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On March 5, Buddy Nix didn't burn the midnight oil

The launch of free agency, which comes every year at midnight on a Friday morning, is the one night per year when teams and agents stay up late in the name of doing deals.

But not all of them.

Bills G.M. Buddy Nix applied a different approach.  He was asleep.

“They asked me if I was going to be there,” Nix told Tim Graham of ESPN.com at the league meetings in Orlando.  “I said, ‘Hell, no.  I’m not
doing that.  I’m going to bed
.’”

Nix did it not because he isn’t willing to work hard, but because there was no one whom he felt compelled to chase.  “I still think you build through the draft,” Nix said, “but you can’t
fill every hole, especially if you haven’t been very good.

“We don’t get excited about the first week or being up there at
midnight and 12:01, signing somebody.  We let it play itself out and make
sure that the guys we get fit what we need and fill a need.”

We actually agree, with one caveat.  If there’s a guy that a team really likes, then it makes sense to jump into the bidding as soon as the clock strike twelves, or earlier.

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28 Responses to “On March 5, Buddy Nix didn't burn the midnight oil”
  1. EG says: Mar 22, 2010 6:17 PM

    “We actually agree, with one caveat. If there’s a guy that a team really likes, then it makes sense to jump into the bidding as soon as the clock strike twelves, or earlier.”
    …which wasn’t the case for the Bills. Small market teams NEED to build through the draft, since they can’t break the bank on impact veterans.
    PS way to be subtle about tampering lol

  2. HJC says: Mar 22, 2010 6:18 PM

    Who’s buddy nix?

  3. Brockadude says: Mar 22, 2010 6:20 PM

    Good for Buddy Nix! We don’t go after “Big Name” free agents at 12:01!! We wait…Good feeling here Bills Fans!

  4. wildstile says: Mar 22, 2010 6:24 PM

    “We don’t get excited about the first week or being up there at midnight and 12:01, signing somebody. We let it play itself out and make sure that the guys we get fit what we need and fill a need.” How’s that been working out for ya Buddy?

  5. Dustin Chandler says: Mar 22, 2010 6:26 PM

    Boy, I Love Losin’ Superbowls!

  6. The Wishbone says: Mar 22, 2010 6:27 PM

    Good luck with that guy in charge, Buffalo fans.
    He could at least respect the fans enough to pretend he works hard.

  7. Citizen Strange says: Mar 22, 2010 6:28 PM

    Ich macht nix.

  8. brasho says: Mar 22, 2010 6:29 PM

    Yeah, jump in on the bidding… it’s worked so well for all the Super Bowl winngers of the past….. oh yeah, NEVER.

  9. StickyGreen says: Mar 22, 2010 6:32 PM

    Who would the Bills be lining up to get anyways?? They should actually feel better than the media hyped off-season that the Redskins…oops I meant Bears had.

  10. dirtyTHIRTY says: Mar 22, 2010 6:33 PM

    Yep. They build thru the draft and the players that turn into stars sign big contracts with other teams when their rookie deals are up. The players that turn into scrubs stay on the team.

  11. ChunkyAssVomit says: Mar 22, 2010 6:35 PM

    This “neck” is only going to dig The Bills into a deeper hole.
    So much for “networking” for trades and building relationships with other teams.
    I would have fired him yesterday.
    He’s obviously not a big picture guy.
    How come when The Bills were going to 4 straight Super Bowls players WANTED to be a part of that,
    and now it’s one and done with aging stopgaps and losing?
    I am not a Bills fan, but they once were so close,
    and now they seem so far.

  12. onesweetworld says: Mar 22, 2010 6:38 PM

    Small Market teams can spend on free agency, Buffalo just as a cheap owner. I mean if Jacksonville can sign 2 players, including one to a big contract, you’re telliing me other small market teams cant?

  13. mcenroe says: Mar 22, 2010 6:38 PM

    It’s because no one is ever excited to sign with the Bills. They are a last resort.

  14. pjgavigan says: Mar 22, 2010 7:01 PM

    they probably could not even get a big name free agent still in their prime to come to buffalo at this point anyway. they could not get a proven big name winning coach to come here and they offered big money to them.

