Buffalo Bills: Tremaine Edmunds ranked in Top 10 by CBS Sports
The Buffalo Bills could potentially sign middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds to a contract extension this offseason. If they do agree to a long-term deal, they would be keeping a Top 10 linebacker with their franchise according to recent rankings done by CBS Sports.
The former first round pick just makes the cut in the rankings by Jordan Dajani at tenth. He wrote the following about Edmunds:
"Edmunds is athletic enough to be one of the most well-rounded linebackers in the NFL, and he’s entering his fourth season at just 23 years old! The Bills are a team on the rise, and Edmunds is a player that is doing the same. With the Bills drafting two pass rushers with their first two picks this offseason, I’m excited to see what Edmunds can do moving forward."
Tremaine Edmunds certainly has a ton of experience for a player who is only 23 years old. He became the starter almost immediately for the Bills and has already started 46 career games in the NFL.
In his first three seasons, he has surpassed 115 total tackles each season, has 5.5 career sacks, along with three interceptions and 24 passes defended. While there can certainly be some debate over whether or not Edmunds should be in the Top 10, the fact that Edmunds has been named to the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons certainly helps his cause.
As Dajani writes though, the Buffalo Bills middle linebacker has incredible potential to continue to grow in a defensive scheme that has seen some great linebackers play in it, like Carolina Panthers’ linebacker Luke Kuechly.
The question is whether Edmunds is going to reach that potential as a member of the Buffalo Bills. The franchise did pick up his fifth-year option this offseason but that keeps him under contract only through the 2022 season.
In the coming years though the Buffalo Bills are going to have a number of key players that could be in line for new deals or extensions like quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs. It will certainly be a balancing act for general manager Brandon Beane to manage all these salaries while still staying under the salary cap.