Top 3 things to know for the Bills 2017 offseason

Posted Jan 1, 2017

While we wait for the Bills to fill their head coaching position, here are three things to know heading into the 2017 offseason.

There will be a lot of changes at One Bills Drive this offseason. Here are some things to know as steps are taken to prepare for the 2017 campaign.

1 - 2017 opponents feature AFC West, NFC South
The Bills’ 2017 opponents are set. We already knew that Buffalo would be facing the AFC West and NFC South in terms of out of division opponents next fall. Aside from the six AFC East games the Bills other two games are against AFC opponents who also finished in third place in their division like Buffalo.

They will play Cincinnati on the road again next season and host the Indianapolis Colts. When they play these opponents will be known in late April when the league schedule is released.

Here’s a look at the home and away slate.

Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots New England Patriots
New York Jets New York Jets
Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders San Diego Chargers 
New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Carolina Panthers
Indianapolis Colts Cincinnati Bengals

2 - A lot of players coming free
Buffalo will have one of the longest lists of unrestricted free agents this offseason after signing a number of free agents to one-year deals last offseason. Here’s a look at the list of the Bills players who will become unrestricted when the new league year begins in March.

LB Lorenzo Alexander
S Colt Anderson
S Robert Blanton
LB Sergio Brown
LB Zach Brown
DL Corbin Bryant
RB Reggie Bush
DL Leger Douzable
FB Jerome Felton
CB Stephon Gilmore
WR Marquise Goodwin
TE Chris Gragg
WR Percy Harvin
LB Ramon Humber
WR Justin Hunter
S James Ihedigbo
QB EJ Manuel
LB Lerentee McCray
S Jonathan Meeks
OT Jordan Mills
LB Brandon Spikes
KR/PR Brandon Tate
CB Corey White
WR Robert Woods

3 - Bills will draft 10th overall
Buffalo’s final won-loss record in 2016 was 7-9. Knowing there were a total of eight other teams that had the potential of finishing the season with the same record as the Bills, there was a wide range of where Buffalo would fall in the 2017 draft order.

After all of the Week 17 action impacting the Bills spot in the draft order Buffalo will have the 10th overall pick.

The reason the Bills pick ahead of the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns (pick from Philadelphia) even though they have the same 7-9 record is because Buffalo had the lowest opponent’s winning percentage (strength of schedule).

The teams will rotate their positions in subsequent rounds, with the Bills moving back to the 12th pick in round two before moving up to the 11th pick in round three, before drafting 10th again in round four.