Someone Tell Charles Clay: To Make a Decision Already!

Is he really worth it? - Photo via Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Is he really worth it? – Photo via Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

LeSean McCoy shows off his Bills jersey! - Photo via Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports

LeSean McCoy shows off his Bills jersey! – Photo via Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports

As the 6th day of free agency wanes, we still have no word on Charles Clay, which in my view has gotten to the ridiculous stage. He is an athletic tight end with a lot if upside, but does he seriously warrant this kind of attention and in the end money that’s being thrown his way? It’s been whirlwind and after less than a week of free agency our general manager has given us: Marcus Easley, a second and third Quarterback, a rotational defensive end in Jarius Wynn, a superstar Running Back LeSean McCoy, a bully interior lineman Incognito, the proverbially talented and troubled Percy Harvin, cut their best tight end Scott Chandler, kept Fred, gave BIG money to Jerry Hughes, and am I missing anything? WOW!

The Bills are doing a good job at not getting worse three days into free agency. The McCoy move could prove to be an upgrade over CJ Spiller, and Matt Cassel could be a serviceable quarterback; but we haven’t upgraded the primary positions of need. The Bills have yet to address the offensive line other than Incognito. The Bills added a third QB Thursday by signing Tyrod Taylor who spent four years with the Ravens. The Bills now have four QBs on the roster: Jeff Tuel, Tyrod Taylor, Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel. However, at this point, they lack a true starting QB.

Tyrod Taylor is an interesting prospect as long as he made the most of those four years behind Joe Flacco. Taylor is on the smaller side for a QB; he’s 6’1” 201, but he’s mobile and has a decent arm. I watched some highlights of him from his college days with Virginia Tech and wasn’t overly impressed. He has decent speed to move around and escape out of the pocket. He keeps his eyes down field until the first sign of break down and then appears to look for a way out with his legs. He did make some decent throws while under pressure in the pocket, but don’t expect Russell Wilson’s escapability. He was a 57% completion QB in college, throwing 44 TDs and 20 INTs. He rushed for almost 2,000 yards in four years and 23 scores. I think he would be able to run the read-option well and could give defenses fits if he can get out of the pocket. His speed didn’t impress me in college, and defenders are much faster at this level.

Taylor could legitametley  push EJ and Cassel. - Photo via  BaltimoreRavens.com

Taylor could push EJ and Cassel for the starting job. – Photo via BaltimoreRavens.com

Being undersized might mean more injuries if he doesn’t learn to avoid contact. Despite my critique, I am rather excited to see what he can do. He has a similar skill set of EJ and offers direct competition. If EJ doesn’t show progress, he could get beat right out of Buffalo. The Bills now have their QB formula they tried three years ago with Kevin Kolb and then again last year with Kyle Orton. Let’s see if the third time’s a charm! Just keep Matt Cassel away from the wet mats on the practice field.

The Bills also kept a few key depth guys by signing Marcus Easley, Jarius Wynn, and kick off specialist Jordan Gay. The Bills haven’t signed Charles Clay yet even though the Dolphins just signed Jordan Cameron. The Dolphins aren’t removing his transition tag either, but with the signing of Jordan and Suh, the Dolphins are strapped for cash. The soap opera isn’t over yet but the Dolphins may have waived a white flag, it was reported yesterday via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News that the Dolphins have officially  given us on trying to sign Clay and expect him to be a Buffalo Bill. In the end whose really knows, this one it seems will play out for a few more days.

Tim Graham

Tweets via Tim Graham’s twitter account – @ByTimGraham

Percy Harvin’s visit continued into a second day, it was said he was making prospective living arrangements and working out family logistics, as the Bills wooed him. It all paid off, he never left Buffalo, and in the end he signed a one year deal to be the Bills third receiver.

It’s now being reported that the Bills are in talks with the Eagles to trade for their Guard Evan Mathis. He’s 34 years old though and has a $6 million cap hit. The Bills have a 2nd, 3rd and 5th round pick in the draft. They’ve already given up their 1st, 4th and 6th round picks for Sammy Watkins and Matt Cassel. I’m not sure I would give up a 5th for a 34 year old guard coming off a knee injury.

 

So Bills fans what do you think so far? Like the moves? Is there anyone you want to see them bring in? Do “Whales” and crew have any more tricks up their sleeves? Make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter @wgoinbuffalo. You can find me @jasonsins

By: Jason Sins

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