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  1. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images We’ve been analyzing all of the Buffalo Bills free agents this offseason. We looked at their play in 2020 and what it might cost to retain them. Today we’re compiling all of those potential contracts into one article. To see the full analysis, breakdowns, and comparable contracts, click on the link to each full article. We’re going in order of largest annual value to lowest. LB Matt Milano Four-year, $52 million contract ($27.6 million guaranteed) $3.5 million available in incentives With comparable contracts in mind, I’m starting at $14.5 million per year if I’m Milano’s agent but will come down to $13 million per year in negotiations. Sitting out half of 2020 hurt his value, the COVID-19 cap limits what he can get on the open market, and I’m building in incentives so if he stays fully healthy, he can trigger more money in the future. Lots of incentives in this article you should check out. Click here to read the full projection for Matt Milano RT Daryl Williams Four years, $35 million $18 million fully guaranteed Williams is going to get a multi-year, starter-level contract even in the COVID-depressed salary-cap world. Offensive line play around the league is abysmal and with so much money invested in quarterbacks, it’s silly not to throw money at your offensive line, too. Buffalo gets the first crack at him but they won’t get a hometown discount large enough to make it a steal as Williams signs what could be the last big contract of his career. He was such a steal in 2020. Click here to read the full contract projection for Daryl Williams OL Jon Feliciano Four years, $30 million $11 million fully guaranteed I waffled between $7 and $8 million per season before settling right in the middle. The top-ten guards in the NFL make $11 million per season, and I don’t think he’s a top-ten guard. Number 20 on that list makes $7 million per season, so I’m putting Feliciano in the top 20 guards in the NFL with this deal. With two starting guards on each team, it effectively makes him a top-ten starting guard. Click here to read the full contract projection for Jon Feliciano TE Tyler Kroft One year, $3.3 million A year ago, the Bills purposefully shortened Kroft’s deal and then this season kept him on the bench for long stretches of the year despite being healthy. It’s unlikely they bring him back next year so we didn’t so a standalone piece on him. He could find a team willing to give him an Eric Ebron contract of two years, $12 million, but it’s more likely he ends up in the Jacob Hollister range of a one-year, $3.3 million deal. I think his floor is the Logan Thomas (two years, $6.15 million) and Levine Toilolo (two years, $6.2 million) range. Read our coverage from last year’s contract restructure for Tyler Kroft DE Trent Murphy One year, $3 million We didn’t do a standalone piece on Trent Murphy. They made him a healthy inactive too many times down the stretch, drafted A.J. Epenesa last year, and signed Mario Addison because Murphy wasn’t good enough to get the job done. That being said, I can see him signing in the $3 million to $4 million range in the mold of guys like Benson Mayowa ($3 million), Stephen Weatherly ($2.5 million), and even a guy like Bruce Irvin ($5.5 million) P Corey Bojorquez Three years, $8.85 million $3.02 million guaranteed At $2.95 million AAV, it makes him the sixth-highest-paid punter in the league on a yearly average basis, but it’s not something that’s going to handcuff Buffalo beyond 2021. The first year is guaranteed but after that, they can get out of it. The highest-paid punter in the league is making close to $4 million per season. Click here to read the full projection for Corey Bojorquez CB Josh Norman One year, $2.5 million (up to $6 million) $2.5 million guaranteed plus incentives I find it difficult to believe Norman is going to be considered an every-down player on the open market and as such he is much more likely to find a market closer to Jimmy Smith. He’s still a solid player and one who can teach young players a lot, but he shouldn’t be counted on as a team’s CB2 for a full season. Still, this figure seems a touch higher than I want to spend this offseason. Click here to read the full projection for Josh Norman CB Levi Wallace One year, $2.133 million That’s last year’s RFA tender amount and it won’t be the same this year with the cap lowering, we just don’t know what it’s going to be. I think the Bills like Wallace but know he’s limited, which is why they keep trying to replace him. I don’t want to guarantee him $3 or $4 million and I don’t think the Bills will want to either. Click here to read the full projection for Levi Wallace QB Matt Barkley Two years, $4 million $600,000 guaranteed It’s the same contract he signed two years ago down to the guaranteed money. A $600,000 signing bonus is the only guaranteed money and they can cut him if Jake Fromm or David Webb come in and blow it up during the offseason. Click here to read the full projection for Matt Barkley RB Taiwan Jones One year, $1.7 million This is the contract the special teams ace signed a year ago. With the COVID-19-related salary cap suppression, he’s probably more in line for a veteran minimum deal. Click here to read the contract details from last year’s Taiwan Jones contract RB T.J. Yeldon Two years, $3.2 million We didn’t work up a new contract projection for Yeldon. This is the deal he signed two years ago. I can’t believe he’ll make more than the league minimum at this stage in his career. Click here for more information on T.J. Yeldon’s previous contract S Dean Marlowe One year, $1.55 million Fully guaranteed We didn’t do a full article on Marlowe because the safety position is so well settled. They signed Marlowe to this deal last year including a $250,000 signing bonus and a per-game active bonus of $15,625 per game. Click here for the contract details from last year for