Last offseason, the Buffalo Bills made the big splash of signing defensive end Von Miller. This offseason, general manager Brandon Beane didn’t have the cap space to make a big move like that and had to be more methodical with the available cap space he did have.
Even still, the Bills were very busy and addressed a number of needs on their roster and there is a case to be made that it has improved from last year’s team. With that in mind, these are the free agency grades for each move the Bills made over the first week of free agency.
Grades for every Buffalo Bills move from first week of 2023 free agency
Matt Milano extension
One of the first moves that the Buffalo Bills made this offseason agreeing to a two-year extension with Matt Milano that will keep him under contract through the 2026 season. Milano was a fifth round pick by the Bills in 2017 and stepped in as a full-time starter in 2018, the same year as Tremaine Edmunds.
Over the past two years, Milano has really developed into a key part of this defense and there is a strong argument to be made that he was the best linebacker on the team with his first Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro nominations.
The biggest concern with this deal is that he will be 31 years old at the end and this could be a risk for a player who has had a notable injury history. However, it is a big win to have an experienced player like Milano alongside a new middle linebacker for the next few years.