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  3. Inside the Bills Sean McDermott wasted little time in laying out what he hoped to see this offseason. The Buffalo Bills’ head coach has delivered the franchise its first AFC East championship since 1995, but he knows doing so again won’t be easy. “It is tough to stay there,” McDermott said. “Staying power and sustained success, we've had some of it, but there's always challenges every year and they're different every year.” For the Bills this offseason, one of those challenges is the salary cap. Although the final number has not been set by the NFL, the Bills are likely going to be right up against the cap – and that’s before the business of free agency and the draft even begins. “It starts with the mentality of trying to keep as much of the pieces of our team together as possible,” McDermott said two days after the Bills’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. That’s not going to be easy for General Manager Brandon Beane and his staff. With 14 pending unrestricted free agents on the roster, the Bills have some serious maneuvering to do to bring back even some of them. “Teams that can put the team first and continue to put the team first are teams that will stay together and win year after year,” McDermott said. With that in mind, here is a look at each of the 14 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents when the NFL league year begins March 17, along with the percentage chance of the Bills and GM Beane being able to retain them: Matt Barkley: 80% The Bills haven’t needed to use Barkley much over the last two years because – knock on wood – Josh Allen has stayed healthy. Nevertheless, Barkley does have a valuable role. He’s a trusted sounding board in the quarterback room who has developed a great relationship with Allen. The healthy dialogue between the two during the practice week and on the sideline during games is beneficial to the Bills’ starter. The Bills have Jake Fromm, a fifth-round draft pick in 2020, who could compete to be the No. 2 quarterback and there will be the usual glut of backups on the open market – some of whom might arguably be better on-field options – but if the Bills value what Barkley brings to the locker room, they should be able to keep him. Jon Feliciano: 70% It’s somewhat surprising the Bills haven’t already retained Feliciano. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll loves Feliciano’s toughness and versatility. Whenever center Mitch Morse has gone out of the lineup, Feliciano has shifted over from guard to center. Feliciano’s teammates voted him the team’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, which is given to one player on each of the NFL’s 32 teams who serves as a role model to others based on his courage, sportsmanship and ability to inspire others. Allen is a big fan, too. Feliciano did have an interesting tweet Friday when he posted, “12 games no sacks.” Perhaps negotiations aren’t going as smoothly as expected. Nevertheless, it would be a surprise if he were to depart. Taiwan Jones: 75% Jones didn’t do much offensively (just four snaps), but he played a big part on special teams, quietly helping transform that unit to one of the league’s best. The Bills jumped from 28th to eighth in veteran NFL writer Rick Gosselin’s annual ranking of special-teams units, which are recognized as the league standard. The Bills might want to try to add a fourth running back who could do a little more if needed on offense, but the team has prioritized quality play on special teams. For that reason, Beane should have plenty of interest in bringing Jones back. Tyler Kroft: 5% Kroft originally signed a three-year contract with the Bills, but that was reworked after the 2019 season to eliminate the final year, which makes him an unrestricted free agent this month. He had a pair of touchdown catches in a Week 3 win against the Los Angeles Rams, but was a healthy inactive four times in the second half of the season. The same was true in the postseason. His wife, Lexi, tweeted about “round two” of free agency a few days ago, a good indication that the Krofts fully expect Tyler will hit the open market. Don’t expect him back. Dean Marlowe: 90% Marlowe has been with head coach Sean McDermott for six years. He knows the system and is a reliable backup to starting safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. He does not figure to command a big salary on the open market, either, so this should not be a complicated negotiation. Isaiah McKenzie: 60% He has nicely settled into the fifth receiver role, averaging about 15 snaps per game. McKenzie is a decoy on many of those plays, using jet-sweep motion to keep defenses honest. He also has some return ability, which he showed off in Week 17 when he returned a punt for a touchdown against Miami. If Andre Roberts isn’t re-signed, that could be a primary factor in McKenzie's return. Matt Milano: 50% Easily the most difficult decision Beane faces. Milano’s impact on the defense is hard to overstate. He’s the type of three-down linebacker whom every NFL team seeks. The fact he developed into that role as a fifth-round draft pick made him all