The bottom line for Scott Chandler after his brief, three-day foray into the open market of free agency was this: His heart was in Buffalo.
The Buffalo Bills' veteran tight end said that's why he re-signed with the team, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract today.
"I’m just really excited to be back in Buffalo," Chandler said by phone from his home in Iowa. "My family, my wife and I, have really always loved Western New York since we moved there. Obviously, the organization kinda gave me my start. So I’m really excited to be back."
After catching a career-best 53 passes last season, there's little doubt Chandler could have taken visits to other clubs. Detroit was reported to be interested. He opted against it.
"I wanted to be a Bill," he said. "As a player you don’t always have as much control as you’d like. I mean, you do have control, but you hire people to advise you, so you listen. It’s so hard, because you have to look at it from a business perspective, a player perspective and a family perspective. And I wanted to be a Bill. I’m glad to be a Bill, that’s all I’m going to say."
Chandler is excited about the potential for the Bills' offense in the second year under coaches Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett and quarterback EJ Manuel.
"I think, obviously, my teammates and the coaching staff are probably the biggest reason why I wanted to be back," he said. "I really enjoyed working with Nate Hackett and coach Marrone. I think if we can keep EJ healthy and practicing, we’re going to be able to grow a lot as an offense."
"Obviously we’ve got two guys in the backfield that are dynamic," he said, referring to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. "Then we’ve got a lot of young guys on the outside to go along with Stevie Johnson, who can really do a lot of things. I don’t think we were complete able to showcase all that last year. I’m excited to be back, and excited to see where we can go this year."