As his first week free agency grade for the Buffalo Bills, ESPN Staff Writer Mike Rodak recently gave a “B+” to the Bills.
This got us thinking, what grade would we assign to the Bills for their first week of the offseason?
Buffalo is a hard team to judge because it was always known that they weren’t going to “make it rain” this year in free agency like Pacman Jones in a strip club. They had limited salary cap space entering the offseason and the team had their own free agents who were a priority for them to sign.
The Bills were able to clear some salary cap space to pursue free agents or to sign their own draft selections by restructuring the contracts of Charles Clay, Corey Graham, Chris Carpenter, and Kyle Williams.
So far this offseason, the Bills have kept Richie Incognito and Cordy Glenn by inking Incognito to a long-term deal and applying the franchise tag to Glenn. These were their top two free agent priorities according to general manager Doug Whaley. Keeping both was a huge positive for the Bills. Buffalo was able to get Richie Incognito to sign for a hometown discount which improved their free agency grade.
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The Bills have had a couple of free agent visits from players so far but none of them have signed with the team besides former Cleveland Browns blocking tight end Jim Dray.
Currently, the Bills have offered tenders to defensive tackle Corbin Bryant and offensive tackle Jordan Mills who are their two remaining restricted free agents. They both received low-end tender offers which are one-year deals for $1.67 million if the players chose to sign them.
One of the restricted free agents who the Bills gave a tender offer to was whisked away by the New England Patriots. That player was wide receiver Chris Hogan who is headed to New England after he was offered a contract from the team that was structured in a way that the Bills couldn’t match.
To summarize, Buffalo cleared cap space by restructuring a few contracts and they re-signed their top two free agents as well as a blocking tight end. Now let’s take a look at who they lost this offseason besides the previously mentioned Chris Hogan.