1. NFL.com believes the future is bright for the Bills QB situation
Josh Allen had himself a career year in 2020 and helped lead the Bills to a level of success that the team hasn't seen since the 1990s. Around the NFL writer Nick Shook examined each team's quarterback situation and ranked them accordingly. Shook had Allen in a category with Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert and Kyler Murray and noted that their NFL futures will be bright.
"The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades"
_ Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen_
Josh Allen took a massive leap in 2020, meshing perfectly with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in Year 3. The Pro Bowler finished fifth in passing yards and posted a 37:10 TD-to-INT ratio and a 107.2 passer rating (fourth among all NFL passers). Allen would have had a legitimate MVP case in a season not dominated by Aaron Rodgers, and he's now positioned firmly as the Bills' franchise quarterback and the face of Buffalo. Should he continue at this pace, the Bills won't have to address the position for the next decade.
2. ESPN thinks Bills should break the bank for J.J. Watt
As the start of the new league year inches closer and closer, the free agency frenzy is almost underway. J.J. Watt is one of the most high-profile free agents this year and has the luxury of not having to wait until March 17 to speak with teams. It was reported he has narrowed down the teams he is considering, and all eyes have been over his social media to look for clues on what team he will choose to play for next season. The Football Outsiders listed one daring move each team should make this offseason and for the Bills, they think the team should go all out to get Watt.
Buffalo Bills: Break the bank for J.J. Watt
… Enter J.J. Watt, no longer the destroyer of worlds he was in his 20s but still a force. Sports Info Solutions charted Watt with 28 hurries last season, more than any Buffalo defender other than Jerry Hughes (30). If Buffalo really wanted to be bold, it could make up for Watt's declining physicality by moving him back inside, where he started his career. Good luck to an opposing offensive line dealing with Watt, Hughes, Ed Oliver and Mario Addison on passing downs. We saw what an outstanding pass rush could do in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs; attempting to replicate that makes a lot of sense for the Chiefs' top rival in the conference.
What's more, estimates by salary cap experts have Watt's next deal being less than Milano's. If given the choice between a pass-rush specialist and an off-ball linebacker, Buffalo might well be better off splurging on a future Hall of Famer like Watt rather than bringing back its top coverage linebacker.
3. Bleacher Report's offseason to-do list for the Buffalo Bills
Last season, the Bills made it all the way to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1994. This free agency period will be the crucial first step in building the team up again to get back to the title
game and hopefully further in the 2021 season. Bleacher Report's NFL writer Brent Sobleski outlined every team's offseason to-do list, and this is what he had to say about the Bills.
- Rework the right side of the offensive line.
- Add another pass-rusher.
- Find a starting cornerback opposite Tre'Davious White.
The Buffalo Bills now feature one of the league's best rosters. It's not without faults, though.
The organization spent plenty on the offensive line two offseasons ago. It's still a work in progress. Cody Ford should return after last season's torn meniscus and start at right guard or tackle. From there, the projection is a little cloudy. Daryl Williams' retention would solidify the strong side. Or the Bills could re-sign Jon Feliciano to play guard, with Ford moving out to tackle. They could also upgrade left guard even though Ike Boettger provided solid play once he became the full-time starter in Week 10. …
Cornerback opposite Tre'Davious White has been a need for a couple of seasons now. Levi Wallace is serviceable, but he's a restricted free agent. Josh Norman, meanwhile, is an unrestricted free agent. A long-term bookend should be in the plans.