Grades for every Buffalo Bills move from first week of 2023 free agency
Sam Martin re-signing on a three-year deal
The Buffalo Bills signed Sam Martin as a free agent right before the start of the season after he was released by the Denver Broncos. The veteran punter had an excellent season in his first year in Buffalo with an average of 47.7 yards per punt.
The Bills have ranked near the bottom of the league in terms of the number of punts over the past few seasons. The reason this deal gets the grade it does is that the return of Martin means that Tyler Bass will have the same holder in consecutive years for the first time in his career and this familiarity should be very helpful as he enters a contract year.
Ike Boettger signs a one-year deal
One of the first deals the Buffalo Bills were able to finalize this offseason was re-signing Ike Boettger to a one-year contract. Ike Boettger at one point was starting for the Buffalo Bills and playing pretty well at the end of the 2021 season.
Unfortunately, he suffered a torn Achilles and would miss almost all of last season, except for six offensive snaps. With his return, Boettger gives Buffalo great depth on the interior of the line and even competition for Ryan Bates for the starting job.