1. There should be no great debate between Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott on this one. The Buffalo Bills' general manager and coach shouldn't wait long to send a message after defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was arrested Sunday night.
That message should be: (Allegedly) do something this dumb, and you're gone. That's especially true when you have a previous track record of bad decision-making, which certainly applies to Washington. It's hard to top the embarrassment of getting arrested for soliciting an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute for oral sex and then missing your college bowl game because of suspension, but Washington's most recent transgression comes close.
He said after he was drafted by the Bills that he had learned from his solicitation arrest, but taking a gun to a water park would indicate that does not appear to be the case. It's baffling why Washington would even pack a gun with his towel and sunscreen, and even more puzzling why he would allegedly display a gun while sitting in his car just feet away from police officers.
McDermott has preached character since taking over as coach in January. He risks coming off looking like a hypocrite in this situation. The Bills issued the usual "we're aware of the situation" statement Monday, but the new coach needs to back up his words here.
That's made easier by the fact Washington isn't some franchise cornerstone. The Bills put up with Marcell Dareus' pot-smoking, drag-racing nonsense because when he's on the field, he's shown glimpses of All-Pro talent. Washington had 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks as a rookie. He was also held out of the season finale against the Jets by interim head coach Anthony Lynn because of poor practice habits.
He's as replaceable as an NFL player can be. The Bills now need to get to work on doing just that.
2. On Monday, I posted an item about how an NFL Network analyst picked the Bills as the best fit for veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Most of the response to that on Twitter was positive. Even though he'll be 37 this season, Boldin has remained a productive receiver (eight touchdowns last year with Detroit) who would be a positive influence in the locker room (he's a former Walter Payton Man of the Year winner).
With about $14 million in cap space, the Bills have the room for Boldin if they were interested. The bigger question might be is Boldin interested? The Bills are stuck in NFL purgatory, not rebuilding like the Browns or Jets, and not anywhere close to being a playoff contender. Unless the Bills are the only team that calls, or they make an offer substantially more than another club, it's easy to see Boldin being patient and hoping to land with a contender, possibly after an injury in training camp opens a need.
3. Richie Incognito is right on when it comes to Tom Brady. During an appearance last week on Fox Sports' "Undisputed," the Buffalo Bills' guard perfectly captured what it's like for the Bills, and their fans, to have Brady in the division.
"He is the bane of my existence," Incognito said. "They're the big dog. We're constantly chasing them. We make no qualms about it. They are the best. We're chasing after them. And it's hard to see a guy like that coming back year after year after year playing at such a high level, playing lights out. But as a competitor and as a guy who's around the game who loves the game, I love to see that. I love to see guys at the top of their game, peak performance, bringing it every single year. And there's no dip in play. There's no up and down. With him he's at his top. And that's something I can aspire to."