These were some of the top takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ general manager Brandon Beane’s press conferences after Day 2 and Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft.
As the dust settles after the completion of the 2020 NFL Draft the major heavy lifting of this off-season is complete. While free agents will get signed and the possibility of a veteran cut addition we are essentially looking at the 2020 Buffalo Bills. General manager spoke with the media after Day 2 and 3 of the draft, so lets unpack this thoughts. To listen to his full press conference, click here for Day 2 and click here for Day 3.
Even before the draft there was plenty of chatter about the Bills releasing Murphy to save almost $8 million on the salary cap. With the addition of second round draft pick A.J. Epenesa those comments have only intensified. Beane was asked and did his best to temper those rumors outside One Bills Drive.
While stating the Bills weren’t currently looking to move Murphy, he mentioned how the Bills believe in a strong defensive line rotation. As of now he is part of the eight or nine guys they plan on keeping on the defense line.
Don’t let this fool you, Bills fans. Of course Murphy sticks. For now. There is no reason to cut him at this point. The $8 million saving will still be there come August. Additionally, Murphy adds to the positional competition that the Bills crave. And probably most importantly keeping Murphy through the preseason allows him to be insurance incase of an injury.
We can count eight of the nine guys easily that the Bills will keep. Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, A.J. Epenesa, Ed Oliver, Star Lotulelei, Harrison Phillips, Vernon Butler, and Quinton Jefferson are the eight. Those numbers leave the defensive end position one spot short with Murphy competing against Daryl Johnson and Mike Love for that last spot. Remember, the Bills can afford Murphy so if they have no use for the $8 million then he is still a good rotational player and playing in a proper backup role at this point in his career.