Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley has a hard enough job this time of year.
Whaley has to compete against 31 other clubs to obtain talent in free agency. He has to convince players Buffalo, which has not been to the playoffs since the 1999 season, is headed in the right direction. Whaley must entice free agents with contracts they cannot refuse.
That is hard enough, but Whaley’s latest challenge is downright ridiculous.
Winter Storm Vulcan has blanketed Buffalo with heavy snow and high winds, and service at the Buffalo Niagra International Airport slowed to a near shutdown Wednesday. Greyhound, Trailways and Megabus also canceled all trips out of Buffalo, according to The Buffalo News.
It also means Whaley cannot host free agents on Wednesday, which works against Buffalo as players are eager to sign contracts. And if you are a free agent who has offers from Arizona, Tampa Bay, San Diego or Buffalo, it is pretty easy to scratch Whaley’s winter invitation off your bucket list of travel destinations.
"Today's storm challenged us in terms of getting free agents in and out because teams like to get them in as soon as possible,” Whaley said in a press release (via The Buffalo News). “It's important to have plans for all scenarios. Today, we were prepared in dealing with this storm.”
There is an easy way to deal with the storm.
Just promise players a lot of money. Despite the bad weather conditions, Buffalo signed guard Chris Williams to a four-year deal worth $13.5 million on Wednesday.
That is enough cash to install a fireplace in every room of Williams’ home, including the garage.
There is one good thing working for Buffalo. The winter storm is hammering several NFL cities in the Midwest and Northeast, such as Detroit.
In addition to Williams, Buffalo hosted Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll on Wednesday.
That gives Whaley plenty of time to work on a convincing sales pitch to Carroll.
- - - - - - -