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[BN] Blitz newsletter: What should the Bills go shopping for in free agency?

Last week, Sports Illustrated ranked the Bills third on its list of the NFL's neediest teams. In less than a month, Brandon Beane will have the opportunity to fill some of those needs in his first foray into free agency as Buffalo's general manager.

"We have a lot of holes to fill," Beane said after the Bills made the playoffs for the first time this century. "We know that. We're going to do our best to fill some of them in free agency, then fill more in the draft, then we'll see where we're at in May and we'll continue to build it.”

Jay Skurski's Inside the Bills column breaks down the team's 10 biggest positional needs heading into free agency.

Plugging a big hole: Without spoiling the No. 1 spot on Skurski's list (you could probably guess), defensive tackle ranked as one of the primary needs. Longtime NFL personnel executive Gil Brandt sees free agent Sheldon Richardson as a possible fit a the position for the Bills. If the Bills prefer to bolster their D-line in the draft, Mark Gaughan identifies Michigan's Maurice Hurst as a logical target.

Vontae Davis leaves Buffalo without a contract: Free agency has already begun for the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback due to his November release from the Colts. After visiting the Bills on Thursday, Davis continued his free agency tour in Cleveland, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

AJ McCarron analysis: "Even if the Buffalo Bills have no interest in AJ McCarron, the ruling Thursday that makes the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback an unrestricted free agent is a favorable development," Skurski writes.

Listen: More McCarron discussion on the Daily Drive Podcast.


No consensus on top QB: NFL Networks Mike Mayock and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. have the same six quarterbacks at the top of their rankings, but differ on which one is the No. 1 prospect.

Mock draft roundup: If you're hoping the Bills draft a quarterback this spring, there's probably a mock draft out there for you. Skurski rounded up the results from a baker's dozen of mock drafts, and there are plenty of opinions on whom the Bills should select.

Salary cap breakdown: Our three-part series concludes with a look at the Bills' best value players

Supporting Frank Reich: Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and others are planning to travel to Indianapolis this fall to see their former teammate, new Colts coach Frank Reich, coach against their former team, the Bills.


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