the more valuable because his rookie contract was peanuts in NFL terms. Now, however, Milano’s contract figures to be more like caviar. Can Beane fit a deal in the range of $12 million per season under a tight salary cap? He’s going to have to get creative, because Milano figures to get at least that amount on the open market. The Bills have seemingly braced for his potential departure by using the line he’s “earned the right” to test free agency, which is the same thing that was said about Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips last year before they left. The Bills could keep Milano by using the franchise tag, which is projected at $15.6 million for linebackers, with the hopes of working out a long-term contract that substantially reduces his 2021 cap hit. That decision will need to be made by Tuesday's deadline to apply the tag. Losing Milano would sting. He’s not an easy player to replace. We’ll call this one a coin flip. Trent Murphy: 5% In hindsight, the Bills made a mistake keeping Murphy on the roster for 2020. They would have been better off taking the cap savings that would have come by cutting him. The defense likely wouldn’t have noticed much of a dropoff had it rolled with Darryl Johnson Jr. and A.J. Epenesa at defensive end. It’s understandable the Bills didn’t want to rush Epenesa along as a rookie, but keeping Murphy around ended up being an expensive insurance policy. The money that would have been saved by releasing him would have helped the team’s cap crunch this offseason. Murphy played in 10 games, making nine starts and finishing with 19 tackles and two sacks. He was a healthy inactive six times in the regular season and twice in the playoffs. It was clear at that point he wasn’t long for Buffalo. Josh Norman: 20% It’s hard to say enough good things about Norman as a person. The work he put in to support small businesses in Buffalo impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic was extraordinary, especially for a player so new to the community. It’s too bad the media couldn’t interact with Norman more. He’s an exceptionally good interview subject who never shied away from a question and it would have been great for fans to hear from him more often. Norman has a bright future whenever he decides his playing days are done. A second season with the Bills, however, seems unlikely. Norman dealt with hamstring injuries that limited him to just nine games in 2020. He started three times, finishing with 24 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one interception that he returned for a touchdown in Week 17 against Miami. Ty Nsekhe: 55% The Bills didn’t have to call on Nsekhe much in 2020, as the veteran offensive tackle played just 54 offensive snaps. Nsekhe turns 36 during the 2021 season, so it’s doubtful he’ll find another contract like the Bills gave him before the 2019 season – two years, $10 million. If the Bills want to bring him back, it will likely have to be in the $1.5 million range. If so, they’d be bringing back a player they know well who is plenty familiar with OC Daboll’s system. Andre Roberts: 30% The 33-year-old has been solid in his two years as the Bills’ primary kick and punt returner. Although he has failed to reach the end zone, he’s provided sure hands and consistently given the team solid starting field position. He plays a minimal role on offense – he played just 62 snaps – so the Bills might want a bit more versatility out of their sixth receiver. Daryl Williams: 25% Beane did a terrific job of acquiring Williams last year on the cheap. The former Carolina Panther played 1,048 snaps at right tackle, winning the job in training camp and pushing Cody Ford inside to guard. Williams did so while earning just $2.5 million. At 28, he set himself up for a nice payday during this round of free agency. Unfortunately for the Bills, he likely priced himself out of Buffalo – unless Beane prioritizes re-singing Williams over Milano. With the Panthers expected to put the franchise tag on Taylor Moton, Williams is arguably the best right tackle available. It would not be a surprise to see him get more than $10 million per season. Brian Winters: 15% The Bills signed Winters after he was released by the New York Jets in August. Winters played in all 16 games and started nine, but ended the season as a backup after Feliciano returned from his torn pectoral muscle. With Ford expected back along with the potential returns of both Feliciano and restricted free agent Ike Boettger, there is not a big need to re-sign Winters. T.J. Yeldon: 10% Yeldon has spent most of the past two seasons on the sideline, having played just nine games, including three in 2020. He’s produced at a decent level when called upon, rushing for 133 yards on 27 carries and catching 14 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown. Yeldon, though, hasn’t been able to push for more playing time, with the Bills choosing their third running back based on contributions on special teams. Yeldon doesn’t turn 28 until October, but the Bills might want to bring in a later draft pick in a cost-cutting measure to push Devin Singletary and Zack Moss. That makes Yeldon’s return unlikely.
