Last year, the Buffalo Bills handed out check after check. This year, the Miami Dolphins are already overpaying for players.
Welcome to the NFL’s silly season.
When the clock strikes at 4 p.m., and free agency begins, desperation will reign again. Teams will dole out four- and five-year contracts they’ll surely be tearing up two, three years from now. Hope gives way to regret.
So while hitting the refresh button on your laptops, waiting to see who lands where, just remember that winners are not built in March. Rather, April. LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay and Percy Harvin sent fans running to the ticket office at One Bills Drive. But draft picks like Ronald Darby, Karlos Williams and John Miller are what must make fans renew those season tickets.
The Bills whiffed on E.J. Manuel (2013), then hit the bull’s-eye on Sammy Watkins (2014). Before this, they overvalued C.J. Spiller (2010), yet took two defensive cornerstones in Marcell Dareus (2011) and Stephon Gilmore (2012). And of course they took Torell Troup a pick ahead of Rob Gronkowski.
Putting a kibosh to the postseason drought, once and for all, will boil down to this scouting staff identifying college talent more than any signing that’ll inevitably force the Bills to frantically number-crunch as they are this offseason.