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Front Office Report (Last Updated on January 19, 2017)
Welcome to our 2017 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 2017 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 2016 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 2016 moves and contract details as well as previous years.
Here is a look at the 2017 free agents and what we predict will happen to them. It's a very large list of 24 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 Lorenzo Alexander - Reportedly already talking new contract with team.
CB Stephon Gilmore - Could get tagged but unlikely. He should be leaving.
WR Robert Woods - Open market will be too rich for Bills blood.
LB Zach Brown - Good fit for 4-3. Likely try to bring him back.
FB Jerome Felton - Key to rushing attack, should be re-signed.
WR Marquise Goodwin - Could return if he signs for near minimum.
DL Corbin Bryant - Likely will test the market.
DL Leger Douzable - Likely will go elsewhere with Rex gone.
S Colt Anderson - Could be brought back cheaply as special teamer.
S Robert Blanton - No reason to re-sign him.
S Sergio Brown - No reason to keep him.
RB Reggie Bush - His career is likely over.
TE Chris Gragg - Time for him to move on.
WR Percy Harvin - It's back to retirement for him.
LB Ramon Humber - Could be a role player that comes cheap.
WR Justin Hunter - Red zone receiver who could be re-signed.
S James Ihedigbo - Not likely to return.
QB EJ Manuel - Finale should guarantee his exit.
LB Lerentee McCray - Possible low level returnee.
S Jonathan Meeks - It's time for his days in Buffalo to be over.
OT Jordan Mills - Should look to bring him back as a backup.
LB Brandon Spikes - fits better in 4-3 but his better days are behind him.
WR/KT Brandon Tate - Should re-sign him since he's a solid returner.
CB Corey White - Should be able to get upgrade elsewhere.
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 Logan Thomas - Intriguing project worth tendering.
RB Dri Archer - Never reported so won't be tendered.
RB Mike Gillislee - Will definitely be tendered.
P Colton Schmidt - Will be tendered but still may look for upgrade.
DT Deandre Coleman - Should be tendered for longer look.
CB Marcus Roberson - Should be tendered for depth at corner.
OL Michael Ola - Worth it to be tendered.
OL Ryan Groy - Played very good at center. Will 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 Dez Lewis - Worth a tender because of lack of depth at WR.
S Shamiel Gray - Could go either way.
NFL Free Agent Players
LS Reid Ferguson - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/2
CB Charles Gaines - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/2
RB Cedric O'Neal - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/2
LB Max Valles - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/2
S Joe Powell - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/2
QB Josh Woodrum - Signed to reserve/future contract 1/2
Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison - Hired 1/19
RB Coach Kelly Skipper - Hired 1/18
TE Coach Rob Boras - Hired 1/17
DL Coach Mike Waufle - Hired 1/14
LB Coach Bob Babich - Hired 1/13
OL Coach/Run Game Coordinator Juan Castillo - Hired 1/13
Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier - Hired 1/13
Special Teams Coordinator Danny Crossman - Retained 1/13
Head Coach Sean McDermott - Hired 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 2017 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.