Here are my three thoughts on the Buffalo Bills as they wrap up another week of a voluntary offseason conditioning program:
> Maybe Dri Archer wanted something more than the chance to mainly return kicks for the Bills. Maybe he didn't want to play in Buffalo. Maybe he didn't want to continue an NFL career that has so far been a disappointment.
All of that is guesswork at this point.
What is known is that the Bills placed Archer on their reserve/did not report list Wednesday, eight days after claiming him off waivers from the New York Jets. Attendance isn't mandatory at the Bills' offseason conditioning program. However, the exceptionally fast running back, whom the Pittsburgh Steelers made a third-round draft pick from Kent State in 2014, apparently missed a required physical examination and also indicated that he wasn't planning to show up.
That would figure to make it highly unlikely Archer will be with the Bills for the 2016 season, which would also seemingly create a concern over what the team is going to do about finding an impactful kick-returner.
The options don't seem all that promising.
In March, the Bills released Leodis McKelvin, who subsequently joined the Philadelphia Eagles. In April, Percy Harvin, whom the Bills wanted to re-sign after voiding the contract he had with them for last season, decided to retire. Marquise Goodwin looks to be on a path to competing in the Summer Olympics, and has had chronic injury problems. Sixth-round draft pick Kolby Listenbee, another speedster, is recovering from surgery last March to repair a double sports hernia. He says he'll be ready for training camp, but we'll see.
For now, the best candidate looks to be Walter Powell, who ended last season as the Bills' return man and ran back three kickoffs for 77 yards (with a long of 32) and fair caught a punt.
> Cordy Glenn is one of the richest offensive tackles in NFL history, thanks to the five-year, $60-million contract extension to which the Bills signed him on May 3.
He seemingly is more than satisfied with the $26.5 million in guaranteed money he's due to receive from the deal.
But the Bills actually put in another sweetener that is about as purely performance-based as you can get. If Glenn were to be a first-team All-Pro selection for all five years of the agreement, he would get an additional $5 million, boosting his average annual salary to $13 million.
The incentive seems like a long-shot, considering that Glenn has yet to receive that honor or Pro Bowl recognition through his first four seasons with the Bills. The All-Pro team is picked by a media voting panel (including yours truly) assembled by The Associated Press and there are only two league-wide tackles chosen each year.
> The San Diego Chargers' acquisition of quarterback Zach Mettenberger Tuesday after he was waived by the Tennessee Titans wasn't a shock, given that he has been reunited with offensive coordinator and former Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt.
But the Chargers weren't the only teams that wanted him as a backup. ESPN reported that the New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals also submitted claims for Mettenberger.
Both presumably saw Mettenberger as being capable of providing competition for their respective backup spots. The Bengals were thought to be fairly solid with their No. 2 quarterback, A.J. McCarron, but apparently believed there was an available option to possibly make an upgrade.
The Bills are anything but solid with their depth behind Tyrod Taylor, yet in making no effort to pick up Mettenberger, it seemingly seals their intention to push forward with EJ Manuel and rookie Cardale Jones.