Welcome to the Game Changer Sports Network Free Agency Preview series. This is the Buffalo Bills Free Agency Preview. In this series we will be looking at all 32 teams over the next few months and breaking down their key free agents going into the off-season. We will also predict if they re-sign or walk to go get paid.
Doug McDermott has turned around the Buffalo Bills and turned them into legit contenders. They lost the AFC Championship game to the Kansas City Chiefs but they don’t look built to be a one and done type of team. They go into the offseason with 54 people currently signed to the roster and $3.8 million in free cap space. The upside to the Bills situation is that they don’t have anyone who would considered as a top tier free agent in this upcoming class.
Buffalo Bills Free Agency Preview: Key Free Agents
LB Matt Milano (26 Years Old)
Matt Milano missed most of this season with a strained muscle in his chest. In the 10 games he did play, he only started five as he was dealing with the injury. Milano only played on 335 of 1,051 defensive snaps. He still finished with 45 tackles and 3.5 sacks. There was also an interception he racked up against the New York Jets on week one of the season. He still finished 8th on the team in total tackles. In 2019 Milano played in 15 games and finshed with 101 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. He had the third most tackles on the team.
Milano is going to be one of the hottest linebackers on the market this off-season given his production level and his age. There are plenty of teams across the league who could use a run stuffer such as Milano. On the open market he will probably get about $15 million per year on average. With what Buffalo is building up in Orchard Park I doubt they want to let him walk. At 26 years old, he will probably sign a 4 year, $55 million deal to stick around in Buffalo. That deal would pay him $13.75 million on average per year.
G Jon Feliciano (29 Years Old)
When Feliciano was signed over from Oakland in before the 2019 season he quickly became the starting right guard. In 25 games as a starter he committed 7 penalties and gave up 4 sacks. He only played in 9 games in the 2020 season due to a torn pectoral muscle. He did not give up a single sack in his 9 games in the 2020 season. Buffalo had one of the most improved offensive lines in the NFL this year.
At 29 years old he probably has a good amount still left in the tank. He isn’t going to be a top tier guy on the market but he will still find his way into a solid pay raise. Look for him to get a contract in the ballpark of 3 years, $24 million. This would give him $8 million per year on average.
Prediction: Free Agency
TE Tyler Kroft (29 Years Old)
Tyler Kroft became an afterthought in the Buffalo offense as the emergence of Dawson Knox continued in 2020. He caught 12 passes on 16 targets that went for 119 yards and three touchdowns. He had one good season in Cincy and Buffalo was desperate for anyone to play tight end at a halfway decent level. They took a shot in the dark on a subpar guy and it didn’t work out for them. His contract might be the worst contract that the current Buffalo regime has signed. That’s a good sign for the future of the Bills if this is the worst contract yet.
He came over from Cincinnati in 2019 where he signed a 3 year, $18.8 million deal. His 2021 contract will automatically void due to his injury history. He has spent the last three years with significant time on the shelf. On the open market he won’t get a big, long term deal but a team who needs a backup may take a flyer on him. Buffalo can just draft a seventh rounder and get the same production level.
Prediction: Free agency
RT Daryl Williams (28 Years Old)
The offensive line for Buffalo improved by leaps and bounds from 2019. Williams was one of the low spots on that line. He committed 9 penalties and gave up 3 sacks. He signed a one year, $2.25 million deal in free agency last season. That deal was signed as he was coming off a torn MCL.
Williams may commit more penalties than anyone else on this line, but he is a key member of this line. He will be set to make a big payday after this one year prove it deal. Williams will be looking at a contract that will be near $15 million over two years on the open market.
Buffalo Bills Free Agency Preview: Everyone Else
Offense: QB Matt Barkley, RB Taiwan Jones, RB T.J. Yeldon, WR Andre Roberts, WR Isaiah McKenzie, G Brian Winters, G Ike Boettger, T Ty Nsekhe
Defense: DE Trent Murphy, LB Andre Smith, LB Del’Shawn Phillips, CB E.J. Gaines, CB Levi Wallace, CB Josh Norman, SS Dean Marlowe
Special Teams: P Corey Bojorquez
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