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Alex Carrington.... i don't get it


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#1 Webster Guy

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 04:51 PM

I'm having trouble understanding why so many people seem to think Alex Carrington is such a good football player and will command big money on the free agent market.

The guy has 9 starts in FOUR nfl seasons.   He has 4 career sacks and just seem very average to me.  (i'll give you the fact that he's an awesome field goal blocker)

D line seems so shored up now with the signing of Branch, I don't see where this is going to fit in anymore.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 04:52 PM

I think he was playing pretty well at the end if last year. But I agree with you. I really don't see him as some irreplaceable piece. Honestly, I don't think he will be a Bill next year.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 04:57 PM

View PostWebster Guy, on 23 December 2013 - 04:51 PM, said:

I'm having trouble understanding why so many people seem to think Alex Carrington is such a good football player and will command big money on the free agent market.

The guy has 9 starts in FOUR nfl seasons.   He has 4 career sacks and just seem very average to me.  (i'll give you the fact that he's an awesome field goal blocker)

D line seems so shored up now with the signing of Branch, I don't see where this is going to fit in anymore.

i dont think anyone really thinks hes going to be a break the bank player, or that hes irreplaceable.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:03 PM

He hasn't really excelled in this defense, something many others have. Since he serves no obvious role on defense, he's probably gone at the end of the season.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:04 PM

I think Branch has that position on lock, Charles is an interesting prospect and Dareus gets snaps there as well. Alex could be a goner, fully acknowledging some other team is getting a solid ball player on the cheap.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:05 PM

He blocks FG?  Lol hes solid depth if healthy

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:05 PM

I assume Parker is going to test the market and try to get him more money than we'll offer, but in reality he's not going to command very much. In fact, they will regret not extending before his injury.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:06 PM

Diff position but Hughes has excelled in this system.  What a beast

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:06 PM

He's got the same agent as Byrd (I forget the guy's name), so it is assumed he will ask for a lot of money, the Bills won't pay, and he will be gone.  He is/was a good D-lineman for the rotation, seems like a good guy when interviewed, but not necessarily an outrageously gifted/all-pro caliber player.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:17 PM

View Postkas23, on 23 December 2013 - 05:03 PM, said:

He hasn't really excelled in this defense, something many others have. Since he serves no obvious role on defense, he's probably gone at the end of the season.

He played two games in this system.
The coaches love him and if he wasn't injured would have signed for big money. As it is, Bills would love him back but at a reduced rate due to injury. He may not be able to work out for anybody which will hinder his bargaining position.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:19 PM

Whats interesting is I think Charles gives us more playmaking ability the guy from Canada......u resign Carrington u take playing time away from Charles......

Signing Branch to that extenstion was great......I really thought we were gonna lose him

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:48 PM

If he can be had on the cheap, he provides quality depth.  If not, I don't see Buffalo making a huge effort to re-sign him.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:57 PM

Bills fans tend to over value all their players.  Bye bye AC

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:58 PM

View PostBig C, on 23 December 2013 - 05:05 PM, said:

I assume Parker is going to test the market and try to get him more money than we'll offer, but in reality he's not going to command very much. In fact, they will regret not extending before his injury.

This team, mostly on the strength of its Dline, just set a team record for sacks with a game to play. Who's to say if Carrington was still playing they wouldn't have been even better, but there is no arguing that he's the epitome of a player that wasn't missed at all.

It also takes two to agree on a deal and there is no way in hell Parker was gonna let Carrington take ANY deal unless it was for the inflated number he had in mind. Parker screwed his client by NOT agreeing to the Bills' offer. If anyone regrets not being extended earlier, it will be Carrington. No thanks to his agent who spun the wheel and lost this time.

GO BILLS!!!

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:13 PM

its not just bills fans over rating him...the other teams we play mention him a lot too. I think he's a late bloomer asked to have a different role, hope he comes back

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:14 PM

I'm thinking they should at least give him (and Troupe) a fair chance to compete in training camp before cutting them both loose or working out a trade for whatever they can get for either or both.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:17 PM

View PostK-9, on 23 December 2013 - 05:58 PM, said:



This team, mostly on the strength of its Dline, just set a team record for sacks with a game to play. Who's to say if Carrington was still playing they wouldn't have been even better, but there is no arguing that he's the epitome of a player that wasn't missed at all.


What is not stated here is that besides Carrington,  we have been injury-free on the front 7. It is easy to point how his absence was not missed but one injury on the front 4 would have been a big problem. I havent seen enough of any backup to feel comfortable  .  AC is home grown, hard worker while not spectacular.
I would favor signing him to a reasonable contract worthy of a good backup.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:17 PM

I guess Parker's rep precedes him. Alex doesn't have much bargaining power as a restricted FA. It will all depend on what Bills will tender to see how much they value him.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:18 PM

View PostCardinalScotts, on 23 December 2013 - 06:13 PM, said:

its not just bills fans over rating him...the other teams we play mention him a lot too. I think he's a late bloomer asked to have a different role, hope he comes back

What?  Really?  Four years and 9 games late?

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:22 PM

View PostSan-O, on 23 December 2013 - 06:18 PM, said:



What?  Really?  Four years and 9 games late?

He, like others, on the D dis not have quality and consistency on coaching. Thi year, past underachievers such as McK played much better than they ever have. We did not get a chance to ee what Pettine could so with AC. again, if he has a relatively good price tag, I say we try to keep him. Do we need to remember the days of Tim Anderson to understand a good value?