Buffalo Bills Free Agency: Devin Singletary not worth market value
By Ryan Heckman
Going into this offseason, the Buffalo Bills have several glaring needs. Of course, offensive line is at the top of Bills fans’ wish lists, with other positions like defensive line, wide receiver and safety up there as well.
While Josh Allen certainly needs to be protected, he also needs additional weapons to take pressure off of Stefon Diggs.
Speaking of weapons, the Bills might see one of their starters on offense dip via free agency this coming spring. But, would it truly be that big of a loss?
The player in question is running back Devin Singletary, who is set to become a free agent now that his rookie deal is up. The former third-round pick has spent four seasons in Buffalo and now, at the age of 25, will see maybe his best chance to try and cash in to extend his career.
With running back being a position that’s paid less and less these days, it’s a great question as to whether the Bills will decide to bring him back or try and replace him via the 2023 NFL Draft.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary holds an estimated market value of $5.5 million
According to Spotrac, Singletary will be looking at roughly $5.5 million annually in salary. Now, does that mean a 2-year or 3-year deal? It’s unlikely to be anything longer, considering what running backs get paid nowadays.
Heck, that might even end up being a one-year deal with the way things go for the position now.
With the Bills needing to spend on other positions, namely offensive line, it would be a bad idea to spend on Singletary. Buffalo traded for Nyheim Hines last year, and his cap number for 2023 is just under $5 million, so they ought to use him.
James Cook seems capable of filling the role left by Singletary, with a rookie possibly coming in and taking some of the pressure off him as the primary back.
Singletary had some good moments with the Bills, but again, at a position that’s become so easily replaceable, he just isn’t worth bringing back. Buffalo is better off spending a late-round pick on a rookie to come in and handle 8-10 touches a game behind Cook.