Dan Marlowe KR Andre Roberts One year, $1.5 million Fully guaranteed That splits the difference between league minimum and his last contract ($1.075 million to $2.3 million per season). They don’t get the veteran minimum benefit, so I lowered it a couple hundred grand. I fully guaranteed the money to help with that fact that it’s lower than his last deal, but I’m not sure the Bills will even be that generous. Click here to read the full contract projection for Andre Roberts OT Ty Nsekhe One year, $1.21 million $137,500 guaranteed $850,000 cap hit The Bills could do worse than Nsekhe and with a gaping hole at the position, I’m interested in bringing him back on a one-year veteran minimum deal including the small signing bonus. With the veteran minimum salary benefit, he counts exactly like a second-year NFL player on a minimum salary deal. Click here to read the full contract projection for Ty Nsekhe OG Brian Winters One year, $1.21 million ($137,500 guaranteed) $850,000 cap hit It’s a contract for the NFL’s veteran salary benefit. A $137,500 signing bonus is added to the minimum for a player with as many years of service as Winters has. Then the NFL allows them to lower his cap hit from $1.2125 million to that of a second-year player. That’s the $850k cap hit. Click here to read the full contract projection for Brian Winters WR Isaiah McKenzie One year, $1.13 million ($275,000 guaranteed) $850,000 cap hit It’s a veteran minimum deal for McKenzie. This is a bad year to be a low-to-mid-tier free agent. That’s the group that’s going to get pinched by the COVID-19 cap reductions. The top players will still get their money. Click here to read the full projection for Isaiah McKenzie OG Ike Boettger One year, $920,000 ($275,000 guaranteed) The league minimum for players with three years of service is $920k in 2021. That’s the bare minimum Boettger can make. I think that deal with an opportunity to start is the most I’m willing to do for Boettger right now. Buffalo needs to overhaul their offensive line and Boettger wasn’t an outlier playing better than the rest of the group a year ago. Click here to read the full contract projection for Ike Boettger Editor’s note: We did not include players released by the team. Only free agents whose contracts expired. View the full article
  2. Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images The Buffalo Bills are announcing their 2021 season ticket prices and they are coming with a cost hike. On average, ticket prices will increase by roughly $8 per game across the board, according to figure released by the team, and for the first time ever the average price will top $100 per game. Here is the breakdown of the price increases: • 25% of seats will increase $13 to $19; • 46% of seats will increase $6 to $12; • 29% of seats will increase $5 or less. “The average cost of a general admission seat will be $82.14 in 2021, an increase of $7.68 per game. A club seat will average $253.96 per game, an increase of $10.48,” reports The Buffalo News. That’s still pretty darn low compared to the rest of the NFL. According to a team spokesman, that’s 20% less than the league average. According to the reports, 20% of the stadium’s seats are still $55 and under for a single game ticket. “There is really so much that goes into our pricing every year,” Chris Colleary, the team’s vice president of ticket sales and service, told The Buffalo News. “We look at historical sales, comparable NFL markets, and really try to determine the market value for each seat. We’re literally going in row by row, seat by seat, evaluating the season ticket sales history for the last three seasons, if the seat was available on a single-game price, what it sold for, and then if that seat was ever sold on a resale site, what it sold for, and really trying to come up with what we feel is a fair market value for each seat.” The team is planning on 100% capacity for the fall, but there are still contingencies being worked in due to COVID-19. Canadian fans who are barred from entering the country will be offered a refund or the ability to move forward a balance. If overall seating capacity is limited, season ticket holders will be given first priority. With Buffalo’s run to the AFC Championship Game in 2020, the team’s record of 60,102 season tickets set in 2015 is within reach, according to WGR 550. View the full article
  3. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield has become a popular choice in Buffalo Now that the NFL’s legal tampering period is just one week away, fans of the Buffalo Bills (and draft pundits) have a clearer look at the team’s needs this offseason. Jon Feliciano and Darryl Williams are still set to become unrestricted free agents, making help along the offensive line a more pressing need in Buffalo. While this latest collection of mock drafts includes plenty of help at linebacker and defensive end, there has been a shift by some to add talent along the offensive line. Jalen Mayfield (Michigan) shows up on multiple mock drafts below, as does Liam Eichenberg (Notre Dame). Check out the mock drafts below, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section. Three-Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers add Najee Harris, Dolphins pick Travis Etienne - CBSSports.com The Buffalo Bills select Zaven Collins, linebacker from Tulsa, with their first-round pick. Four-round 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Saints trade up for QB in Round 1 - NFL.com The Buffalo Bills select Jalen Mayfield, offensive tackle from Michigan, with their first-round pick. 