Front Office Report (Last Updated on March 19, 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 - Signed a one year deal with the Bengals.
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 - Re-signed with the Bills to a one year deal 3/16.
WR Deonte Thompson - Should bring him back.
WR Jordan Matthews - Not likely to return.
RB Taiwan Jones - Re-signed with the Bills to a one year deal 3/16.
WR Brandon Tate - Decent returner who may come back on the cheap.
WR Jeremy Butler - No reason to re-sign.
DT Kyle Williams - Re-signed to a one year deal 3/13.
OT Seantrel Henderson - Signed with the Texans 3/13.
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 - Signed a deal with the Raiders.
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 - Tendered 3/13.
TE Logan Thomas - Tendered 3/13.
DE Eddie Yarbrough - Tendered 3/13.
CB Lafayette Pitts - Tendered 3/13.
NFL Free Agent Players
C Russell Bodine - Signed 3/19
OT Marshall Newhouse - Signed 3/19
QB AJ McCarron- Signed 3/14
DE Trent Murphy - Signed 3/14
LB Julian Stanford - Signed 3/14
S Rafael Bush - Signed 3/13
DT Star Lotulelei - Signed 3/13
DE Owa Odighizuwa - Signed 3/8
RB Chris Ivory - Signed 3/6
CB Vontae Davis - Signed 2/26
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
Head Trainer Nate Breske - Hired 2/14
Dir. of Analytics Luis Guilamo - Hired 2/14
Video Director Jeff Mueller - Hired 2/14
WR Coach Terry Robiskie - Hired 2/14
Off. Asst. Coach Shea Tierney - Hired 2/10
Off. Asst. Coach William Vlachos - Hired 2/2
DB coach John Butler - Hired 1/30
DL coach Bill Teerlinck - Promoted from Asst. DL coach 1/29
Asst. DL coach Aaron Whitecotton - Promoted from Admin. Asst. to HC 1/29
OC Brian Daboll - Hired 1/14
OT Cordy Glenn - Traded to the Bengals with a 5th round pick for a 1st rd swap and a 6th rounder 3/12
QB Tyrod Taylor - Traded to the Browns for a 3rd round draft pick 3/9
C Eric Wood - Announced end of his football career 1/29
WR Coach Phil McGeoghan- Left for same job with the Chargers 2/13
Head trainer Shone Gipson - Fired 2/1
Trainer Bud Carpenter - Retired 2/1
DB Coach Gil Byrd - Fired 1/30
DL Coach Mike Waufle - Retired 1/29
VP of Player Personnel Brian Gaine - Hired as Texans GM 1/13
OC Rick Dennsion - Fired 1/12
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.