Finding hybrid defensive end/outside linebackers continues to be a point of emphasis for the Bills as they build their roster with an eye toward training camp in July. Among the team's college free agents is Auburn's Antonio Coleman, who had an extremely productive college career, earned back-to-back SEC first-team honors, and still went undrafted. At 6-2, 255 with some injury issues, Coleman was a pass-rushing end at Auburn and finished with 24 1/2 career sacks. As a senior, he had 10 sacks, 16 1/2 tackles for loss, five batted passes and two blocked kicks. But his "tweener" size scared teams off. Still, in Buffalo's new 3-4 scheme he has a chance to make an impact, along with Danny Batten, the team's sixth-round pick out South Dakota State.
LB Kawika Mitchell, whose right quad muscle was torn away from the knee cap during a Week 5 loss to Cleveland last year, continues to work his way back to full strength. Mitchell will play inside linebacker in the Bills new 3-4 look and will have to hold off a challenge from free agent Andra Davis to win the starting job. If he's not 100 percent of missing too much off-season work, that will be difficult.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
--DE Ryan Denney, a capable backup pass rusher, was told by the team he was free to shop his services.
--LB Chris Draft was a valuable mid-year pickup, but with 11 seasons of wear he may not fit Buffalo's rebuilding model.
--DB Todd Johnson appeared in eight games before going on injured reserve. Not a priority to be retained.
--OG Seth McKinney, an eight-year vet with 46 starts, was brought in for depth but couldn't stay healthy. Has been told he won't be brought back but things could change depending on status of Eric Wood, who is recovering from a badly broken leg.
--WR Terrell Owens, the future NFL Hall of Famer, was thanked by the club of his one-year of headline making and told he wouldn't be retained. He's 36 but should still draw some interest on the market.
--WR Josh Reed, who had 311 career catches in eight seasons, was informed he would not be offered a new contract and is free to shop his services.
--OG Kendall Simmons, a former standout for Pittsburgh, has been plagued by injuries for two seasons. Has been told to shop his services.
--LB Josh Stamer rejoined the team late in the season. Tough player who excels on special teams but team likely to explore more affordable options than paying a six-year minimum.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
--LB Marcus Buggs (not tendered as ERFA) will be coming back from major knee surgery and could be brought back as a depth player.
--RB Justise Hairston (not tendered as ERFA) spent the entire year on injured reserve.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
--LB Jon Corto: ERFA; $470,000/1 yr.
--*LB Keith Ellison: RFA; (tendered at $1.176M million with sixth-round pick as compensation); $1.176M/1 yr.
--OT Christian Gaddis: ERFA; terms unknown.
--CB Cary Harris: ERFA; $395,000/1 yr.
--TE Joe Klopfenstein: Not tendered as RFA; terms unknown.
--TE Derek Schouman: RFA; (tendered at $1.684M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.684M/1 yr.
--SS Bryan Scott: Potential UFA; $3M/2 yrs, SB unknown.
--TE Jonathan Stupar: ERFA; terms unknown.
--*S George Wilson: RFA; (tendered at $1.759M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.759M/1 yr.
--*CB Ashton Youboty: RFA; (tendered at $1.176M with third-round pick as compensation); $1.176M/1 yr.
--LB Andra Davis: FA Browns; $4.4M/2 yrs.
--DE Dwan Edwards: UFA Ravens; $18M/4 yrs.
--RT Cornell Green: UFA Raiders; $9M/3 yrs.
--WR Chad Jackson: FA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--TE Martin Matthews (waivers Lions).
--OT Brad Butler (retired).
--TE Derek Fine (released).
--*QB Gibran Hamdan: Not tendered as RFA/Toronto-CFL).
--*OG Richie Incognito: Not tendered as RFA/Dolphins; $725,000/1 yr, $250,000 guaranteed.
--WR Justin Jenkins (released/failed physical).
--DE Jermaine McGhee (released/failed physical).
--LB Ashlee Palmer (released).
--C Marvin Philip (released/failed physical).
--OT Jonathan Scott: Not tendered as RFA/Steelers; $545,000/1 yr.
--DE Marcus Smith (released/failed physical).
--S John Wendling (released/failed physical).
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