Front Office Report (Last Updated on January 17, 2018)
Welcome to our 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2017 moves and contract details as well as previous years.
Here is a look at the 2018 free agents and what we predict will happen to them. It's a fairly large list of 18 players that are unrestricted free agents. That's because they signed many players to one year veteran minimum salaries last year. Those players are not eligible to re-sign until the start of the league year.
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.)
LB Preston Brown - Led the league in tackles and should think about re-signing.
DB E.J. Gaines - Won't come cheap but should be a priority to re-sign.
RB Mike Tolbert - Should let go, but knowing McDermott's love affair with him likely to be back.
QB Joe Webb - No reason to keep around.
RB Travaris Cadet - Flashed a bit. Likely a cheap re-signing.
WR Deonte Thompson - Should bring him back.
WR Jordan Matthews - Not likely to return.
RB Taiwan Jones - No need to keep him.
WR Brandon Tate - Decent returner who may come back on the cheap.
WR Jeremy Butler - No reason to re-sign.
DT Kyle Williams - If he doesn't retire will likely be brought back.
OT Seantrel Henderson - Doubt they will keep him.
DT Cedric Thornton - Look to re-sign because of lack of depth at position.
LB Ramon Humber - Would likely go elsewhere.
DB Leonard Johnson - Should be brought back as starting slot corner.
DB Shareece Wright - Could be brought back for depth.
S Colt Anderson - It's time to move on from oft-injured player.
S Shamarko Thomas - No reason to bring back.
Restricted Free Agents
Players are restricted free agents if they have three years of service. The Bills have no restricted free agents this year. If they did they would 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.
Exclusive Rights Free Agents
These players have less than three years experience and has no bargaining power. They will remain with the Bills if they tender them.
TE Nick O'Leary - Should definitely be tendered.
TE Logan Thomas - Has a good chance to be tendered.
DE Eddie Yarbrough - Will likely be tendered after showing some talent this year.
CB Lafayette Pitts - Likely will be tendered since they lack depth at cornerback.
NFL Free Agent Players
S Kelcie McCray - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/17
LB Xavier Woodson-Luster - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/10
S L.J. McCray - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/10
RB Aaron Green - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/9
WR Quan Bray - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/9
DT Marquavius Lewis - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/9
T Josh James - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/9
FS Dean Marlowe - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/9
P Cory Carter - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/9
TE Jason Croom - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/9
C Adam Redmond - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/9
OT De'Ondre Wesley - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/9
WR Rod Streater - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/1
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 2018 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.