Front Office Report (Last Updated on March 7, 2014)
Welcome to our 2014 edition of our exclusive Front Office Section! This page will keep you updated on all the moves by the front office! Included is a look at the projected 2014 free agents and what we think the team will do with them. This will be the one page to look at for all roster and front office moves made during the year. We will also have a list of 2014 player contract signings, restructurings, & extensions as well as the details behind them as they become available! You can also take a look back at all the 2013 moves and contract details as well as previous years.
Here is a look at the 2014 free agents and what we predict will happen to them. It is a relatively small list this year. There are only 9 unrestricted free agents these players have four years or more of service.
Unrestricted Free Agents
These free agents are free to sign with any team they want in the off season with no compensation to the Bills. (They may be given compensatory draft picks for players lost in next year's draft.)
S Jairus Byrd - Not given franchise tag and will become an unrestricted free agent.
K Dan Carpenter - Said they will be talking to his agent soon to get him re-signed.
P Brian Moorman - Re-signed with the Bills 1/10.
DL Alex Carrington - Will likely let him test the market but will be open to signing him to short team deal.
TE Scott Chandler - Tough to predict, will likely make an offer but may not be enough.
S Jim Leonhard - Wants to play one more year and wants it to be in Buffalo. Likely re-sign him for cheap depth.
LB Arthur Moats - Doesn't seem to fit into plans, will be allowed to test market.
OL Thomas Welch - No depth at the position but he couldn't crack the lineup so an upgrade is likely.
Restricted Free Agents
Players are restricted free agents if they have three or less years of service. The Bills have the right to match any offer any of these free agents get or receive compensation in the form of draft picks for each player lost. The round of the pick depends on where the player was drafted and/or the price of the qualifying offer given by the Bills.
TE Mike Caussin - With his injury history, will not be tendered.
Exclusive Rights Free Agents
These players have two or less years experience and has no bargaining power. They will remain with the Bills if they tender them.
WR Chris Hogan - Bills have tendered an offer.
G Antoine McClain - Bills have tendered an offer.
RB Frank Summers - Bills have tendered an offer.
CB Brandon Smith - Re-signed with the Bills.
NFL Free Agent Players
WR Ramses Barden - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/16
FS Jajuan Harley - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/16
WR Chris Summers - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/16
LB Nathan Williams - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/16
RB Anthony Allen - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/14
LB Kourtnei Brown - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/14
OL Randy Colling - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/14
WR Brandon Kaufmann - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
OL Jamaal Johnson-Webb - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
CB Mario Butler - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
LB Jacquies Smith - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
QB Dennis Dixon - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
OT Edawn Coughman - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
Asst. DL Coach Jason Rebrovich - Promoted 2/7
WR Coach Rob Moore - Hired 2/6
LB Coach Fred Pagac - Hired 1/31
DL Coach Pepper Johnson - Hired 1/31
Sr. Offensive Assitant Jim Hostler - Hired 1/29
Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz - Hired 1/24
LB Willie Jefferson - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/16; released 3/3
DL Coach Anthony Weaver - Hired by Cleveland as DL Coach 2/6
LB Coach Jim O'Neil - Hired by Cleveland as Defensive Coordiator 1/27
Quality Control Coach Brian Fluery - Hired by Cleveland as asst. LB coach 1/27
Defensive Assistant Jeff Hafley - Hired 1/16; Hired by Cleveland as DB coach 1/27
Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine - Hired by Cleveland as head coach 1/23
LB Coach Chuck Dreisbach - Fired 1/13
WR Coach Ike Hilliard - Fired 12/30
Here is where we list contract details that we obtained through various media outlets. It is an approximation since the Bills do not release contract details. We list new contracts, restructured deals and extensions that happen for the 2014 season. Some players may be asked to restructure their contracts which would convert base salaries into signing bonuses to save cap money. This practice usually puts teams in a bad cap situation in future years so it isn't likely this off season since the team is in good cap shape.