should rank this high

1. Ted Washington - YES!  Finally Ted gets credit.  He was a huge reason for the turnaround of the Bills defense.  He gave the Bills a legit 3-4 NT and improved the weakest spot on the Bills defense  (Jeff Wright)

 

So from your perspective which free agents were left off this list.  Who would you omit from this list?  Who should rank higher?

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Steve Tasker was claimed off waivers.  Basically the same thing as a FA signing.

Micah Hyde may be on this list in two more years.

Flutie was never as good as anyone on this list but if you want him at 10 and bump Owens that is fine with me

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I don't think Owens should be on this list.

 

Mario Williams should be higher. He was really good for multiple years. People seem to only want to remember his final year.

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6 hours ago, BuffaloRush said:

 

The Bills just put out a new Top 10 video, this time it's Top 10 Free Agents in Bills history.  This is a great production and a fun watch, though I do dispute the order and actually a few of the selections. 

 

10. Terrell Owen - a big name, but he had very little impact on a weak offense and a 6-10 team.  Posted the lowest numbers in years during his 1 year in Buffalo.

9. London Fletcher

8. Mario Williams - Torn on this selections.  Stats wise Mario's stint in Buffalo was good, but I don't think he lived up to his huge contract.  Also things ended horribly.

7. Bryce Paup - Should be higher on this list.  I would put him in the top 3.

6. Doug Flutie - Good signing, I might put him ahead of Steve Christie

5. Steve Christie 

4. James Lofton - Does this really count as a free agent signing?  Didn't Lofton sign  after the start of the 1989 season?  

3. Kent Hull - I don't consider this a free agent signing, but if Flutie coming in from the CFL counts, then Hull coming from USFL should count too

2. Takeo Spikes - A excellent signing and had some great seasons in Buffalo but I don't feel he should rank this high

1. Ted Washington - YES!  Finally Ted gets credit.  He was a huge reason for the turnaround of the Bills defense.  He gave the Bills a legit 3-4 NT and improved the weakest spot on the Bills defense  (Jeff Wright)

 

So from your perspective which free agents were left off this list.  Who would you omit from this list?  Who should rank higher?

 

Hell Yeah my boy Ted !! I would put Hull number one though Ted 2, Paup 3

 

 

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I was going to say Leonard Smith - Strong Safety (picked up from Arizona) should be on this list instead of Mario Williams, but Buffalo traded for him, not a free agent. 

 

He solidified the Bills defense.

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7 hours ago, Dadonkadonk said:

Steve Tasker was claimed off waivers.  Basically the same thing as a FA signing.

Micah Hyde may be on this list in two more years.

Flutie was never as good as anyone on this list but if you want him at 10 and bump Owens that is fine with me

Chris Spielman was another great FA signing.

 

Flutie definitely deserves to be on this list, probably top 5 (I would put him ahead of Takeo Spikes and Steve Christie, but not ahead of Hull, Lofton or Washington).  If you treated Tasker as a FA signing he would go top 3 as well. 

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8 hours ago, BuffaloRush said:

 

The Bills just put out a new Top 10 video, this time it's Top 10 Free Agents in Bills history.  This is a great production and a fun watch, though I do dispute the order and actually a few of the selections. 

 

10. Terrell Owen - a big name, but he had very little impact on a weak offense and a 6-10 team.  Posted the lowest numbers in years during his 1 year in Buffalo.

9. London Fletcher

8. Mario Williams - Torn on this selections.  Stats wise Mario's stint in Buffalo was good, but I don't think he lived up to his huge contract.  Also things ended horribly.

7. Bryce Paup - Should be higher on this list.  I would put him in the top 3.

6. Doug Flutie - Good signing, I might put him ahead of Steve Christie

5. Steve Christie 

4. James Lofton - Does this really count as a free agent signing?  Didn't Lofton sign  after the start of the 1989 season?  

3. Kent Hull - I don't consider this a free agent signing, but if Flutie coming in from the CFL counts, then Hull coming from USFL should count too

2. Takeo Spikes - A excellent signing and had some great seasons in Buffalo but I don't feel he should rank this high

1. Ted Washington - YES!  Finally Ted gets credit.  He was a huge reason for the turnaround of the Bills defense.  He gave the Bills a legit 3-4 NT and improved the weakest spot on the Bills defense  (Jeff Wright)

 

So from your perspective which free agents were left off this list.  Who would you omit from this list?  Who should rank higher?

Flutie...number one. Just for being hosed in the MUSIC CITY RIPOFF.

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2 hours ago, Coach55 said:

Chris Spielman was another great FA signing.

 

Flutie definitely deserves to be on this list, probably top 5 (I would put him ahead of Takeo Spikes and Steve Christie, but not ahead of Hull, Lofton or Washington).  If you treated Tasker as a FA signing he would go top 3 as well. 

He certainly was, and I would place Mario and Bryce very high on the list.

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Chris Spielman did far more for the Bills in his time here than TO.

 

London Fletcher should be higher on this list.

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UDFA's are still FA's. Add  Pat Williams and Jason Peters. Bump TO and Christie. Even if we're not counting UDFA's, Hauschka should replace Christie for the kicker spot.

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4 hours ago, Steve O said:

UDFA's are still FA's. Add  Pat Williams and Jason Peters. Bump TO and Christie. Even if we're not counting UDFA's, Hauschka should replace Christie for the kicker spot.

 

I think that including UDFA’s would be like adding waiver wire signings to this list.  By Free Agents, I think most people consider players that are signed during the free agency period in the off-season 

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12 hours ago, MJS said:

I don't think Owens should be on this list.

