Perspective- the Bills are 13-3 in the AFC Championship
Buffalo has a tough draw for free agents. Cold, high income taxes, hadnt recently won.
In 2016 they whacked Rex Ryan, and finished out with A Lynn as interim head coach.
THE ONLY STARTER STILL ON THE ROSTER FROM “2016” IS JERRY FREAKING HUGHES.
-They pulled T White, D Dawkins (rt), and M Milano (lb) out of 2017 draft
-They pulled J Poyer their D captain as a mid priced FA safety, and signed Micah Hyde to a big safety contract to be the stud he has-
-They pulled J Allen and T Edmunds as centerpieces of their offense and defense round 1!
-They signed defensive starter T Murphy a solid mid tier contract.
-They pulled Ed Oliver, Cody Ford, Dawson Knox, and RB D Singletary in the draft
-They signed Mitch Morse, and 2/3 of a great wr corps with J Brown and Cole Beasley.
-They pulled Z Moss, A Epenesa, G Davis, and kicker T Bass
Free agency and trades in 2020 was the icing- they traded for league leading WR S Diggs to be their #1, they signed a pair of cheap veteran CBs in J Norman and Ej Gaines, and AJ Klein 5 sacks and Mario Addison 5 sacks to help rush the passer
So now that Allen will want his 35M a year payday. They have 10M already.
So Tyler Makatevich, Vernon Butler, and Jerry Hughes would save about 18-19M in 2021.
So they could easily navigate this with no problem. Likely even bring back Hughes at 33 for say 2 years and 15M with a cuttable year 2.
No real “need” and successfully drafting G Davis to the tune of 600 yards and 7 tds with 17ypc, makes cutting J Brown reasonable next year
IN THE LAST 4 YEARS THE BILLS HAVE ADDED EVERY PLAYER BUT HUGHES!!!
This front office needs to extend Ragnow, extend Hock, get Swift a running mate and find value at WR
Guys like J Davis, J Okwara, T Walker, AO, J Okudah, need to be back and have their athleticism maximized in scheme.