Free Agent Possibility: Quinton Coples

The Bills should absolutely bring this guy in!!!

Quinton Coples a hybrid defensive end/defensive tackle/outside linebacker is on the free agent market again. As reported by numerous sources, the Bills were one of the teams that put in a waver claim for him when he was released by the Jets in November of 2015.

His role with New York had diminished the last month of his tenure there. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF) he only participated in only 42 snaps leading up to his release. The former UNC product had 0 sacks, 4 QB hits, 8 tackles and 6 stops during his partial season with the Todd Bowles led defense (PFF).

The first two weeks with the Dolphins he looked to have an increased role participating in about 1/4 of their snaps as a reserve player. But by seasons end he had only accrued five tackles.

The former first round pick by Rex Ryan doesn’t have the most stellar career stats or speed anymore, but he managed to produce 19 sacks, 39 QB hits and 70 QB hurries, 71 solo tackle and 73 stops. But one thing is known for sure, he knows Rex Ryans defense. As an OLB in Rex’ scheme in 2014 he managed to get 6 sacks in 208 pass snaps at the position, which was the third most from that position behind Terrell Suggs and Clay Matthews.

He is an athletic player who was used in many different ways and different positions under his former coach. Rex can find ways to utilize the 6’6″, 290 pound player.

His average production will garner a modest contract once meetings between his Agent and NFL General Managers occur. According to Spotrac, in 2015 with the Fins his contract was just over $500,000. So he may be a player that the Bills could bring in for a good price. He will fill a need if and when the Bills release Mario Williams. Mario and Quinton are almost the same size and stature but Coples could be brought in for probably an 18th-19th of the cost!!!!

I believe this is a no brainer. I would sign Coples today if I were the Bills. I would rather have Coples over Corbin Bryant. Coples can be utilized in soo many more positions than Bryant. We will see if the Bills pull the trigger soon enough.



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