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Dolphins grab Alabama stars, Falcons look for Matt Ryan’s replacement – The Athletic The Buffalo Bills select Liam Eichenberg, offensive tackle from Notre Dame, with their first-round pick. NFL mock draft: Trade buzz! Jets pick QB, Broncos go defense – The Athletic The Buffalo Bills select Jayson Oweh, EDGE from Penn State, with their first-round pick. Schulte's March 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft | PFN The Buffalo Bills select Jalen Mayfield, offensive tackle from Michigan, with their first-round pick. NFL mock draft 2021 - Todd McShay's predictions for all 32 first-round picks heading into NFL free agency - ESPN.com The Buffalo Bills select Travis Etienne, running back from Clemson, with their first-round pick. Buffalo Bills: 7-round mock draft before start of free agency - BuffaLowdown The Buffalo Bills select Zaven Collins, linebacker from Tulsa, with their first-round pick. 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Panthers move up for BYU QB Zach Wilson, LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase heads to Atlanta | NFL Draft | PFF The Buffalo Bills select Jayson Oweh, EDGE from Penn State, with their first-round pick. Sikkema's 2021 NFL Mock Draft 4.2 | The Draft Network The Buffalo Bills select Zaven Collins, linebacker from Tulsa, with their first-round pick. 2021 NFL free agency mock draft: Jameis Winston to Bears, Aaron Jones to Dolphins, Ryan Fitzpatrick to Saints - CBSSports.com In this free-agency mock draft, the Bills are matched up with Romeo Okwara of the Detroit Lions. View the full article
  4. Can Dawson Knox be THE man for the Bills? On the latest episode of the Billieve Podcast, in the fourth installment of our State of the Buffalo Bills series, hosts John Boccacino and Jamie D’Amico break down and review the contributions the Bills got from their tight ends in 2020. This is arguably Buffalo’s worst positional group on the roster. Featuring Dawson Knox, Tyler Kroft, Lee Smith and Reggie Gilliam, Buffalo’s tight ends ranked 31st in the NFL in both receiving yards (458) and receptions (42), a fact made slightly easier to swallow considering the strength of Buffalo’s wide receivers on a potent offense that finished third in the league in passing yards (4,786) and passing first downs (240); tied for third in passing TDs (40); and fourth in pass plays of at least 20 yards (66). Still, general manager Brandon Beane made a point to call out the lack of productivity from the tight ends in 2020 as something the team wants to address moving forward. So what do the Bills have at tight end? Knox, who missed the first four games due to a foot injury and a COVID-19 diagnosis, possesses all of the tools you’d want from a tight end. As Buffalo’s No. 1 tight end, Knox had 24 receptions for 288 yards and three touchdowns. He has shown a penchant for making the acrobatic catch downfield and is a good route runner, but he only caught 55 percent of the passes thrown his way last year and sometimes struggled making the routine catch. Knox is raw and athletic, someone who still has issues with the drops while being a slightly above average blocker. Knox is clearly Buffalo’s best tight end, and for what it’s worth, he came on at the end of the season, including catching a season-high six passes for 42 yards and a TD in the AFC title game vs. Kansas City. Behind Knox on the depth chart sits Kroft, who caught 12 passes for 119 yards and three TDs. He has been injury-prone during his time in Buffalo. He’s a pending free agent, and outside of catching two TDs (including the game-winner vs. the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3), Kroft did virtually nothing with his opportunity. Smith is primarily a blocking tight end and locker room leader who is reportedly mulling retirement, while Gilliam made his mark on special teams but could get a longer look this training camp. We debate whether Knox can be the answer at tight end, discuss why the Bills would be better off letting Kroft and Smith go, whether Beane would consider signing a free agent like Jonnu Smith, Kyle Rudolph or Dan Arnold to bolster the tight ends, and more. Check out the latest Billieve Podcast for our thoughts on Buffalo’s tight ends, then join the conversation by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below. Subscribe to the Buffalo Rumblings podcast channel featuring Billieve, Buffalo Rumblings Q&A, Breaking Buffalo Rumblings, Code of Conduct with J. Spence, The Bruce Exclusive, The Buff Hub, Jamie D. and Big Newt, The Mafia Mavens, and Circling the Wagons: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Megaphone Ask Alexa or Google Home to play the Buffalo Rumblings podcast! Editor’s note: If you’re viewing this article on Apple News, the embedded audio will be removed. Click through to the site in your browser or listen on iTunes. View the full article
  5. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images We’ve laid out all the possibilities. Your turn to vote. Last month, we took a look at all the ways the Buffalo Bills could address the tight end position this offseason. Now, it’s your turn to read the excerpts and vote on what you think the best option is. If you want more info on a certain topic, click the linked headline. All-22 Analysis: Tyler Kroft By Jeff Kantrowski Tyler Kroft is well rounded and effective across most of the play book. He was the only tight end on the 2020 Bills I think you could make the above statement about. I like Kroft on the Bills, though snap counts definitely suggest the team wasn’t as enthusiastic about him as I am. Knox and Gilliam are exciting as prospects and, if you’re into gambling, Kroft is expendable. But until they’re better than Kroft they’re not and in 2020 they were not. Read the entire article with GIFs and analysis here All-22 Analysis: Dawson Knox By Jeff Kantrowski There aren’t any surprises on film. Dawson Knox is a case where pretty much everyone sees the same thing. The good news is that all the tools are there for a great player to emerge. A major jump in blocking and consistency when catching aren’t that much to ask for right? OK, yes it’s a big ask but not an unreasonable one. I don’t think it would be all that shocking for year three to be a breakout season for Knox. But I wouldn’t put all my eggs in that basket just in