With full NFL free agency just around the corner, today the Bills ensured they would have right of first refusal of their two remaining restricted free agents: offensive linemen Kraig Urbik and Chad Rinehart.
The rule is as follows: Urbik and Rinehart are now free agents, but the Bills have the right to match any offer either of the two receives. If the Bills decide not to match the offer, Buffalo will receive draft picks as compensation.
The round the compensatory draft pick would be would depend on the “level” at which the Bills tendered the players. It would range between a first and third rounder. The Bills, as per team policy, did not release the “level” of the tender.
Urbik and Rinehart were both major contributors to Buffalo’s improved offensive line play in 2011. Both saw several starts at guard, while Urbik saw time at center as well. I’d be pretty upset to see Urbik go, as he was very good last season and he saves the team from having to carry a true backup center. Rinehart’s also a quality player I’d like to see back.
If neither player returns, the Bills only have one guard on the roster who actually played in 2011: Andy Levitre.