1. Bleacher Report thinks this was the Bills smartest decision of the offseason
Before the free agency period starting it was uncertain if the Bills front office was going to be able to resign a lot of their core players because of the reduced salary cap. In the end, Brandon Beane worked his magic and found a way to extend Matt Milano, Daryl Williams, Jon Feliciano and Levi Wallace. All these players have been key contributors for the Bills and have helped build up their winning culture. Bleacher Report NFL writer Kristopher Knox put out his list of every team's smartest free agent decision and for the Bills he picked the re-signing of Matt Milano.
Buffalo Bills: Re-Signing Matt Milano
The Buffalo Bills have been active in free agency. They signed wideout Emmanuel Sanders to a one-year, $6 million deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and then announced the signing of new backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on Thursday.
However, Buffalo's decision to re-sign linebacker Matt Milano to a four-year, $41.5 million deal has been its wisest move. While the 26-year-old has never been a Pro Bowler, he's one of the league's better young coverage linebackers.
In 2020, Milano allowed an opposing passer rating of just 70.9. His return could prove invaluable, as the rival New England Patriots added tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith in free agency. Milano's ability to impact second-level coverage will be a huge asset when these two AFC East teams face off.
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2. Cosell: "I think Sanders is a really good signing for the Bills"
Emmanuel Sanders was in the building on Friday to sign his contract with the Bills, and he said in his press conference with the media that he is "excited to be part of the process." Sanders is joining his former college teammate Cole Beasley in the Bills wide receiver room as the team continues to add talent to that position. Senior Producer at NFL Films, Greg Cosell was on One Bills Live on Friday and he shared his thoughts about the Sanders signing.
"Yeah, I've always liked Emmanuel Sanders, Cosell said to Chris and Steve. "I think it's a good replacement for John Brown. I think Sanders is a little more versatile and how he can line up within your formation. I think you can do more things with him formationally and he's a really good route runner, really precise. A really good signing and that's what this year has become with the salary cap going down. You get a lot of veterans who are out there who you're not signing to long-term deals, but you get them for a year. Sanders to me, I remember when the Saints got him and I thought man, that's a really good signing for them with Drew Brees and I think this is a really good signing for the Bills."
3. ESPN calls the Bills re-signing of Daryl Williams underrated
It was important this offseason for Brandon Beane and the Bills to make sure that they had continuity on the offensive line to best protect Josh Allen in 2021. Re-signing Daryl Williams was a big part of that, and the two sides agreed to a three-year extension on March 12. ESPN sports analytics writer Seth Walder had this signing as one of the most underrated moves so far in this free agency period.
Seth Walder, sports analytics writer: Daryl Williams, OT, Bills.
... A three-year contract paying an average of $8 million per year is a nice deal for a 28-year-old solid tackle like Williams.