Buffalo Bills: Looking back at owner’s meetings and some smoke, rumors

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The NFL Owners Meeting were held at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix Arizona on March 26-29 during what is usually a slow period in the NFL calendar where free agency has slowed down and we are still a few weeks away from the draft.

While global issues such as minor rule changes and tweaks to the league schedule were discussed, the bigger impact from a fan’s perspective was the information that became available as the general managers and head coaches from every team in the NFL gathered in one place and answered questions from the media.

While much of the news throughout the league focused on the Lamar Jackson saga, and when the Aaron Rodgers to the Jets trade will be completed, the Buffalo Bills continued to make under-the-radar improvements to what has been a very successful free agent period.

Following up their re-signing of star safety Jordan Poyer, the Bills added RB Damien Harris and G David Edwards just prior to the meetings. During the Owner’s Meetings they added OL depth piece David Quessenberry and surprised everyone by adding S Taylor Rapp on a one-year contract.

While the Quessenberry and Rapp signings were significant, there were also several takeaways that came out of the meetings, including from interviews with both Bills GM Brandon Beane and Head Coach Sean McDermott as they addressed free agency, rumors, the draft, the makeup of the Bills coaching staff, the recovery of key players such as Von Miller, and the roster heading toward the 2023 season.

Look for these storylines to continue to develop throughout the rest of the offseason.