Buffalo Bills: Way-too-early offensive line projections for 2022

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Buffalo Bills 2022 starting left guard: Laken Tomlinson (FA)

This is where the questions really start to form as the Buffalo Bills can go in a number of different directions. The Bills will still have Jon Feliciano, Daryl Williams, and Cody Ford all under contract for 2022 however I don’t necessarily believe they will all be with the team next season.

Feliciano would be entering the second year of his three-year contract but the Bills could cut him with a dead cap of only $1.5 million while saving $3.75 million in cap space. Daryl Williams would present the most cap savings ($5.325 million) but also a higher dead cap hit ($3.6 million) and the Bills may wait until after the 2022 season when the dead cap is cut in half with cap savings of $7.125 million.

As for Cody Ford, he is entering the final year of his rookie deal and doesn’t have a significant cap hit ($2.39 million) or cap savings if cut ($1.52 million). However, he really struggled when given a chance to play and I can’t imagine the coaching staff has much confidence moving forward. He is a player they may try to play but at best would be a depth piece on the line.

This is one position that the Buffalo Bills almost certainly will upgrade and a player like Laken Tomlinson would be a great fit. It will certainly be costly as he is one of the better run-blocking offensive guards but would be a significant improvement at the position.