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.