The Bills apparently are prepared to go forward without upset DT Darwin Walker, who skipped the team’s offseason program. Buffalo certainly could use Walker, an excellent inside rusher who was acquired from the Eagles for LB Takeo Spikes and QB Kelly Holcomb, but don’t expect the team to give in to his demands to restructure a contract that has two years remaining on it. If this drags into August, the Bills could send Walker back to the Eagles for a 2008 sixth-round pick.
The Buffalo Bills are on an inside track for an easy top five pick in next year’s NFL Draft. With such a young roster and without veteran talent or leadership, they’re in for a rough year competing with the AFC East. Each team in their division improved with key, experienced acquisitions; with the Patriots adding Adalius Thomas and Randy Moss, just to name a few, the Jets with a solid running back in Thomas Jones, and the Dolphins with Trent Green and Joey Porter. While Buffalo did little to improve for this year, by letting key members from last year’s team go (McGahee, Fletcher, Clements, and Spikes.
Buffalo needs to hold on to Darwin Walker and make a statement. If they let him go, it will be the same song, but with a different verse, as they receive close to nothing in return. They need to re-build and add some talent at the same time. This looks like the AFC’s version of the Detroit Lions. The only bright spot may be their special teams next year, along with rookie RB Marshawn Lynch from Cal (12th overall pick). For Buffalo fans looking into this year (thankfully they can turn back to classic highlights of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, and Bruce Smith when the going gets tough), they might see the future flash right before their eyes.
As the Bills franchise is willing to give up on players during their prime. If they sign Walker to an extension, they will at least show their willingness to improve their good defensive line, one of the few strengths on this football team. While Darwin Walker may not be a pro-bowler, Buffalo needs to stay focused and re-commit themselves to 2007, not their 2008 draft picks. Buffalo is not an attractive place for free agents and with another bad year they might be only able to re-load mainly through the Draft, because why would anyone want to suit up for this franchise?
With the roster unstable, the coaching position is just as shaky with Dick Jauron being on the hot seat. Jauron will find out quickly after yet another tumultuous season that the NFL for him will stand as “Not For Long.” Bills Fans, you might be better off having Marv Levy slowly rolling down the sidelines throwing his headset in ’08. “Where would you rather be, then right here right now!” Tailgaters will be unimpressed with this year’s version of the Buffalo Bills.