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Micah Hyde, Gabe Davis, Mitch Morse and more address their future with the Buffalo Bills 

Buffalo Bills media availability, January 22, 2024 at One Bills Drive.
Buffalo Bills media availability, January 22, 2024 at One Bills Drive.

The Buffalo Bills 2023 campaign came to an end Sunday night with their 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round.

Now, with a list of upcoming free agents, the Bills roster will almost certainly look different come the official start of the 2024 NFL season. Here's what some key Bills players are saying about their futures with the Buffalo Bills and the NFL.

Micah Hyde: "No rush" to make decision on future

Bills safety Micah Hyde, who turned 33 at the end of December and will be a free agent in March, is still unsure what direction his football career will go next and will take some time over the next few weeks to process his thoughts. 

"I just have no idea what the future holds right now" he said. "I'm going to sit down and maybe in a couple of weeks or something and talk to the wife and talk to the family. But we'll see. I'm in no rush at all right now."

Hyde missed three games this season with neck stingers, one year removed after missing nearly all of the 2022 season with a neck injury and needing to undergo surgery in October of 2022. Hyde was healthy to begin the 2023 season but had to sit out three games in November and December due to recurring neck stingers.

"It was a battle each and every week to get back on that field on Sundays. Neck injury coming off the surgery and it was good till about halfway and then stingers started acting up and it wasn't fun. It was painful. I think I'd be lying if I didn't admit that. There's a few times this year I had no idea if I was going to be back out there," Hyde said. 

Hyde has played the last seven seasons in Buffalo and has been a 2x Second Team All-Pro selection during that span. 

"Being here right now and being in Buffalo, you know, cherishing these last seven years were amazing. I'll always be thankful for this place. I was just thankful for Sean bringing me here, playing alongside J-Po. I can say that all the teammates that have come through here and that I'm playing with now just hold a special place in my heart," he said.

Mitch Morse: "If they have me back, I'll be back"

Center Mitch Morse just wrapped up his ninth season in the NFL, starting each of the 126 games he has played. Morse has one more year on his contract, and is planning to run it back with the rest of the Bills' offensive line, who are all under contract for next season.

A captain on the Bills offense, Morse has been a vital leader in the Bills' locker room.

However, with the end of the season so fresh, Morse wasn't overly concerned with his plans for next year.

"I'm under contract for another year," Morse said. "If they have me back, I'll be back. So that's the plan and looking forward to that, but right now, that's not where my head is at."

Quarterback Josh Allen had high praise for his center, who he's worked with for five full seasons now.

"I love that guy. Talk about a great man, husband, father, human being," Allen said. "He's on the top of the list when I'm asked about who those guys are in the locker room. We got a lot of love for him and his family, and. yeah, I would love to love to have him back."

Morse offered his thoughts on the likelihood that next year's roster will look different in certain spots than the 2023 iteration of the Buffalo Bills.

"You understand that this is a business and you understand that decisions have to be made," Morse said. "That's why after this game last night was so crushing because there's so many decisions looming that this was the last time that this team is going to be together."

Gabe Davis: "I love Buffalo"

The Bills' former fourth round draft pick, Davis has scored 6 or more touchdowns in each of his four seasons in Buffalo. Davis said he was open to returning to the Bills, but that he would explore his options in free agency.

"Yeah of course, always open to coming back," Davis said. "I've been with the Bills for the past four years. I love Buffalo, I love everything about it. But again, I feel like definitely gotta go to March and see also the other options as well, I feel like that's the business side of it and I gotta take advantage of it."

Davis missed both playoff games this year with a knee injury he sustained against the Miami Dolphins. He scored seven touchdowns this season, tied for a career high, and tallied 746 receiving yards, his second-most in his career.

DaQuan Jones:  "A bright spot in my career"

After going on IR after Week 5, Jones returned for the Bills' final two regular season games and both of the team's playoff games. In those four contests, he had nine total tackles though didn't record a sack.

He shared with reporters that his assignments upon coming back focused more on stopping the run. 

"I went down, I came back and I was more of a run support and that was kind of my role the last couple of weeks," he said. 

Jones is set to be a free agent this offseason after playing the last two seasons in Buffalo. He was one of the team's best defensive players early in the season before going down with a pec injury. 

