Tremaine Edmunds has been the starting middle linebacker for the Buffalo Bills over the past four seasons. However, the former first round pick is entering the final year of his rookie contract and next offseason should have plenty of interest in free agency.
If Edmunds gets to free agency, it would seem unlikely that he would return to the Buffalo Bills because the team may not be in a position to match what is expected to be a big contract that could make him one of the highest-paid players at linebacker.
If this scenario plays out, the Buffalo Bills will need to look into other options to replace Edmunds and these are four players who are set to be free agents that the team could sign.
4 players to sign in 2023 if Buffalo Bills can’t extend Tremaine Edmunds
Blake Martinez was a fourth round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2016 and would start 57 games over four seasons. He would average nearly nine tackles per game over that stretch along with 10 sacks, three interceptions, and 17 passes defended.
For the past two seasons, he has been the starting middle linebacker for the New York Giants and in 2020 he played at the same level he did with the Packers with 151 total tackles, three sacks, one interception, and five passes defended.
This past season though Martinez played in only three games after suffering a torn ACL. He is expected to return this season and step back in as the starter in the middle of the Giants’ defense.
If Blake Martinez returns to the level he did prior to the injury this year, he could be a great option as a replacement for Tremaine Edmunds at only 28 years old and with plenty of years of experience as a starting middle linebacker.