Buffalo Bills 2023 Free Agent Profile: Ike Boettger

Ike Boettger, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Ike Boettger, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

The interior of the offensive line should be a priority for the Buffalo Bills this offseason and something they should look to improve. Last offseason, the Bills matched the offer sheet for Ryan Bates from the Chicago Bears to bring him back and before that signed Rodger Saffold as a free agent, who was released by the Tennessee Titans.

In addition to those two, the Buffalo Bills also re-signed Ike Boettger who had been with the team for most of the past four seasons after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2018. Boettger would be a part of the practice squad for most of 2018 and 2019 but did appear in six regular season games during that stretch.

That would change in 2020 as Boettger not only would play in 12 games but get seven regular season starts, as well as the three playoff games. In 2021, Boettger once again began the season as the backup but did become the starter after an injury to Jon Feliciano.

However, Boettger would suffer a torn Achilles against the New England Patriots that ended his season. The Bills would re-sign Boettger but he would remain on the reserve/PUP list for most of the season before being activated late in the season. He would play only six offensive snaps this past season.

Should the Buffalo Bills re-sign Ike Boettger this offseason?

This is a move that would make a lot of sense for the Buffalo Bills and one that should get done quickly. At times, Ike Boettger has shown he can be a starting guard and another year removed from his Achilles injury should give him the chance to compete for one of the starting spots in training camp.

However, if he doesn’t win the starting job he would provide great depth for the interior of the offensive line. The Buffalo Bills will likely look to add other players at offensive guard but Boettger provides some insurance and flexibility in how they approach the position this offseason if they were to bring him back.

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