 

Mario Williams should be higher. He was really good for multiple years. People seem to only want to remember his final year.

How about the early phase of his career, which was equally horrible?


He was criticized for not trying or caring.  Then we heard about his "injured hand" blah blah bah.

 

His stint was too up and down to be considered a great F/A signing in my opinion.

 

 

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I feel like Fletcher should be as high, or higher than Takeo. Fletch was far more consistent and was the center of the D when he was here. TK only really had about 2-3 good years with us. 

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No Spielman and Fletcher at 9?

 

Aye Carumba 

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Kenny Davis

3 minutes ago, billykay said:

No one has mentioned Frank Lewis. Perhaps he wasn't a FA.

trade for Paul Seymour- might be best trade in Bills history

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Spielman played a season and a half.  Great player. Agree should bump TO for sure.

Maybe Flutie should be in the Top 10.  21-9 as a starter is pretty good even though it was the #2 defense winning most games.  

FYI Flutie NFL career comp percentage 54.2%, Boston College 52.8%; Josh Allen in college 56.2%

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Mike Tolbert

7 hours ago, whatdrought said:

I feel like Fletcher should be as high, or higher than Takeo. Fletch was far more consistent and was the center of the D when he was here. TK only really had about 2-3 good years with us. 

The best part is some Bills fans bashed Fletcher because he made too many tackles down field!

20 hours ago, MJS said:

I don't think Owens should be on this list.

 

Mario Williams should be higher. He was really good for multiple years. People seem to only want to remember his final year.

Mario was a great signing.  Rex helped it but it was crazy how fast he fell off. He was possibly the best DE in 2014

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On 7/18/2018 at 9:53 PM, BuffaloRush said:

8. Mario Williams - Torn on this selections.  Stats wise Mario's stint in Buffalo was good, but I don't think he lived up to his huge contract.  Also things ended horribly.

 

Completely agree with this take; it's spot on.  Kudos to Buddy Nix for bringing Mario to Buffalo at a time when the Bills needed a big splash FA to help jump start the franchise during a time when things looked desolate.  Mario didn't live up to his contract, but IMO his presence helped bring in other FAs, and is one reason why things turned around and are looking brighter now.  Nobody wanted to come to Buffalo in 2012.  Things ended horribly because Rex is an idiot.  Here is the quote regarding Mario:

 

“Mario Williams, yeah, but he is making $17 million dollars [in Miami]. Guess what, it wasn’t going to happen. Now look, with some of the comments [he made], do I wish him well? Not really. But, he’s on Miami. If he would have gone somewhere else, maybe. He’s a good kid, but I am used to some mean motherf—ers that play out there. The Terrell Suggs, Jarrett Johnsons of the world. I screwed them, too; I had them drop [into coverage], too. Not one of them bitched. Von Miller [dropped into coverage] in the Super Bowl. Why? Because that’s what’s asked of him; that’s what his job is. Your job is to play. Coaches spend a hell of a lot more time studying tape and everything else. They are trying to put the team in the best position to be successful, not an individual.”

 

Rex's defense was so dysfunctional - he had Dlinemen dropping into coverage and DBs rushing the QB.  I don't blame Mario for bitching; he did so because hard head Rex didn't listen to in house criticism and suggestions.

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Williams deserves to be top 3.

He was a HUGE signing at the time, and really came out of nowhere. He was one of the hottest free agents, and in his prime, and Ralph actually allowed the FO to spend big time money on getting him here.

On top of it, he played very well, and helped anchor a defense that was leading the league in sacks for a couple of years. He was named among the top 100 NFL players in the league by his peers, AND embraced the city. Driving around on his snowplow, helping drive people around in blizzard conditions, the guy was really having fun in Buffalo. Also, he played through injuries, and only missed 1 game in 4 seasons with us.

2012 - 10.5 sacks

2013 - 13.0 sacks

2014 - 14.5 sacks

2015 - 5.0 sacks

Seems to me like he was on a roll, all while being a definite focal point for opposing teams to plan against. Suddenly he, along with the rest of our defense, plummets in production when Rex the "defensive guru" rolls into town... Mario could've been like so many other big name FA signings that landed a record contract & fallen off the map, no longer hungry to produce. He didn't. For that I'll remember his time here fondly.

Just remember, he didn't b*** or moan whatsoever until Rex completely ruined an otherwise fantastic defensive unit. I don't blame him at all.

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20 hours ago, Steve O said:

UDFA's are still FA's. Add  Pat Williams and Jason Peters. Bump TO and Christie. Even if we're not counting UDFA's, Hauschka should replace Christie for the kicker spot.

You’re nuts.

7 hours ago, C.Biscuit97 said:

Mike Tolbert

The best part is some Bills fans bashed Fletcher because he made too many tackles down field!

Mario was a great signing.  Rex helped it but it was crazy how fast he fell off. He was possibly the best DE in 2014

I had it explained to me many time that making a lot of tackles is bad.

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9 hours ago, Happy Gilmore said:

 

Rex's defense was so dysfunctional - he had Dlinemen dropping into coverage and DBs rushing the QB.  I don't blame Mario for bitching; he did so because hard head Rex didn't listen to in house criticism and suggestions.

You Sir, are 100% correct. Ryan, the alleged tough guy, used a pansy ass defense in Buffalo. It was similar the non-aggressive embarrassment that Jauron used. Jauron liked to send Schobel into coverage when he was the only good pass rusher on the entire team. Amazing. :(

 

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