The Buffalo Bills have some significant players due to become unrestricted free agents in March: cornerback Nate Clements, linebacker London Fletcher-Baker, defensive lineman Chris Kelsay, fullback Daimon Shelton, guard Mike Gandy, and running back Anthony Thomas. Clements is only 26, is coming off a good year, and figures to cash a big check. Some NFL insiders even feel he might surpass the $18 million signing bonus Champ Bailey received because with the heightened salary cap many teams are flush and looking to spend their way to success. Clements played under the franchise tag in 2006, earning $7.2 million. The Bills have the right to put the tag on him one more season but it would cost them $7.8 million and they would have to go back on their word because they promised Clements a year ago that they would not tag him twice in a row.
A tender moment?
It's not official yet, but expect the Chargers to put a first-round tender on restricted free agent running back Michael Turner -- meaning any team that signs him to an offer sheet must give up a first-round pick if San Diego doesn't match.
Jets in pursuit
The Jets are expected to pursue Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel, who tied Bailey for the NFL lead in interceptions with 10 this season, and Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain , who had a career-high 5 1/2 sacks this season. Both are due to become unrestricted free agents