1. ESPN's Dan Orlovsky loves this free agent quarterback signing by the Bills
The Bills announced Thursday that they had signed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to a one-year deal. The former number two overall pick will get to hit the reset button and serve in a backup role for the Bills this season. As a starter in Chicago, Trubisky went 29-21 and led his team to the playoffs two out of the four years he played there. On ESPN's NFL Live, Dan Orlovsky praised the Bills organization for this move and explained why it benefits both Trubisky and the Bills.
"I love the fact that the Bills signed Mitchell Trubisky," Orlovsky stated. "Two reasons, something that we've really learned about the Buffalo Bills organization over the last 18 months, they're developing quarterbacks. They have developed Josh Allen; this could be really good for Mitchell Trubisky individually with his career. The second thing is the Bills are a Super Bowl contending football team. So, what you want in that situation is if something happens to Josh Allen for a game or two, can you get a guy that can just win you the game. He's got some experience, there's some skill there and some talent. He'll win you a game that's meaningful, that's why the signing is a big deal both individually for the player and for the football team."
2. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane explain the switch at the punter position
With Corey Bojorquez entering free agency this offseason, the Bills looked at every option when it came to the punter position. On Tuesday, the Bills announced that they signed former Miami Dolphins punter Matt Haack to a three-year contract. Haack has an average of 44.7 yards per punt and a career-long of 65 yards. During a press conference with the media on Thursday, both Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane spoke about the change at the position, and they wish Bojorquez the best.
"Listen, we are always trying to improve our roster," McDermott said. "And Corey [Bojorquez] was in a situation where he had a good year. Obviously, we got to a situation where both sides were talking, and we just felt like at the end of the day we had an opportunity that was best for our team and obviously we wish Corey the best."
Beane added. "We were looking for, we got a young kicker, and we plan to have Reid [Ferguson] here as a long snapper, and I think just we were looking for someone who definitely wanted to be here for the long term. I think Corey had a really good year, and we just weren't on the same page, so we decided to look elsewhere. We're very excited, we've obviously seen Matt [Haack] up close, down in Miami, and he's in the building and we're excited to add him to our group."
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3. Warren Sharp: "These types of deals can elevate teams to make Super Bowl runs"
Emmanuel Sanders officially agreed to terms with the Bills on Wednesday and his veteran presence will add a lot of value to the roster. The receiver has played in three Super Bowls throughout his career and won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos. He knows what it takes for his teams to make deep runs in the postseason, and he can help fill a specific role on this football team. Analyst Warren Sharp was on The Ryen Russillo Podcast and he applauded Brandon Beane for bringing in Emmanuel Sanders at a great price.
"He's got a young quarterback in his prime with a very smart, intelligent coordinator calling plays in Brian Daboll with some pieces around him," Sharp said. "That's going to allow him to settle down into a singular role and I just think that this is a great signing at a great price. These are the types of moves that I like in free agency Ryan, usually, I talk about, don't spend a ton, but you can't spend nothing though and you got to participate. There are some bargains to be found and this is the type of guy, one year $6 million. I think Brandon been hit a home run with this short-term signing. These are the types of deals that can elevate teams to make Super Bowl runs."