Our good friends over at SB Nation's Buffalo Bills website, Buffalo Rumblings, are wondering this morning how far the Bills should go in an effort to re-sign free-agent-to-be linebacker Paul Posluszny. If the Bills decide not to meet whatever Posluszny's price turns out to be, here is a thought. How about the New York Giants jump to the front of the line and see if they can bring him to the other end of the New York State Thruway?
I am not usually a fan of signing veteran free-agent linebackers. Grabbing a fading veteran and hoping he has a little bit left in the tank has not worked out all that well for the Giants. Neither has bringing in players who showed talent, but for one reason or another fell out of favor with their original organization.
Posluszny, though, is a different story. This is a player who will be 27 years old this coming season and is entering the prime of his career. He is coming off a season where he recorded a career-high 151 tackles (103 solo) for the Bills. That was his third consecutive season of 100 or more tackles.
Full confession -- this is a player I loved as a possible target for the Giants when he came out of college in 2007. Now that he can hit the open market Posluszny to the Giants makes sense to me.
Posluszny has always played in the middle for Buffalo. He played outside for three years collegiately at Penn State. Maybe you use him inside. Maybe you leave Goff alone and slide Posluszny to one of the outside positions. Either way, when I think of Posluszny I think of a player better than any linebacker currently on the Giants roster -- and I guy who should be entering the best seasons of his career, much like Antonio Pierce was when the Giants signed him from the Washington Redskins.
If the Bills allow him to leave, pursuing him certainly makes sense to me.