1. Players share their thoughts on Buffalo as free agency begins
Over the past few days, the Bills have come to agreements to extend Matt Milano, Daryl Williams and Jon Feliciano. Players have bought into the culture that Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have built here in Buffalo. The sense of camaraderie and brotherhood makes this Bills team closer on and off the field and is a big reason why players don't want to leave Buffalo. Micah Hyde who also received a contract extension recently was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and he gave his pitch as to why Buffalo is a great destination for soon-to-be free agents around the NFL.
"Once you get to Buffalo, it's totally different," Hyde explained. "They welcome you with open arms, it's about family, Sean preaches that all the time. And I said in a couple of interviews the last couple of days, just knowing your neighbors, raising a family, my son's there now and we're looking forward to watching him grow. It's just a blessing to be around people that really care about you. That's kind of the pitch that I have for free agents, yeah, it's gonna snow, but this isn't the old Buffalo, this is the new Buffalo, this is the Josh Allen Buffalo. We're winning ballgames, scoring points and we're playing well on defense so I'm excited to see what Beane and Sean are able to do with some free agents."
2. Michael Robinson believes this free agent fits what the city of Buffalo is all about
Brian Baldinger, Michael Robinson and Marc Ross were on NFL Network talking about what the Bills biggest priorities of this offseason should be. Both Baldinger and Robinson mentioned the defensive end position and Ross highlighted the offensive line. In Robinson's response, he brought up free agent Trey Hendrickson and explained why he would fit the scheme and culture of Buffalo.
"At the end of the day, they got to be able to get after the quarterback," Robinson stated. "I'm looking right down there with the Saints, he's a free agent, Trey Hendrickson. 13.5 sacks this past year, with 25 quarterback hits and he understands how to get after the quarterback. With his position diversity, they ran a 4-3, he can play the defensive end, and he can get after the quarterback from the defensive end position. In nickel situations, he can also go down to a three-technique, be a defensive tackle and still be able to affect the quarterback from the middle of the pocket. He's like a blue-collar worker, a lot of energy, he fits in my opinion what the city of Buffalo is all about and he also fits exactly what Leslie Frazier wants this defense to be about as well."
3. CBS Sports picks one perfect free agent match for Buffalo
The free agency frenzy that comes every offseason is just days away and today marks the start of the legal tampering period between all 32 teams and unrestricted free agents. While the Bills front office has already started locking down some of their own free agents, there are still plenty of moves to be made. CBS Sports Insider Jason La Canfora put together a list of free agent matches that he has a hunch about where these players could end up. He thinks that Jonnu Smith would be a good fit in Buffalo and would add a tough physical playmaker to the tight end room.
TE Jonnu Smith – Bills
This team wants to win, ASAP. They are close. The QB has almost every creature comfort he could want except a move TE who can separate and open up the field for others. You add this guy with Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs and things could get really interesting. Smith is very physical and a tough matchup and while the Bills don't have unlimited resources this offseason, this just feels like their kind of move.