Buffalo Bills’ general manager Brandon Beane said on Wednesday that the team has begun having initial conversations about contract extensions with Dion Dawkins and Matt Milano’s representative.
Since Sean McDermott joined the team as head coach, the Buffalo Bills have done an excellent job of finding quality players in the NFL Draft. However, that is only half of the equation with the other half being teams are able to keep their homegrown talent past their rookie contracts.
That is one of the challenges the Buffalo Bills are facing this offseason as they have three players from the first NFL Draft under Sean McDermott who could be up for contract extensions this offseason. The team’s first round pick, Tre’Davious White, second round pick, Dion Dawkins, and fifth round pick, Matt Milano, are all entering the final year of their rookie deals.
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The good news for the Bills with Tre’Davious White is they have the fifth year option since he was a first round pick. They can delay that conversation to next season if they pick the option this year but certainly would like to get something done this year.
The bigger pressing concern has to be Dion Dawkins and Matt Milano because there is not a fifth year option available and they will be free agents after this year.
Brandon Beane is certainly aware of the urgency and on One Bills Drive he said that he has begun having contract extensions for these players. He noted that both have the same representation so he described it as a “one stop shop”.
Dion Dawkins was the second of two second round picks the Bills had and he stepped in as the starting left tackle halfway through his rookie season due to an injury to Cordy Glenn. He has kept that job since then and has consistently developed into a solid left tackle.
Those are hard to find and when teams have one on their roster they can’t afford to let them go.
The other player, Matt Milano, was a fifth round pick and started five games as a rookie but became the full time starter in his second year. He has started 28 games over the past two seasons and this past year he broke 100 total tackles.
The duo of Milano, along with Tremaine Edmunds, gives this defense two young linebackers that can be a foundation for this defense for the foreseeable future.
There is no question that the Buffalo Bills will be better with both Milano and Dawkins locked up long term. Hopefully they are able to work out contract extensions this offseason and not have to worry about them getting to free agency after this season.