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Voice of the Fan: Here's your offseason primer

A Bills fan’s offseason is not unlike a Bills player’s. Sure, you take a short while off to clear your head and restore your body. Last year was brutal and took its toll. You have been doing this forever and each offseason is a tad tougher.

But the Bills and Bills football is in your DNA and you can’t wait to jump right back in, like the Polar Bear Club.

You want to stay in good football shape but it is now on your schedule, and you are not beholden to follow strict regimens set by The Man, or The Team, like during the regular season.

The game and prospects for next year get you stoked, though, and you are in a constant hunt like a Carolina Panther for valuable info that will help you get mentally and physically ready for OTAs.

Plus, this coming year is our year, Year 3 of the McDermott Beane Administration, the first with all the shackles off and money to spend spree-ly. The first time in literally a score we don’t have to hunt for a quarterback.

Thank you, Josh Allen! Every day feels like the Allentown Arts Festival.

Sure, the Sabres are awesome to watch and follow — it’s Dahlinsanity — but like a parent with two kids, you cannot admit you love one more than the other, and there is an inborn need in most red-blooded Americans (and Southern Ontario Canadians) for pigskin, regardless of your hockey fetish. You cannot subsist for more than a month without your fix, your manna, your mafia. You need to hate someone dearly like you despise Tom Brady. Brad Marchand doesn’t cut it.

This year, you know the Bills have big bucks to blow. You inwardly seethe when Brandon Beane intimates he might not spend it all. There are so many holes to fill that there is sure to be a lot of wheeling and dealing, workouts, and wild rumors. Hell, this year you might start some yourself.

Saturday's Senior Bowl is really only for the die- and blowhards, but a spotlight on players the Bills might “reach for” in the draft. The team brought 13 scouts, coaches and management types to Mobile, Ala., and to keep a watch and a stopwatch — now that they realized halfway through last season that speed may be good in the NFL — on intriguing prospects such as defensive linemen Charles Omenihu, Renell Wren, Khalen Saunders and Montez Sweat; offensive linemen Nate Davis, Ben Powers, Dalton Risner (who spoke with the Bills) and Chuma Edoga; wide receivers Terry McLaurin, Deebo Samuel, Penny Hart and Keelan Doss and 100 others.

Maybe even 6-8- tight end Donald Parham of Stetson, who is hopefully not all hat and no cattle. UB’s Tyree Jackson and Anthony Johnson are both playing, so worth a look-see.

The Pro Bowl on Sunday is an annual, colossal waste of time, but like a car wreck, or the Super Bowl halftime show, I swear I will not watch and then cannot not-not look away. Plus, Kyle Williams will play in his last game for the second time, so it’s a must-see.

Then, of course, the Super Bowl parties. I was worried I was not going to have a team to hate, and then the Patriots cheated and won again. The Rams and Patriots have some free agents you might want to watch while lambasting the refs, NFL and spectacle, including DE Trey Flowers, DT Donkey Kong Suh, OT Trent Brown, G Roger Saffold, DB Jason McCourty, and DE Dante Fowler Jr.

Soon, Draftniks, both well-known and whit — which stands for WHO the HELL IS THAT?! — become the most valuable writers on local news sites, bloggers on national websites, posters and follows on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, J-Date, Farm Boys Only, or wherever you are getting your football info these days.

The local guys such as Vic Carucci become all the more vital for any breaking Bills news because the national guys completely forget that Buffalo is a city let alone has a football team until the NFL draft.

But soon the NFL Scouting Combine litters our airwaves, websites and feeds starting Feb. 26, which keeps our interest until the real start of the 2019 season on March 11-13 with the blood lust to sign free agents, just before the Fortune 500 business known as the NFL Draft on April 25-27 in Nashville.

The offseason for fans is brutally painstaking work. With the Sabres on the verge of the playoffs, I better get off my fanny and back in fan shape. Maybe buy me a new phone, tablet, laptop, 65-inch TV, La-Z-Boy, deep fryer and fridge.

Pete Rosen is a screenwriter in Los Angeles, lifetime Buffalo fan, and may be found blathering daily at

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