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Questioning Buffalo's latest decision

Posted on: October 8, 2010 9:51 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 9:07 am
Posted by Andy Benoit

Very rarely do you see an NFL team blatantly treat a season as a true rebuilding effort. Usually, teams will sugarcoat it. Not the Bills. They released Trent Edwards in September. For the first part of the season, they kept callow first-round rookie C.J. Spiller on the bench so that they could showcase Marshawn Lynch for a trade. (Lynch was sent to Seattle earlier this week for a fourth-round pick.)
C. Kelsay (US Presswire)
And, before all this, the Bills released defensive end/outside linebacker Aaron Schobel. In the end, they saved over $8 million in 2010 by parting with Schobel. But this in mind, isn’t it strange the team would turn around and sign their other defensive end-turned-outside linebacker Chris Kelsay to a four-year, $24 million extension just months later? (Kelsay’s deal also awarded an immediate $2 million bonus.)

ESPN’s Matt Mosley provided an excellent breakdown of how Kelsay’s contract stacks up to similar players his age (31). In short, the Bills are overpaying in a deal that, after bonuses and various clauses are sorted out, ends up giving Kelsay $5 million a year on average.
Kelsay, a second-round pick in 2003, has 22 sacks in 114 career games. He has done an OK job transitioning to outside linebacker in Buffalo’s new 3-4 scheme, but he still is yet to reach the quarterback in 2010.

However, the Bills still think of him as a key part of their long-term plans.

"The thing you don't want to do is take your core guys and your leaders out of your system," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said, according to Mosley. "We decided, obviously, that we've got four, five or six guys like that. They maybe are not great players, but good players that set the tone for what you want everybody else to be.

"Chris Kelsay is a good player. He exemplifies what we want players to do and how we want them to be. So that's the reason he's here."
Kelsay has improved his playside run defense and become a more nimble player in recent years, but the fact of the matter is, he wouldn’t start for most of the 3-4 teams in the NFL.

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Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:57 am

Questioning Buffalo's latest decision

The ESPN reporter on this one was Tim Graham.

Pretty interesting how productive (or unproductive, as the case may be) Kelsay has been compared to his peer group in terms of age and over 100 games played.

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