Buffalo Bills bring back Ike Boettger on a one-year deal

Ike Boettger, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Ike Boettger, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Buffalo Bills announced they have brought back Ike Boettger on a one-year deal.

The guard position was a point of focus for the Buffalo Bills on Monday and announced they have agreed to a one-year deal with Ike Boettger. He joined Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 2018 but was waived prior to the start of that season.

After a brief stop with the Kansas City Chiefs, Boettger returned to the Bills as a member of their practice squad. He was primarily a backup over the next few seasons but got a chance to become a starter towards the end of the 2020 season after Cody Ford suffered a season-ending injury. In that season, he would start the final five regular season games as well as the three playoff games.

The Bills re-signed Boettger last offseason and he returned to being a backup to start the 2021 season but once again found his way into the starting lineup last year. He would become the starter in Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins and start the next nine games.

However, his season was cut short due to a torn Achilles suffered in Week 16 against the New England Patriots.

How much will Ike Boettger be able to contribute this coming season?

The biggest question for Boettger centers around that injury and when he might be able to return. As the article on BuffaloBills.com notes, there currently is not any information available about his recovery and when he might be able to return.

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If he is able to return by training camp, he should have a chance to compete for that starting right guard spot with players like Cody Ford and reportedly the returning Ryan Bates. However, for this upcoming season the likely scenario is that he will be a quality backup that can step in if the need were to arise.