Re-grading the Buffalo Bills top free agent signings from 2021

Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
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The focus for the Buffalo Bills front office last offseason was to bring back their own players who were set to be free agents from the prior season. They accomplished that by agreeing to new deals with Matt Milano, Daryl Williams, Jon Feliciano, and Levi Wallace.

After those moves, the Bills didn’t have much left to spend on other free agents but were still able to sign a number of players from outside the organization. One year later, I look at each one of those signings and re-grade those moves.

Re-grading the Buffalo Bills’ top free agent signings from 2021

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Contract: 1 year, $2.5 million

One of the surprise free agent additions by the Buffalo Bills was signing Mitchell Trubisky to a one-year deal. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2017 second overall and the hope was that he would become the franchise quarterback they had been missing for a few seasons.

While he showed some promise, his four seasons in Chicago were very inconsistent and Trubisky split time with Nick Foles in his final season there. He would sign with the Bills as a form of career reset and hope that he could find a starting job this offseason.

For the Buffalo Bills, they wanted an experienced quarterback to back up Josh Allen if there was ever a need for him to take the field. While there were a few times that it looked like he might have to do that, like after the Bucs game, Trubisky had limited snaps in his one season in Buffalo.

In the end, this signing accomplished what both parties were looking for as the Bills had the experienced quarterback and Trubisky was able to put himself in a position to compete for the starting job with the Pittsburgh Steelers this year.