4 contracts holding the Buffalo Bills back right now entering offseason

Bills tight end Dawson Knox makes a twisting catch for a 14 yard touchdown against Washington.
Bills tight end Dawson Knox makes a twisting catch for a 14 yard touchdown against Washington. / Jamie Germano / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Dawson Knox

Dawson Knox was a third round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2019 and after two years of average production, he emerged as the top tight end and a big part of this offense. Between 2021 and 2022, Knox had over 1,000 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns.

Prior to the 2022 season, Knox signed a four-year extension worth $52 million with the expectation being he would be the top player at his position for the Bills moving forward. However, that changed this past offseason when the Bills drafted Dalton Kincaid in the first round.

The rookie quickly passes Knox on the depth chart and he would finish with a career-low in receptions (22), receiving yards (186), and touchdowns (2). The Bills now have a backup tight end that is accounting for $14 million in against the salary cap and releasing him would result in almost no cap savings.