case. Read the entire article with GIFs and analysis here Bills can save money if Lee Smith retires or is released By Matt Warren If he’s cut or if he retires, the results on the salary cap are the same; the Bills save a good chunk of money. He’s set to make $1.9 million in base salary, $100,000 in a workout bonus, and the roster bonus this season. None of his $2.25 million cap hit is guaranteed in 2021. He doesn’t have pro-rated signing bonus money that needs to be held to account. As long as the Bills release him by the fifth day of the league year in March, they won’t be on the hook for any money in 2021. Read the entire financial breakdown here Bills need infusion of talent at tight end after status quo 2020 By Matt Warren The answer to the Bills’ questions at tight end are not on the roster right now. Even if they kept the expensive Smith to pair with Knox and Becker made a jump, they’d have to hope that Sweeney would be healthy and able to play in 2021. Read the entire look at the current crop of Bills TEs here Free-agent options at tight end for the Bills By Dan Lavoie Jonnu Smith Here’s your first projection pick. The 6’3” 250-lb Smith just had his best season—41 catches, 448 yards, and eight touchdowns. Gerald Everett This is your other projection pick. Everett is pretty similar to Jonnu Smith and also made it through four years of football without a true “breakout” season—2020 was his best year, with 41 catches for 417 yards and one touchdown. Rob Gronkowski The future Hall of Famer hardly missed a beat in his return to action, with 45 catches for 623 yards and seven touchdowns. His blocking prowess is, of course, legendary. Jared Cook He’ll be 34 years old in 2021, but doggone it, Cook still has fuel left in the tank. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2018 and 2019, and caught 37 passes for 504 yards and seven touchdowns in 2020. Trey Burton If you’re looking for a backup tight end who could handle the kind of H-back role the Bills feature in their offense, Burton’s a valid choice. His best season was a 54/569/6 season in 2018 when he played 80 percent of snaps. Other than that year, he never cracked 34 percent in his career. Read more about each tight end and a look at some leftovers in the full article 2021 NFL Draft options at tight end By Andrew Griffin Tier I Kyle Pitts (Florida) Pat Freiermuth (Penn State) A unique athletic specimen, Pitts is an elite, massive receiving target and has more than a passing resemblance to former Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis—but he needs to improve his blocking. Luckily, he has the frame for it. With ample size and speed, Freiermuth has the rounded skillset to be a do-it-all tight end, but that talent never came to full fruition in college, and it’s fair to wonder if he can reach his potential in the pros. Tier II Tommy Tremble (Notre Dame) Hunter Long (Boston College) Brevin Jordan (Florida) Tier III Luke Farrell (Ohio State) Noah Gray (Duke) Matt Bushman (BYU) Read more about the Tier II and Tier III prospects in the full article Opinion: What I would do at tight end this offseason By Bruce Nolan Bruce lays out his thought process in a multi-step process. 1. Assume a Lee Smith retirement, and if not—release him 2. Sign Dan Arnold away from the Arizona Cardinals 3. Draft Tommy Tremble Read about why this is what Bruce would do in his full article Now it’s your turn to vote! What should the Bills do at tight end this season? View the full article
  6. Tonight on the Buffalo Rumblings YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter channels and simulcast right here to the Buffalo Rumblings website, our newest multimedia contributor, Joe Miller, will be taking your Buffalo Bills questions. Join host Joe as he talks about recent news with the Buffalo Bills entering the free agency period as well as what to expect from Buffalo Rumblings for the 2021 season (and offseason). Head over to our YouTube page for your best chance to get your question answered. If Joe can swing it, he’ll also be looking at questions on Facebook and the website, but the primary content driver will be the interaction on YouTube, so go subscribe to the page over there. Also, one programming note: starting on March 14th, we will have live shows EVERY NIGHT during the opening of free agency. We’ve got you covered front to back. Sunday, March 14: Overreaction Podcast Free Agency Preview with Joe Miller Monday, March 15: The Chop Up with JSpence The King Tuesday, March 16: Buffalo Rumblings Q&A with Matt Warren Wednesday, March 17: Hump Day Line with Joe Miller and J Spence The King Thursday, March 18: TBD Friday, March 19: TBD Subscribe to the Buffalo Rumblings podcast channel featuring Billieve, Buffalo Rumblings Q&A, Breaking Buffalo Rumblings, Code of Conduct with J. Spence, The Bruce Exclusive, The Buff Hub, Jamie D. and Big Newt, The Mafia Mavens, The Overreaction Sports Podcast, and Circling the Wagons: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Megaphone | YouTube Ask Alexa or Google Home to play the Buffalo Rumblings podcast! Tell a friend and leave a review. Both can really help us grow our audience. Editor’s note: If you’re viewing this article on Apple News, the embedded video will be removed. Click through to the site in your browser to watch or head over to YouTube on your device. View the full article
