The three time Pro Bowler is familiar with a coach already on staff.
Larry Warford, the 6’3, 330-pound guard, was released this week by the New Orleans Saints. The move was merely a cost-cutting measure, as the Saints had recently drafted a cost-controlled replacement in Michigan Interior Offensive Lineman, Cesar Ruiz, in last month’s draft. Warford is still 28 years old and has been a Pro-Bowler each of the past three seasons.
Warford is a player the Bills should target to sign in free agency. As much as many fans wish otherwise, this regime sees last year’s second-round pick Cody Ford as a right tackle and will give him every opportunity to win the job on the outside. Current Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Bobby Johnson was the assistant offensive line coach in Detroit during Warford’s rookie season, a season in which Warford was named to the Pro Football Writer’s of America’s “All-Rookie Team” and named “Offensive Rookie of the Year” by Pro Football Focus. This three-time Pro-Bowler would be an excellent addition to mentoring Ford on the right side.
This would lead to the question on everybody’s mind: what about fan favorite and incumbent starter at right guard Jon Feliciano? For starters, Feliciano is entering the final year of his contract, and there is no guarantee he will be back in 2021. He would also immediately become the best backup interior offensive lineman in the National Football League with the versatility to step in at both guard spots and center. We have seen in year’s previous how Head Coach Sean McDermott values flexibility along his offensive line.
Last but not least, it does not hurt that signing Warford would keep him away from division rivals in New York and Miami. Both teams could still use help along their offensive line heading into 2020.
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