  15. HellsGrimTyrant says: Mar 22, 2010 7:18 PM

    Contrast this with the Lions Head Coach who was right across from Vanden Bosch’s house ready to call him on his cell phone the moment the clock turned 12:01.

  16. Jabberwocky says: Mar 22, 2010 7:25 PM

    “Who would the Bills be lining up to get anyways?? They should actually feel better than the media hyped off-season that the Redskins…oops I meant Bears had.”
    We’ll see who’s better next season. The Bills will miss the playoffs for the 15th year in row or whatever. At least the Bears will be in the hunt, and actually made a SB appearance four years ago. Lot more than the Bills can say. I foresee the basement in the East!

  17. BigHarold says: Mar 22, 2010 7:30 PM

    Buddy Nix is smart-he waited and he still got Andra Davis and Dwan Edwards.

  18. Brewster says: Mar 22, 2010 7:43 PM

    “it makes sense to jump into the bidding as soon as the clock strike twelves, or earlier.”
    ______________
    A classic Florio line. Ya gotta love it.

  19. VoxVagina says: Mar 22, 2010 8:05 PM

    “If there’s a guy that a team really likes, then it makes sense to jump into the bidding as soon as the clock strike twelves, or earlier.”
    You just made a pro-tampering statement Florio

  20. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Mar 22, 2010 8:09 PM

    And a culture of success is continued

  21. Setobakura says: Mar 22, 2010 8:28 PM

    But how can we sleep while the beds are burnin??? (hopefully someone got that)

  22. sim448 says: Mar 22, 2010 8:31 PM

    with this free agent class, i would still be sleeping if i was buddy nix. who is buddy nix?

  23. BigHarold says: Mar 22, 2010 8:43 PM

    # HellsGrimTyrant says: March 22, 2010 7:18 PM
    Contrast this with the Lions Head Coach who was right across from Vanden Bosch’s house ready to call him on his cell phone the moment the clock turned 12:01.
    ——————————
    Vanden Bosch is 31 and has only 7.5 sacks over the last two years. Great move.

  24. bills34 says: Mar 22, 2010 8:58 PM

    wow… bash the bills for trying to build a winner so when those rookie contracts are up players will want to stay. This really shows how much some of you know about football. Who does well in the NFL.. teams who have competent coaches/GMs who build through the draft, Patriots, Steelers etc. These teams don’t spend 100 million dollars on one single player they actually spend money on the team as a whole, so when a player goes down they have someone that will step right up to the challenge. Our biggest problem has been terrible coaching (Penis Jauran) who knows DICK about football or how to manage a clock/offense/team etc… and player personal, scouting etc… Buddy/Chan are here to fix that…. and i’m all for it.
    @ propheteer
    “We’ll see who’s better next season. The Bills will miss the playoffs for the 15th year in row or whatever. At least the Bears will be in the hunt, and actually made a SB appearance four years ago. Lot more than the Bills can say. I foresee the basement in the East!
    at least at least at least… the bears made a SB appearance 4 years ago, wah wah wah well the Bills made 4 SB appearances but they still lost so it really doesn’t matter does it? … A Rog is going to be tapping that bear a$$ for years to come like that guy on super troopers.

  25. BBrophy1 says: Mar 22, 2010 10:26 PM

    the man is 70-something years old. He’s probably in bed by 8pm and starts his day at 2:30am! So he had plenty of time to jump into the bidding as the other guys were getting tired. It’s a genius approach

  26. MasterShake says: Mar 22, 2010 11:11 PM

    So when they truly want someone at the twelve o’clock hour, everyone will know to drive up the price. Nice logic. No wonder why they’re the Bills. When OJ gets freed at 12:01 will he be awake to sign him?

  27. DEWEY100 says: Mar 23, 2010 10:42 AM

    I just payed for my Bills season tickets and my GM says he was asleep at the start of free agency? The whole Bills organization has been asleep since The music city miracle.

  28. ejtowne says: Mar 23, 2010 3:47 PM

    To all the Buffalo
    Bills Haters:
    The clock will soon wind down and all you haters will be climbing on the bandwagon as you did during the 4 straight Superbowl apperances!!
    Go B-lo!!

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