Grades for every Buffalo Bills move from first week of 2023 free agency

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Buffalo Bills tender Dane Jackson; re-sign him to a one-year deal

Dane Jackson entered this offseason as a restricted free agent and the Buffalo Bills would have to tender him to have the chance to match any deal he might receive. They would use the original round tender, which meant if he signed with another team they would have received a seventh-round draft pick.

The good news is that the Bills were able to not only agree to a one-year deal but lower the cap hit below what he received with the tender. Dane Jackson is someone who has plenty of starting experience over the past year and a half and gives the cornerback position great depth. He is a player that can step in if the need arises and be a backup plan to replace Kaiir Elam if he struggles in his second season in the league.

Grade: A

Bills sign Cam Lewis to a one-year deal

Another defensive back from last year’s team that is set to return to the Buffalo Bills is Cam Lewis. The former University of Buffalo defensive back has been with the team for a few years now and is a versatile player as he has moved around from outside corner to nickel to even playing safety this past season.

That versatility is what makes this a good deal on the part of the Buffalo Bills, especially with a player like Siran Neal. He has primarily been a special teams player, which is why he is an important part of the team, but doesn’t play much on defense. The return of Cam Lewis gives the team a player that can really play anywhere in the secondary and frees up that roster spot for a player like Neal.

Grade: B