  7. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images Plus, a key linebacker and special teams contributor is coming back. Matt Milano. Jon Feliciano. Daryl Williams. Isaiah McKenzie. Matt Barkley. Andre Roberts. The Buffalo Bills have 14 pending unrestricted free agents on their roster, and in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we predict the odds that each of these free agents returns to Buffalo for 2021. We also discuss the news that Buffalo is bringing back linebacker and key special teams contributor Andre Smith, address the approach general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott will take when it comes to improving the team through the NFL Draft and free agency, meet the college football prospects Buffalo’s brass has already met with leading up to the draft, and more! Recently featured on Buffalo Rumblings Report: Buffalo Bills re-sign linebacker Andre Smith to two-year deal - Buffalo Rumblings A core special teamer will be back in 2021. Mocking The Bills: You make the call on Buffalo’s pick at 93 (poll) - Buffalo Rumblings The readers get to weigh in with their selection in round 3. Buff Hub: Building (a Dynasty) in the rain - Buffalo Rumblings Host: Steve Vega. Additional Bills news from the web Will these impending free agents be brought back? Inside the Bills: Forecasting what will happen to team’s 14 impending free agents | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com With that number of unrestricted free agents on the roster, the Bills have some serious maneuvering to do to bring back even some of them. Linebacker/special teamer Andre Smith coming back Bills re-sign inside linebacker Andre Smith | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com The deal is for two years and worth up to $3 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Bills re-sign linebacker Andre Smith to two-year deal - WGR 550 “The Buffalo Bills announced on Saturday that linebacker Andre Smith has re-signed with the team to a two-year contract,” writes Brayton J. Wilson. The Bills sign LB Andre Smith to a two-year deal - BuffaloBills.com The linebacker joined the Bills via a trade in 2020 Bills re-sign linebacker Andre Smith to a two-year deal, per report - CBSSports.com “Buffalo has re-signed two defenders in as many days,” writes Bryan DeArdo. Buffalo’s approach to free agency and the NFL Draft Bills Mailbag: Who to target in free agency and the NFL draft | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com This week’s mailbag starts with a couple of questions about the approach to the draft and free agency. Discussion: Buffalo Bills Free Agent Frenzy - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills This week on The 585 Report, Ryan and Mitch discuss the J.J. Watt signing and give their top five targets for the Buffalo Bills in free agency. Discussion: Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets on Offense - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills “This week on the Nap Knows Buffalo Podcast, Nap and Casey discuss which offensive players the Bills should target in free agency,” writes Steve Mathes. College prospects the Bills have met 2021 NFL Draft: Bills prospect meeting tracker - syracuse.com Your one-stop shop for all Bills draft news. Prospects picked for the Bills in 2021 NFL mock drafts - BuffaloBills.com “Scroll through to view photos of some of the top prospects that some draft analysts have projected the Bills to take in the 2021 NFL Draft.” Odds and ends Mel Kiper’s highest-graded quarterbacks ever for the NFL draft: John Elway ranks first since 1979, and Jim Kelly is fifth - ESPN.com “Our NFL draft analyst has been evaluating prospects for four decades. Who makes his all-time quarterback ranking?” NFL free agency rumors: Bills’ Dion Dawkins recruiting Richie Incognito for Buffalo reunion? - newyorkupstate.com Buffalo’s left tackle is trying to recruit a former teammate back to the Bills. View the full article
  8. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports A core special teamer will be back in 2021. The Buffalo Bills have re-signed one of their restricted free agents, bringing linebacker Andre Smith back into the fold. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the contract was for two years with a maximum value of $3 million. ESPN reporter Marcel Louis-Jacques independently reported the news, as well. Smith joined the Bills in the 2020 preseason when the team traded a conditional pick to the Carolina Panthers. They ended up releasing Smith before the season began, voiding the conditional trade, but re-signed him to their practice squad. Smith was called up numerous times from there, eventually settled onto the team’s 53-man roster, and played in 12 games for the Bills. A backup linebacker, Smith barely played for the Bills on defense. His main appearances came during the first game against the Patriots, when a wave of injuries had hit the team’s main linebackers, and the finale against the Miami Dolphins, after the game was well in hand. Between Tremaine Edmunds, Matt Milano, and A.J. Klein leading the way, Smith only took 47 snaps on defense last season. On special teams, though, Smith was a key member of the unit pretty much from week seven onward. He averaged 18 special teams snaps per game, and overall ranked fifth on the Bills in special teams snaps. That’s in spite of not being called up for most of the first half of the season. Smith had eight solo tackles and one assisted tackle in 2020, one tackle for loss, and a forced fumble. The Bills have three other restricted free agents remaining: Corey Bojorquez, Levi Wallace, and Ike Boettger. View the full article
  9. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports The readers get to weigh in with their selection in round 3 Fans of the Buffalo Bills have been weighing in each week, making their selection for Mocking The Bills. It is now time for the third round of the draft, with four options to choose from. Last week the readers selected Alex Leatherwood, and offensive lineman from Alabama. It was a close vote, as Leatherwood (receiving 39% of the vote) was barely the choice over cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu (38%) from Syracuse. Brevin Jordan (14%) and Rondale Moore (9%) were not serious contenders according to our readers. Leatherwood now joins LB Zaven Collins as members of the Buffalo Bills, and you can vote on the third round selection below. Jabril Cox LB LSU While Collins fits a role similar to that of Lorenzo Alexander, Cox would be a more natural fit to replace Matt Milano. He is good in coverage and could be an asset in passing down situations for the Bills. Tyler Shelvin DL LSU The future of Star Lotulelei remains up on the air for the Bills, as the defensive tackle opted out of the 2020 season. Shelvin could be a replacement at the one-technique, as a space-eating tackle that Buffalo missed along the defensive line last season. Trill Williams CB Syracuse Stop me if you have heard this one before, but the Bills likely need to address the CB2 position. Williams is another Syracuse product that would bring some much needed athleticism to the position. Patrick Jones II EDGE Pittsburgh If the Bills fail to address the pass rush in free agency, someone like Jones could be an option in the draft. Consider Jones a likely option on obvious passing downs as a rookie, that could develop into an eventual starter. View the full article
