Buffalo Bills: Mario Addison pay cut implications on offseason strategy

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Bills Mario Addison chases Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson out of the pocket.Jg 110820 Bills 33 /

In a day filled with Buffalo Bills news, Ian Rapoport managed to squeak in a tidbit about Mario Addison taking a pay cut. That makes Addison the third Buffalo Bills player to take a pay cut this offseason, joining Mitch Morse and Vernon Butler. It has yet to be shared exactly how much of a pay cut Butler and Addison took, but all three of these pay cuts certainly had a part in enabling the Bills to re-sign both Matt Milano and Daryl Williams. At one point, people thought the Bills were going to have to decide on re-signing one or the other in regards to Milano and Williams.

Looking ahead to the rest of the offseason, things are a bit clearer now for Bills fans and content creators. Now that Addison has taken a pay cut, it’s almost a lock that he’s on the roster for the Buffalo Bills in 2021. Therefore, the Bills may target a younger bargain bin edge rusher in free agency or target edge rushers in the draft.

Even before this pay cut, getting pressure on the quarterback has been a big talking point for the Buffalo Bills to improve this offseason. Even more, the Bills have to get younger on the defensive line and more specifically at the edge rusher position. There is still a chance the Bills do some financial gymnastics to open up more possibilities in free agency, but I think it’s more likely that the Bills address their need at edge rusher in the draft.

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With all that being said, the Buffalo Bills still have a big need at the offensive guard position and other needs across the roster. I wouldn’t expect them to break the bank on anyone in free agency at this point. Rather I would expect the Bills to grab some veterans on minimum deals to shore up some depth at these positions of need. Then, if any obvious needs still remain on the roster at the time of the draft that will be how those needs are addressed.