Sunday could be the final game in a Bills uniform for Lorenzo Alexander and Kyle Williams.
Both players are 35 years old (Alexander is 11 days older than Williams). They are the oldest playerst on the team (by less than a week over Derek Anderson) and among the top 40 oldest players in the league.
Both have been non-committal on their future, but neither has indicated any strong desire to retire.
Alexander says the long term positive direction of the Bills is a factor in his decision. He doesn’t want to miss out if and when this team puts it all together.
“I’ve been on some teams that have had some struggling years leading up before they exploded. So I kind of recognize some of those signs,” Alexander said. “I think next year with a lot these young guys, (if) they understand how to win on the road, how to close out a lot of games and we could easily find ourselves in a much different position.
Sean Mcdermott does think the leadership value that both Williams and Alexander bring does occasionally overshadow how well both have played this year.
That leadership is more than enough for their teammates to want them back.
“They come in and do everything right. You rarely hear anybody have any corrections about them two,” Jordan Phillips said. “They know the defense in-and-out. They know everyone’s positions. Its just unbelievable the way they come in and work.”
“They are the gleaming example of what it is to be consistent and how to continue to go and how to be a pro,” Eddie Yarbrough said. “For generations to come, rookies to come, classes to come, you can’t can find me a better example than this.”
Micah Hyde says he is campaigning to have both return in 2019, but understands family opinion will trump his opinion by a mile.
“We just appreciate them in the locker room and just the type of guys they are. It would be a huge hit not to have those guys,” Hyde said.
Alexander says Hyde wants him to play five more years. While five years is out of the question, Alexander does want to come back next season.
“I’d like to be able to finish my career with the guys in this locker room,” Alexander said. “There’s a lot of great football players and a lot of great men.”
Alexander says he will talk about the decision with his family after the season is over. He hopes to inform the organization of his decision soon so work can begin quickly on a new contract, if the plan is to keep playing.