  10. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images There is a certain contingent of Buffalo Bills fans who want to move on from Mitch Morse this offseason. We are analyzing that move this week and now it’s your turn to vote. Read the excerpts from our articles then you make the call. All-22 Analysis: Mitch Morse played well in 2020 By Jeff Kantrowski From a play standpoint this is one of the easiest summaries I’ll do this offseason. KEEP MITCH MORSE! Check out all of Jeff’s GIFs and analysis for Morse here With no upcoming guarantees, cutting Mitch Morse now doesn’t make sense By Matt Warren Strictly speaking financially, the Bills could release Morse to open up $5.5 million in salary cap space in 2021. The timing of it wouldn’t make sense, though, because he is not scheduled to make any significant money for another six months. Read the entire financial breakdown of releasing Morse here. Free-agent interior offensive linemen to consider By Dan Lavoie Dan Feeney For the last four years, Feeney’s been the starting left guard and center for the Los Angeles Chargers. 57 starts in 63 games played, to be precise. The 6’4” 310-lb guard has been a remarkably consistent player for one of the most injury-plagued, inconsistent offenses in the league. Pat Elflein Elflein was drafted out of Ohio State, where he looked like a rising center prospect. But he struggled from the get-go the Minnesota Vikings’ starting center in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, rookie center Garrett Bradbury took his spot. Elflein then flexed between left and right guard, never finding his comfort zone, and the Vikings waived him in 2020—leaving him to finish his season with the New York Jets. Joe Looney In 2021, Looney will be 31 years old and entering his tenth NFL season, having spent the last five with the Dallas Cowboys. He’s affordable—his last contract was one year, $2.4 million—but also spent most of his career as a top reserve. He was the starting center for the Cowboys this year. Read the entire mini scouting reports on each player in the full article here 2020 NFL Draft: Building toward the future at center By Andrew Griffin Tier I Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC) Rashawn Slater (Northwestern) Creed Humphrey (Oklahoma) Although he played left tackle this season, rather admirably, Vera-Tucker would fit well inside. Not only is his flexibility valuable, it proves that he has the movement skills and agility teams want in their guards. His tape is loaded with some highly athletic blocks that few interior lineman could attempt. The same goes for Slater, who has rare movement skills for a tackle, but shorter arms that may prevent him from excelling in that area. Humphrey isn’t the most athletic player, but he’s completely battle-tested and has the flexibility to start in a man-heavy or zone-heavy blocking scheme. Tier II Drake Jackson (Kentucky) Josh Myers (Ohio State) Landon Dickerson (Alabama) Tier III Ben Cleveland (Georgia) Jimmy Morrissey (Pittsburgh) Read more about the Tier II and Tier III players here Opinion: Bills shouldn’t create another hold by releasing Mitch Morse By Matt Warren In theory, I’m okay with a Feliciano-for-Morse swap, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. Buffalo doesn’t have a right guard or right tackle currently on their roster for the 2021 season. Re-signing Feliciano would solve one problem, but then cutting Morse to move Feliciano would reopen that hole at right guard. It’s a lateral move. Read the entire rationale for sticking with Morse here Now it’s your turn to vote. What should the Bills do this offseason at the starting center spot? View the full article
  11. Host: Steve Vega In this episode, Steve breaks down his views on how the Buffalo Bills are building a team that will be sustainable for Super Bowl runs. With Matt Milano and J.J. Watt constantly hitting the Bills media headlines, fans cannot help but feel like their offseason party is constantly being rained upon. Now with the J.J. Watt frenzy over with, the team can focus their attention on what matters—building with who they have. Micah Hyde signed a two-year extension, and now all signs are pointing to having a very strong draft. The stage is set for a great offseason. Some players mentioned were Tre'Davious White, Matt Milano, Micah Hyde, and University of Miami defensive edge prospect Gregory Rousseau. Subscribe to the Buffalo Rumblings podcast channel featuring Billieve, Buffalo Rumblings Q&A, Breaking Buffalo Rumblings, Code of Conduct with J. Spence, The Bruce Exclusive, The Buff Hub, Jamie D. and Big Newt, The Mafia Mavens, The Overreaction Sports Podcast, and Circling the Wagons: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Google Play | Spotify | Podbean | iHeartRadio | TuneIn | Megaphone Ask Alexa or Google Home to play the Buffalo Rumblings podcast! Editor’s note: If you’re viewing this article on Apple News, the embedded audio will be removed. Click through to the site in your browser or listen on iTunes. View the full article