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  11. Sabres GM Adams: UNIONDALE – General Manager Kevyn Adams watched from the lower bowl inside Nassau Coliseum as coach Ralph Krueger ran the Buffalo Sabres through a practice Friday afternoon. When Krueger stepped off the ice after the 30-minute practice, Adams left his seat and followed the coach down the tunnel. The two men have been working in lockstep since Adams replaced Jason Botterill in June. Only 21 games into their first season together, Adams is faced with his first crisis on the job. The 46-year-old must decide why a team led by superstar talents Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall is sitting last in the National Hockey League with 15 points. As of Friday afternoon, Adams was not ready to say Krueger isn’t the problem and did not give his coach a vote of confidence. “Everything is being evaluated," Adams said during a 30-minute news conference. “Ralph and I talk every day, multiple times a day. We’re very honest with each other. He understands the situation we’re in is unacceptable and the players do, everybody does. It’s just flat-out not good enough.” The Sabres have scored the fewest 5-on-5 goals in the NHL, their defensive-zone structure is being picked apart and even their most talented players are dealing with a lack of confidence. When Krueger left the ice, his assistant coaches, including Don Granato – who returned to the bench for a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night – ran players through drills. Adams expressed anger and frustration while declaring that ownership gave him “full authority” over all hockey decisions. Adams did not sound like a general manager willing to keep a coach for the sake of continuity, though he added that he’s enjoyed building a relationship with Krueger. With that in mind, here are four takeaways from Adams’ talk with the media: 1. Roster upgrades won’t be easy: Adams sounded as puzzled as Krueger that this roster isn’t producing, particularly at 5-on-5. At the onset of the offseason, the Sabres’ goals were to improve 5-on-5 scoring, special teams and character. Adams noted Friday that their offseason additions – Hall, Eric Staal, Tobias Rieder, Cody Eakin, etc. – have fit well in the dressing room. The Sabres also successfully fixed their special teams, as their power play and penalty kill entered Friday ranked third and ninth, respectively. However, the Sabres have a negative-22 goal differential at 5-on-5. Adams is exploring possible roster upgrades via trades – the deadline is April 12 at 3 p.m., Eastern – but mandatory quarantines complicate matters. “It’s an interesting time right now,” Adams said. “I’m on the phone every day with all the different teams around the league and everybody’s having conversations. I think what’s interesting is with all the protocols and quarantine, it’s going to be a challenging year. And so I think you’re seeing more conversations happening, even though the deadline’s still over a month away. … “My job is to take the emotion at times out and figure out solutions to improve. Sometimes that means short term, sometimes that might be for the longer term. That’s what we’re working on.” Though Adams did not detail which areas he’s looking to improve, he shouldered the blame for this roster not having enough “grit.” 2. Eichel isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and a rebuild isn’t in the cards, as of now: The Sabres aren’t looking to “rebuild,” according to Adams. He repeatedly said this team needs to be “better” and he has noticed that all five players on the ice routinely aren’t following Krueger’s system. The disconnect has reignited trade speculation around Eichel, the 24-year-old captain who has two goals in 19 games. Adams would not say if Eichel is playing through an injury. It is clear, though, that Adams currently has no interest in trading Eichel and clarified again that teams called the Sabres about Eichel during the offseason. At no time did Adams actively field offers for Eichel, who is under contract for five more seasons. Adams also told the media that Eichel has never asked for a trade, and the two have continued an “open dialogue.” “Like, I said this in the summer and I’ll say it again, Jack is one of the best players in the world, period,” Adams said. “Are people going to make a phone call and ask? Of course. And that’s the extent of it. “For me, Jack is someone that is just – when you see him going and you see the dynamic difference maker he can be, there’s not many in the league like him.” 3. No clear stance on Skinner: Adams would not say if he agreed with Krueger’s decision to bench Jeff Skinner for three consecutive games, adding that coaches have different methods to "motivate players.” Skinner, a 28-year-old left wing with six more years on a contract that counts $9 million against the salary cap annually, has zero goals and one assist in 19 games this season. He has not scored in over a calendar year. Skinner has spent most of this season on the fourth line and barely has a role on the power play. Adams called his conversation with Skinner’s agent, Don Meehan, “healthy” dialogue. Meehan represented Adams for part of his playing career. Adams also had conversations with Skinner and Krueger, the latter of which included Adams’ perspective. Adams spoke glowingly about Skinner’s work ethic and professionalism during the benching. “My job as a general manager is to be part of the process to talk to Ralph about things that I’m seeing,” Adams said. “Ralph’s going to make those day-to-day decisions on the lines and who plays with who and how players are used. But we talk about it, and you know what? What I have seen out of Jeff is really impressive, though, because there was not one minute of him hanging his head or being negative. He worked through it with (director of player development) Matt Ellis on the ice doing extra work. He’s come out of it and obviously he’s had his chances, the puck just hasn’t gone in the net for him.” 4. Goaltending not a priority: The Sabres continue to evaluate possible upgrades in goal with Linus Ullmark out at least one month, Adams said. However, Adams does not see goaltending as a significant problem. Entering Friday, the Sabres were tied for 24th in 5-on-5 save percentage. Carter Hutton has a 1-6-1 record with an .891 save percentage, while Jonas Johansson is 0-2 with a .902 save percentage. According to Evolving-Hockey.com’s goals saved above expected, a metric that accounts for the quality of shots faced, Ullmark and Hutton rank 25th and 27th, respectively, among the 46 NHL goalies to appear in at least eight games this season. The Sabres rank 23rd in the NHL in suppressing shot quality at 5-on-5, meaning their defensive-zone coverage is doing a poor job limiting opponents’ scoring chances. “That is not why our record is what it is," Adams said of goaltending. "We’ll always look for ways to improve, but overall, I think they’ve been solid.”
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