Buffalo Bills: Predicting which free agent signings will be the best bargains

Dec 7, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (19) scores after a catch while defended by San Francisco 49ers safety Tarvarius Moore (33) during the third quarter at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-Arizona RepublicNfl Buffalo Bills At San Francisco 49ers
Dec 7, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (19) scores after a catch while defended by San Francisco 49ers safety Tarvarius Moore (33) during the third quarter at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-Arizona RepublicNfl Buffalo Bills At San Francisco 49ers /
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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – DECEMBER 29: Efe Obada #94 of the Carolina Panthers after their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – DECEMBER 29: Efe Obada #94 of the Carolina Panthers after their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

Efe Obada

Contract: 1 year, $1,500,000

Average salary rank among defensive ends: 68th

The Buffalo Bills once again added a former Carolina Panthers player this offseason. This time it was defensive end Efe Obada however he is not the typical player they have signed. The former Panthers the Bills have signed under Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have been older veterans towards the end of their careers.

This is not the case for Efe Obada as he is a player who has improved every year and could breakout as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Obada joined the Panthers in 2017 as part of the International Player Pathway program and after one year on the practice squad was added to the 53-man roster in 2018.

He has seen his playing time steadily increase every season from 19% of the defensive snaps in 2018 to 28% in 2019 and then 39% this past year. The biggest positive is that with the increase in playing time, his production has gone up as well.

This past season he had 5.5 sacks, which would have been tied for the team lead, and 15 QB hits, which was four more than Jerry Hughes had last season. When considering he will be making about a tenth of what Hughes and Mario Addison are set to make, he easily could be one of the best bargains next season.