He said he is approaching free agency in a business-like manner and understands that the Bills can't resign everyone on the current roster.

"I'm actually looking forward to free agency, too," Jones said. "I felt like I played a hell of a hell of a year, given what I went through. I'm looking forward to seeing what the agency has to offer."

Jones will stay in contact with the Bills about a potential return for 2024 as he enjoyed playing in Buffalo. 

"At the same time when I'm gonna see what the Bills are talking about, too," he shared. "It's a bright spot in my career to come out here and play in a defense that I truly enjoy and a scheme that fits my strengths pretty well. I really got to enjoy it over the last few years."

A.J. Epenesa: "My best ball is still ahead of me"

Epenesa had a breakout 2023 season with Buffalo, producing a career-high 20 tackles, a career-high three turnovers forced and tying a career high in sacks (6.5). Epenesa felt this was is best season in the NFL, but believes he can still reach another level.

"I'm happy with the season I had, definitely my best season to date," he said. "I know my best ball is still ahead of me."

As he heads into free agency for the first time in his career, his hope is that Buffalo brings him back for next season. 

"I love Buffalo. These are the people that gave me a chance when multiple people pass up on me and I have a special place in my heart for Buffalo," he said.

Trent Sherfield: "Anything can happen in a year"

Trent Sherfield finished with 11 receptions for 86 yards, with his lone touchdown reception coming in the Bills' Week 18 win over the Miami Dolphins. Sherfield said that, despite seeing fewer touches than he expected when he signed a one-year deal with the Bills last offseason, he would still be interested in returning to Western New York.

"Yeah, for sure. 1,000%. Because I've been in the league to know that things can change from year to year and it happened with me, I was in Miami had a good year, now here it was kind of a down year," Sherfield said. "So anything can happen within a year so regardless of what happened yesterday, what happened in the past like, today is a new day, so that's kind of how I'm looking at it."

With Sherfield and Davis both becoming free agents, the six-year veteran talked about how the wide receiver room could evolve.

"It was a lot of fun and the room is going to look different, every team is going to look different but hopefully I can come back and we can get some of the guys to come back and we can go on another journey to try and get a championship," Sherfield said.

The Bills wide receiver said he was going to focus on spending time with his one-year-old and become a "functional golfer."

Leonard Floyd: "Hopefully something works out and I can come back"

Floyd was candid about his main motivator when it came to negotiating for a new contract, but expressed his interest in remaining in Buffalo after his one-year deal expires.

"For me, I'm always going where the money is," Floyd said. "Play for another team, but I'd rather be here, but it is what is it; it's a business. I'm gonna go wherever my agent feels like we get the most money from."

The Bills signed Floyd in June, proving to be an incredibly valuable addition to the defensive line. The former Chicago Bear and L.A. Ram led the Bills with 10.5 sacks this season, starting strong with 1.5 sacks in the season opener against the New York Jets.

Floyd said that he was glad Buffalo gave him a chance to show the league who he can be on the football field when given a chance.

"I knew what type of player I was and what I could bring to a team. It's just a matter of me coming out and putting action to my words. I appreciated the opportunity that the coaches gave me to come out here and play, I enjoyed it," Floyd said.

Floyd will be testing the waters in free agency, but said he hoped that he could work something out with Buffalo.

"Who knows, man? Hopefully something works out and I can come back," Floyd said.

Latavius Murray: "I'm grateful for the opportunity to play for this organization"

Murray, 34, entered this season as the oldest running back in football but still had a very productive season for the Bills. He rushed for 300 yards, third-most on the team, and ran for four touchdowns. 

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to play for this organization," Murray said. 

He added that he's "not sure" what the plan is for his future. 

"I've got a lot to be thankful and grateful about," Murray said, "Just got to digest this season and just real reflect honestly. But I'm just appreciative, my support, my family, my wife, this organization, the opportunity.

Murray said he is considering returning for another season but isn't sure yet.

"I kind of think about what the future looks like for me and playing another year, taking another shot at it, But it's hard. You play so long and come up close," he said. "But I'm grateful for the opportunity to play for this organization."

Bills players wrapped up the 2023 season by addressing the media before leaving One Bills Drive before the start of the 2024 offseason program.

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