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Front Office Report (Last Updated on January 29, 2015)
Welcome to our 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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 2014 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.)
RB C.J. Spiller - Has a player option to opt out and is expected to do so. He will likely be elsewhere next year.
DE Jerry Hughes - Likely to be slapped with the franchise tag.
G Erik Pears - Serviceable player; may try to re-sign for less money.
LB Brandon Spikes - Likely no room for him with Alonso coming back.
S Da'Norris Searcy - Fairly important to re-sign.
WR Marcus Easley - Solid special teamer, should stay for veteran minimum.
TE Lee Smith - No reason to re-sign borderline player.
DE Jairus Wynn - Developing player that they should re-sign.
LB Stevenson Sylvester - No need to keep him, spent all year on IR.
LB Larry Dean - Marginal pro, no need to keep him.
WR/KR Marcus Thigpen - Should re-sign as valuable returner.
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.
OT Chris Hairston - May try to re-sign him for depth but new coach may want to move on from him.
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 - They will tender him or work out long term deal.
DT Corbin Bryant - They will tender him, solid role player.
K Jordan Gay - New coach may have no need for kickoff specialist.
NFL Free Agent Players
DB Jonte Green - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/15
G Darryl Johnson - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/15
G Alex Kupper - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/6
TE Chris Manhertz - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
FB Corey Knox - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
WR Tobais Palmer - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
WR Caleb Holley - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
DE Bryan Johnson - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
CB Rod Sweeting - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
G William Campbell - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
DT Jeremy Towns - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
OG D.J. Morrell - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
QB Jeff Tuel - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
FS Deon Broomfield - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
ILB James Gaines- Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
Senior Offensive Assistant Chris Palmer - Hired 1/26
Defensive Assistant D'Anton Lynn - Hired 1/26
Special Teams Quality Control Coach Michael Hamlin - Hired 1/26
WR coach Sanjay Lal - Hired 1/26
Asst. Head Coach/RB coach Anthony Lynn - Hired 1/26
OL coach Aaron Kroman - Hired 1/26
QB coach David Lee - Hired 1/19
Asst. DL coach Jeff Weeks - Hired 1/15
TE coach Tony Sparano, Jr. - Hired 1/15
Asst. Special Teams coach Eric Smith - Hired 1/15
Asst. Strength and Conditioning coach Jason Oszvart - Hired 1/15
DB Coach Tim McDonald - Hired 1/15
DL Coach Karl Dunbar - Hired 1/15
LB Coach Bobby April III - Hired 1/15
Defensive Coordinator Dennis Thurman - Hired 1/15
Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman - Hired 1/13
Head Coach Rex Ryan - Hired 1/12
DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun - Not signed off of practice squad to futures contract 12/30
QB Kyle Orton - Announced his retirement 12/29
Offensive Coordinator Nate Hackett - Hired as Jaguars QB Coach 1/28
DL Coach Pepper Johnson - Hired as Jets DL coach 1/24
Dir. Of Player Personnel Tom Gibbons - Fired 1/21
OL Coach Pat Morris - Dismissed from contract
QB Coach Todd Downing - Dismissed from contract
WR Coach Rob Moore - Dismissed from contract
TE Coach Greg Adkins - Dismissed from contract
LB Coach Fred Pagac - Dismissed from contract
Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz - Dismissed from his contract 1/13
RB Coach Tyrone Wheatley - Left for University of Michigan 1/10
Head Coach Doug Marrone - Opted out of his contract 12/31
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 2015 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.