Nobody wanted to see the Buffalo Bills in the offseason before the Super Bowl, but they did this postseason, after losing in the AFC Divisional Round to the Kansas City Chiefs.
There’s a lot of uncertainty with the Bills’ roster and coaching staff in the spring. Of course, Josh Allen isn’t going anywhere for a long time. Stefon Diggs, Tre’Davious White, Dion Dawkins and Matt Milano are going nowhere; and head coach Sean McDermott isn’t going anywhere either.
But the Bills need to fill gaps in the coaching staff, like filling the offensive coordinator position after Brain Daboll left for the New York Giants. It appears the Bills prefer quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Ken Dorsey for the job, but the Giants OC job is also available to him.
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As for the roster, the Bills have a few top unrestricted free agents to deal with.
Among the unrestricted free agents:
- Jerry Hughes
- mario addison
- Emmanuel Sander
- Ike Boettger
- Levi Wallace
- Isaiah McKenzie
- Harrison Phillips
- Taiwan Jones
Replacement quarterback Mitch Trubisky is also a free agent, and general manager Brandon Beane has said they would like Trubisky back, but they obviously don’t know.
If you look around the league, many teams could use a quarterback like Trubisky. Teams that may not have a very high draft pick, but also won’t be comfortable drafting and starting a quarterback in 2022.
Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team, Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints could all sign a veteran quarterback to compete for a starting job.
Trubisky is only 27 too, so he might have a market this spring.
If Trubisky leaves, the perfect quarterback for the Bills is a fan favorite…Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick spent the 2021 season with the Washington Football Team, but only played the season opener (missed the rest of the season with a hip injury).
Fitz is slated to be a free agent in 2022, and while he’s 39 and could decide to retire, if he returns next season, ending his career at Buffalo would be the perfect crowning achievement for his career.
It’s safe to assume he’d like to compete for a starting job, but that might be difficult to do, given his age and other options teams might have. He would be a fantastic replacement and still has some play left in him.
There would also be no claims for him to take Josh Allen’s job, as Josh has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Fitzpatrick’s favorite place to play was his time in Buffalo – he made no secret of that fact and also said his favorite fan base was Bills Mafia.
Odds say that won’t happen, but the Bills should absolutely kick the tires on Fitz to come back and finish his career at Buffalo in 2022.
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