I honestly don't think there was an option to keep the pieces in place -
Do you pay market price to keep Woods & Goodwin? I certainly wouldn't.
Tyrod's contract redo was a clear sign of what the team thought of him and more importantly how the rest of the league valued him. The new contract came on the heels of Hoyer signing in SF instead of Buffalo and Tyrod's feelers to the rest of the league. This is a one year prove it or lose it year for Tyrod, and if I'm the Bills, I'm not investing a lot of assets until I know my long term QB situation.
If things continue as the first two weeks suggest then they made the right moves. The only position they mismanaged was RB, that depth is going to show up real soon.
Getting rid of Watkins seems fine in hindsight, he isn't doing much. Don't want to hear about his elite ability, he will be lucky to land a similiar deal to Hurns.
Gilmore is and always was addition by subtraction. Tre and the new secondary already have a confidence about them that has been missing for awhile. Tre also looks every bit as good as I expected.
Darby is hurt and Gaines is playing as well as anyone could hope. Gaines and Matthews were both throw ins on those deals, I'm interested in which one if either is brought back.
Poyer is the biggest surprise. He is running around out there like Happy Gilmore. Hyde has been solid but certainly
over shadowed by the ex Brownie.
No one wants to hear about a tank but if the Bills ended up with a top 1-3 pick and landed the right QB without trading away all those picks they would have a good core to surround him with. That would also mean they have the picks needed to bolster the Oline and other needy positions.
They also played the Taylor situation correctly, he has been diminished to a place holder. His presence is keeping the Bills from presenting the new coach and GM as laughing stocks and fans/media can see the attention to detail and the culture change that is underway.
Personnel wise things could shake out well, really well if they continue to lose. Either way McD and Beane will be getting some high praise oif the team remains disciplined and the accumulated picks inch closer as they approach draft day.