Bills come out aggressive out of the gate

Buddy Nix told Chris Brown of this morning that he had two specific targets in mind when free agency started.  It appears that the two players in question were Texans defensive end Mario Williams and Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem who are both scheduled to be in Buffalo to meet with the Bills brass tonight.

Former Texans DE Mario Williams

Obviously signing Mario Williams would be a huge move for the Bills.  Their biggest weakness last year was their pass rush and signing Mario Williams would put him next to defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus to make a formidable front line.  The Bills front 7 would go from a severe weakness to a great strength.  Former Super Bowl winning defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt is taking over the defense this season.  He’s bringing back a 4-3 base defense which is the defense that Mario Williams excelled in during his first 4 seasons in Houston.  Signing Williams would be huge news in Buffalo and from a marketing standpoint would put them in a good position to sell tickets in the wake of their late season collapse last year.  He’ll also provide a huge boost to a young defense that includes Dareus, Aaron Williams, Kelvin Sheppard, and Jairus Byrd along with veterans such as Williams, Nick Barnett, and George Wilson.

Former Saints WR Robert Meachem

Meachem would be a nice complement to Stevie Johnson and David Nelson in the passing game.  Chan Gailey is looking for a receiver who can stretch the field on the outside and Meachem fits that bill.  Meachem has averaged no less then 14.5 yards per reception in his career in his career.  Meachem’s acquisition would move Donald Jones down the depth chart and create depth that was lacking last season at the wide receiver position.  Obviously sitting Meachem down next to Mario Williams at dinner would be a hell of a negotiating ploy for getting a deal done for Meachem.

Clearly Buddy Nix and Russ Brandon weren’t lying when they said they would be aggressive and resources would not be an issue this free agency period.  They feel that they’re close and that they can leapfrog New York and Miami this year with a big off-season and are looking to make a big splash early.

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