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Bills’ free agency plan: Big splash now, out of the market by Friday

Buddy Nix, Chan Gailey

Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey, left, talks with general manager Buddy Nix at NFL football training camp in Pittsford, N.Y., Friday, July 30, 2010. (AP Photo/ David Duprey)


The Buffalo Bills won’t be patient in free agency.

Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said this morning that the team is planning to make waves with a free agent signing or two that makes the league take notice, and that once those big deals are done, the Bills will be done and moving on to preparing for the draft.

“We’d like to be out of the business by Friday. The big splash for us could be over in a week,” Nix said on WGR 550, via the Bills’ official Twitter.

Nix said he expects current Bills players to be an important part of recruiting efforts, telling other players around the league that the team is building toward its first playoff appearance in more than a decade.

“I’m excited that players have enough faith in our program that they reach out to their peers to speak well about the Bills,” Nix said.

Nix said there are three or four free agent pass rushers who could make an immediate impact, and he hopes to sign one of them within the next few days, and perhaps fill a few other holes in the roster. And then, as far as the Bills are concerned, free agency will come to an end.

“You have to fill as many needs in free agency since it comes first,” Nix said. “Then you add to your depth in the draft.”