What are your grades for this past week’s Buffalo Bills Free Agent signings?
CB Corey Graham – (B) We again play the emotion card on the Buffalo area for strengthened support, signing a hometown product in Graham. I haven’t heard of Corey Graham prior to him signing with the Bills, and am not taking away from the positive energy he may provide. But, with all of the other high end free agent players on the market at the CB position, I question the choice.
LB Keith Rivers – (B+) With Manny Lawson having a great season in 2013, this addition adds strength at the LB position. This will now give Lawson the freedom to share time at LB and DE, ideally adding confusion to the opponents.
RB Anthony Dixon – (D+) Mr. Dixon, I am not taking away from your 6’1’’ 233lb frame that you offer the Buffalo Bills in 2014, but I don’t see why we signed a RB and not a WR, or saved up for a top market CB? With C.J. (the thriller) Spiller and Fred Jackson behind E.J., why did we need to pick up a short yardage runner? Why were we not publically and actively pursuing (WR) Decker, or (CB) Cromartie or any top market player? I know these players may not be a long term fit here in Buffalo, but they would at least steal attention from the younger players like E.J. and Aaron Williams and Robert Woods. This would also add an experienced teammate for the locker room discussions.
LB Brandon Spikes –(A-) I will always be the first person to pump my fist when we take a New England Patriot. Nothing is sweeter than taking a player from the Patriots system, think of all the knowledge! I think adding a veteran wide receiver would be more important that a LB, but I won’t ignore the stability Spikes brings to the middle of this Bills defense. Having already added Keith Rivers this offseason, and with Manny Lawson having the solid season he had, Spikes provides a lot of depth at the LB position. I hope they find a way to effectively utilize all of them.