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Bills Today | ESPN answers the biggest fantasy football question for the Bills this offseason

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1. ESPN answers the biggest fantasy football question for the Bills this offseason

The fantasy football season is still months away, but the free agency period has impacted many player's fantasy value for this upcoming 2021 season. ESPN fantasy football analyst Mike Clay provided fantasy questions about all 32 teams and the NFL Nation reporters gave their early advice. Clay asked about the Bills backfield and if there will be a lead back that fantasy managers can lean on.

Will we be able to trust Devin Singletary or Zack Moss as a consistent lead back?

No. Sean McDermott has made it relatively clear that he wants multiple players touching the ball in Buffalo's backfield. Both backs should put up RB2 or RB3 numbers, but neither should be the first running back you take -- although if you had to choose, the Bills seemed to lean more on Moss toward the end of last season. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

2. Bleacher Report thinks this free agent can help out the Bills this season

The major phases of free agency now in the rearview mirror but there are still some big named veterans still looking to join a team for this upcoming season. Bleacher Report NFL writer Alex Kay came up with a list of free agents on the open market who can help each team this season. For the Bills, Kay thinks that bringing in Jadeveon Clowney would help the team build on that talent from last year's squad.

Buffalo Bills: Edge Jadeveon Clowney

… Jadeveon Clowney represents the best chance for this squad to add a younger, disruptive force on the defensive line for the 2021 season. The 28-year-old should still have plenty left in the tank despite amassing just three sacks over his last 21 games with the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks.

Locking him up on a multi-year deal would secure Buffalo's edge-rushing capabilities for a while, especially with 2020 second-round pick A.J. Epenesa appearing poised to make a leap.

One prohibitive factor here would be cost, as Spotrac estimates the Bills have a shade under $5 million in cap space, with Clowney projected to ink a contract worth around $6.5 million per year. If Buffalo can find a way to free up some finances, putting them toward a pass-rusher of Clowney's caliber would be the best move to help build on last year's AFC Championship Game appearance.

3. The Athletic predicts Bills pick up fifth-year options for both 2018 first-round picks

The fifth-year option in the NFL is a helpful tool for teams as they decide the long-term future of their past first-round picks. Some teams find it so valuable that we see a number of teams trade back into the end of the first round of the NFL Draft every year. The Athletic senior NFL writer Mike Sando went through and gave his predictions for the pending fifth-year options for all first-round picks from the 2018 draft class. For the Bill, Sando projected that both Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds should have their options picked up.

7. Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills

Cost: $23,106,000


Earning Pro Bowl honors bumped up the option figure for Allen from $18.9 million to $23.1 million without coming close to setting the floor for negotiations on a long-term extension. Allen is a candidate for an extension this offseason unless the Bills would prefer to see him maintain his 2020 performance for another season.

16. Tremaine Edmunds, ILB, Buffalo Bills

Cost: $12,716,000


Edmunds is a team captain and a two-time Pro Bowl selection (once as an injury replacement) playing for a defensive-minded head coach. The Bills will presumably find a way to keep him, although Buffalo's unexpected contract extension with Matt Milano altered the dynamics enough to introduce at least a measure of doubt. Milano's deal averages nearly $10.4 million per year, with a $10 million cap figure for 2022. How much money does the team want allocated for linebackers?

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