2012 NFL Free Agents: If Jason Smith Is Cut, Buffalo Bills Should Pursue

Aaron McKinneyCorrespondent IIIJanuary 19, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 26: Jason Smith #77 of the St. Louis Rams blocks against the Kansas City Chiefs during a pre-season game at Arrowhead Stadium  on August 26, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Rams defeated the Chiefs, 14-10. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills are again in need of an upgrade at offensive tackle, especially if they feel Demetrius Bell isn't worth retaining.

According to NBC Sports, the St. Louis Rams are strongly considering cutting ties with the second overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, Jason Smith. I know he has dealt with concussion issues, but would it really hurt to take a flyer on him? Especially if we've seen the last of Bell as a Buffalo Bill.

I for one, am not against holding onto Erik Pears for one tackle position, but I'm not so sure that Bell will ever be more than an average player.

Smith has had two concussions in his young career and that could lead to quite a bit of uncertainty, but there's no doubt he is at least worth a look.

The Bills are going to return quite a collection of offensive skill position talent next year and putting a few pieces in place on the offensive line would be greatly helpful. Especially with the emergence (finally!) of CJ Spiller, the running game could be spectacular. As long as Ryan Fitzpatrick can rebound from the average second half he had, the offense should not be at a loss for running up some points.

The line already has Eric Wood firmly in place at center and Adam Levitre at left guard, forming a bit of a foundation inside. There are options at right guard and I think Erik Pears may be a fit at tackle, but Jason Smith would at least be a good option to try and fill the other.

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