  12. Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images Plus, an early look at predicting Buffalo’s 53-man roster for 2021. The Buffalo Bills locked up standout safety Micah Hyde for two more years with a contract extension on Friday. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we break down Hyde’s contract extension, which will keep him in Buffalo through the 2023 season. We put center Mitch Morse under the microscope, analyzing how he fared during the 2020 season while offering up opinion pieces about why the Bills shouldn’t create another hole along the offensive line by releasing Morse this offseason. We also take a stab at predicting what Buffalo’s 53-man roster could look like this fall, identify three potential salary cap casualties the Bills should consider signing, discuss whether the Bills would be better off signing Kyle Rudolph or Jonnu Smith to upgrade over Dawson Knox at tight end, speculate on whether it’s a guarantee that Buffalo will pick up linebacker Tremaine Edmunds’s fifth-year option, and more! Recently featured on Buffalo Rumblings Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde signs two-year contract extension - Buffalo Rumblings Hyde is signed with the club through the 2023 season. 2020 All-22 Analysis: Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse - Buffalo Rumblings The man in the middle under the microscope. Opinion: Buffalo Bills shouldn’t create another hole by releasing Mitch Morse - Buffalo Rumblings Heading into this offseason, Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse is third on the list of highest-paid centers in the NFL. With no upcoming guarantees, it doesn’t make salary cap sense for Buffalo Bills to cut Mitch Morse right now - Buffalo Rumblings There is no reason to release Mitch Morse right now. 2021 NFL Draft: The future at center - Buffalo Rumblings If Buffalo wants to prepare for Mitch Morse leaving, here are some players to think about in the draft. With Corey Bojorquez a free agent, Buffalo Bills hosting another free-agent punter Friday - Buffalo Rumblings Of course it’s a former Panther. The Bruce Exclusive: No #almightytake backs - Buffalo Rumblings Emotional salience, outrage currency, and other existential thoughts. Additional Bills news from the web Micah Hyde signs extension through 2023 season Bills sign safety Micah Hyde to two-year contract extension | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com “The deal, which keeps Hyde with the Bills through 2023, is worth $19.5 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media,” writes Vic Carucci. Bills announce 2-year extension for safety Micah Hyde - newyorkupstate.com Hyde was entering the final year of his deal in 2021. He’s now signed through the 2023 season. Micah Hyde signs two-year extension with Bills - WGR 550 “The Buffalo Bills have signed safety Micah Hyde to a two-year contract extension, the team announced on Friday,” writes Sal Capaccio. Buffalo Bills extend contract of safety Micah Hyde through 2023 - ESPN.com Buffalo Bills blog The Buffalo Bills gave Micah Hyde a two-year contract extension on Friday, locking up the safety through 2023. Micah Hyde and the Bills agree to a two-year contract extension - BuffaloBills.com Hyde will be under contract in Buffalo through 2023. Micah Hyde: “Buffalo is Where I Want to Be” - BuffaloBills.com Bills safety Micah Hyde discusses how important it was for him to get a deal done early into the offseason, his viewpoint on the current state of the team as its been constructed by GM Brandon Beane, and more. Early predictions about Buffalo’s 53-man roster Bills 2021 roster projection, including potential free agent adds and draft picks – The Athletic “Ahead of free agency, here’s our first crack at projecting the Bills’ 2021 roster,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required). Which soon-to-be-released players should the Bills consider signing? Bills should look at Golden Tate, Kyle Rudolph, Gabe Jackson and other soon-to-be released players for this reason - newyorkupstate.com A lot of talent is going to get cut across the league ahead of free agency. Upgrading the tight end position Do Bills need upgrade at tight end? Debating Kyle Rudolph vs. Jonnu Smith vs. Dawson Knox - newyorkupstate.com Brandon Beane: “It was never where the opposing defense was like, ‘Man, we’ve got to stop their tight ends from going off.’” One expert’s mock draft has Buffalo adding talented RB at pick No. 30 ESPN’s Todd McShay has Bills selecting Clemson running back in first round | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com “ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Buffalo Bills taking a running back in his latest mock draft, using the 30th overall pick on Clemson’s Travis Etienne.” Is it a lock the Bills will pick up LB Tremaine Edmunds’s fifth-year option? Bills offseason questions: Is it guaranteed that Tremaine Edmunds’ option will be picked up? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com “Because Edmunds was named to the Pro Bowl for the 2020 season, his fifth-year option will be equal to the transition tag for a linebacker in the 2021 season – projected to be about $13.4 million,” writes Jay Skurski. Odds and ends Bills offseason questions: Bills must hope Jerry Hughes follows edge-rush age trend | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com “Age 33 has not been a production barrier for defensive ends in the way it has been at running back and cornerback,” writes Mark Gaughan. Report: Bills will add $5.8 million to 2021 salary cap | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com “The Buffalo Bills have a better idea of how much money they’ll be able to spend in 2021,” writes Jay Skurski. Report: Former Carolina Panthers punter Michael Palardy set to visit Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com “Palardy could be a potential offseason leg. The Bills under Beane and McDermott have traditionally signed offseason and training camp competition for their kicker and punter,” writes Jay Skurski. How to watch the ‘Buffalo Bills | Growth Mindset’ premiere on Thursday, March 11 - BuffaloBills.com The Bills will release this digital feature that takes a look at the team’s first four seasons under the direction of head coach Sean McDermott. Bills Today | Buffalo’s best draft decision in the past five years - BuffaloBills.com Plus, which Bills crack CBS Sports’ Top-100 free-agents list. View the full article
  13. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images Hyde is tied to the club through the 2023 season The Buffalo Bills and safety Micah Hyde have agreed to a two-year contract extension. The deal will keep Hyde, 30, tied to the club through the 2023 NFL season. Hyde joined the Bills in March 2017 as one of the first free agents to sign in the Sean McDermott era. Hyde signed along with Jordan Poyer, and both safeties have spoken at length about their desire to help turn the Bills’ fortunes around. Both players have helped to do exactly that, and now both players have been rewarded with second contracts by the team. Hyde was a Pro Bowl selection in his first year with the Bills, as he set career-highs with 82 tackles and five interceptions that first year in Orchard Park. He’s been a steady presence in the back end of one of the league’s best pass defenses since joining forces with Poyer, McDermott, and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Hyde was drafted out of Iowa in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Terms of the extension were reported by Ian Rapoport, who said it’s a $19.25 million extension. Rapoport tweeted that Hyde’s 2021 cap hit remains essentially the same, meaning Hyde should count around $6.7 million against the cap this season. Over the course of his career, Hyde has tallied 17 interceptions, four forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 49 pass breakups, four sacks, 509 tackles, and one of the coolest kickoff return touchdowns I’ve ever seen. View the full article
  14. Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images Heading into this offseason, Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse is third on the list of highest-paid centers in the NFL. Some folks have suggested that the team move on from him and re-sign Jon Feliciano to take over the spot. I’d rather not create a hole on Buffalo’s offensive line. In theory, I’m okay with a Feliciano-for-Morse swap, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. Buffalo doesn’t have a right guard or right tackle currently on their roster for the 2021 season. Re-signing Feliciano would solve one problem, but then cutting Morse to move Feliciano would reopen that hole at right guard. It’s a lateral move. (Also, a lateral move is something Morse is really good at.) Morse played better than people gave him credit for in 2020 (and 2019). He was a stabilizing force on the offensive line, and while he doesn’t have the mean streak Feliciano possesses, he has a great head on his shoulders to continue helping his young QB and the young guard who will be next to him. With no guaranteed money coming Morse’s way until Week 1 at the earliest, there is no need to jump the gun and jettison Morse now. There aren’t any viable replacements on the roster, either. I just don’t understand the groundswell of folks wanting to get rid of the veteran center to save $5.5 million. View the full article
  15. Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images If Buffalo wants to prepare for Mitch Morse leaving, here are some players to think about in the draft Two years ago, the Buffalo Bills wanted a long-term solution for their center position, which led to them signing Mitch Morse to the most expensive contract ever given to a player at the position. Yet, far from earning his contract, Morse has been average and has been stricken with multiple concussions throughout his time with the team. Given those headwinds, the team might decide it would be best for both parties to move on this offseason. Even if the Bills don’t immediately move on from Morse, it could be wise to invest in a player who has the ability to play center given the team’s backup there—Jon Feliciano is himself a free agent. Below are just a few of the players Buffalo might consider. Tier I Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC) Rashawn Slater (Northwestern) Creed Humphrey (Oklahoma) Although he played left tackle this season, rather admirably, Vera-Tucker would fit well inside. Not only is his flexibility valuable, it proves that he has the movement skills and agility teams want in their guards. His tape is loaded with some highly athletic blocks that few interior lineman could attempt. The same goes for Slater, who has rare movement skills for a tackle, but shorter arms that may prevent him from excelling in that area. Humphrey isn’t the most athletic player, but he’s completely battle-tested and has the flexibility to start in a man-heavy or zone-heavy blocking scheme. Tier II Drake Jackson (Kentucky) Josh Myers (Ohio State) Landon Dickerson (Alabama) Solid, versatile and a four-year starter for the Wildcats, Jackson’s Senior Bowl performance reassured many that he can hold his own in the NFL. Myers is a much more limited athlete than some of his peers, but his size and anchor strength means he can start if drafted into the right system. Dickerson is kind of in the same boat as Myers, with his mauling mentality and a hard-working mentality being his best traits. Tier III Ben Cleveland (Georgia) Jimmy Morrissey (Pittsburgh) A massive interior lineman at 350 lbs, Cleveland has a tremendous anchor and power elements to his game. He doesn’t move super well in the open field though, which means he could be a better fit at guard. Thanks to his lack of size and strength, Morrissey is only a fit for West Coast-style zone blocking schemes. His feet and agility might not be good enough to even start in that type of offense. View the full article
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